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Hairy Bikers' cauliflower and chicken pilaf

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Hairy Bikers' cauliflower and chicken pilaf
Hairy Bikers' cauliflower and chicken pilaf
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Hairy Bikers' cauliflower and chicken pilaf is a delicious, healthy lunch or light dinner option. It's so easy to make and tastes great too. This recipe serves 4 people and will take only 20 mins to prepare and cook. A portion of this mouth-watering pilaf works out at only 274 calories per serving. The Hairy Bikers say; 'Everyone loves a pilaf but the rice makes it quite a high calorie dish. But if you use cauliflower instead of rice you get all that lovely comforting flavour and texture with far fewer cals. We’re happy putting in the whole spices into our pilaf and we’re used to fishing them out as we eat but if you’re worried you could wrap them in a little bit of muslin.'

Ingredients

  • 500g chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 large onion, sliced into thin crescents
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 5g fresh root ginger, finely chopped
  • large pinch of saffron
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 2 x 3cm pieces of cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds (optional)
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 1 medium cauliflower (about 750g)
  • flaked sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

To serve:

  • 1 tbsp pistachios
  • ½ pomegranate
  • small bunch of coriander or parsley

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Method

  1. First prepare the chicken. If using thighs, trim off any fat, then slice them thinly. If using chicken breasts, cut them into 2cm chunks. Peel and slice the onion into thin crescents. Finely chop the garlic and ginger. Put the saffron in a bowl with a little hot water and leave it to steep.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, lidded frying pan or a shallow casserole dish. When the pan is hot, add the chicken. Fry the chicken for a minute, stirring constantly, until the pieces have seared, then add the onion, garlic and ginger and fry for another couple of minutes. Add the whole spices and the bay leaves.
  3. Pour the stock and the saffron with its water into the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Stir vigorously, scraping up any brown bits from the base of the pan. Bring the stock to the boil, then leave to simmer while you prepare the cauliflower – this should take about 5 minutes. Cut up the cauliflower and blitz to the size of coarse breadcrumbs in a food processor – use the stalks as well as the florets.
  4. When the liquid has reduced so it just coats the base of the pan and the chicken and onion are tender, remove the chicken and most of the onion with a slotted spoon and keep them warm. Add the cauliflower to the pan and stir so it is coated with the remaining liquid and spices – it should start to turn a light ochre in patches.
  5. Cook over a medium heat for at least 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until the cauliflower is cooked through and the remaining liquid has evaporated. The cauliflower should be fluffy. Put half the chicken and onion back into the pan and stir it through the cauliflower, then add the rest on top.
  6. While the cauliflower is cooking, lightly crush or chop the pistachios and remove the seeds from the pomegranate. Serve the pilaf sprinkled with the pistachios, pomegranate seeds and herbs.


THE HAIRY DIETERS 
FAST FOOD by Si King and Dave Myers is published by Orion; Trade paperback: £14.99, eBook: £7.99 

Photography (c) Andrew Hayes-Watkins

Nutritional information per portion

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  • Calories 274(kcal)

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Kim Pocklington

We tried this one as another way to eat cauliflower but we're disappointed in it. It didn't look good and it could have done with spicing up a lot. Having said that it couldn't have been uneatable as we ate our evening meal just won't be doing it again

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