Chicken Pulao
Chicken Pulao
5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6
This chicken pilau recipe has been greatly simplified for beginners. An excellent weeknight meal prepared with mild Indian spices. A delicious recipe full of flavour that combines rice and chicken.

Nutrition: per serving



  • 300 g Rice
  • 50 ml Oil
  • 1 Onions
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Crushed Chillies
  • 1 tsp Peppercorn
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 600 ml Water
  • 750 g Chicken


  • In a small bowl wash the rice then soak for at least 30 minutes
  • Whilst the rice is soaking heat the oil in a pan on medium heat until hot
  • Add the whole black pepper, cumin seeds and bay leaves then sauté for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the finely sliced onions then cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes until browned
  • Add 2 tablespoons of water then cook for 1-2 minutes – the colour of the onions at this point will determine the end colour of the rice
  • Add the ginger paste, garlic paste, and crushed chillies then sauté for a further 1-2 minutes
  • Add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Add the salt, garam masala and green chilli then cook for 6-8 minutes on medium heat
  • Add the water and cook on medium heat for a further 6-8 minutes
  • Add the rice and cook for 6-8 minutes on high heat until the majority of the water is absorbed
  • Cover and cook on low heat for another 15 minutes
  • Serve alongside some homemade raita and enjoy!

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