Instant Pot Chicken and Yellow Rice– A New york halal street cart style Turmeric Rice with flavoursome juicy Chicken- all made in the instant pot!
This dish is so so good that I couldn’t stop eating it while i was filming! thank god I made a lot of it.The Chicken is so juicy and the rice is fluffy and full of great flavours.
It is a gluten free, dairy free dish.It’s a great recipe for family dinners especially if you are looking to impress!
Ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken and Yellow Rice
The ingredients are so simple that you wont believe the flavour when you taste it!
Here are the ingredients for the Chicken
- Chicken Thighs with Bone in.You can also use boneless thighs or Chicken Breasts but the pressure cooking time will change from 8 minutes to 5 minutes.
- Lemon Juice
- Ground Cumin
- Ground Coriander Powder- This is optional though it adds a lot of flavour
- Paprika or any Mild ground chilli.If you like it spicy, use
- Garlic Cloves- Minced
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ingredients for Turmeric Rice
Turmeric rice can be made without the Chicken too.Here are the ingredients for it.
- Basmati Rice
- Chicken Stock or Water
- Ground Turmeric
- Ground Cumin
Ingredients for the Yogurt Sauce
In my opinion, this is the bit that ties the whole dish toghether. It’s crazy how simple this sauce is! I am definitely going to be drizzling this over all sorts of things.
Here are the ingredients
Swaps and Alternatives
Rice– You cannot use Brown rice in this recipe because that will take way too long to cook and leave the chicken overcooked and tough.You can use other rice like jasmine rice and sona masoori though.
Other Additions- Cranberries, almonds, pistachios, Vegetables such as peppers and peas.
How to make Halal Cart Style Chicken and Yellow Rice
Step 1: Marination
Mix all the ingredients of the marinade.It should have a good kick so that the marinade seasons the chicken from within.This is also the main flavour of the dish so make sure you use all ingredients.
Add the chicken to the marinade and mix it up.Let it sit on the counter for atleast 15 minutes.
For best results, I suggest at least an hour of marination.
Step 2:Browning the Chicken
Select SAUTE setting on the instant pot.When the instant pot reads HOT, add oil.Let it sizzle for 20 seconds.
Using tongs, place the marinated chicken one by one, bone side up.Save the left over marination.Let it cook undisturbed for 10-12 minutes based on how much colour you want on the chicken.
Cancel Saute.Remove the chicken to a plate.
Add water or chicken broth to inner pot.Using a silicon or a wooden spoon, dislodge all the burnt caramelized bits.
This is important because otherwise the instant pot will show the burn message and stop cooking prematurly.
Step 4:Pressure Cook
Add the rice and the rest of the spices.Add any left over marinade too.Mix it up.
Place the chicken with skin side up.Tip in any left over chicken juices too.Select Pressure Cook for 7 minutes on HIGH.
Step 5:Pressure Release
After the cooking time is over, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes after which Quick Release the pressure.
How to serve Chicken and Yellow Rice
The best way to serve this Newyork Halal cart style Chicken and turmeric rice is with a heavy drizzle of the yogurt sauce and some crunchy salad on the side.
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- 4-5 Chicken Thighs with Bone
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- Mix the ingredients listed under marinade- lemon juice, oregano, coriander powder, galirc, paprika, olive oil and salt.
- Add the Chicken and let it marinade for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.If you don't have the time, you can skip the marination time or try to do it for 10-15 minutes atleast.
Browning the Chicken*
- Using the SAUTE setting, Heat the instant pot.Let it read "HOT" before you add oil.
- Place the Chicken, skin side down.Brown* it for 3-4 minutes till you get a nice sear.Flip and sear the other side.
- Cancel Saute, Remove the chicken from the instant pot and set aside on a plate.
- To the inner pot, add Chicken Stock or Water and deglaze**Check Notes)
- Add Rice, salt, turmeric and cumin.Mix it up.
- Place the seared Chicken Thighs on top.(Do not mix!)
- Close the lid and PRESSURE cook for 8 minutes on HIGH.
- 10NPR- Once the cooking time is over,Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before QUICK RELEASE.
1 tbsp Mayonaise
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Vinegar
1/4 tsp Salt Mix it all toghether and drizzle over the rice and chicken while serving.