One Pan Turkey Pilaf with Olives, Orange and Apricots (and a giveaway) #TurkeyTraditions

One Pan Turkey Pilaf with Olives, Orange and Apricots (and a giveaway) #TurkeyTraditions

Christmas is just weeks away. Not months. Weeks! It’s funny how the holiday season seems to sneak up on me each year. I swear I was just getting my second grader ready for back to school and now I’m getting ready for Santa to arrive. There’s a lot to do. Gifts to buy and wrap (PS keeping reading for a giveaway that might help with your holiday shopping). Travel plans to make so we can squeeze in as many visits with friends and family over the holidays as possible. A house to clean. Decorations to put up. And, of course, lots and lots of baking and cooking to do. That happens to be my favorite part. I love to cook, and I especially love to cook for other people. Holiday entertaining is right up my alley. A great gathering has to have great food.

Turkey Traditions

When you think of Christmas meals you probably think of turkey. Having that big turkey dinner will all the trimmings is a long standing tradition in so many Canadian households. Maybe you’re a turkey expert already. But maybe not. Maybe this is your first time cooking the holiday turkey. Whether you’ve been doing this a while or or a turkey roasting novice, we can all use some solid tips to get that perfectly roasted bird because. The good news is the experts over at Canadian Turkey have a series of videos to help you with your turkey perfection goals. Get advice on things like what sizeof turkey you need, how long it will take to thaw and how to do that safely, how long it will take to cook – everything you need to know is there.  I feel pretty confident in the kitchen and have roasted many yummy turkeys. But you know what? I’ve never brined a turkey! Maybe this is the year I finally give it a shot! Need a little inspiration?

5 Ways to Make Your Next Roast Turkey Your Own:

  • Experiment with different brining and marinating flavors – get creative with your own family favorites!
  • Use a glaze to baste your bird throughout the roasting process to add a different flavor finish; think maple, cranberry, jalapeno, paprika, provence or bourbon, for example.
  • Create your own rub of family-favorite spices for a unique signature style.
  • Stuff the bird with a different selection of aromatics to customize and infuse flavor while cooking – shallots and thyme, apples and sage, onions and rosemary are all a great place to start!
  • Create spiced and flavored butters or oils to rub underneath the skin and add a major flavor boost while cooking.

Outside the Box

As amazing as a traditional roast turkey is, there is just so much more you can do with turkey. Since there’s a good chance you will be feeding guests throughout the holidays now’s a good time to check out the other amazing turkey recipes from Canadian Turkey. From salads and appies to curries and ragus and even frittatas for brunch – there are a lot of great recipes here worth checking out.

I’m looking forward to trying out this One Pan Turkey Pilaf with Olives, Oranges and Apricots. Pilafs are one of my favorite ways to serve rice and this turkey pilaf has some really unique flavours in it – like cardamom and star anise, that make this rice dish anything but boring.

turkey pilaf recipe

 

4.7 from 15 reviews
One Pan Turkey Pilaf with Olives, Oranges and Apricots
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Recipe type: Main
 
Ingredients
  • 4-6 Canadian turkey thighs
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 shallots
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 2 cups turkey broth
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 pods star anise
  • 5 small pods green cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. saffron
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup chopped apricots
  • ½ cup sliced green olives
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 2 stalks green onion, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsps. chopped mint
  • 1 tbsps. chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsps. chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ tbsps. sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsps. slivered orange rind
Instructions
  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan or Dutch oven.
  2. Thinly slice shallots and fry until golden, 1-2 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. Season turkey thighs with salt, pepper and paprika.
  4. Brown both sides over medium heat.
  5. Deglaze with white wine.
  6. Add turkey broth. Reduce heat to a low simmer, cover and cook for 40 – 50 minutes until turkey is cooked through and almost falling off the bone.
  7. Remove turkey thighs from the pan to cool. Once cooled, discard the skin, remove the meat from the bones and break up into chunks. Set aside.
  8. Pour out the sauce from the pan into a heatproof container. Add water until you have 4 cups liquid in total. Set liquid mixture aside.
  9. Add 1 tsp. of olive oil to the pan over medium heat. Add rice, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom. Stir to toast rice and spices, 2 – 3 minutes.
  10. Add liquid mixture, saffron, raisins and garlic. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover until rice is cooked through, 10 – 12 minutes. Turn off heat. Uncover, fluff with a fork and cover again for 10 minutes.
  11. Add chickpeas, apricots, olives and turkey to the rice and combine.
  12. To serve, top with shallots, green onions, almonds, mint, parsley, cilantro, sesame seeds and orange rind.
Notes
Make this dish even lighter by using turkey breast instead of turkey thighs. If you have leftover turkey on hand, feel free to use a combination of both.

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This article has 101 comments

  1. GRILLED HERBES DE PROVENCE TURKEY (BEER CAN TURKEY) I have always wanted to try this “beer can turkey” The herbs must make it delicious!

  2. I would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE sounds very tasty!!

  3. I would like to try the All In One Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl this year in my holiday festivities.

  4. Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing looks delicious!

  5. I would love to give the Turkey Falafel Bites at try.

  6. I want to try the piri piri turkey

  7. I would love to add the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE to our holiday traditions.

  8. I would add to my holiday celebrations recipe TURKEY BIRYANI. We love rice dishes at our home.

  9. The Turkey Toutiere would make a great addition to our holiday table!

  10. I would like to add the Gluten-Free Red Quinoa Stuffing with Apples and Walnuts recipe to our holiday meal.

  11. I would love to try the SUNDRIED TOMATO & GREENS STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROAST.

  12. I would like to try the maple thyme basted roasted turkey.

  13. I do the Christmas brunch in our family and would love to add to my table the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière

  14. The All In One Thanksgiving Dinner Bowl would be a perfect way to use up the leftovers from Christmas dinner

  15. I’d love to try the Homestyle Turkey Tourtiere. Looks delicious!

  16. i would like to make the Turkey Tortiere. It sounds great.

  17. I’d like to try the Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing

  18. The All In One Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl would be liked by my family.

  19. I would like to try Turkey Falafel Bites, sounds perfect for a family gathering

  20. I will make the turkey with fig and walnut dressing!

  21. I would add the Honey Mustard and Sriracha Turkey Thighs

  22. I would like to add Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing to our family celebrations.

  23. I really want to make the mushroom, leak and turkey sausage stuffing this year!

  24. I’d love to try the Turkey Biryani!!!

  25. I would love to add the

    Stuffed Slow Cooked Turkey Roast with Red Pepper Sauce

    to our holiday celebrations!

  26. I would love to add the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière recipe to our holiday traditions, to honour my stepdad’s and husband’s French Canadian heritage.

  27. I would like to add the MAPLE-THYME BASTED ROAST TURKEY to my holiday celebrations.

  28. SUNDRIED TOMATO & GREENS STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROAST looks delicious

  29. I’d like to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE.

  30. I’d love to try Turkey Biryani.

  31. The Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing

  32. I think the

    Turkey Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

    would be an amazing addition to our holiday celebrations!

  33. i would like to do the turkey tortiere

  34. I would love to try the SUNDRIED TOMATO & GREENS STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROAST – even the picture looks amazing

  35. I’d like to try the mushroom, leek and turkey sausage stuffing.

  36. I would love to try the Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets.

  37. I would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  38. TURKEY FALAFEL BITES LOOK LIKE something neat to do

  39. I’m interested in trying the SPICED THANKSGIVING TURKEY WITH TURKEY CHORIZO STUFFING… but for Christmas 😀

  40. I would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  41. I think my family would best enjoy the “TOASTED TUR-BANOS.” Thanks for this one.

  42. I would love to add the Turkey Biryani recipe to my holiday menu.

  43. I would love to try the Turkey Falafel Bites!

  44. I’d love to try the Smokey Citrus Turkey Taco Salad. Love taco salad

  45. I would like to add the Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing

  46. Would love to try the All In One Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl it looks delicious!

  47. I’d really like to try the Maple-Thyme Basted Roast Turkey.

  48. I would love to try out the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  49. I’d love to try the Turkey Tourtiere!

  50. I would add the TURKEY FALAFEL BITES to my holiday celebrations!

  51. I would love to try that Turkey bowl. I like when all my food is mixed up together so that’s the perfect recipe for me.

  52. I would love to try the Turkey Falafel Bites at our next dinner.

  53. I would love to add the SMOKEY TURKEY & LENTIL CHILI to our next meal!

  54. I would love to MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING this holiday season

  55. Id like to make the turkey snack jars , these would be great to make for my husbands lunches

  56. i like the toasted tu-banos

  57. I would love to try the maple thyme basted roasted turkey.

  58. I would love to add the Turkey Sausage Stuffing!

  59. I might add the Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing!

  60. I would love to try the ..Smoked Turkey Recipe..over the holidays!

  61. Smoked turkey and lentil chili sounds like the perfect thing for cold days! 

  62. I would add GRILLED TURKEY AND PINEAPPLE STUFFED MUSHROOMS for the family members with celiac.

  63. I like the TURKEY BIRYANI – would work well with my meal!

  64. My mother always made tourtiere with a mixture of beef and pork, and I’d like to shake it up a bit with the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière

  65. I would really like to make the turkey tourtiere

  66. Chandra O’Connor
    Sunday 3 December 2017, 8:12 am

    The mushroom, leek turkey sausage dressing sound delish 

  67. Turkey Snack Jars 3 Ways sounds amazing!

  68. I would love to try the turkey falafel bites! Thanks 

  69. The Turkey Falafel Bites look good.

  70. I would really like to make the turkey snack jars , they look fun and yummy !

  71. I would really like to try the Turkey Toutiere

  72. I would love to make the Homestyle Turkey Tourtiere.

  73. APPLE, SAGE AND SHALLOT STUFFED HOLIDAY TURKEY sounds amazingly tasty!

  74. I would like to make the APPLE, SAGE AND SHALLOT STUFFED HOLIDAY TURKEY for Christmas this year.

  75. Turkey Biryani would be a hit with the family!

  76. I would love the Open-Faced Turkey Sandwiches

  77. Would love to try the Turkey Falafel Bites

  78. I would love to try the Cheddar Smoky Turkey & Lentil burgers! Yummy!

  79. i’d add the Turkey Bacon Scalloped Potatoes!

  80. I’d love to try the Homestyle Turkey Tourtiere

  81. Definitely the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE would bring such a vibrant, new aspect of turkey to our dinner table for the holidays! This is something I would make year round for my family!

  82. The Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Frittata would be perfect using leftover turkey…

  83. I’d love to try the Homestyle Turkey Tourtiere

  84. I want to make the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  85. Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing looks good

  86. The mushroom, leek and sausage stuffing would be great for Christmas dinner!

  87. The All In One Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl sounds like something I want to try.

  88. Jennifer Ann Wilson
    Sunday 10 December 2017, 4:24 pm

    I would add the Tasty Turkey Dinner Bites to my Holiday menu.

  89. The MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING looks yummy.

  90. Cornbread is one of my husbands favourites so I’d start with the ROASTED TURKEY WITH CORNBREAD CRANBERRY STUFFING. I love falafels so I’d try the TURKEY FALAFEL BITES.

    Your pilaf looks amazing!

  91. I would try the turkey jars! They look like a great idea for lunches.
    http://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/turkey-snack

  92. The turkey tourtiere!

  93. I would like to try the Turkey Falafel Bites.

  94. I would try the Turkey Snack Jars 3 ways. Looks really creative.

  95. i love that there’s so much to choose from!

    i think the tasty Turkey Dinner Bites would make a great appetizer for any gathering

  96. The Turkey Falafel Bites – I would add that to our holiday celebrations and include it as a way to use up leftover turkey after Christmas dinner.

  97. I would love to try the Turkey Falafel Bites

  98. Debbie White Beattie
    Friday 15 December 2017, 2:17 am

    I would like to use the MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING recipe

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