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Rice Pilaf with Chicken - Easy Chicken

You can't go wrong with an easy chicken and rice recipe. The Chicken Rice Pilaf is a simple single-skillet meal, for minimum mess and maximum flavor. This one would make a great weeknight family dinner.
For the chicken
  Vegetable oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chicken thighs 12 Medium
The vegetables
  Onion 1 Medium
  Celery ribs 2 Medium
The spices
  Bay leaf 1 Medium
  Cardamom pods 3 Medium
  Cloves 2 Medium
  Cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Paprika 1 Teaspoon
  Ground coriander seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper/White pepper 1 Pinch
  Chili flakes 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crushed
Other ingredients
  Carrots 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), cut into 1.5-inch long pieces
  Garlic cloves 2 Medium, roughly chopped
  Brown rice 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (Soaked in water for at least 8 hours)
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs) (Use as directed on rice package)
  Salt To Taste

1. Soak the brown rice in water for 8 - 12 hours.

2. Drain the soaked rice and set aside.
3. Heat a skillet with oil to high heat.
4. Place chicken thighs on a skillet skin down.
5. After about 5 - 7 minutes, when the skin becomes golden brown, remove thighs to a plate.
6. Add onion and celery to the skillet and caramelize them for a couple of minutes.
7. Now add all the spices to the skillet. Mix oil with vegetables and spices and let simmer for 10 seconds.
8. To the skillet, add chicken thighs skin side up.
9. Add all the carrots and place them between the thighs.
10. Lower the heat to medium low and add garlic. Pop the lid on and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
11. After 10 minutes, add the rice in between the chicken, cover with water, pop the lid on, and let simmer for 20 - 30 minutes or until the rice is puffed.
12. After about 30 minutes, check the rice and if it is not fully cooked, add 1/4 cup of water and continue to simmer.

13. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
If you are looking for a simple pilaf recipe, then this video is just the thing for you. Watch and learn to cook the perfect pilaf with juicy and tender chicken, and all this is less than an hour. Not only is this dish tasty, it is easy to cook and does not call for any extraordinary ingredients. To know more, watch the video.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 692 Calories from Fat 224

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 25 g38.9%

Saturated Fat 4.5 g22.7%

Trans Fat 0.2 g

Cholesterol 188 mg62.7%

Sodium 329.3 mg13.7%

Total Carbohydrates 63 g21.2%

Dietary Fiber 5.9 g23.5%

Sugars 3.5 g

Protein 51 g102.8%

Vitamin A 72.4% Vitamin C 13.2%

Calcium 10.2% Iron 27.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Rice Pilaf With Chicken - Easy Chicken Recipe Video