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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1 thought on “Instant Pot Chicken Pilaf

  1. Thanks for this. But I am wondering if you can suggest how to cook Kacchi Biriyani in the Instant Pot? That is when the chicken is not cooked ahead, but is marinated and placed in the pot like that, and the rice is placed over that.

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