Chicken and vegetable pilau rice

    1 hour 25 min

    A versatile and tasty pilau rice that's made into a main meal with the addition of chicken and loads of veg. Great for using up leftover rice if you have it.


    Essex, England, UK
    3 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 500g basmati rice, rinsed well
    • 6 tablespoons oil, divided
    • 6 small onions, sliced
    • 1 stick cinnamon
    • 1kg chicken fillets, cut into pieces
    • 2 tablespoons garlic and ginger paste
    • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
    • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper, or to taste
    • 200g mixed frozen vegetables
    • 150g shredded cabbage
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 3 green or red chillies, finely chopped
    • 5 tablespoons soy sauce, or to taste
    • 30g fresh coriander, chopped

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:5min setting  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

    1. Cook the rice in a large saucepan according to packet instructions.
    2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the onions and cinnamon and cook and stir till the onion begins to brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
    3. In a large casserole or saucepan, heat 4 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken, garlic-ginger paste, salt and pepper, and place over medium high heat. Cover and cook till the chicken is browned.
    4. Add the frozen mixed veg, cabbage, green pepper and chillies. Cook and stir till the veggies are tender and slightly browned.
    5. Once the rice is done, add it to the chicken and veg mixture. Toss to combine, then add the soy sauce and coriander. Toss once more and serve.

    Serving suggestion

    I like to serve this with this easy raita: Mix 200g yoghurt with 1 tablespoon each of chopped fresh mint and coriander. Add 1 teaspoon each of olive oil and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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