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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
5 min 1 h 6
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2 tbsp Olive Oil, Extra Virgin
1 medium/large bird Whole Chicken (cut up)
1/2 tsp Salt
1 dash Black pepper
2 onion(s) Sweet onion (finely chopped)
3 clove(s) Garlic
1 1/2 cup Brown rice, short-grain, dry
1 tsp Turmeric, powder
1 tsp Saffron
3 1/2 cup Chicken broth (stock), low sodium
1 cup Frozen green peas
1 fruit Lime (quartered, for serving)
6 sprig Parsley, fresh (chopped, for serving)


In a small bowl soak saffron threads and in a little bit of hot water (this really opens up the spice and releases its flavor). Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add chicken skin side down, sprinkle with salt and black pepper, and cook undisturbed for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken pieces easily release from the pan (make sure that the chicken sizzles but doesn’t burn by adjusting the heat accordingly.)

Flip the chicken pieces and cook on the other side until browned, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

Spoon most of the fat from the skillet, leaving about 2 tablespoons for added flavor.
Reduce the heat to medium, add onions, and sauté for about 5 to 6 minutes, until translucent.

Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant.

Add rice and cook stirring until the rice is glossy and coated with oil.

Add turmeric and saffron and give a good stir.

Return the chicken to the pan, add stock, and stir gently to combine.

Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook undisturbed for 20 minutes (resist the urge to uncover the skillet and stir, be patient!)
Uncover and check. The goal is to have the liquid absorbed, the rice is tender, and the chicken is cooked through.

If the rice is dry but nothing is ready, add another ¼ cup of water and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.

When ready, take a taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Remove from the heat, add peas, cover, and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

Fish the chicken out of the pan and fluff the rice with a fork.

Return chicken to the skillet, arrange lime wedges around, and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 364
Calories from fat 88
Calories from saturated fat 15.3
Total Fat 9.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 15.7 g
Cholesterol 48 mg
Sodium 628 mg
Potassium 873 mg
Total Carbohydrate 53 g
Dietary Fiber 6.0 g
Sugars 8.6 g
Protein 18.7 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Fruit 0.2
Grain 1.6
Meat 2.1
Meat Alternative 0.2
Vegetables 1.9

Energy sources