One-pot chicken pilaf

One-pot chicken pilaf

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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
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 small onion, chopped



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

  • 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



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  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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Oldfashioned 1989's picture
Oldfashioned 1989
6th May, 2020
It was stunning! I used 4 tbs basmati rice, about 200 ml stock, yellow curry paste and fresh vegetables. Will definitely make it again!
Pluto's place's picture
Pluto's place
5th Dec, 2019
Trebled for family of four; the amount would feed 5.
Cannington RV Centre
7th Apr, 2016
Truly an awesome dish that can be enjoyed on caravans. Totally-hassle free preparation and yet truly satisfying to the taste buds. Surely going to share this recipe to caravanners around. Hoping to see more recipes like this one. Regards, Cannington RV Centre, Australia
7th Sep, 2015
Loved this! Quick and easy. Made it with madras paste and I used fresh veg - broccoli, red pepper, peas, courgette plus the frozen spinach. Didn't have fresh coriander so added dried with the stock. Took a tip from someone else's comment to add lemon juice at the end which really perked it up. It serves far more than one person, this was enough for two plus leftovers.
1st Jan, 2015
I cooked this today for the wife and I. The fact it's Loaded with vegetables, Chicken and Rice makes it a very filling dish. It was easy to make, tasty and makes enough for two days worth of meals - well, it will did for us.
3rd Dec, 2014
Loved this. Quick and easy recipe for when I get home from work late. Made more than a portion for one but definitely not going to complain about that!
19th Aug, 2014
This worked out great and we loved it. I upped the stock, vegies and rice so it would feed the three of us. Certainly a keeper Many thanks
21st May, 2014
We really enjoyed this recipe. I used fresh veg rather than frozen but will consider frozen next time for a cheaper option. I will cook again, healthy, low fat, easy, packed with veg - what is not to like ! I did add some coriander to serve and made a dip of sour cream, coriander and lemon and I think that jazzed it up. I didn't have issues with sticking, I cooked in a non stick frying pan with a lid. Just off to have some leftovers for my lunch !
21st Dec, 2013
Absolutely one of my favourite recipes ever! Ridiculously easy and quick to make even if I'm home late on a weeknight. Can't wait to cook it at a dinner party too. Love how flexible it is cooking for one person or ten people. I use frozen peas, frozen spinach, and Ocado frozen roasted med veg. Amazing!
22nd Sep, 2013
Did not enjoy this at all. As mentioned by others the rice stuck to the bottom of the casserole dish. Tasted awful. Made loads and it's all going in the bin. Would be better off with a ready made curry from M&S.


4th Feb, 2015
What is a mug?
28th Aug, 2014
How many fluid onces/ millilitres is a mug please
goodfoodteam's picture
11th Sep, 2014
You would use about 200ml of stock for this recipe.
DB7's picture
2nd Jan, 2019
So a standard mug is 300ml?
goodfoodteam's picture
6th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, that's right.
10th Jul, 2014
Very good recipe. To avoid the rice sticking, turn the heat OFF after 10mins cooking the rice and allowed it to sit for 20 minutes. The rest of the liquid will still absorb but should not stick to the pan.
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