Chicken and Rice Salad with Pine Nuts and Lemon Recipe

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Mabel Published: March 4, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Chicken and Rice Salad with Pine Nuts and Lemon

Toasted pine nuts, peas, and raisins are tossed together to make this satisfying rice salad! It’s made bright and fresh with a squeeze of lemon and zest.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



  • ¼cuppine nuts
  • ¼cuplemon juice,(from about 2 lemons), plus 1 tbsp
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • ½cupolive oil,plus 2 tbsp
  • ½cuppetite peas,frozen
  • 2cuplong grain rice
  • 1lbchicken breasts,(about 4), boneless, skinless
  • ¼cupgolden raisins,plus 2 tbsp
  • 6scallions,including green tops
  • 3tbspflat leaf parsley,minced
  • tsplemon zest,grated


  1. In a small frying pan, toast the pine nuts over moderately low heat, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes until they are golden brown. Alternatively, toast the pine nuts in a 350 degrees F oven for about 8 minutes.

  2. In a small glass or stainless-steel bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Add the oil slowly, whisking.

  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the peas, then cook for about 3 minutes until just barely tender. Using a slotted spoon or a strainer, transfer to a large bowl.

  4. Add the rice to the water and cook for about 15 minutes until tender. Drain, return to the pot, and cover to keep warm.

  5. In a large frying pan, bring ¼ inch of water to a simmer over moderately high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and add to the pan.

  6. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 12 minutes, turning once, until cooked through.

  7. Remove the chicken, let cool slightly, and then cut into approximately ½-inch chunks.

  8. Add the pine nuts, rice, chicken, raisins, scallions, parsley, lemon zest, and dressing to the large bowl and stir gently to mix.

  9. Serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 884.45kcal
  • Fat: 44.12g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.38g
  • Trans Fat: 0.12g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 25.84g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 8.18g
  • Carbohydrates: 88.48g
  • Fiber: 3.84g
  • Sugar: 7.78g
  • Protein: 33.34g
  • Cholesterol: 72.57mg
  • Sodium: 722.77mg
  • Calcium: 75.89mg
  • Potassium: 625.61mg
  • Iron: 3.25mg
  • Vitamin A: 57.71µg
  • Vitamin C: 22.50mg
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