Chicken Pilau recipe

Chicken Pilau

by @chemukitchen
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Kenyan pilau rice is a simple dish of rice flavoured with chicken and spices and sometimes cooked with vegetables. This aromatic rice dish is commonly served at parties and occasions, usually with kachumbari (tomato & cucumber salad). Similar to jollof rice in West Africa, it is always present on Eid,...


4 Servings
  • 1cup
    of Basmati rice
  • 3tbsp
    of cooking oil
  • 2cups
    of breast chicken chopped
  • 1/2cup
    of chopped onions
  • 1/2tsp
    of green pepper
  • 2
    green cardamom
  • 1
    medium size cinnamon stick
  • 1tbsp
    ginger paste
  • 1tbsp
    garlic paste
  • 1/2tbsp
  • 1/2cup
    of coconut milk
  • 1tbsp
    coriander powder
  • 2tbsp
    of pilau masala
  • 2cups
    to 3 of boiling plain chicken broth or you can also use a chicken flavour cube. Mix it in two cups of mildly hot water
  • Salt

How to make Chicken Pilau

  1. Heat the oil in medium heat.

  2. Add the chopped chicken breast on the pan and stir it until the colour of the chicken becomes golden-brown.

  3. Transfer the fried chicken to another vessel.

  4. In the same pan, add oil again and add the whole spices. When the whole spices start crackling, add the chopped onions and green pepper.

  5. Fry all the above ingredients until they turn golden-brown.

  6. Now add the ginger and garlic paste. Stir it until the garlic smell is gone. Then add the turmeric/ saffron and stir for another minute.

  7. Now add the fried chicken and rice into the pan and stir it well.

  8. In a separate bowl, add the coconut milk with the 2 cups of hot chicken broth.

  9. Add the coconut mixture into the pan and stir it well.

  10. Cover the pan and turn the heat into medium and wait for 20 minutes until the rice is dry.

  11. Serve the pilau.

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