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



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  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)

gll5dm's picture

One word: amazing!

We couldn't find any curry paste in Germany, where we live, so used passata and a generous helping of curry powder - plus the stock - and it worked a treat. Mmm.

Used frozen veg, and that was fine, but might add some peas next time too. Doubled the quantities for two of us.

We're thinking garlic bread on the side for next time, plus maybe a teaspoon or two of cream. Mmmm!

veryfatbloke's picture

Forgot to rate it!

veryfatbloke's picture

Cooked this last night but misread the recipe and added 3 tbsp of curry paste! My wife and I loved it like that, I will also consider adding more water as mine stuck to the bottom of the pan.

stellrog's picture

very nice. used curry power as didn't have curry paste. will do this recipe again.
this is the first recipe from the site i have tried cant wait to try some others.

nataliebest's picture

This dish was lovely, very easy to make and went down a treat with all the family.Peas went well in this dish,and we served it with pitta bread.Simple,wholesome and tasty.

linda1980's picture

Really loved this dish I must have used too much spinach as mine looked quite green but tasted great. I'd make it the exact same next time. Easy and tasty top marks.

lemonkids's picture

Lovely meal. Only my fussy 7 year son did not like it, the other children loved it. I used long grain rice, loads of stock, carrots, sweetcorn, peppers, red onions, garlic, broccoli and cauliflower. I had no curry paste so used powder, it was very tasty.

tarataylor's picture

disaster for me!!!

weinay59's picture

This was easy and super tasty. I used cauliflower, broccoli, peppers and frozen peas. I did used chicken breast as my boyfriend doesn't like the dark meat, so it was a little dry - thighs would probably be the best. It is as everyone says, a great way to rustle something up from what you have in the cupboard and fridge. Nice and cheap! We had some left for lunch the next day.

acmed001's picture

This was really easy to make and the kids loved it, will definitely do this again.

splodgemeister's picture

Gorgeous! But will use more curry paste next time as it was a bit mild for me (used balti paste). Super easy to make and double. I agree about adding more water during cooking as mine seemed to stick to the bottom of the pan! But as far as simple, tasty dishes go this is a definite winner! Yum yum.

netherfield33's picture

This dish was lovely. I put in some fresh broc and carrots too. I used Thai Massaman curry paste. Very tasty dish, easy to cook, and great that its just a one pot dish!

baggies's picture

I made a version of this for my children (9 & 10) and their friends one night for tea. I used small cubes of pork, omitted the curry and changed the veg to carrots, peas and red onion (my cupboards were bare). I cautiously put it in front of them and they all scoffed the lot and the friends even said 'can you give this recipe to my mum'!. WOW its a winner. I make it properly all the time now for me & hubby. It tastes even better the next day.

garrysmith's picture

This recipe was lovely, so easy that I could do it. I didn't add the rice at the right time but it was still good. Would definately make again!!!

briandicks's picture

Good recipe.

I am a bit of a veggi freak so put 1 kg of fresh veggies in for 5 people, and I cup of rice (and of course 2 of chicken stock).

Very tasty considering how quick and easy it is. Great for those busy days.

wondermum's picture

I had to top up the water in the pan as it seemed to get absorbed quickly. Had mixed comments from the family so next time I'll play around with the ingredients and see if they like it any better.

jenniecox's picture

Nice and easy but found it sticky rather than fluffy! probably because I didnt wash the rice first - will do it again though and wash the rice first next time!

joanneeland's picture

Made this last night and wasn't expecting much, but it really was yummy. I used normal mild curry powder, peas, green beans and sweetcorn - added in some garlic and chilli. Having leftovers tonight for dins and looking forward to it!! One for the book......

sweetassugar's picture

I cooked this last night for my family and found it was a tasty, simple and filling meal the whole family enjoyed. I used chopped chicken breast instead of thigh meat and the dish worked perfectly. Will definitely make this again.

njwilson121's picture

This is one of my 'staple' recipes now! I follow it exactly to the instructions but used Thai Green Curry paste, because I couldn't find any regular Indian curry pastes when I went to the supermarket. Everyone who tries it, loves it, and whenever it's my turn to cook, my flatmates always say they want me to cook this again! :-). I think I'll try it with a different curry paste at some point, but for now, I love it so much with the Green curry paste and it's a winner!


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