Chicken Pilaf & Pappadums a One Pot Winner


Every now and then I flick through the in-store magazines at the supermarket while waiting my turn at the check out, do you? Usually it’s the trashies to catch up on the goss but I found this recipe in a Woolworths Fresh mag, I love a good, quick one pot wonder so decided to try it out.  It was a win, yay!

It’s an easy meal that was mild enough for the kids to like and flavoursome enough for us and the in-laws.  It’s gluten free too!

10 minutes prep time, cook for 20 minutes, serves 4 or I added extra chicken to stretch it to 4 adults and 2 kids

Chicken Pilaf & Pappadums


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 20 g butter
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g chicken thigh fillets, cubed
  • 2 C basmati rice
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 8 cardamon pods, "bruised"
  • 2 C chicken stock
  • 2 C boiling water
  • 1/2 small cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
  • 1 bunch coriander, leaves only, chopped
  • Pappadams


  1. Preheat oven to 220 C
  2. Heat oil & butter in a heavy based casserole dish over a high heat
  3. Add onion, garlic and chicken. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly or until browned
  4. Stir in rice and spices then add stock and water. Bring to the boil then put cauliflower on the top and cover.
  5. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile cook the pappadams as per packet instructions.
  7. Remove from oven and put half the chopped coriander in the pot and stir through mixing up the pilaf.
  8. Spoon into serving plates and garnish with the remaining coriander. Serve with pappadams.


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4 comments on “Chicken Pilaf & Pappadums a One Pot Winner

  1. peregrinationgourmande
    June 1, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Bouhouhou why are you all loving cauliflower? No matter, I can do this with brocolis! haha xx cathy

    • Vicki
      June 1, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Ha ha, not a cauli fan? Would be great with broccoli too – I might also try that. x

  2. Kim @Landofzonkt
    June 1, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I make something similar but with arborio so this sounds yum… Plus you had me at Cardamon… Fav spice ever!

    • Vicki
      June 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Cardamon, really – I’ve got something coming up then that you will love! x

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