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Chicken and Chickpea Pilaf

Updated February 23, 2016
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This one-pot rice dish is full of flavor and is easy to make.

Nutritional Benefits: Low fat.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time20 min

Preparation Time - Text20 mins

Cooking Time35 min

Cooking Time - Text35

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationhealthy, low-fat

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturesavory

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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

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.

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.

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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.

easy and delicious!

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

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