One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A super-fast superhealthy meal - chicken and chickpea pilau made in just one pot

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
447
protein
35g
carbs
59g
fat
10g
saturates
2g
fibre
8g
sugar
4g
salt
0.8g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken thighs, skin removed and trimmed of fat
  • 2 large leeks, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g can chickpeas in water, drained and rinsed
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 200g easy-cook brown rice
  • 450ml chicken stock
  • 1 head broccoli, broken into florets

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Method

  1. Heat a large, lidded frying pan or fl ameproof casserole and add the oil. Fry the chicken thighs for 2 mins, turning halfway through cooking, until lightly coloured, then lift onto a plate. Add the leeks to the pan and stir-fry for 3 mins, then add the garlic and tip in the chickpeas, most of the lemon zest and rice. Stir together until well mixed.
  2. Nestle the chicken in the rice mix. Pour over the stock and season lightly. Cover and cook on a low heat for 20 mins until the chicken is nearly cooked through and the rice has absorbed nearly all the liquid. Sit the broccoli on top of the rice, cover and continue to cook until the rice and broccoli are tender and the chicken cooked. Sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest to serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2006

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weekimmy's picture

I agree with previous comments that the broccolli should go in a bit earlier. I had to give it 20 mins to cook; thankfully the chicken seemed to stay nice a moist but risking the rice turning into slush! Otherwise very tasty for such a healthy dinner!

mrkipling's picture

I created an adapted version of this recipe which you can find here:
http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=7iH5cwkR

It sounded lovely, but my requirements were a bit different:

* I wanted it to serve 8 people.
* I prefer chicken breasts, so I adjusted the recipe to use an appropriate amount of breasts (half a breast per person is fine considering all of the other ingredients that are being used).
* I strongly believe that you should use 1 garlic clove per person, plus 1 extra for luck.
* There were some complains about blandness, and I find that ground coriander and cumin go nicely with this type of dish (because we're serving 8, 2 tsp of each is probably the right amount).

Hope it helps somebody!

marya9940's picture
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I love this recipe, I make it frequently, it is perfect tasty stodge when you're absolutely starving! I can never resist going back for seconds

rhywatkins's picture
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Delicious for the family - substituted the broccoli for kale (for a change)

frankiiekeji's picture
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This recipe was quite bland and I found I had to use 500ml of stock so it wouldn't dry out and for the rice would cook properly. If I made I would have to make some major adjustments.

watersnapper's picture
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I made this last night and was very nice. I did forget the garlic but i put a red pepper into the mixture instead. Reading other reviews regarding it to be bland i did squeeze half a lemon into it. But i didn't find it bland at all. My misses really enjoy and said i could cook this dish again for her. I would suggest rather than waiting to put the broccoli in after 20mins put it in at the start of the 20mins low heat cooking other wise it will take another 20mins to cook the broccoli.

velomedic's picture

Bland bland bland! Had to squeeze a whole lemon onto it to get any taste whatsoever (and even then it just tasted of lemon - unsurprisingly). Healthy though, I'll give it that.

eleanormayo's picture
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Nice healthy and tasty supper - although the rice did take a lot longer to cook than 20mins.

djdavep's picture
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This is a good recipe, although the rice does need a lot longer to cook , so if doing again I would soak it for a bit first. Also for a bit more flavour I added some balsamic vinegar and Worcester sauce, which gave it a lovely tang alongside the garlic and lemon. Definitely worth trying this as did come out really nice.

michelda's picture
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Really, really liked this but would add some lemon juice as well as zest next time and also mushrooms went well with the broccoli.

sassyx's picture
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After reading all the comments about this being bland I experimented a bit. I replaced the chickpeas with red kidney beans. Added 3 splaces of Worcester Sauce and 1 tsp of chilli powder to the stock. This was really scrummy. And really filling.
My other half particularly loved the crusty bit at the bottom which I had forgotten to stir!!

mrsramon's picture
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I am so full lol i cant breath .My husband and i loved it , so quick and easy to make.Thank you for posting this recipe.

sassyx's picture
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Can I replace the chickpeas with another bean? Or leave them out altogether without affecting the outcome in a bad way.

cindy2171's picture
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Great recipe. We used frozen peas in place of broccoli (due to the small size of our pan) and basmati rice in place of brown rice. The leeks really add a great flavour! I would suggest using good quality stock as it makes a big difference.

alkaline_fairy's picture

Easily fed four of us with leftovers, but was incredibly bland. Added lemon juice and paprika which helped a bit but I was quite disappointed. Will probably make it again if only to work out how to make it taste good.

lib502's picture
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Very easy and tasty recipe - didn't think it was bland but will admit that it doesn't have a kick to it. It tastes fresh and the lemon gives it a real zing.

mentata's picture
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Great recipe! I added chopped dried plums and it was just delicious!

mrs_counsell's picture

Thought that this was going to be a very bland recipe, but was pleasantly suprised!! This is a great recipe if you want to stay full (not bloated) for longer.

bluemuma1's picture
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this recipe is low fat and easy to make but just didnt have enough flavour for me, feels like somethings missing. Much better rice and chicken dishes on here. xx

googlebeaks's picture
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Pretty tasty and fairly easy to make. Chicken thighs make for a more budget meal but chicken breasts would also be nice.

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