One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

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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

    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
  • 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…

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  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 (44)

sjaner24's picture

I tweaked this recipe ever so slightly - used chicken breast instead of thigh, added one chilli and mushrooms. I found this to be a delicious healthy meal, and so quick and easy to make! Barely any dishes to wash afterwards, and despite other comments on this thread I did not find it to be bland at all. Really lovely, wholesome meal. Kept me feeling full and not bloated!

dansreptilepage's picture

Really really bland. Avoid! It's like eating water.

tudor_popeiu's picture

Stick to your day job then, stop making such negative comments based on your personal experience. It's not the recipe, trust me, it's either that you can't read or it's just your total lack of understanding about cooking. Mine was so dry that I had to add stock, and how can it be bland if you fry chicken, then leeks and garlic, and add lemon zest and stock? 5 flavors right there! Did you read your comment before you clicked 'post'?

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:

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

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

Delicious for the family - substituted the broccoli for kale (for a change)

frankiiekeji's picture

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

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

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

djdavep's picture

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

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

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

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

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

cindy2171's picture

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

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

Great recipe! I added chopped dried plums and it was just delicious!


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