Easy Chicken Pulao Recipe

by Rachna
chicken pulao

Chicken Pulao is a comforting one-pot dish that is surprising easy to make and is really satisfying to eat. If you love chicken biryani, you will enjoy chicken pulao. It is definitely a poor man’s version of chicken biryani but that does not mean that it is less flavourful. It just is way easier to cook. Surprise your family with it for a weeknight dinner. Serve it with veg raita and boiled eggs and have a truly tasty meal. Here’s my recipe of chicken pulao:

chicken pulao

chicken pulao

Easy Chicken Pulao Recipe

Rachna Parmar
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.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course One pot meal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 500 gm. chicken pieces with bone
  • 2 cups basmati rice washed and soaked for half an hour in water
  • 2 large onions sliced thin
  • 2-3 tbsp. ghee or clarified butter
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 10-12 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon piece
  • 2 mace
  • 2-3 green cardamom
  • Marinade for chicken
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 4-5 green chillies slit
  • 1 tbsp. Kashmiri red chilli powder for colour
  • 1 tbsp. chilli powder optional
  • 1 tbsp. tandoori chicken powder
  • 3 tbsp. thick curd
  • 1 tbsp. chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp. chopped coriander
  • 2 tsp. ghee or oil
  • salt to taste


  • Mix together all the marinade ingredients and make a paste. Marinate chicken pieces in it for an hour.
  • Now heat ghee in a kadhai/thick bottom pan. Put in all the whole spices and cook for a minute. Now 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.
  • Now 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 coriander 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.
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Parul Thakur -

Your blog is my one stop place for recipes. I don’t cook but I know when I have to, here is where I come ? this one is doable, Rachna! I so want to pick up a house near you ?

Vinitha -

This recipe looks easy to prepare. I make chicken biryani and the steps are a little more elaborate. Next time when I crave for chicken dish I will try this one. Thanks Rachna.

Prakash -

5 stars
Light and tasty

Rachna -

Thank you


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