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easy chicken pulao recipe
Easy Chicken Pulao Recipe (Instant pot and Stovetop methods )
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Easy Chicken Pulao Recipe This delicious one-pot dish is made with basmati rice, chicken, spices and herbs which are readily available in the pantry. This post includes both Instant Pot and Stovetop methods.

Course: Chicken, Main Course, Pulao
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken pulao, Easy Chicken Pulao Recipe, Instant pot chicken pulao
Servings: 6 People
Author: Pavani
  • Basmati rice- ½ kg 500grams – 3 cups
  • Slit green chillies – 5
  • Ginger garlic paste – 11/2 teaspoon
  • Chopped tomatoes – 1 big
  • Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – 1teaspoon
  • Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
  • Chopped onions - 2
  • Bay leaves- 2
  • Cloves- 4
  • Cinnamon stick- ½ inch
  • Cardamom pods- 2
  • Star anise - 1
  • Shah Jeera – 1teaspoon
  • Mint leaves a handful
  • Coriander leaves a handful
  • Ghee- 4tablespoon
  • Oil- 1teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
For Chicken Marination:
  • Chicken – ½ kg
  • Ginger garlic paste- 11/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder -1teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
Stovetop Method:
  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.
Instant Pot Method:
  1. In a mixing bowl, add cleaned chicken with the ingredients mentioned above for marination and mix well. Keep it aside for at least 10-15minutes in the fridge.

  2. Wash and soak basmati rice in enough water for 15-20minutes. Once 20 minutes is done drain water from the rice and keep it aside.

  3. Place the inner pot inside the Instant Pot. Switch on the sauté mode. Once the inner pot is hot, add oil and ghee.

  4. Add shahi jeera, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and bay leaf. Stir it.

  5. Next, add chopped onions, slit green chillies and fry until onion turns into translucent.

  6. Now add ginger garlic paste and sauté until raw smell goes out. 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 5 to 8 minutes.

  8. Then add the rice to the pot and gently mix the rice without breaking the grains.

  9. Add 3 ½ cups water and give a quick mix.

  10. Add coriander, mint leaves and mix well. Check the seasoning and add salt if needed.

  11. Cancel the sauté mode. Close the lid and keep the valve in sealing mode. Select pressure cook mode and set to high pressure for 5 minutes

  12. Once the cooking is done, allow the pressure to release naturally

  13. Open the lid and gently fluff the rice with a spoon or fork

Recipe Notes
  • Adjust spices according to your taste
  • You can use normal rice instead of basmati rice
  • To avoid burn, make sure there is enough liquid while cooking the rice.
  • Deglaze the bottom of the pan after cooking the chicken.
  • If you don’t have time you can skip the marination process.