One-pot chicken pilaf

One-pot chicken pilaf

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(79 ratings)

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)

susannam's picture

Very easy to do, lovely one pot dish for those busy days. Very easy to modify if you fancy too!

alexlindner's picture

Great mid-week meal :)

honeypiglet's picture

I didn't have any curry paste and so I made my own by frying half an onion and whizzing it in the blender with a small chunk of fresh ginger, a couple of garlic cloves, a tsp toasted cumin and fennel seeds, a squirt of tomato paste, a tblsp of dessicated coconut and flaked almonds, a generous tsp of garam masala and a tsp of turmeric.
It worked well. The leftovers were yummy too!

lastratstanding's picture

Roast chicken yesterday, one pot chicken pilaf with the leftovers today! Will definitely make this again.

d41d0y's picture

Super-easy, super-tasty! A real winner for a quick weeknight tea. Added a bit more water than suggested as wanted to avoid sticking and it worked! Also added chilli flakes for extra punch.

kerry1984's picture

really enjoyed it made quite a big portion. Really easy to do and quick!

jconnor3's picture

Re rice sticking to bottom: I cooked mine in oven for twenty to twenty five minutes after adding all ingredents up to step two with a little extra chicken stock at 180 fan oven. Very tasty and soooo easy

gemmarama's picture

yup, really tasty. i used brown rice and fresh veg to make it healthier, added a fresh chilli, and served it with raita. quadrupled the quantities and it was just as easy - saves on the washing up!

charity_haynes's picture

Great family dinner. Easy to make. Although watch out for the rice sticking to the bottom. I needed to add extra water to get the rice cooked, but the dish still turned out great. My Husband, 3-year-old, and 1-year-old LOVED this. Great way to get the kids to eat their veggies!

sandra_mcg's picture

Disappointing - not that tasty, even though I put a fair bit of curry paste in. Tasted a bit like savoury rice. Wouldn't bother making it again.

guacamole's picture

A must-try! :D

liezeldutoit's picture

Lovely recipe. I added some freshly chopped red chilli for extra bite. I added sliced button mushrooms while frying the onions and tossed in some frozen peas and fresh cauliflower for the last 5 minutes. Served it with a dollop of bulgarian yoghurt and my hubby loved it. I will make it again and play around with the vegetables.

nina81's picture

what is a "mug" measurement? is this equal to "cup"?

reeds1979's picture

This was a great dish. But, while I followed the method as it explained, I found that the rice either stuck to the bottom or didnt cook. Any suggestions?

sarahparkinson's picture

This is an old favourite but this time added jalapenos with thai green curry paste to give it a kick. Gorgeous!

cathitchin's picture

Just cooked this for dinner and absolutely love it! However, wasn't too sure about the "mug" measurement so had to estimate and judge it on my own. I'm very pleased it turned out well anyway. Will definitely cook it again!

audreylk's picture

This is such an easy meal to make and tastes lovely. All the family enjoyed this so I will be making it time and time again I have no doubt!

charlenep82's picture

Excellent mid week meal. Would definitely reccomend it to all. It had great flavour for the amoount of time spent cooking. We used a chicken tikka curry paste and frozen peas. We have enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow which is a bonus.


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