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Chicken Pulao
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Chicken Pulao

Chicken Pulao is a flavorful chicken-flavored rice dish. We prepare a special garam masala which brings in all the aroma and makes the pulao magical.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Marination Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken Pulao
Servings: 2
Calories: 444kcal
Author: sharmila kingsly


  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Cardamom
  • 6 Cashewnuts
  • 3 Onions
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Mint Leaves
  • 2 Tomato
  • 3 Green Chilli
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt as needed
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice

To Marinate:

  • ¼ cup Curd
  • Salt – as needed
  • 2 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  • ½ kg Chicken

For Garam Masala

  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 5 Cardamom
  • 2 inch Cinnamon
  • 2 petals Star Anise
  • tsp Black Stone Flower
  • 1 tsp Whole Pepper
  • 3 Cloves


  • In a mixing bowl add in the cleaned chicken. To this add in all the marination ingredients. Combine everything and set aside for 30 mins.
    Marinated chicken for pulao
  • In a pan add in the Spices for the Garam Masala. Roast in a very low flame until you get a nice aroma. Switch off and let it cool. Blend everything to a powder and set aside.
  • Heat a pressure cooker with 2 tbsp of Oil or Ghee. Once it's hot add in the Fennel Seeds, Bay leaves, Cashew nuts, and Green Chilli. Fry until the cashew nuts turn golden.
    Add the Whole spices
  • Next add in the Sliced Onions. Saute till glossy.
    Saute the Onions
  • And then in 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell leaves. And then add in the mint and coriander leaves. Cook till it shrinks and then add in the tomatoes. Cook till Mushy.
    Add gg paste and tomatoes
  • Next add in the marinated chicken and mix well.
    Add Marinated Chicken
  • Add in 1 tbsp of Red Chilli Powder ¼ tsp of Turmeric powder and the required Salt. Combine everything
    Add the spices for Chicken Pulao
  • Now add in the prepared Garam masala powder. Combine everything and cook in a low flame until the chicken is half cooked. It may take around 7- 8 mins.
    Add the prepared Garam Masala
  • Soak the basmati rice for 30 mins. Add the soaked basmati Rice now.
    Add in the soaked Rice
  • Next add in the required Water. If you have chicken broth you can also use that. For every 1 cup of basmati rice, I add 1.25 cups of water. This is the ratio I follow when cooking in the Pressure cooker.Now add in the Lemon Juice. Combine everything and cook high flame now. Check for salt and spice. Add at this stage if needed.
    Add in the Water
  • When the water comes to a boil Close the pressure cooker. Wait till the steam comes abruptly and then put on the whistle. Now cook on a high flame for 3 mins and switch off the stove. Wait till the pressure is completely released and then open the cooker. Carefully fluff the rice.
    Chicken Pulao is now ready


  • For those who don't prefer or don't have pressure cooker specially bachelor’s .This can be cooked in your Electric Rice cooker itself.
  • However the water measure will vary in Rice cooker. For one cup Rice use 2 cups of water


Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 66.7g | Protein: 22.6g | Fat: 7.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 1220mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 1.8g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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