For quick festive flavour, this Persian-inspired pilaf is perfect. You'll sizzle chicken in roasted garlic and warm spices, before adding spinach, cranberries and pistachios for crunch.
Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake
|Typical Values||per 100g||per serving|
of which saturates
of which sugars
|Fibre||1.7 g||6.4 g|
|Protein||9.9 g||38.3 g|
|Salt||0.69 g||2.68 g|
In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.
Before you begin...
Get all your ingredients and equipment ready
Skim through these steps, then wash your fruit and veg
Note: Equipment and pan sizes vary. Make sure you cook food thoroughly (even if it takes you a little longer than 10 mins)
Now, let's get started!
Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) with a generous knob of butter over a high heat
Once melted, add the diced chicken thigh with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook for 3-4 min
Add the ground cumin, turmeric and roasted garlic paste to the pan and cook for 30 secs or until fragrant
Meanwhile, squeeze the pouch[es] of the steamed white basmati rice to separate the grains
Tear the top corner of the pouch[es] (just a little!) and microwave for 2 min or until piping hot
Tip: If you're cooking two pouches, pop them in together but increase the microwave cook time accordingly
Add the dried cranberries to the pan and cook for 30 secs further
Wash the spinach, then add it to the pan along with the soy sauce and cook for 2-3 min further or until the spinach is starting to wilt and the chicken is cooked through (no pink meat!)
Note: Please make sure you cook your chicken thoroughly (until piping hot!) as cooking equipment varies
Add the steamed basmati rice to the pan and give everything a good mix up
Cook for 30 secs further or until the rice is completed coated in all the spices – this is your jewelled chicken & cranberry pilaf
Set the jewelled chicken & cranberry pilaf in the centre of the table, ready to share
Garnish with the pistachio nuts