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Chicken and Chickpea Pilaf Recipe-1079

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This one-pot rice dish is full of flavor and is easy to make.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 20 Mins
Cooking time: 35 Mins


  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 skinless and boneless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1¼ cups long-grain rice
  • 2½ cups hot chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • One 15 oz (420g) can chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup slivered almonds toasted
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley


1. Crumble the saffron threads into a small bowl, add 2 tbsp boiling water, and set aside for at least 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the coriander and cumin. In batches, cook the chicken, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining oil to the saucepan and heat. Add the onion, red pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes, until softened.

3. Stir in the rice. Return the chicken to the saucepan and stir in the stock, along with the saffron and its liquid, ½ tsp salt, and the bay leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. Rinse and drain the chickpeas then stir in along with the raisins, and cook about 5 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Transfer to a warm serving platter and serve hot, sprinkled with almonds and parsley.


Nutritional Benefits: Low fat.

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.

717kcal (36%)
837mg (35%)
22g (33%)
3g (14%)
90mg (30%)
82mcg RAE (3%)
49mg (82%)
133mg (13%)
7mg (38%)

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  • akborra

    10.24.11 Flag comment

    I forgot the Saffron and left out the raisins and it still turned out delicious. Either way this was amazing and is definitely going in my recipe book.

  • alexasker

    01.17.11 Flag comment

    easy and delicious!

  • syd83

    10.11.09 Flag comment

    Just tried it, turned out AWESOME! I would not change a thing!!


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