Basmati chicken pilaf

    40 mins

    This colourful one-pot dish is very simple to make and ideal for a tasty and nutritious mid-week meal. Coconut milk, gentle spices and fresh coriander add an exotically fragrant note.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1½ tablespoons (20ml) olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 1 red capsicum, seeded and diced
    • 340 g chicken breast fillets, cut into thin strips
    • 170 g button mushrooms, halved
    • 2 courgette, sliced
    • 1½ cups basmati rice, rinsed
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 140 ml tin coconut milk
    • 1,2/3 cup (400 ml) chicken stock, hot
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves
    • sprigs of fresh coriander to garnish

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a moderately high heat. Add the onion, garlic, capsicum and chicken and cook, stirring, for 4–5 minutes, or until the chicken has lost its raw look and the vegetables have softened slightly.
    2. Add the mushrooms, courgette, rice and spices. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
    3. Pour in the coconut milk and hot stock, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil, then cover, reduce the heat and simmer for 10–15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and has absorbed the liquid.
    4. Remove from the heat. Stir in the chopped coriander, then cover again and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Serve hot, garnished with coriander sprigs.

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