Lebanese Chicken Pilaf ( Recipes )

Dietitian's recipe of the week! Lebanese Chicken Pilaf.

Lebanese Chicken Pilaf

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 625ml (2 1/2 cups) boiling water
  • Massel chicken stock cubes
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 brown onions, halved, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 60g (1/4 cup) red lentils
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 500g chicken breast trimmed, cut crossways into thirds
  • 2 tbs currants
  • 1 cup fresh continental parsley leaves


  1. Combine water and stock cubes in a heatproof jug. Stir until cubes dissolve.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, covered, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until soft. Uncover. Stir for 4 minutes or until the onion starts to brown. Stir in rice, lentils, half the cumin, half the cinnamon and half the lemon zest for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add 560ml of the stock. Bring to boil. Cover. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes. Set aside, covered, for 10 minutes. Use a fork to separate the grains.
  3. Meanwhile, combine chicken and remaining cinnamon and cumin in a bowl. Season. Heat remaining oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken for 3 minutes each side or until golden. Stir in the currants and remaining stock. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Divide the rice mixture and chicken among bowls. Top with parsley and remaining lemon zest.

Source: Adapted from


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