Recipes for Ramadan: Chicken Plov

Recipes for Ramadan: Chicken Plov

Serves 4, 1 hour

Plov is the Central Asian version of the Greek pilaf, Iranian polo and subcontinental pulao. It’s oilier and milder than most pulaos, and is the national dish of Uzbekistan. This chicken version is so easy to make!


  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 600g boneless Chicken Thighs or breast
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 red Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1tsp Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tsp Ground chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Ground paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground coriander
  • Oil
  • Salt



  1. Place rice in a dish with cold water and soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Cut chicken into chunks
  3. Heat a generous amount of oil in a frypan, then add the chicken, and salt it as it cooks
  4. Once the chicken turns a golden brown, add onions and carrots, 2 teaspoons salt, pepper, chilli powder, paprika and coriander powder. Stir fry for 5-7 minutes
  5. Add a enough water to cover the chicken and vegetables by 2 cm, then bring to a boil
  6. Drain the rice, then add it to the frypan, along with the garlic cloves. Do not stir the rice or garlic through.
  7. Cover the frypan and bring to boil
  8. Reduce the heat to low and steam for 25 minutes – do not take the lid off during this time, as the rice is using the built-up steam to cook.
  9. After 25 minutes, lift the lid and check to see if the rice is soft; if not, add a little more water and continue steaming.
  10. If it’s ready, cover it again, remove from heat and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  11. Stir the rice before serving.

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Meet Tim Blight

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  • Anna Johnston June 11, 2017, 9:25 pm

    now THIS looks like a feed I could get up and all around. Question tho… what is ground child powder? Typo I do hope. Otherwise, this recipe just got a whole lot more interesting. Lol! Do you think fresh coriander would work in this dish too?

    • Tim Blight June 12, 2017, 8:55 pm

      Hahahhahahaha yes that was a typo! Thanks for pointing that out- now corrected 🙂 I think coriander would be perfect in this – and maybe even a little ginger in the start of the cooking process 🙂

  • Agness of Run Agness Run June 12, 2017, 1:34 am

    Excellent recipe, Tim! I will have to give it a try!

  • Andrew Boland June 14, 2017, 9:56 pm

    i loved plov in Central Asia. It’s a sure-fire go to dish when out!

    • Tim Blight June 15, 2017, 5:49 pm

      Plov rules! Sometimes it was a little too oily for me… but it’s such a safe, regular option 🙂