One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
A super-fast superhealthy meal - chicken and chickpea pilau made in just one pot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal447
  • fat10g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs59g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre8g
  • protein35g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 chicken thigh, skin removed and trimmed of fat
  • 2 large leeks, thinly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g can chickpeas in water, drained and rinsed
  • grated zest of 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 200g easy-cook brown rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • 450ml chicken stock
  • 1 head broccoli, broken into florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…


  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.

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Comments (45)

mentata's picture

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

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

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

popadum's picture

Have cooked this several times and it's a filling family favourite. I'm surprised about the comments saying this is bland, as I find it full of flavour (I use Marigold vegetable bouillon instead of chicken stock - maybe that's why?).

pcodur's picture

We thought this meal was fantastic - great tasting and easy/quick to cook.
I added a chopped pepper at the same time as the onions for the extra veg.
I have done this with both chicken thighs and with chopped chicken breast. When using the chicken breast I quickly sealed it, left it in, then added the onions etc. Both versions were nice.

lynnbradhall's picture

We found this bland :-(

mashy86's picture

This is delicious, leaving me feeling full and is a healthy reciepe perfect for winter detoxing!!

However it would be nice if it had more veggies!! So I would add extra leaks next time I make it. Maybe peas too.

kevinwpage's picture

Agree with a couple of other posters. It is much too bland. Needs pepping up with spices.

miss_justine's picture

Not very impressed. Needs some spices.

franhl's picture

It didn't taste of anything. I'm suprised that it is so highly rated by others.

peter119's picture

Sorry to folks, I agree with Benjamin, very bland.
Thought I had forgotten to add something as it was 'so' bland however that wasn't the case. Dull!

carls1979's picture

Delish! Have cooked a few times now and one of my faves.

suborbitcom's picture

Really tasty and just pleasant to eat.

rtinker's picture

Sorry, very bland - did not enjoy this one.

theatricus's picture

Delicious! I also found it needed more stock, I also had to pre-soak the brown rice so it cooked quicker. The kids devoured it and I'll definitely be making it again.

sascha's picture

What an amazing recipe! I once replaced the broccoli with green asparagus and it was equally divine.

kathleenhelen's picture

Easy family supper. Made it exactly as per recipe first time, nice and lemony but a little lacking in flavour. Today I added 1tsp of ground corainder and left our garlic (going dancing tonight!) and added 1/2 a red pepper that needed using up - tasty.
This will def' be a regular in our house as it's simple, versatile, light on the washing up and the kids (5&8) love it.

amanda696's picture

This was so yummy, but for some reason our rice took FOREVER to cook! Almost over 1 hr... very strange.
I think we'll defnitiley make this again, might try some other variations next time though.

melanieharvey's picture

I love it and make it quite often. I prefer it with slightly more stock so it stays moist, and when I don't have broccoli, I use a couple of wedges of savoy cabbage or brussel tops cut into quarters.


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