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Cozy up with Le Creuset on Nov 5th

Le Creuset Chicken Pilaf Recipe

To celebrate the launch of the new Marine colour from Le Creuset, and the onslaught of Autumn, bonfire night and all things cosy we are bringing you a warming, satisfying, delicious, versatile and quick recipe - perfect for making in any Signature Cast Iron Casserole! 


 Chicken Pilaf, recipe courtesy of Le Creuset

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30-35 minutes
  • Serves 4


You will need:

  • 40g (1oz) salted butter 
  • A splash of olive oil 
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced 
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries, finely crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 4 organic and free-range chicken legs 
  • 2 teaspoons sumac or ½ lemon 
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes 
  • A handful of sultanas 
  • A large handful of walnuts, roughly chopped 
  • 250g (½lb) basmati rice, soaked for an hour 
  • A handful each of parsley, dill and mint leaves, roughly chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons Greek-style yogurt, to serve 
  • 1 pomegranate, seeded to garnish
  • 20g pistachios, crushed to garnish



  1. Place the Signature Cast Iron 24cm Casserole on a low heat and melt the butter with a splash of oil in the pan.
  2. Add the onions with a pinch of salt and sprinkle in the allspice and cinnamon.
  3. Fry the onions over a low heat for 5 minutes until soft.
  4. Season the chicken legs with salt and generously cover with the sumac (or rub with the ½ a lemon) and chilli flakes.
  5. Turn the heat up to medium and add the chicken to the onions. Fry the chicken legs on both sides for about 8 minutes until they begin to colour, being careful not to let the onions burn. 
  6. Stir in the sultanas and walnuts and drain the rice before adding it to the pan.
  7. Season with salt, then pour over boiling water from a kettle so that the water comes 2cm above the rice. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, before turning the heat down to low and cooking for another 5 minutes.
  8. Leave to rest off the heat for 10 minutes, then remove the lid and check that the chicken is cooked. If not, return to the heat or put into a hot oven for a few minutes.
  9. Fork-up the rice to separate the grains and stir through the chopped herbs.
  10. To serve top with the Greek yogurt and a scattering of pomegranate seeds and pistachios.

Alternative suggestions: 
  • This is a brilliantly versatile recipe that goes particularly well in this pan. You can make it without chicken, with cauliflower, or nuts or spring vegetables - the technique is the same.

The new Le Creuset Marine colour is now available in Steamer Trading & Kitchens Cookshop stores & online. 

Posted: 01 Nov 2017

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