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Chicken Pilaf    HT  MC  M Eastern   40mins

Serve 4     Hot   Poultry  Dried Fruit  Nuts  Grains   Main Course  Healthy Eating Gluten Wheat Dairy Free  Eggless Middle East



4 Large Chicken Joints

Salt and Pepper

3 tbsp Olive Oil

1 Large Onion, chopped

1 Garlic Clove, crushed

1/2 teasp Ground Cumin

1/2 teasp Ground Cinnamon

6 Cardamons, crushed

6 Cloves

1/2 teasp Turmeric

250g/9oz Long-grain Rice

600ml/1pt Fresh Chicken Stock

2 Bay Leaves

50g/2oz Sultanas

50g/2oz Flaked Almonds




1. Wipe the chicken and cut each joint into two pieces. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil  in a large saucepan and fry the chicken until browned. Remove the chicken.


2. Fry the onion in the same saucepan for 10 minutes, then add the garlic, ground cumin, cinnamon, cardamoms and cloves, and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.


3. Return the chicken pieces to the saucepan, cover and cook over a gentle heat for 15 minutes, stirring from time to time so that the chicken is well coated.


4. Add the rice, stock, turmeric and bay leaves to the chicken; bring to the boil. Cover and cook gently for 10 minutes.


5. Stir in the sultanas and cook for a further 5-10 minutes until the rice is tender.


6. To serve - quickly fry the almonds in the remaining oil for 2-3 minutes, until golden, then pour over the pilaf.



Serving Suggestions :


Not Necessary


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Key techniques

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Brown  to  -  To fry in very shallow  fat  over a high heat in order to colour the food and seal in the juices.

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.


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