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Chicken and Pomegranate Pilaf Recipe

Try Lisa Holmen's delicious Chicken and Pomegranate Pilaf Recipe

Credit: Lisa Holmen

This pilaf is one of my all-time favourites. I love the fresh herbs and burst of freshness from the pomegranate. It’s a great way of using up any fresh herbs you may have in the fridge, but I recommend using a mix of fresh parsley and mint which pairs perfectly with the zest of the lemon.

Serves: 2



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 chicken thighs, diced
  • 175g basmati rice
  • Zest 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 375mL chicken stock
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley &mint, chopped
  • 1 pomegranate, seeded
  • Lemon to serve
  1. Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for a few mins until translucent. Add garlic and cook until aromatic. Add chicken and cook for 5 mins until golden.
  2. Add rice to pan and stir to coat. Add lemon zest, cinnamon and cumin.
  3. Stir in chicken stock and bring to boil. Cover pan and reduce heat.
  4. Cook for 15 mins covered until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and rest for another 10 mins with lid on. Toss with fresh herbs and pomegranate and serve immediately.


Lisa Holmen

Lisa Holmen is a food and travel writer, recipe developer and photographer. Her blog, Lisa Eats World, is one of the leading food and travel blogs in Australia, featuring healthy recipes, restaurant reviews and food-inspired travel guides. Lisa divides her time between the bustle of Melbourne and her new home on the Mornington Peninsula where she loves meeting local producers, visiting wineries, soaking up the coastal lifestyle and adopting a “slower” approach to living.
An advocate of sustainable and ethical foods, Lisa is particularly passionate about healthy, organic and wholesome foods and cooking from scratch. She believes in simplicity in the kitchen and loves trying new recipes, drawing inspiration from her travel adventures and her heritage. Although she’s not a vegetarian, Lisa has an appreciation for plant-based cooking and wholefoods and tries to cook vegetarian at home wherever possible.