Golden Saffron and Cardamom Spiced Chicken & Rice Pilau

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Golden Saffron and Cardamom Spiced Chicken & Rice Pilau


Richly fragrant golden saffron rice pilaf (pilau) that's delicately scented with rose water & studded with pistachios, almonds, and sultanas, combined with moist, tender chunks of chicken infused with lemon, yogurt and musky spices: this is a FABULOUS


  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 fresh lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 quart organic chicken stock
  • 1 small pinch garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron thread
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachio nut
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup sultana (golden raisins)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 -3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 1/4 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons rose water
  • 3 -4 cardamom pods, bruised
  • juice of half a lemon

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