Pilaf With Chicken, Spinach, and Walnuts

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by WiGal

Use LEFTOVER meat from a roasted chicken, or pick up a rotisserie chicken from your supermarket. I love the cinnamon in this. A variation from Cooking Light.

Top Review by Elmotoo

3 liked this a lot, 1 not so much. I liked how easy it was. I had no leftover chicken nor do i buy rostisserie chicken so i poached some breasts. i needed to poach in tastier liquid because they were very bland & aren't in the dish long enough to absorb flavors. My rice got mushy. :( Otherwise, it was tasty, quick & easy! Made for Aussie Recipe Swap 1/14.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put rice in bowl, cover with boiling water and leave for 10 minutes, drain.
  2. Meanwhile, spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and saute walnuts, remove, and set aside.
  3. Melt butter in same skillet, add onion and garlic; sauté for about 3 minutes,
  4. Stir in drained rice, and saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Add olive oil, stock, tomato, salt, black pepper, and cinnamon stick to rice; bring to a boil.
  6. Cover, reduce heat to low, simmer about 20 minutes or until liquid is mostly absorbed-don�t stir but peek after 15 minutes to see if more stock needs to be added.
  7. When the rice is tender, stir in chicken and spinach;
  8. Remove skillet from heat.
  9. Place a clean kitchen towel between skillet and lid, over the rim of the pot covering the top and put the lid back on.
  10. Let the pilaf stand for about 5 minutes (Turkish cooks call this the brewing time) before serving.
  11. Sprinkle evenly with walnuts and dill.
  12. Discard cinnamon stick and serve.

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