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Authentic Indian Chicken Pilau

Yields7 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 10 mins

This dish is loaded with delicious, fragrant spices that add a wonderful, authentic flavour to the dish. There’s cloves, cardamom, fennel and coriander which often feature in traditional Indian cookery.

Authentic Indian Chicken Pilau

 50 g butter
 8 cloves
 8 green cardamom pods
 ½ tsp fennel seeds
 500 g onions, thinly sliced
 40 g garlic
 40 g ginger
 1 kg chicken breast, chopped
 1 tsp cinnamon
 1 tbsp coriander
 2 tsp cumin
 ½ tsp chilli powder
 1 tsp ground turmeric
 400 g chopped tomatoes
 2 bay leaves
 600 ml chicken stock
 400 g basmati rice

Preheat oven to 180°C.


Heat the butter in a large, oven proof pan on a low heat and add the cloves, cardamom and fennel seeds. Gently fry for around a minute then add the onions.


Slowly cook the onions for 10 to 15 minutes until they start to caramelise then add the ginger, garlic and chicken and cook until the chicken is lightly coloured.


Add the coriander, cumin, chilli powder, turmeric, cinnamon, chopped tomatoes, bay leaves and stock and bring to the boil.


Add the rice, mix through, cover with a tight fitting lid then place into the oven for 40 minutes minutes until the chicken is cooked and the rice is tender.



Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 7

Amount Per Serving
Calories 494
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g16%
Total Carbohydrate 62g21%
Protein 39g78%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.