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chicken and yellow rice

Chicken and Yellow Rice Recipe

Easy and delicious chicken and yellow rice are best for family dinner. Soft and tender chicken cooked with rice on the stovetop with the flavor of turmeric is so aromatic, colorful, and tempting to eat.
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken with yellow rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3 Persons
Calories: 489kcal


  • 500 g Chicken
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Grated Garlic
  • tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Homemade Spice Powder:
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp Salt


  • In a bowl, add paprika, coriander powder, garam masala, garlic powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt.
  • Mix well to combine the spices.
  • Sprinkle the sesaoining spices over chicken. Rub the spices with hand to give it a good coat.
  • In the meanwhile, soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  • Now in a heated pan, pour oil and fry the chicken pieces until turned to golden in color.
  • As the chicken turned to golden, take it out!.
  • In same oil, add grated garlic and saute for few seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder and give it a quick stir.
  • Now add soaked rice and mix well in pan.
  • Add 2 cups of water and gently mix well.
  • Add the fried chicken at the top of rice.
  • Now cook and cover the rice for 20 minutes. Initially cook on high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Then turn the heat to medium/low to cook the rest of the rice on steam.
  • After 20 minutes, the rice will be ready to serve!


  • To get fluffy and soft rice, it's recommended to soak the rice before 30 minutes of cooking.
  • Pan-fried chicken is tastier and creates a soft and juicy texture with rice. Fry chicken for at least 3 to 4 minutes from each side to seal the pores. 
  • Saffron and turmeric are normally used to add a yellow color to the rice. Avoid using yellow food color.
  • Never cook the rice for too long. 30 minutes soaked basmati rice cooking time is 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Always take out rice from the sides. Never run the spoon from the middle after rice cooking otherwise the rice will break. 
  • Gently run the spoon from the sides to the middle to mix all rice. In this way, the rice will not clutter. 


Serving: 100g | Calories: 489kcal