Chicken Pilaf

Chicken Pilaf

Pilaf is a delicious dish in which the rice is stirred through with onions as well as a mix of aromatic spices. This version, which contains tender chicken and spices, couldn’t be easier to make.

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To Serve

  • Basmati rice
    400 grams
  • Chicken, without skin, cut into 8 pieces
  • Ghee
    100 grams
  • Onions, finely chopped
    90 grams
  • Ginger 1" piece, peeled and chopped
  • Garlic, crushed
    3 cloves
  • Green chillies, finely chopped
  • Turmeric
    1 tsp
  • Chili powder
    0.8 tsp
  • Coriander powder
    1 tbsp
  • Black pepper powder
    0.8 tsp
  • Water
    800 ml
  • Large saucepan with lid



Heat the ghee / oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over moderate heat; add the onions and sauté until translucent. Then add the ginger; garlic, and green chillies; continue to fry until the mixture turns golden brown.


Add the chicken and increase the heat. Fry, turning them frequently, until they are golden all over Add the spice mixture and stir; mixing them well. Cover the pan, lower heat and cook until the chicken is tender


Uncover the pan, increase heat to high and stir in the rice. Mix the rice and add 3½ cups of very hot water. Cover the pan and bring to the boil.


Reduce heat to low and simmer until the rice is cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed.

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