South African Nectarine and Lemon Chicken with Pilaf Rice

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Nov. 22, 2012


Olive oil 80 Milliliter
Chicken leg 4
Garlic cloves 5
Ground coriander 1 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Chili powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Onions 2 , diced
Nectarines 2 , halved, pitted
Chicken stock 800 Milliliter , hot
Lemon 1 , finely grated rind and jucie
Ground cumin 1 Teaspoon
Cinnamon stick 2
Cardamom 2 , split in half
Fresh bay leaf 2
Long grain rice 300 Gram , rinsed
Butter 20 Gram
Parsley 1 Teaspoon (to serve)



1. Preheat oven to 200ºC, fan 180ºC, gas mark 6.


2. Heat 20ml oil in a frying pan, season chicken and sauté over high heat until golden (3-5 minutes). Set aside.

3. Process garlic, ground spices and half the onion in a food processor until finely chopped.

4. Heat 40ml oil in a flameproof casserole dish, add onion mixture and sauté until fragrant (2-3 minutes), then add lemon juice, 300ml stock and chicken, season to taste and stir to combine.

5. Scatter nectarines over the chicken and spoon a little cooking liquid over the nectarines. Cover, bring to the simmer and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Remove lid and cook over medium heat until chicken is cooked through and the nectarines are tender (5-10 minutes).

6. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a separate flameproof casserole dish, add butter, remaining spices and remaining onion and stir over medium heat until starting to caramelize (5 minutes).

7. Add rice, stir to coat, and add remaining stock. Season to taste, bring to the simmer, then cover and bake until rice is cooked (15 minutes).

8. Stir through lemon rind.


9. Serve with the nectarine chicken, scattered with parsley.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 799Calories from Fat 292

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 33 g50.8%

Saturated Fat 7 g35%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 416 mg17.33%

Total Carbohydrates 87 g29%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 11 g

Protein 39 g78%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet