Sunday, 20 December 2015

One pot rice with chicken, carrot and chickpeas

Sometimes, you miss cooking so much you begin to imagine what you want to cook. You actually visualise every ingredient...or maybe I am just crazy? lol

So here is this dish I put together after imagining what I want to make whilst driving home. Alhamdulilah it turned out delicious, a definite treat!

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 5-6 people
  • Preparation time: 20-25 mins
  • Cooking time: 25 mins
What you will need:

1 cup basmati rice
2 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, peeled and chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 baby chicken, cut into eight pieces
1/2 tbsp salt (add a little more if you prefer)
1/2 tbsp black pepper
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1+ 3/4 cup boiling water
1 chicken stock cube
2 tbsp tomato puree
1x 400g can chickpeas
2 handfuls raisins 

How to make:

1) Place the rice in a bowl, and under running water, rinse the rice until the water from the rice becomes clear. Add fresh water to the bowl and set aside

2) In a pot, add the olive oil over medium high heat, then add the onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, then add the shredded carrot. After a few minutes, add the chicken pieces. Leave to cook for 5 mins, then turn the chicken and cook on the other side for a further 5 mins

3) Once the chicken gains some colour, and the onions become cooked, add the salt, pepper, cinnamon, paprika, brown sugar and turmeric powder. Mix well, and cook for a further few minutes

4) Add the water, stock cube, tomato puree, rice, chickpeas and raisins. Mix well, leave to boil over high heat for 1-2 mins, then reduce the heat to low, cover and leave to cook for 15-20 mins. Check, and if it needs more time, leave for 5 min intervals until rice is done. Once it is done, leave for five minutes with the heat off before serving

Alhamdulilah, sometimes the dishes you make up from your head are actually tastier than you think! Enjoy :)


  1. Made this dish today and was lovely and my husband loved it too. Considering there's not many spices or even any chillies, the flavour is bang on! It's not time consuming at all and anyone can attempt it. Will be adding it to my tried recipes book and look forward to making it again inshAllah.
    Mrs Khan ��

  2. Alhamdulilah, so good to know it worked out well. Thank you so much for the feedback :))

  3. In the process of making this for dinner :) in Sha Allah it turns out yummy :)

    1. Ahhh inshAllah it turns out delicious! Do let me know how it goes and email me a pic :)