Lemony Greek Rice Pilaf (Pilafi) Recipe with Chicken Thighs

Lemony Greek Rice Pilaf (Pilafi) Recipe with Chicken Thighs

The perfect traditional Greek rice pilau (pilafi) recipe! Fluffy, fragrant rice and crispy, tender, fall of the bone chicken thighs with a delicious lemon kick! A very versatile and easy to prepare Greek dish perfect for your Sunday family dinner or quick mid-week meal. Ready in under 30 minutes, this is a traditional Greek rice pilaf recipe for you to easily recreate this delight from scratch.

Lemony Greek Rice Pilaf (Pilafi) Recipe with Chicken Thighs



  • 8 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on
  • 1 1/2 cup rice (long grain rice or basmati)
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Juice of 1 lemon (or more if you prefer)
  • 6-7 peppercorns
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2-3 tbsps olive oil
  • 150g/5 oz. feta cheese for garnish (optional)


  1. To prepare this Greek rice pilaf recipe with chicken thighs, start by washing thoroughly the chicken thighs and pat them dry with some kitchen paper. Drizzle the chicken thighs with olive oil, season well with salt and pepper and rub using your hands.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium high heat and place the chicken thighs inside. Let them colour and cook for about 6 minutes on each side, until the skin is nicely coloured and crispy. Remove the chicken thighs from the pan and set side.
  3. Now it’s time to prepare the Greek rice pilaf. In the same pan add 1-2 tbsps olive oil and the chopped onions and sauté until soft. Add the butter and rice and sauté the rice until transculent. Pour in the chicken stock and lemon juice and deglaze. Add the chicken thighs (skin side up) and season well with salt and pepper.
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