Chicken pilaf with dill & pine nuts

Chicken pilaf with dill & pine nuts

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
A wholesome, simple rice dish that's packed full of aromatic flavours

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal475
  • fat16g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs58g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein30g
  • salt0.39g
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  • 250g basmati rice
  • 2 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…

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • small bunch dill, chopped
  • 140g frozen broad beans or soya beans, defrosted under hot water
    Broad beans

    Broad bean

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    A member of the legume family, broad beans are pretty hardy and adaptable – they grow in…

  • 50g toasted pine nuts


  1. Rinse the rice until the water runs clear, then drain. Heat the oil in a medium pan and fry the onion for 5 mins. Stir in the chicken, allspice and tomato purée, and cook for 2 mins more. Add the rice, stock and half the dill, then bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat slightly and simmer for 8 mins.

  2. Stir in the beans and cook for 2-3 mins more until the rice is cooked and liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the pine nuts and remaining dill with some seasoning.

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23rd Mar, 2016
Typed "chicken" and "dill" into the BBC GoodFood search engine, and this is what came up. So I tried it, using some of the suggestions of others who commented. I also added a shake of fennel which goes well with dill (same family) as well as 3 cloves of garlic, diced. That seemed to help with the flavour. Normally I cook very flavourful meals (a lot of Indian and Mexican - spicy), so this recipe was definitely more bland on our taste palette than what I usually cook, but everyone liked it and thought it was a good, hearty winter one-pot. I probably won't cook it again, but at least everyone left the table with nothing left on their plates!
25th Jan, 2015
Despite some of the negative comments about this recipe, my partner and I really enjoyed it. It was tasty and quick and easy to prepare, a perfect midweek supper.
18th Oct, 2011
First recipe I've tried from the site and I found it terribly disappointing, very bland.
23rd Nov, 2010
I've had a Good Food magazine subscription for 3 years and I have never felt the need to leave a negative comment about a GF recipe before. I cannot believe this has been "triple tested". Exceptionally bland dish and the dill, chicken, allspice, broad bean combo does nothing for me. Avoid!
Frantic Flapjack
12th Nov, 2010
Very easy to make and fresh tasting but I also found it didn't have enough flavour.
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28th Oct, 2010
It is an easy recipe and looked just like the photo. But I cooked it as a one pot main course and it did not have enough flavour. If I cooked it again I would replace the chicken with mushroom and serve it to accompany something with a strong flavour like a curry.
25th Oct, 2010
Didn't use dill and I used half the rice and stock for 2 people.
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