Chicken pilau rice

Chicken pilau rice

Category: Main meal | Serves: 10

Prep time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes


225g/8oz basmati rice

400g/14oz chicken

1 tablespoon rapeseed oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 teaspoon ginger, crushed

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, crushed

1 large tomato, chopped

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon green chillies, crushed

1 teaspoon Garam Masala

600ml/20 fl oz water
  1. Wash the rice and leave it to soak in cold water for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove the skin from the chicken.
  3. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and transfer to a saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover the chicken and bring it to the boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, turn off the heat and drain off the water.
  4. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan, add the onions and cook until brown. Stir in the ginger and garlic and then the tomato. Cook for a minute and then add the remaining ingredients except for the rice, followed by the chicken.
  5. Add 50ml/2fl oz of the water and cook on a high heat for 5 minutes. Then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the rice and the remaining water. Cover and cook on a high heat until it starts to boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook until all the water has evaporated. Remove from the heat and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Cook's tips

  • You can make the same recipe using mutton instead of chicken. Trim any fat off the meat first.

Nutritional information

Chicken Pilau Rice