Pilau ( Chicken Pilau).

Hello, In this post I’ll share how I made this simple yet delicious Chicken Pilau. This is one of my favourite rice dishes to cook when I have time and really wanting aromatic dish like this. Widely eaten all over the world, but made totally different,well it’s mostly eaten in the coastal part of Kenya in Mombasa. I hadn’t eaten pilau for years when I lived in Kenyan,as I left Mombasa when I was a little girl,after years of living in Ireland I started craving Kenyan dishes not really sure where to get the ingredients, but when I laid hands on different spices, I was ready to explore with my cooking, I prefer to use whole spice rather than  powder spices, I find there is more flavour from them, but feel free to use powder Pilau Masala if you like.


  • Basmati Rice
  • Free range chicken
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Tomato puree/paste
  • Green cardamom
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon ground/ stick
  • Black peppercorn
  • Cumin seeds
  • Chicken stock
  • Cooking oil, sunflower/ vegetable oil
  • Salt.

Prepare all your ingredients, first start with garlic and ginger, peel wash, am using pestle and mortar as I find it brings out nice and strong flavour from both ingredients.On a medium heat, start by warming up your sauce pan, add 2-3 tbsp of oil of your choice, add in the minced ginger,garlic and stir immediately, you don’t want them to burn as they will very quickly, or stick to the bottom of the pan.….  As the ginger, garlic paste start to bring out the aroma, then add all your dry spices to the sauce pan and immediately your will smell each and every spice, I can nearly smell it while here writing this post, well it is divine. Mix them in well with all the rest.…… Add tomato paste/puree mix and let it cook 3-4 minutes stirring continuously.… It’s time to add chicken thighs or any chicken of your choice, mix them with aromatic spices, cover and let the chicken cook 10 minutes or so, don’t forget to stir it occasionally.The rice is ready to be added in, mix it with everything.…..  Add chicken stock or 2 cups of water and salt and cover and simmer and let the liquid reduce.Stir the rice with a fork not wooden spoon, not to break or mash the rice, you can always add more water if the rice isn’t cooked fully.The Chicken Pilau is now ready, I served with some Kachumbari,  check out my YouTube channel Dine With Jane to see how I make it. Trust me you will come for more. Enjoy while still hot 🙂


Thank you for stopping by, hope you find this recipe helpful and useful. I hope you try and will enjoy.Please let me know how it goes when you give it a try.