Easy one-pot chicken and rice recipe (aka plov)

easy chicken and rice recipe aka plov

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This delicious plov is made in one pot. The juicy chicken thighs cooked in chicken broth with rice and carrots, spiced with herbs and spices will quickly become your new go-to mid-week meal. Minimum effort for maximum return.


  • 1kg chicken thighs, skin-on, no bone, cut into large chunks
  • 4 cups of chicken broth, home-made if possible
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 1.5 cups of long-grain rice, I use basmati
  • 4 cloves of garlic, skin on
  • 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Start by washing the rice in a mesh colander under running water for a couple of minutes, set it aside to drain.
  2. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a dutch oven and the chicken. Cook the chicken on medium-high heat, stirring frequently until the chicken has a nice golden colour.
  3. Add diced onion and fry for another minute. Do not brown the onion.
  4. Add carrots and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Add rice and fry the rice for 1-2 minutes, again stirring the meat and rice constantly.
  6. Add salt, pepper, and cumin (if using), mix to combine.
  7. Add the chicken broth, bring to the boil.
  8. Once the broth starts to boil, reduce the heat to low, put garlic cloves into the broth and let it cook until the broth is approximately one centimeter above the rice. Cover the Dutch oven with the lid and let it cook for 10 minutes. Don’t forget to set the timer, timing is important, you don’t want to have mushy rice.
  9. Once 10 minutes are over, turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  10. Serve with some fresh coriander, enjoy!

Keywords: Plov, chicken and rice, chicken rice