Indian chicken pilaf

I love the diversity of flavor in this dish. Every bite is unique.


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 40 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 319 / Protein 27g / Carbohydr. 21g / Fat 14g

Ingredients (4 servings)

200 gbasmati rice
1 bunchcilantro
1 clovegarlic
100 gcarrot
350 gchicken breast
100 ggreen beans
50 gbutter
10 gcumin
10 gmasala
0.5 tspchili powder
10 gtumeric
50 gginger (grated)
100 gyogurt
425 mlchicken stock
1lemon (juice)


large saucepan, measuring cup, fine grater, cutting board, knife

Wine Tip

Shiraz, Australia
An Australian Shiraz, with its spicy notes and mild earthiness, wonderfully complements the rich array of spices typically found in Indian fare.

Step 1

Indian chicken pilaf

Wash rice in cold water and set aside. Roughly chop cilantro. Finely dice onion and garlic. Peel carrot. Cut carrot, chicken, and green beans into bite-sized pieces.

cutting board, knife

200 g basmati rice / 1 bunch cilantro / 1 onion / 1 clove garlic / 100 g carrot / 350 g chicken breast / 100 g green beans

Step 2

Indian chicken pilaf

In a large saucepan, sauté onion and garlic in butter over medium heat for approx. 2 – 3 min. Then, add chicken and sauté for approx. 5 – 7 min. until opaque. Set chicken aside.

large saucepan

50 g butter

Step 3

Indian chicken pilaf

Grate ginger. Then, add cumin, masala, chili powder, turmeric, and ginger to pan. Sauté for approx. 1 – 2 min. Add yogurt, cook until it begins to boil, and then add rice.

fine grater

10 g cumin / 10 g masala / 0.5 tsp chili powder / 10 g turmeric / 50 g ginger / 100 g yogurt

Step 4

Indian chicken pilaf

Add carrots and green beans to pan and sauté for approx. 3 – 5 min. Pour chicken stock into pan and season with salt and pepper. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce to low heat. Cover with a lid and cook for approximately 10 – 12 min. until rice is done.

measuring cup

425 ml chicken stock / salt / pepper

Step 5

Indian chicken pilaf

Return cooked chicken to pan. Add cilantro and lemon juice. Stir thoroughly. Enjoy warm with homemade naan bread.

1 lemon