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How To Make Chicken Pilau The Easy Way

Are your strapped for time but would like to throw down a mean hot meal? Chicken pilau is a great choice  and is a lot easier to make than you think. Here is how I make my version of chicken pilau – very satisfying and YUMMY!

You will need:

  • 1 Chicken (give 8-9 pieces) 1.5 kgs
  • 3 cups Rice
  • 3 Onions
  • 2-3 Tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pilau Masala or whole spices (cloves, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, pepper & cumin seeds)
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Saucepan

What you need to do:

  1. Wash the rice and leave it to soak in cold water for 20 minutes.
  2. Cut chicken into bite size pieces (or you could use chicken thighs or breast).
  3. I prefer to cook my chicken pieces in a pressure cooker for 4-5 minutes – drain out the chicken and reserve the broth.
  4. Heat oil in a saucepan and cook onions and garlic until golden brown.
  5. Add tomatoes (I puree mine in a blender).
  6. Add the ground pilau masala and salt.
  7. Add chicken pieces.
  8. Add the pre-soaked rice.
  9. Add the chicken broth and top up with water if broth is not enough. (TIP: I use 1 and quarter cups of water/broth to 1 cup of rice).
  10. Leave to cook until most of the water has diminished.
  11. Move to the oven (pre-heated) for 10-15 minutes to oven cook.
  12. You should have a pretty decent pilau.

Enjoy  with kachumbari! OR serve with a green salad, yogurt and pickle.

TIP: If using whole spices…. heat a pan and roast them for a few minutes the aroma!


This recipe makes for 4-5 generous servings….. with enough for a packed lunch. My household is happy….. from my heart to yours.





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Liz Mugo-Akuku is the founder and publisher behind as well as a wife and mama to a very active boy. Lover of folklore, and just a girl on a journey to radiant health. I do this by eating REAL food, finding love in myself, and concocting homemade remedies. Want to join me? You know you want to!

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