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Easy Chicken Pulao

Easy Chicken Pulao Recipe | How To Make Chicken Pulao

This Easy Chicken Pulao Recipe is a one-pot rice dish that you can prepare with the ingredients that are readily available in the pantry. All though Chicken Pulao and Chicken Biryani may look similar the Chicken Biryani preparation is much time-consuming process like cooking the meat separately and layering the rice with meat but Chicken Pulao is easy to prepare yet has the incredible taste.
Course Chicken, Main Course, Pulao
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Easy Chicken Pulao Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 People
Author Pavani


  • Basmati rice- ½ kg 500grams – 3 cups
  • Slit green chillies – 5
  • Ginger garlic paste – 11/2 tsp
  • Chopped tomatoes – 1 big
  • Red chilli powder – 1 Tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1tsp
  • Garam masala – ½ tsp
  • Chopped onions - 2
  • Bay leaves- 2
  • Cloves- 4
  • Cinnamon stick- ½ inch
  • Cardamom pods- 2
  • Star anise - 1
  • Shah Jeera – 1tsp
  • Ghee- 4tbsp
  • Oil- 1tsp
  • Salt to taste

For Chicken Marination:

  • Chicken – ½ kg
  • Ginger garlic paste- 11/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder -1tsp
  • Salt to taste


  1. Marinate the chicken pieces with the ingredients mentioned under marination.
  2. Cover it with cling film and keep in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Wash and soak the basmati rice in enough water for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Heat a heavy bottom non-stick pan with ghee, oil and add shah jeera along with cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and cardamom pods.
  5. Next add the sliced onions, green chillies and sauté them till onions change its colour.
  6. Then add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes. Next, add chopped tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are mushed.
  7. Add the marinated chicken pieces along with turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, garam masala, salt and sauté for few minutes on high flame.
  8. Drain the water from the rice, and add to the chicken pieces. Mix well.
  9. Then add 4 ½ cups of water and check to season. Add coriander leaves and mix well.
  10. Cover the saucepan and cook on a low – medium flame for 20 – 25 minutes or until the rice and chicken is cooked. Here for me, it took exactly 20 minutes.
  11. Once cooking time is done. switch off the flame. Keep the pan aside.
  12. Leave the pan like that for some time without disturbing it.
  13. Then fluff the chicken Pulao lightly with the spoon and transfer into a serving plate and enjoy tasty and delicious Easy chicken pulao with chicken curry or raita.

Recipe Notes

  • If you don’t have time means you can skip the marination process.
  • You can prepare this chicken pulao in pressure cooker too.