Chicken pulao – Tender chicken, aromatic rice and authentic spices come together in a super delicious pulao that’ll make for an easy weeknight meal. Think simple, one pot meal ready in under 30 minutes. Nothing beats this pulao recipe bursting with traditional Indian flavors.
Whether you cook for your family or friends, food whipped up with love always brings the best eating experience. Sometimes it’s all about the delicious food, while at other times the moments you spent enjoying the food is just wonderful. I believe that the whole experience of cooking and enjoying food becomes unforgettable when you have good company.
The truth is delicious food doesn’t require you to spend hours in the kitchen. Quick and easy meal that pops with deliciousness in every mouthful always bring a big smile to my face.
This chicken pulao is such a meal that’s so simple to cook as well as a joy to eat. Start with marinating the chicken pieces in a mixture of ginger garlic paste, ground turmeric, red chili powder, yogurt and salt. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes so the chicken will absorb all the flavors from the marinade.
While chicken is marinating, you can start with the chicken pulao. Fry up a few whole spices – bay leaves, cloves, cardamom pods and cinnamon- in hot oil or ghee. If you’re looking for a healthier version, oil is the best option. Next, onions are added to the pan and sautéed until golden brown.
A quick stir fry of ground spices (ground turmeric and red chili powder) is followed by sautéing the tomatoes until they are mushy. A tablespoon of garam masala adds that last touch of flavor to this chicken pulao. When chicken goes in, cook it for about 10 minutes.
Add rice and water along with a small bunch of coriander (cilantro) leaves. Don’t forget to season. Bring to a boil. Place the pulao over low flame, and simmer until the rice is cooked.
Then comes the final addition of extra coriander (cilantro) leaves. I think this is one of the best chicken and rice meal that you could ever make. What a wonderful way to enjoy a simple meal!