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Green chicken pilaf

Green chicken pilaf

This lightly spiced pilaf makes a delicious one-pot weeknight supper – saving on both fuel and washing up!

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HealthyHigh protein1 of your 5 a day
  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook20 mins
  • Total time35 mins

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  • 1 low-salt chicken or vegetable stock cube
  • 1 bunch salad onions, trimmed and finely sliced (separate the green tops)
  • 2 tsp Essential Olive Oil
  • 15g unsalted butter
  • 1 green chilli, finely sliced
  • ½ unwaxed lemon, 2 wide strips zest, juice of all
  • 225g basmati rice, rinsed
  • 235g pack ready-washed spinach
  • 435g pack Roast Chicken Thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces (bones discarded)
  • 1 tbsp Cooks' Ingredients Chaat Masala


  1. First boil the kettle. Put the stock cube in a measuring jug and top up with boiling water to 450ml, stirring to dissolve the stock. Put the white and pale green slices of the salad onions in a large microwave-safe bowl (reserve the dark green tops).

  2. Add the oil, butter, chilli and lemon zest to the bowl. Cover and cook on high for 2 minutes. Uncover and stir in the rice and stock. Re-cover and microwave on medium-high for 14 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the rice is almost cooked.

  3. Refill and reboil the kettle. Put the spinach in a colander, pour over the boiling water to wilt it and allow to drain. Coat the chicken pieces in the chaat masala. Uncover the rice, stir in the wilted spinach, chicken and lemon juice. Re-cover and microwave on high for a final 3 minutes 30 seconds, until the chicken is piping hot. Carefully fish out the strips of lemon zest and discard. Scatter the pilaf with the reserved dark green salad onion tops and serve at once. Per serving

Cook’s tip


Microwaves are ideal for cooking vegetables. This spicy pilaf contains spinach and salad onions; the short cooking time preserves as many vitamins as possible. 


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,946kJ/ 463kcals



Saturated Fat












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