Servings Prep Time
6people 20minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6people 20minutes
Cook Time
  • 3medium onions, sliced
  • 3tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6threads saffron
  • 1tablespoon turmeric
  • 1/2teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2teaspoons nutmeg
  • Freshly ground black pepperto taste
  • Sea saltto taste
  • 3medium potatoes, sliced
  • 1small head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1medium eggplant, quartered and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 6 skinless chicken breasts
  • Dash of paprika
  • 2 1/2cups brown basmati rice, uncooked
  • 3-5cups chicken or vegetable broth
  1. In large sauté pan, cook onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until golden. Add saffron, turmeric, thyme, nutmeg and pepper to taste. Set aside onion mixture.
  2. Sauté potatoes in 1 tablespoon of oil in non-stick pan until lightly golden, but not cooked through. Set aside.
  3. Sauté cauliflower in remaining oil. Set aside. In the same pan, sauté eggplant until lightly browned.
  4. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with turmeric and paprika.
  5. In large Dutch oven pot, spread sautéed onion along the bottom and arrange chicken over onion layer. Place eggplant slices between chicken breasts. Distribute cauliflower over the top, then repeat with potato slices.
  6. Spread uncooked rice over potatoes. Add broth to cover. Place pot, uncovered, over a medium flame and let liquid simmer 15 minutes. Then cover pot, reduce heat and cook on low for 30-45 minutes to cook rice. Add more liquid if needed to keep mixture moist, but be careful not to add so much that rice becomes sticky or risotto-like.
  7. Test for doneness by removing the cover and sniffing; when it smells a little burned, it’s ready.
  8. Take a round metal tray and place on top of pot. Turn pot over onto tray, patting the top to release chicken. Remove pot or use a large spoon to transfer rice, vegetables and chicken to a platter.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 742
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Calories 742,Fat 14,Perfat 16,Cholesterol 94,Carbo 105,Protein 52