Instant Pot Chicken Pilaf

A traditional and authentic recipe for special dinner parties of Indo Pak region… Spice infused chicken gives basmati rice a delish touch.

Instant Pot Chicken Pilaf
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
Keyword: basmati rice, Chicken Pilaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • to taste salt
  • 2 lb whole skinless bone in chicken cut into 12 pieces
  • 3 tbsp ghee divided
  • 2 cup yellow onion sliced thinly
  • 1 jalapeno pepper sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp saffron threads crumbled
Instructions
  • For marinade: in a large bowl, add all ingredients except chicken and mix until well combined.
  • Add chicken pieces and coat with marinade generously.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place the 2 tablespoons of ghee in the Instant Pot and select “Sauté”. Then add onion and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • With a slotted spoon, transfer half of onion into a bowl and reserve for garnishing.
  • Press “Cancel” and stir in the remaining ghee, marinated chicken, jalapeño and bay leaves.
  • Secure the lid and turn to “Seal” position.
  • Cook on “Manual” with “High Pressure” for about 4 minutes.
  • Press the “Cancel” and allow a “Quick” release.
  • Remove the lid and stir the chicken mixture well.
  • Gently, place the rice over chicken. Add salt and water.
  • Secure the lid and turn to “Seal” position.
  • Cook on “Manual” with “High Pressure” for about 6 minutes.
  • Press the “Cancel” and allow a “Quick” release.
  • Remove the lid and sprinkle with saffron.
  • Gently, stir the rice with chicken mixture well.
  • Serve with the garnishing of reserved onion slices.
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