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Bites Fil Beit: Tagen ferakh bel batates – Oven baked chicken and potatoes

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We love food. We love the real, down to earth, tried-and-tested, handed-down-through-the-generations, local Egyptian food. Here is your chance to learn how to make these local delicacies in your own home. And just so you know what to ask for, we have added how to say the ingredients in Arabic. No more excuses, off to the souq!

Bites Fil BeitIngredients

  • 1 chicken – fe-rakh
  • 1 kg potatoes, peeled and sliced – ba-ta-tes
  • 1 onion, sliced – ba-sal
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato juice – a-seer ta-ma-tem
  • 2 tbsp margarine – sam-na
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped – tom
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced – ta-ma-tem
  • salt and pepper – malh and fel-fel



  • Heat the oven to 180C.
  • Wash the chicken well and split it into quarters.
  • Rub the margarine on the bottom of a metal baking dish and add the chicken. Top with the sliced onion and sprinkle with the garlic and season with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange the slices of potato over and around chicken and top with the tomato.
  • Pour the tomato juice equally over the dish and cook on the stove on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Move the baking dish to the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until potatoes and chicken are cooked. Add more water if needed.
  • Serve immediately in the same dish.



Add seasoning like cinnamon, curry or paprika to taste.

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