South African nectarine and lemon chicken with pilaf rice

Award-winning South African chef, Reuben Riffel  has developed a range of delicious recipes, using South African peaches and nectarines.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


80ml olive oil 800ml hot chicken stock
4 chicken legs 1 lemon, finely grated rind and juice
5 garlic cloves 1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander 2 cinnamon sticks
½ tsp ground turmeric 2 cardamom pods, split in half
½ tsp ground chili 2 fresh bay leaves
2 onions, diced 300g long-grain rice, rinsed
2 South African nectarines halved, pitted 20g butter
Parsley to serve

Serves: 4
Preparation time:
20 minutes
Cooking time:
30 minutes


1. Preheat oven to 200ºC, fan 180ºC, gas mark 6

2. Heat 20ml oil in a frying pan, season chicken and sauté over high heat until golden (3-5 minutes). Set aside

3. Process garlic, ground spices and half the onion in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat 40ml oil in a flameproof casserole dish, add onion mixture and sauté until fragrant (2-3 minutes), then add lemon juice, 300ml stock and chicken, season to taste and stir to combine

4. Scatter nectarines over the chicken and spoon a little cooking liquid over the nectarines. Cover, bring to the simmer and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Remove lid and cook over medium heat until chicken is cooked through and the nectarines are tender (5-10 minutes)

5. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a separate flameproof casserole dish, add butter, remaining spices and remaining onion and stir over medium heat until starting to caramelize (5 minutes)

6. Add rice, stir to coat, and add remaining stock. Season to taste, bring to the simmer, then cover and bake until rice is cooked (15 minutes)

7. Stir through lemon rind and serve with the nectarine chicken, scattered with parsley


2 Responses to South African nectarine and lemon chicken

  1. David Matthews says:

    Sounds wonderful, can’t wait to try it.

  2. Chas Shaff says:

    Lemon oil may be used in aromatherapy. Researchers at The Ohio State University found that lemon oil aroma does not influence the human immune system, but may enhance mood.

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