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Almond Chicken Rice

Almond Chicken Rice


A Mediterranean style chicken and rice dish. The chicken is first boiled with vegetables and cinnamon, simmered with the rice and served with almonds and pine nuts.

Preparation Method

Prep: 45 minutes | Cook: 75 minutes | Serves: 12

  1. Trim any fat off the chicken and wash with water. Place the chicken, onion, cinnamon sticks and carrots in a pot. Fill with water and boil until the chicken and carrots are done. Reserve the stock, chicken and carrots.
  2. Remove bones from chicken. Warm 315ml canola oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Place chicken and carrots in the pot; fry for 2 minutes.
  3. In a bowl stir together the rice, ground cinnamon, pepper and salt. Pour the rice mixture evenly across the top of the chicken without stirring into the chicken. Pour in the chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and simmer until rice is tender 20 to 35 minutes.
  4. Heat 125ml canola oil in a frypan over medium heat. Stir in chopped almonds, and fry until golden. Remove almonds to paper towels, and drain oil.
  5. Heat 60ml canola oil in a frypan over medium heat. Stir in pine nuts and cook until golden. Drain oil, and remove pine nuts to paper towels.
  6. Over a large dish or tray flip the rice pot upside down and release the contents onto the tray or dish. Arrange the almonds and pine nuts on top.


  • (3kg) whole chicken, skin removed and cut into pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 1/4 cups (315ml) vegetable oil
  • 4 1/2 cups long grain rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt, to taste
  • 5 cups (1250ml) chicken stock (more if needed)
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 3/4 cup (185ml) vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts