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chicken pulao

Easy Chicken Pulao Recipe

Chicken pulao is a delicious one-pot meal made with chicken and rice which is so easy to cook, you can easily make it on a weekday.
Course One pot meal
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken pulao, chicken pulao recipe
recipe chicken pulao, chicken pulao recipe, Hyderabadi chicken pulao
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 500kcal


  • 1 lb. chicken pieces with bone or 500 gm.
  • 2 cups basmati rice washed and soaked for half an hour in water
  • 2 onions sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp. ghee or clarified butter
  • 4 cloves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon
  • 2 mace
  • 2 green cardamom

Marinade for chicken

  • 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp. paprika for colour
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne or chilli powder optional
  • 1 tbsp. tandoori chicken powder or garam masala
  • 3 tbsp. Greek yogurt or thick Indian curd
  • 1 tbsp. mint chopped
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro leaves chopped
  • 2 tsp. ghee or oil
  • 1 tablespoon dry fenugreek or kasuri methi optional
  • salt to taste


  • Mix together all the marinade ingredients and make a paste. Marinate chicken pieces in it for an hour.
  • Heat ghee in a kadhai/thick bottom pan. Put in all the whole spices and cook for a minute. .
  • Add the sliced onions and fry them till they are dark golden in colour
  • Add the marinated chicken and fry for about 4-5 minutes stirring continuously.
  • Add the soaked and drained basmati rice and gently mix.
  • Add water to cover chicken and rice. Add more salt for the rice.
  • Now cover and cook for about 30 minutes till the chicken and rice are well cooked.
  • Garnish with some chopped cilantro and mint and serve hot.
  • Your delicious chicken pulao is ready to eat.


Don't mix the basmati rice vigourously or it will break.
I add slightly less quantity of water and add more if it seems insufficient.
Adjust spices like chilli powder and green chillies as per taste. This recipe is moderately spicy.


Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2623IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg