Easy One Pot Chicken Rice

Today I got an easy one pot chicken rice that is yummy and can easily be prepared ahead if you know that you have a busy week ahead and want to come home and have something hearty and tasty without doing much just before. This recipe is inspired by one I found online a while ago by B Rannaghor.

I use chicken thighs in this recipe which has got some bone in it, I prefer it to fillets because the bones do add favour to the dish. I have tried it before with boneless chicken and somehow found it a bit lacking.

The rice I used is long grained Basmati rice. I soak it for about an 40 minutes after I rinse it, this soften it up and speeds up the cooking process.

Along with water added in for the rice to cook, I use some coconut milk and that adds an amazing flavour to the whole thing.

I also add in some ghee, which is clarified butter at the very end for a richness of flavour. Garam masala is an Indian spice, that is a beautiful mix of different spices.

Lets get to the recipe


For the chicken Marinade

Chicken Thighs – 1kg

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Plain yoghurt – 2 tablespoons

Garlic paste – 1 flat tablespoon

Ginger paste – 1 flat tablespoon

Cayenne pepper – 1 teaspoon

Other ingredients

Red onions – 1 large sliced

Bay leaves – 2

Basmati Rice – 2.5 cups, rinsed and soaked

Ginger paste -1 teaspoon

Garam Masala – 2 teaspoons

Coconut milk – 2 cups

Cayenne pepper –  1 teaspoon or more according to how much heat you personally prefer keeping in mind that some was added to the chicken marinade

Coriander leaves – fresh, finely chopped

Hot water – 3 cups


Ghee – 2 teaspoons


  1. Marinate the chicken and allow to sit for 40 mins.
  2. Rinse the rice and allow to soak in water for 35-40 mins.
  3. Place the chicken in your pot and brown the chicken on both sides as well as allowing it to cook about half way through.  Once done, take the chicken out and set aside.
  4. In the same pot, fry the onions till they are translucent. Then add in the ginger paste and fry.
  5. Add in the bay leaves and rice and mix for about a minute.
  6. Pour the coconut milk, hot water, salt, garam masala and mix.
  7. Place the chicken back into the pot and cook for about 20 minutes till everything is cooked. This should be done on low heat. Do check if there is any rice getting stuck to the bottom, if so just add in a bit of water.
  8. Once done, add in the ghee and coriander leaves and it is ready to serve.


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  1. I love rice so much! My family used to give me a hard time for it growing up. They would pass the rice dish to me last so they would all get some! 😆 Thanks for the recipe, Manu! I will have to make this sometime (by the way, I definitely plan to make your watermelon smoothie this summer. I think you called it Frutilicious).

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    1. 😂 I love the story of your family passing you the rice last so that they could all get some.
      The watermelon smoothie is ideal for warm weather. Over here in Australia the weather is cooling down, it is Autumn 🍂 here.

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      1. Autumn! 😊 I wish we were entering that season here. It gets sooo hot in the summer where I live. But alas! Summer is on its way. I’ll have to make the smoothie a lot this summer. I’ll probably rummage through your posts for other smoothies too. I remember you had quite a few delicious options. I hope you are able to enjoy this season!

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      2. It gets real hot here too. The cooler weather is so good after the heat.
        Enjoy the warm weather and all the smoothies. It is getting closer to soup weather for me 😉.

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  2. Wow, it looks good! I love rice, especially what we call “gummy” (consistency) rice. I do something similar but without your special spices and coconut milk. The coconut milk addition I do want to try since we have family with milk allergies. Thanks for sharing, Manu! Have a wonderful weekend! 💗🌼🌟🌺

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