One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

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(39 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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

    Leek

    lee-k

    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
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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  • 200g easy-cook brown rice
    Rice

    Rice

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    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
    Broccoli

    Broccoli

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

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.

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lib502
5th Jul, 2011
4.05
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
23rd May, 2011
5.05
Great recipe! I added chopped dried plums and it was just delicious!
mrs_counsell
3rd Apr, 2011
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
26th Mar, 2011
2.05
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
23rd Jan, 2011
4.05
Pretty tasty and fairly easy to make. Chicken thighs make for a more budget meal but chicken breasts would also be nice.
popadum
16th Jan, 2011
5.05
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
15th Jan, 2011
5.05
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
12th Jan, 2011
1.05
We found this bland :-(
mashy86
4th Jan, 2011
4.05
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
2nd Jan, 2011
1.05
Agree with a couple of other posters. It is much too bland. Needs pepping up with spices.

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