One Pot Chicken Pulao recipe aka Chicken Pilaf recipe with Yakhni or Stock

By  Moumita Paul

About this Chicken Pulao

This Chicken pulao is an Indian chicken pilaf/pilau recipe prepared in one pot by cooking rice in chicken stock with flavourful spices, easy to make at home by simple steps.

For making yakhni or stock 600 gms Chicken, 1 tsp Shahi Jeera/Whole Cumin, 4-5 Cloves, 1 Black Cardamom, 1 tsp Black Pepper, 1-inch Cinnamon Stick, 4 Green Cardamom, 1 tbsp Whole Coriander, 1 tsp Fennel/Saunf, 1-star Anise, 2 Bay Leaves, 1 Onion, 1-inch Ginger, 6 Garlic Cloves, 1 1/2 tsp Salt, 4 cups of Water

Ingredients of chicken pulao 

For making pulao 600 g Basmati rice 5 tbsp Ghee 5 Green Cardamom 8 Cloves 1 Bay leaf 1-inch Cinnamon stick A finely sliced Onion 1 tsp Ginger 1 & 1/2 tsp Garlic paste 6 tbsp Curd 5 1/2 cups of Water 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Kewra water(optional)


Ground spice for pulao 3 Green Cardamom 1/4 tsp Black pepper 1/4 Javitri/Mace 1/8 Jaiphol/Nutmeg


Wash the rice(basmati /pulao rice) for 4-5 times, soak it in water for 30 mins. Keep it aside.

Preparing the rice

Making Chicken Pulao

Take chicken (only legs or legs with boneless pieces), put it in a pan/pot with all other ingredients used in making Yakhni /stock. Cook until chicken gets soft.

Preparing Yakhni/Stock

Yakhni or stock is ready

First separate the chicken pieces, then strain the yakhni to get a clear stock. Chicken Yakhni or stock is ready for cooking pulao in it. Keep it aside.

Making Pulao masala

Ground whole black peppercorn, cardamom, nutmeg & mace in a grinder or a mortar-pestle until form a fine powder. Pulao masala is ready. Keep aside.

Making pulao

Heat the same pan or pot, add ghee, fry sliced onion in it until golden, add green cardamom, cinnamon, & cloves.

Chicken in pulao masala

Add ginger-garlic paste & fry it well, add well-beaten curd with ground pulao masala & chicken.  Fry it well & then add salt.

Cooking pulao rice

Fry the masala until raw smell goes off, drain the rice & add it to the pan. Mix it gently. Add 5 1/2 cup water including stocks. Keep the heat high to bring it boil.

Cooking pulao

Once it starts boiling, slow down the heat to its min. & cover the pan with a light lid. Cook it for exact 15 mins, then turn off the heat.

Chicken pulao is ready

Keep it in 5 mins standing time, then Our one pot chicken pulao aka chicken pilaf is ready to serve.

Serve this chicken pulao with

Best to serve this chicken pulao with salad or raita by sprinkling beresta/crispy onion on its top. However you can serve it with any non veg curry.

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