Oven-baked chicken pilau

Oven-baked chicken pilau

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
This chicken pilau is not only satisfying, it's healthy too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal784
  • fat26g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs95g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre1g
  • protein48g
  • salt1.14g
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  • 85g pine nuts
  • 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 red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 350g long grain rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • 85g sultanas
  • 850ml chicken stock
  • handful fresh coriander leaves, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. On the hob, toast the pine nuts in a flameproof casserole dish, remove and set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in the casserole and soften the onion with the turmeric for 3 mins. Add the chicken thighs and cook for 3-4 mins until browned all over. Tip in the rice, sultanas and 700ml stock, then bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and bake in the oven for 20 mins, checking halfway and adding more stock if needed. Cook until the chicken is done and the rice tender. Season to taste, then stir in the toasted pine nuts and serve sprinkled with fresh coriander.

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24th Oct, 2016
Nice, easy recipe - I read the comments below and was worried about lack of spice / flavour so added ginger, garlic, cumin (with turmeric and onion) and 2 tbsp of medium curry powder & a tsp of chilli flakes before popping in oven. I also added red & green peppers for more veg - will add even more veggies next time to make it a little healthier (peas, maybe cauliflower?) I cooked on 200 degrees (fan assisted) & it took around 25-30 (although I was mostly paranoid about chicken), and I added c.200 ml of liquid at the halfway point. Definitely needed the extra spices. I thought this was enough for around 5 generous servings!
21st Oct, 2015
I love this kind of recipe where all ingredients baked in oven and left alone. I did add more spices, coriander and additional nuts ie peanuts, cashews and almonds. A great recipe - easy and so tasty. It was enjoyed by all and I will definitely be making this one often.
19th Feb, 2015
Good not great, needs a bit more spice. The sultanas and pine nuts are a nice touch. Definitely needs more than 20 mins cooking, about 40-45 should do it.
5th Feb, 2015
I used basmatic rice, took 25 min. I cooked in a shallow cast iron dish, mixed the corriander and pine nuts through and put the lid back on for 5 min on the side. Lovely!
22nd Sep, 2014
Quick and easy mid-week supper. I substituted long grain rice for basmati, and set my fan-assisted oven to 200 degrees instead of 180 degrees and it cooked perfectly in the 20 minutes for me! Enjoyed by the whole family including our toddler.
12th Jun, 2014
This is lovely. It needs a lot longer in the oven. I would say 40/60 mins. I had to top up with a little water throughout too. I served it with yoghurt and chutney which was great. Personally I like a little more heat so I added curry powder.
8th Apr, 2014
Delicious and so easy. I made it with 500g diced turkey breast fillets and they were moist and tender (took about 35 mins) also used 300g brown rice. added diced apricots. I also only used 1 tbsp of oil to cut back on the fat.
18th Jan, 2011
Love this recipe although find I need to cook it for longer than stated. My children love the addition of chorizo - never any food left on their plates - fab!
14th Apr, 2009
this is delicious and easy to do, a firm favourite with the family
10th Feb, 2009
Tasty recipe. Easy to do. Took little longer than 20 mins but worth wait for a while!


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