One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

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(42 ratings)

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

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 chicken thighs, 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



    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



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


  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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31st Dec, 2012
Delicious for the family - substituted the broccoli for kale (for a change)
2nd Sep, 2012
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.
10th Aug, 2012
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.
1st May, 2012
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.
3rd Mar, 2012
Nice healthy and tasty supper - although the rice did take a lot longer to cook than 20mins.
3rd Mar, 2012
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.
20th Jan, 2012
Really, really liked this but would add some lemon juice as well as zest next time and also mushrooms went well with the broccoli.
24th Nov, 2011
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!!
24th Nov, 2011
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.
23rd Nov, 2011
Can I replace the chickpeas with another bean? Or leave them out altogether without affecting the outcome in a bad way.


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