Chicken Rice Pilaf

Easy one-pot chicken rice pilaf recipes 2022 – how to make rice pilaf with chicken leg quarters in 7 steps at home.

Easy rice pilaf recipe for cooking pilaf from scratch with simple and tasty ingredients like rice, chicken legs, and fresh parsley leaves.

Learn in this cooking video how to make one-pot chicken rice pilaf from scratch using a tasty and easy rice pilaf recipe!

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➡️ What ingredients do you need for the chicken rice pilaf recipe? ❓


1) 24 tbsp of rice
2) about 1,5 kg/50 oz of chicken (6 chicken leg quarters or large chicken thighs)
3) some salt and ground black pepper
4) 1 tsp of salted dehydrated vegetables (optional)
5) 2 tbsp of sunflower oil
6) a bundle of fresh parsley leaves, chopped

➡️ How to make a chicken rice pilaf recipe from scratch? ❓

Chicken Rice Pilaf Recipe

1) place rice in cold water and wait to soak at least 1 hour or overnight (recommended)
2) place chicken into a tall pot
3) season chicken legs with some salt and ground black pepper to taste
4) add some salted dehydrated vegetables (optional)
5) fill the pot up with water to cover chicken with about 2 fingers, add a little vegetable oil, and boil ingredients over a medium temperature about 10-15 minutes or until the chicken softens partly
6) place rice into the pot, reduce temperature, and boil ingredients until soft (10-15 minutes)
7) meanwhile, chop the parsley leaves, add them to the pot, turn the stove off, place the lid to the pot, and wait at least 15 minutes before serving (VERY IMPORTANT!)

➡️ What is pilaf? 🔎

Did You Know That?

Pilaf, pilau, palaw, pulao, or polao is a rice dish or, in some regions, a wheat dish, whose recipe usually involves cooking in stock or broth, adding spices, and other ingredients such as vegetables or meat,[1][2][note 1] and employing some technique for achieving cooked grains that do not adhere.
At the time of the Abbasid Caliphate, such methods of cooking rice at first spread through a vast territory from India to Spain, and eventually to a wider world. The Spanish paella,[5][note 4] and the South Asian pilau or pulao,[6][note 5] and biryani,[7][note 6] evolved from such dishes.
Some cooks prefer to use basmati because it is easier to prepare a pilaf where the grains stay “light, fluffy and separate” with this type of rice. However, other types of long-grain rice are also used. The rice is rinsed thoroughly before use to remove the starch. Pilaf can be cooked in water or stock. Common additions include fried onions and fragrant spices like cardamom, bay leaves, and cinnamon.[22] Pilaf is usually made with meat or vegetables, but it can also be made plain which is called sade pilav in Turkish, chelo in Persian and ruzz mufalfal in Arabic.[24]
On special occasions, saffron may be used to give the rice a yellow color. Pilaf is often made by adding the rice to the hot fat and stirring briefly before adding the cooking liquid. The fat used varies from recipe to recipe. Cooking methods vary with respect to details such as pre-soaking the rice and steaming after boiling.[22]
Local varieties
There are thousands of variations of pilaf made with rice or other grains like bulgur.[22] In Central Asia, there is plov, pilau on the Indian subcontinent, and variations from Turkmenistan and Turkey. Some include different combinations of meats, fruits, or vegetables, while others are simple and served plain.[22] In the present day, Central Asian, Indian, Turkish cuisine, Iranian and Caribbean cuisine are considered the five major schools of pilaf.[25]
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➡️ What are the health benefits of eating rice? ⚕️

Healthy Diet -Did You Know the Health Benefits?

“Rice is such an important food in some countries that “to eat” means “to eat rice.” Nearly half of the people in the world get approximately 50% of their calories from rice. Without rice or something to take the place of rice, many people would go hungry.
Health Benefits
Brown and white rice are the same grain, just milled differently. Kernels of brown rice have the bran layer intact. In white rice, it has been polished away. The presence of the bran layer makes brown rice more nutritious than white, although some white rice is fortified. The bran layer also makes brown rice take longer to cook. For maximum nutrition, choose brown rice.
Diabetes Control
Brown rice can help people with diabetes control their blood sugar. With a glycemic index of 64, white rice is more likely to spike blood sugar than brown rice, with a glycemic index of 55. Several studies have found that a high intake of white rice is associated with an increased risk of diabetes.
Heart Health 
Whole grains like brown rice contain more fiber than processed foods. Fiber can lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Since fiber makes you feel full, you may find it easier to maintain a healthy weight. Also, brown rice contains vitamins and minerals that help the blood transport oxygen and perform other vital functions.
Cancer Risk Reduction
Brown rice contains three distinct types of phenolics, which are antioxidants that occur naturally in plants. Antioxidants can reduce the risk of cancer by keeping free radicals from damaging cells. Phenolics occur in the bran layer of rice and in the germ, the reproductive part of a grain. When the bran is removed to make white rice, many of the phenolics are lost.  
Digestive Health
The insoluble fiber in brown rice promotes regular bowel movements. It can also prevent hemorrhoids and improve bowel control. Because it is gluten-free, brown rice is a good food choice for people with celiac disease. Those with celiac disease cannot digest some grains and may have difficulty getting all the nutrition they need.”
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➡️ Tips for cooking a chicken rice pilaf recipe 🔎

Chicken rice pilaf is not a typical Hungarian recipe but it is very popular in this Central European country and therefore often cooked in many families.

Both me and my family like rice pilaf very much and as a result, I have a few pilaf recipes that I often cook (see the links below for these recipes). Of these, the chicken rice pilaf is by far the most beloved and often prepared.

The chicken rice pilaf recipe can be cooked with chicken leg quarters, chicken thighs, or chicken drumsticks. Moreover, you can use a whole chicken cut into pieces.

The preparation seems very simple, but there are some secrets that help you cook a perfect chicken rice pilaf.

The first is to let the rice soften before cooking. Not only does this shorten the cooking time, but the rice grains will become fluffy and tender.

The second secret is to use the right amount of water for boiling. Many tend to fill the pot with water to the point of refusal. This is wrong and leads to a watery pilaf, unpleasant in taste because rice can absorb only a limited amount of liquid.

The third secret to getting a perfect chicken rice pilaf is to put a lid on the pot after boiling and allow enough time for the rice to absorb the liquid in which it boiled. Without this step, the pilaf will also be watery and the rice grains will not be fluffy enough.

Enjoy the chicken rice pilaf recipe with chicken leg quarters!

➡️ Health benefits of rice ⚕️

Rice is a staple food in many parts of the globe. Many tasty foods can be cooked from rice, but it also has a number of beneficial properties that contribute to the good health of our body. Read some of them below.

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