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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popadum's picture
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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
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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
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We found this bland :-(

mashy86's picture
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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
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Agree with a couple of other posters. It is much too bland. Needs pepping up with spices.

miss_justine's picture
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Not very impressed. Needs some spices.

franhl's picture
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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
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Delish! Have cooked a few times now and one of my faves.

suborbitcom's picture
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Really tasty and just pleasant to eat.

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

kathleenhelen's picture
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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
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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.

yurrnae's picture

I want to try this one before younger son heads back to University. It's something he could do easily within the constrictions and limitations of a kitchen in a hall of residence!

bagpuss's picture

I absolutely love this recipe. It's really easy and tasty.

luvgdfood's picture

This was a simple and very tasty dish to make, the whole family enjoyed it and it was easy on the washing up..!

balders's picture
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v tasty.....& easy to boot

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