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Chicken Pulao Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 10:40:00 PM

Chicken Pulao is a famous recipe of India which is quite easy to make and it tastes delicious. This Chicken Pulao recipe is made in one pot which makes the dish more flavorful because both the chicken and the rice are going to get cooked in the same vessel and all the flavors from the chicken are infused into the rice and the rice tastes absolutely wonderful. In this recipe the chicken is well seasoned first and then added to the rice to impart nice taste and flavor.
A perfect recipe should have individual grains of rice and should not be sticking to one another,the ratio of rice to water is very important to make prefect pulao, lets see how to make this simple and easy chicken Pulao.


Serving Size           : 5 people

Preparation Time  : 30 minutes

Cooking Time        : 30 minutes
Difficulty: Spice Level:
Quantity Ingredients for Chicken Pulao Recipe

For Marinating the Chicken
1/2 Kg Chicken with bones
1/2 cup Yogurt / Curd
1 Tbsp  Chili powder 
1 tsp Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste


For Chicken Pulao
2 tbsp Ghee / Clarified Butter
2 Tbsp Oil
2 bay leaves , 3 cardamom , 4 cloves , 
1 Cinnamon Stick , 2 Start anise
10 -12 Pepper corns
4 Green Chilies
1 largeOnion
2 cup Basmati Rice
3 cup Water   
Handfull coriander and Mint leaves

Salt to taste

Cooking Method

Step 1) Marinating the chicken:
In a mixing bowl add the cleaned chicken pieces and add yogurt, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, garam masala, red chili powder. Mix well and coat the chicken pieces well with the masala. Marinate for 20 - 30 minutes.

Step 2) Whole Spices:
In a heavy bottom pan melt ghee and oil (ghee imparts nice flavor and taste to the recipe).Then add the whole spices - bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, cloves and pepper corns. Mix it once and then add green chilies and sliced onions.

Step 3) 
Once the onions turns golden add chopped tomato and cook for few minuted until soft. Then add the marinated chicken pieces and cook for 5-6 minutes.

Step 4)
Once the chicken is half done add the soaked basmati rice (rinse the rice in water for 3 times and soak for 20 - 30 minutes, drain the water completely before adding the rice) . Mix it well with the chicken pieces .

Step 5) Water:
The ratio of rice to water is 1:1.5 so for 2 cups of rice we will need 3 cups of water. Also add required salt, mint leaves and coriander leaves mix it once . Cover and cook until all the water has been absorbed by the rice or until the chicken and rice are fully cooked. 
If you are using a pressure cooked then cook for 1 whistle on a medium heat.

Step 6) Chicken Pulao:
Once the rice is fully cooked and you start to smell the nice aroma of the pulao turn off the heat and gently and slowly with a flat spoon fluff the rice.

That's it our Chicken pulao recipe is ready to be enjoyed with Raitha. This is really simple to make and the flavor from the rice and chicken makes the mouth to water. Do try this recipe and please share your feedback with us. Happy Cooking !!!

  • Always use chicken with bones to get nice taste.
  • If you are cooking in pressure cooker then cook for 1 whistle.
  • If you don't like adding tomatoes then you can skip, instead add juice of half lemon.
  • Use medium sized chicken pieces (little smaller than the one which we use for making chicken biryani)



Chicken pulao is a very popular recipe of India which is quite easy to make and it tastes delicious.The speciality of this Chicken pulao is , it is made in one pot.
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    For Marination

  • 1/2 Kg Chicken with bones
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt / Curd
  • 1 Tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • Salt to taste

    For Chicken Pulao

  • 2 tbsp Ghee, 2 tbsp of oil
  • 2 bay leaves , 3 cardamom , 4 cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick , 2 Start anise, pepper
  • 4 Green Chilies
  • 1 large Onion, 1 tomato
  • 2 cup Basmati Rice
  • 3 cup Water
  • Handful coriander and Mint leaves
  • Salt to taste
  1. Marinate the chicken
  2. heat oil and add the whole spices
  3. saute onion and tomato, add the marinated chicken
  4. once the chicken is half done add the rice and cook until fully done
  5. Chicken pulao is ready to be served hot with onion raita

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


  1. Cooked Chicken pulao today and it came out delicious and awesome . Only want to highlight that when the chicken was added to the spices, it oozed out abit of juices so when adding rice and water, the water was adjusted accordingly. Thank you for the step by step instruction. It was most helpful. I will try your other recipes as I go along. Best wishes!

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  3. Can I use other types if rice or is it only for basmathi?

  4. I like pulao but biryani is my fav, But there are many types of biryani preferred all over the world. However, I personally love Bombay Biryani.

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