Chicken and Rice Pilaf (Plov)

Chicken and Rice Pilaf, or Plov, as we call it in Russian, is such a simple and satisfying, one-dish dinner. We love serving rice in our family and making it an entire meal makes so much sense, by adding the meat and vegetables to the pot too. I have a great recipe for Beef Plov, which is just as wonderful, but it takes much longer to cook.

Since the chicken is sautéed first, the rest of the ingredients get to soak up all the chicken fond and the amazing chicken flavor permeates the whole dish. You can keep it simple and traditional by using onion, carrots and garlic only, but you can also add so many other ingredients to keep it interesting, such as mushrooms, bell peppers, celery, frozen peas, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, to just name a few.

Another wonderful thing about this dish is that it is completely freezable, so if you have a smaller family, freeze part of it or cook an extra batch and you will thank yourself later. To reheat, I like using a skillet with a bit of butter or oil to sauté the pilaf until it’s warmed through.  Continue reading…

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