Delicious and flavorful Dajaj Mahshi (Rice-Stuffed Chicken) is a perfect dish for festive dinners and family gatherings! This recipe has a wonderfully balanced aromatics and herbs, and the chicken meat comes out tenderly moist, delicious, and perfectly seasoned.

Dajaj Mahshi is a staple dish in Middle Eastern countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, and Egypt. Making this rice stuffed chicken dish is surprisingly easy because it is a one-pan meal! Try it as soon as you can!

RICE FOR THE STUFFING: – Long-grain rice – Oil (corn oil or light olive oil works) – Onion – Fresh parsley – Garlic cloves – Salt – 7 spices – Black pepper – Onion powder – Garlic powder – Hot water

CHICKEN INGREDIENTS: – Whole chicken – Salt – Garlic powder – Onion powder – Seasoning salt – Turmeric powder – Paprika – Creole seasoning – Black pepper – Olive oil

Place a pot on medium heat, add oil, onions, garlic, parsley, and cook for a couple of minutes until onions are translucent.

Then, add rinsed rice and spices (salt, black pepper, seven spices, onion powder, and garlic powder).

Add hot water and cook on high heat uncovered until all the water has dissolved (the rice won't be cooked all the way because it will be fully cooked in the oven).

Firstly, clean the chicken, and place it in a large bowl full of water and salt (about 2 tablespoons or more salt). Then cover and set it aside overnight in the fridge or for at least 3 hours.

Secondly, once you are ready to cook the chicken, rinse it again and dry it with paper towels.

Thirdly, combine all the spices for the chicken (turmeric, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, seasoning salt, paprika, and creole seasoning). Then mix the spices with olive oil to create a smooth paste.

After that, coat the chicken with the paste; make sure it's fully coated with the spices, and even go under the chicken skin.

Now fill the inside of the chicken with the rice we cooked; you can fill it as much as you want but I recommend not filling it up too much.

After stuffing the chicken, place it in a prepared baking dish and cover it with foil.

Bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees F for 30 minutes. Lower the heat to 375 degrees F and bake for an additional hour and a half or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.