One-pot chicken pilaf

One-pot chicken pilaf

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 1
Keep the washing-up down to an absolute minimum with this one-pot supper - you can even eat it out of the cooking dish!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal663
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs92g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre0g
  • protein50g
  • salt1.94g
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  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
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  • 1 small onion, chopped



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  • 1 large or 2 small boneless, skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp curry paste (choose your favourite)
  • a third of a mug basmati rice
  • two-thirds of a mug chicken stock
  • 1 mug frozen mixed vegetables
  • half a mug frozen leaf spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then fry the onion for 5-6 mins until softened. Add the chicken pieces, fry for a further couple of mins just to colour the outside, then stir in curry paste and rice. Cook for another min.

  2. Pour in the chicken stock and throw in any larger bits of frozen veg. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, then cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 10 mins, then stir in the remaining veg. Scatter over the spinach, cover, then cook for 10 mins more until all the stock is absorbed and the rice is tender. Give everything a good stir, season to taste, then tuck in.

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Comments (109)

Cannington RV Centre's picture

Truly an awesome dish that can be enjoyed on caravans. Totally-hassle free preparation and yet truly satisfying to the taste buds. Surely going to share this recipe to caravanners around.

Hoping to see more recipes like this one.

Cannington RV Centre, Australia

strettona's picture

Loved this! Quick and easy. Made it with madras paste and I used fresh veg - broccoli, red pepper, peas, courgette plus the frozen spinach. Didn't have fresh coriander so added dried with the stock. Took a tip from someone else's comment to add lemon juice at the end which really perked it up.
It serves far more than one person, this was enough for two plus leftovers.

markymoomoo's picture

I cooked this today for the wife and I. The fact it's Loaded with vegetables, Chicken and Rice makes it a very filling dish. It was easy to make, tasty and makes enough for two days worth of meals - well, it will did for us.

Willsi89's picture

Loved this. Quick and easy recipe for when I get home from work late. Made more than a portion for one but definitely not going to complain about that!

manto's picture

This worked out great and we loved it. I upped the stock, vegies and rice so it would feed the three of us. Certainly a keeper
Many thanks

flossydrop's picture

We really enjoyed this recipe. I used fresh veg rather than frozen but will consider frozen next time for a cheaper option. I will cook again, healthy, low fat, easy, packed with veg - what is not to like ! I did add some coriander to serve and made a dip of sour cream, coriander and lemon and I think that jazzed it up.
I didn't have issues with sticking, I cooked in a non stick frying pan with a lid.
Just off to have some leftovers for my lunch !

diffin86's picture

Absolutely one of my favourite recipes ever! Ridiculously easy and quick to make even if I'm home late on a weeknight. Can't wait to cook it at a dinner party too. Love how flexible it is cooking for one person or ten people. I use frozen peas, frozen spinach, and Ocado frozen roasted med veg. Amazing!

mwsc11050's picture

Did not enjoy this at all. As mentioned by others the rice stuck to the bottom of the casserole dish. Tasted awful. Made loads and it's all going in the bin. Would be better off with a ready made curry from M&S.

mrsjosephinesmith86's picture

Brilliant recipe, so simple but tasty. Recommended for when you need to feed a crowd too. I cook whole chicken thighs in the oven and then take the meat off the bone; much easier than de-boning, and then use the meat as directed.

petegregmrx's picture

really loved it , very nice very easy,next time i might try some fresh chillies in there

stavria's picture

Very easy to prepare plus its very versatile and uses up all the veg in the fridge!!It's now a firm favourite plus the washing up doesnt tastes even better with long grain rise as it gives it a richer flavor.Excellent!

patsythomas's picture

I followed the recipe but used Balti paste, and used two heaped tablespoons. Had to add a small amount of water half way through as it seemed a bit dry. Will definitely make this again absolutely delicious.

lisa036's picture

Great recipe, all the family loved it, quick and cheap too :)! Made it at least 4 times now.

narthana's picture

This is an excellent and quick dish! It is was very easy to cook as well.

zannathetrainer's picture

Two sons loved this and had at least two helpings each but I was a little disappointed, found it a bit tasteless. Added fresh cauliflower, French beans, peas, carrots and spinach and used a Korma paste but then added Madras powder as it seemed a bit bland. Took ages to get the rice cooked but luckily the veg still had bite which was nice. I added the juice of a lemon at the end which def perked it up. I would make it again.

strettona's picture

thanks for the lemon juice tip - it really helped perk it up at the end. I also added dried coriander with the stock as I didn't have any fresh.

kprentice's picture

Now a firm family favourite, yummy! I add frozen peas, sweet corn, French beans and asparagus for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

kprentice's picture

Now a firm family favourite, yummy! I add frozen peas, sweet corn, French beans and asparagus for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

kylah16's picture

Nice dish. Big thumbs up from kids which is rare!

elan70's picture

Very easy to cook, have made this with just veg and a hotter curry paste very nice. Hit with small children.


Questions (3)

klynn639's picture

What is a mug?

geoffnorth3's picture

How many fluid onces/ millilitres is a mug please

goodfoodteam's picture

You would use about 200ml of stock for this recipe.

Tips (1)

peteklat's picture

Very good recipe. To avoid the rice sticking, turn the heat OFF after 10mins cooking the rice and allowed it to sit for 20 minutes. The rest of the liquid will still absorb but should not stick to the pan.