Low Country Chicken Pilau

Pilau rice with chicken, spinach, peas and pepper in bowl,

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
410 Calories
16g Fat
37g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 410
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 606mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 28g
Calcium 48mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 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

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil; add the ham or bacon.

  3. Sauté until meat is lightly browned. Add the chopped onion, green pepper, and celery. Sauté until the onion is tender.

  4. Add the rice and sauté, stirring, until lightly browned.

  5. Add the salt and pepper.

  6. Add the chicken broth and tomatoes to the skillet.

  7. Cover and simmer 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and liquid absorbed.

  8. Stir the cooked chicken into the rice; heat through, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  9. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed. Turn onto a platter; sprinkle with minced parsley, if desired. 

  10. Serve and enjoy!