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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26th Oct, 2011
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.
10th Aug, 2011
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.
5th Jul, 2011
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.
23rd May, 2011
Great recipe! I added chopped dried plums and it was just delicious!
3rd Apr, 2011
Thought that this was going to be a very bland recipe, but was pleasantly suprised!! This is a great recipe if you want to stay full (not bloated) for longer.
26th Mar, 2011
this recipe is low fat and easy to make but just didnt have enough flavour for me, feels like somethings missing. Much better rice and chicken dishes on here. xx
23rd Jan, 2011
Pretty tasty and fairly easy to make. Chicken thighs make for a more budget meal but chicken breasts would also be nice.
16th Jan, 2011
Have cooked this several times and it's a filling family favourite. I'm surprised about the comments saying this is bland, as I find it full of flavour (I use Marigold vegetable bouillon instead of chicken stock - maybe that's why?).
15th Jan, 2011
We thought this meal was fantastic - great tasting and easy/quick to cook. I added a chopped pepper at the same time as the onions for the extra veg. I have done this with both chicken thighs and with chopped chicken breast. When using the chicken breast I quickly sealed it, left it in, then added the onions etc. Both versions were nice.
12th Jan, 2011
We found this bland :-(


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