Chicken Pilaf with Nuts and Currants

Author: Canadian Living

Chicken and rice cook together in a fragrant mix of traditional eastern Mediterranean flavourings. Serve with flatbread, yogurt, and a lettuce-and-onion salad dressed with lemon juice and olive oil.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2003

Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 lbs chicken pieces skinned
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup pine nut
  • 1/4 cup currant
  • 1 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (optional)

Method

Sprinkle 1/2 tsp (2 mL) of the salt and pepper all over chicken. In large nonstick skillet, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; brown chicken, about 10 minutes. Transfer to plate; pour off fat in pan.

Add butter and remaining oil to pan; heat until butter is foaming. Add onion and garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in almonds and currants; cook, stirring, until nuts darken, about 3 minutes. Add rice, allspice, cinnamon, cumin and remaining salt ; cook for 2 minutes, stirring to coat grains.

Add stock and 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) water. Nestle chicken in rice mixture; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until rice is tender and juices run clear when chicken is pierced, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with fork. Sprinkle with dill (if using).

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 539 mg
  • Protein 36 g
  • Calories 482.0
  • Total fat 17 g
  • Cholesterol 102 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 45 g

%RDI

  • Iron 15.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 0.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 6.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 7.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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