Monthly Mystery Munchies #8: Chicken Pilaf

Chicken pilaf 5This month’s Monthly Mystery Munchies theme was chosen by Ann – an interesting rice dish. What fun! My favourite kind of rice is savoury rice, but I wanted to do something a bit more interesting. I love saffron, but it’s ludicrously expensive. Sell a kidney, anyone? Okay, that’s a bit extreme! The reason saffron is so expensive is because it takes 225,000 stigmas (seriously?!) to make just one kilo, and it’s an intensive labour process. The cashews add a sweetness to the dish, and the coriander adds a fragrant freshness.

Ann has done an aromatic spiced saffron rice dish, using wonderful, fragrant ingredients and I wholly love her recipe, so please check it out! Speaking of recipes, here’s mine.

Chicken Pilaf

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Supplies:

Chicken pilaf 6500g chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
½ teaspoon saffron threads
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons ground coriander
1 litre chicken stock
1 cup basmati rice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
50g cashews, toasted
1 tablespoon olive oil + more if necessary
Fresh coriander to serve
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Making it happen:

Chicken pilaf 11. Soak the saffron in chicken stock for 20 minutes. In 2 tablespoons of oil, fry the onion and peppers on medium heat for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

Chicken pilaf 22. Add the chicken and fry until it starts changing colour, about 5 minutes, then add the ground cumin and coriander, and fry for another 30 seconds. Add the rice and saffron-infused chicken stock.

 

Chicken pilaf 33. Boil on medium heat 15-20 minutes until the basmati is cooked. Meanwhile, toast the cashews in a pan for 3 minutes until golden brown.

 

 

Chicken pilaf 44. Once the rice is cooked, season with salt and pepper. Squeeze lemon juice over, sprinkle the toasted cashews and garnish with coriander.

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2 thoughts on “Monthly Mystery Munchies #8: Chicken Pilaf

  1. Basmati and saffron! You read my mind, Twinsies! 😊😊😊 how many kidneys for saffron you think? 😉 Well done with the pilaf and hats off for not using rice cooker! That’s awesome. I think I would hv burnt my rice without a rice cooker so that 1000 pts for you. I just landed and realised I hv forgotten to link you up! I’ll get round to it. It’s been a crazy flight experience to get back to bkk! Stories for later. Next challenge!!!! X.

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