Chicken Pulav / Chicken Pilaf


Mostly once in a week, I use to prepare variety rice which would be easy even in lazy times. I need to pack out lunch for both my hubby and kids, so the lunch would packed around 7.45 for my daughter. But there are times I get up late from bed, I need to hurry in preparation, by that time I go for pilaf/pulav may be veg or non-veg. This time I have prepared chicken pulav/chicken pilaf for lunch box, the texture and the taste was too good. I would say a simple, easy, less time consuming non vegetarian variety rice. Kids love this a lot because of the mild spiciness. Check out my other pulav recipes: Soya Nuggets Pulav, Afghan Lamb Pulav, Prawn green peas Pulav and Vegetable Pulav. Let us move on to the recipe…

Chicken Pulav / chicken Pilaf

Chicken Pulav / chicken Pilaf


  • Chicken – ½ kg
  • Onions – 1 ½ nos
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Star anise – 2 nos
  • Cardamom – 2 nos
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 “inch stick (2 nos)
  • Cloves – 3 nos
  • Green chilies – 2 nos
  • Long grain/Basmathi rice – 2 ½ cup
  • Yogurt/Curd – 2 ½ tbsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Clarified butter/Ghee – 1 ½ tbsp.
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp.


  • Peel and thinly slice the onions. Slit the green chilies into two equal halves.
  • Clean and marinate the chicken with ginger-garlic paste, a tbsp of yogurt
  • Wash the rice, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee/clarified butter and oil in a pressure-cooker, add in the spices (bay leaf, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise) and wait till they crackle.
  • Add in the sliced onions and cook until they turn golden brown in colour.
  • Add in the chicken pieces and cook for few mins, until the chicken turn light white in color.
  • Add in the rice and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Pour in 4 ½ cups of water followed by 1 ½ tbsps of yogurt/curd and salt, wait until it boils.
  • Pressure-cook for 2 whistles. Remove the lid when the pressure subsides, give a stir and serve hot.

Serve hot with any gravy. Goes out well for lunch. I have accompanied this with Chicken yogurt gravy and Coleslaw.



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