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Spiced chicken with aubergine pilaf recipe

Spiced chicken with aubergine pilaf recipe

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A light and summery dinner for two, tender chicken is served on a bed of aubergine and cinnamon-spiced rice, studded with juicy currants. See method

  • Serves 2
  • 10 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
  • 759 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 aubergine, cut into chunks
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 25g currants
  • 150g basmati rice
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • 25g butter
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 50g flaked almonds
  • handful parsley, chopped
Basmati rice can always be swapped for long-grain

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    30g 43%
  • Saturates

    9g 43%
  • Sugars

    13g 15%
  • Salt

    0.9g 16%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 77.2g Protein 49.6g Fibre 1.5g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Heat half the oil in a lidded ovenproof pan. Add the aubergine and fry, over a high heat, until golden all over.
  2. Stir in the cinnamon, currants and rice. Fry for 1 min more until all the grains are coated in the oil, then pour in the stock with 100ml water.
  3. Stir in the butter and season well. Cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 20 mins, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked.
  4. Meanwhile, put the chicken between 2 sheets of clingflim. Bash with a rolling pin to thin the meat into an escalope. Remove the clingfilm and scatter over the allspice; season well.
  5. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan. Add the chicken and fry over a high heat for 3-5 mins on each side, until cooked through with no pink meat remaining.
  6. Divide the pilaf between 2 shallow bowls. Cut each chicken breast in half lengthways and arrange over the rice. Spoon over the pan juices. Scatter over the almonds and parsley to serve.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Cook as instructed and allow to cool completely. Then transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating.

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