Lemon & chilli pilaf with chargrilled chicken

Lemon & chilli pilaf with chargrilled chicken

Photography by Mark O’Meara


Pilaf is a nutritious winter main, especially when it’s topped with protein-rich chicken. With zingy citrus and chilli, this hearty meal is guaranteed to give you a lift.

Preparation Time

15 – 20 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 450ml salt-reduced chicken stock
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, outer layer removed, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 long fresh red chilli, halved, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 300g (1 1/2 cups) basmati rice
  • 250ml (1 cup) boiling water
  • 2 (about 200g each) single chicken breast fillets
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bunch rocket, ends trimmed, coarsely chopped
  • Lemon wedges, to serve


  1. Heat the stock in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Place a heavy-based saucepan, with a tight-fitting lid, over medium heat. Spray with olive oil spray. Add the onion and fennel and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the garlic and chilli and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  2. Add the rice to the onion mixture and stir to coat. Add the hot stock and water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove the lid and cover the pan with a tea towel. Replace the lid. Set aside, covered, for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a large chargrill on medium-high. Spray with olive oil spray. Add the chicken to the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes each side or until just cooked through. Set aside to cool slightly. Thinly slice across the grain.
  4. Use a fork to separate the grains of the rice. Stir in the lemon rind and lemon juice. Season with pepper. Divide among serving dishes. Top with the rocket and chicken. Serve with lemon wedges.



Good Taste – July 2008

Good Taste – July 2008, Page 48
Recipe by Chrissy Freer


Nutritional information

This information is per serve.

Protein Dietary Fibre
33.00g 4.00g
Fat Total Energy
3.50g 1800kJ
Fat Saturated Sodium
Carbohydrate Total Cholesterol
Carbohydrate Sugars

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