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Chicken Pulao Instant Pot | Chicken Pilaf

Chicken Pulao or pilaf  is spicy, aromatic and so delicious. This quick and simple chicken pulao recipe cooked in Instant pot or Stovetop is packed with flavours and makes a perfect weeknight dinner when served with some cool raita.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 people
Author: [email protected] Bong


  • 800 gms Chicken, cut into medium sized pieces (I used chicken drumsticks)
  • 350 gms Basmati rice (washed and soaked for 25 minutes)
  • 100 grams Green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 4 Onions thinly sliced
  • 1 Tomato chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 2-3 Green chillies chopped
  • 4 tbsp Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2- 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Pulao masala (I used Everest pulao masala)
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1/4 cup Cashew nut and almonds
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • Salt as per taste
  • 4-5 tbsp Ghee/ Oil
  • Hot water

Whole spices

  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 5-6 Green Cardamom
  • 6-7 Cloves
  • 8-10 Black peppercorns
  • 2-3 Bay leaves


  • Wash the rice with cold water and soak it for 25 minutes. Drain and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee or oil in a large deep thick bottom pan on high heat, then temper the oil with cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves and sauté for few seconds until you get a nice aroma of the spices.
  • Then add the thinly sliced onions and fry until light gold brown in colour.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears.
  • Toss in the chicken pieces and fry on medium-high heat tossing constantly till the chicken pieces loses its raw color and is light brown on all sides.
  • Add chopped tomato and chopped chillies. Sauté for few minutes.
  • Then add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt and mix everything well and cook on medium heat for 7-8 minutes. The tomatoes will become all soft and mushy and masala will slowly start to release oil.
  • Now add the yogurt, the pulao masala and the garam masala and mix well. stirring frequently.
  • Cook for further 6-7 mins on medium high heat until you see oil separating from the sides and the chicken is almost 80% cooked. Toss in the green peas (if using), the raisins and cashew nuts. Check the seasoning. Add half tsp sugar and salt as per taste. Mix it well.
  • Now add the basmati rice to the chicken masala and give a nice stir so that the rice grains are coated with the tasty chicken masala.
  • Pour 4 cups hot water to the rice chicken mixture and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low and cover and cook for 20- 25 minutes.
  • Check if the rice is cooked. Remove from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.