One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

One-pot chicken & chickpea pilau

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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


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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    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…

  • 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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8th Mar, 2017
This was healthy but as others have said, it was bland. I added chilli and more lemon, mushrooms and spring onions as a side dish but it was still quite tasteless. Won't make again.
8th Feb, 2017
Bland, colourless (apart from the brocolli) and altogether one to avoid. A complete waste of good ingredients. I am deleting it from my recipe collection.
10th Jan, 2017
Its not super-fast! nearly an hour!
17th Oct, 2016
Added addition seasonal as per the previous comments but still too bland for my liking.
15th Jan, 2016
I tweaked this recipe ever so slightly - used chicken breast instead of thigh, added one chilli and mushrooms. I found this to be a delicious healthy meal, and so quick and easy to make! Barely any dishes to wash afterwards, and despite other comments on this thread I did not find it to be bland at all. Really lovely, wholesome meal. Kept me feeling full and not bloated!
27th Jan, 2015
Really really bland. Avoid! It's like eating water.
28th Nov, 2015
Stick to your day job then, stop making such negative comments based on your personal experience. It's not the recipe, trust me, it's either that you can't read or it's just your total lack of understanding about cooking. Mine was so dry that I had to add stock, and how can it be bland if you fry chicken, then leeks and garlic, and add lemon zest and stock? 5 flavors right there! Did you read your comment before you clicked 'post'?
6th Jan, 2014
I agree with previous comments that the broccolli should go in a bit earlier. I had to give it 20 mins to cook; thankfully the chicken seemed to stay nice a moist but risking the rice turning into slush! Otherwise very tasty for such a healthy dinner!
11th Aug, 2013
I created an adapted version of this recipe which you can find here: It sounded lovely, but my requirements were a bit different: * I wanted it to serve 8 people. * I prefer chicken breasts, so I adjusted the recipe to use an appropriate amount of breasts (half a breast per person is fine considering all of the other ingredients that are being used). * I strongly believe that you should use 1 garlic clove per person, plus 1 extra for luck. * There were some complains about blandness, and I find that ground coriander and cumin go nicely with this type of dish (because we're serving 8, 2 tsp of each is probably the right amount). Hope it helps somebody!
22nd Jan, 2013
I love this recipe, I make it frequently, it is perfect tasty stodge when you're absolutely starving! I can never resist going back for seconds


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11th Mar, 2020
If you like a bit more flavour / spice add 1 tbsp of Garam Masala to the pan and stir, before putting the stock in.
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