Easy Chicken and Rice Pilaf Recipe For Chicken Traybake

Cheat’s chicken pilaf traybake

  • serves 2
  • Easy

Add a bit of spice to your chicken traybake with cinnamon, cumin and turmeric for an easy midweek dinner


*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards



  • onion 1, thinly sliced
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • lemon 1, juiced
  • olive oil
  • whole chicken thighs 4
  • cooked basmati rice 250g (use a pouch or leftovers)
  • dill a handful, chopped


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the onion, garlic, spices and lemon juice in an ovenproof dish that the chicken thighs will fit in snugly, with just a little space between them.

  • Step 2

    Add 1 tbsp oil and some seasoning, then stir everything together. Sit the chicken thighs on top of the onion mix and season. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes. Take out the chicken pieces then stir the rice and most of the dill into the roasted onion mix.

  • Step 4

    Sit the chicken back on top and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve with a little extra dill sprinkled on top.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 496
  • Fat 22.6g
  • Saturates 5.4g
  • Carbs 42.8g
  • Sugars 4.8g
  • Fibre 3.7g
  • Protein 28.4g
  • Salt 0.3g