Low Country Chicken Pilau Recipe

Pilau rice with chicken, spinach, peas and pepper in bowl,
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  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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This one-dish chicken pilau is a pilaf full of satisfying flavor. This recipe is a down-home southern version of chicken and rice. It's a good way to use up leftover roasted or rotisserie chicken, as you simply need to add cooked, cubed chicken to the rice, vegetables, and spices. 

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What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced ham or bacon
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can whole tomatoes (or 1 cup fresh, peeled and chopped)
  • 2 cups cooked cubed chicken
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley

How to Make It

  1. In a large deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil; add the ham or bacon.
  2. Sauté until meat is lightly browned. Add the chopped onion, green pepper, and celery. Sauté until the onion is tender.
  3. Add the rice and sauté, stirring, until lightly browned.
  4. Add the 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  5. Add the 2 cups chicken broth and tomatoes to the skillet.
  6. Cover and simmer 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and liquid absorbed.
  1. Stir the cooked chicken into the rice; heat through, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed. Turn onto a platter; sprinkle with minced parsley, if desired. 

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 410
Total Fat 16 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 72 mg
Sodium 606 mg
Carbohydrates 37 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 28 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)