Anyone who knows my family knows exactly what Pilau is… though they might think it should be spelled PERLOW. It’s the rice, chicken, sausage goodness that my mom makes for… well… for everyone and everything. It is DELICIOUS. It’s a South Carolina dish and sometime called “Chicken Bog.” What Mom (aka Granny Ev) makes is actually more of a bog that a Pilau since Pilau usually comes with vegetables in it too, but whatever. It’s my mama’s Pilau (which used to be my Mama Pat’s Pilau) and it’s yummy!
You should know that this is one of the only written down versions of this recipe that my family has. Trying to figure out how much of what actually went into this dish was CRAZY! That said, I think I’ve got it it pretty close to accurate. With anything I cook or write a recipe for though, make adjustments as you see fit. It’s a family recipe… which means you should make it special to YOUR family. =)
So, without further ado, here is Granny Ev’s Chicken Pilau Recipe.
You will need:
2 – 4 boneless skinless chicken breats halves (depending on size)
1 smoked turkey sausage
1 lb sausage (Jimmy Dean sage or hot works really well)
1 1/2 c. rice (not fast cook… just regular white long grain rice)
3 c. chicken broth (can be low sodium/low fat)
Boil the chicken. After it has cooled, pull the chicken apart into small pieces. Put aside until later.
Slice the smoked sausage and put into skillet along with a small amount of water (just enough to barely coat the bottom of the pan). Add the lb. of ground sausage to the skillet. Cook the sausages together until done. Drain the grease from the pan.
Return the skillet (with sausage) to the heat. Add 3 c. of chicken broth to pan. Add in 1 1/2 c. of rice. Bring liquid to a boil. You can add salt and pepper. Reduce heat and let simmer while covered so the rice will cook. Stir occasionaly so the rice doesn’t stick. (Keep an eye on your rice and add more broth or water as it cooks. I almost always have to add more liquid.)
When the rice is pretty much finished, stir in your chicken. While on low heat, stir occasionally and let the chicken heat up. Once the rice is cooked, and the chicken is warm… EAT!
My sister puts vinegar on her pilau. I prefer a little tiny bit of Texas Pete. It’s not the easiest meal in the world… until you’ve done it a couple of times. Then you can’t remember why it was ever hard! It’s definitely worth trying… and tastes oh so yummy!
Let me know if you try it… or if you remember eating this sometime with my family.