Harissa chicken with carrot, rice and quinoa pilaf

You'll need

6 skinless chicken thigh fillets, halved 2 tsp harissa, or to taste Juice of ½ lemon 50 ml olive oil 20 gm butter, diced 1 Spanish onion, coarsely grated 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 tsp coarsely crushed coriander seeds 2 carrots, coarsely grated 200 gm (1 cup) basmati rice 90 gm (½ cup) quinoa 500 ml (2 cups) chicken stock Pinch of saffron threads (optional) Finely grated rind of ½ lemon, plus wedges to serve Mint leaves, to serve


  • 01
  • Combine chicken, harissa, lemon juice and 1 tbsp olive oil in a bowl, season, toss to combine and leave to marinate for 10 minutes.
  • 02
  • Heat butter and remaining oil in a wide casserole over medium-high heat, add chicken skin-side down and brown well (2-3 minutes). Transfer chicken to a plate. Add onion, garlic and coriander seeds to casserole and sauté until onion is just tender (2-3 minutes). Stir in carrot, then add rice and quinoa, and stir to coat in oil. Add stock, saffron, lemon rind and 185ml hot water, season to taste, then place chicken on top, browned side up. Cover with a close-fitting lid, reduce heat to very low and cook for 12 minutes.
  • 03
  • Turn off heat and stand without uncovering for 5 minutes to steam, then scatter with mint and serve with lemon wedges.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

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June 2017

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