Russian Chicken Rice Pilaf (Plov) Recipe

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Growing up in Russia I grew accustomed to many wonderful dishes. One of my favorite dishes to eat growing up was Russian Rice Pilaf (Plov). This dish is a cultural one made with many variations depending upon family and region.

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However, the base for this delicious meal is always meat, rice and carrots. Here is our family Russian Chicken Rice Pilaf recipe that is super simple to make and will bring the taste of Russia to your table.

Russian Rice Pilaf (Plov) dish

This Chicken Rice Pilaf is full of flavor, easy to make and can even be adapted to the instant pot!! It usually takes 45 minutes to prep and cook this meal, making it an easy and quick meal to make. It pairs well with some bread of your choice and a salad.

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A Few Notes

Before we jump into the cooking. This recipe can be fixed in the instant pot but is best cooked in a wok (find one here). I have also found that basmati rice works best with this recipe compared to other rice. This is a one pot meal which makes clean up a breeze.

Enjoy a taste of Russia! I love eating this delicious Russian Chicken Rice Pilaf because it brings back childhood memories. There are some many variations of this recipe so I recommend you search for and try other variations as well.

Often this is made with pork, beef or chicken so you can choose which protein to add. Some regions use varying spices and cooking methods but this has been the simplest recipe thus far and it turns out great!

Russian Chicken Rice Pilaf (Plov)

This hearty Russian chicken and rice dish is the perfect comfort food. Packed full of rich culture and flavor. It is sure to impress the whole family! Pairs well with fresh bread and a Russian salad.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian
Servings 6


  • Wok


  • vegetable oil enough to cover bottom of the pan
  • 3 chicken breasts chopped into small bite size pieces
  • 3-4 carrots finely chopped into thin 1 in. long strips
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped, whole or minced. Your choice
  • 2-3 tbsp cumin
  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice rinse rice prior to cooking
  • 3 cups chicken broth


  • Heat vegetable oil in wok. Get it nice and hot to cook the chicken. Once heated add the chicken and cook until no longer pink.
  • Add in carrots, onions and garlic. I usually finely chop my garlic but you can add it whole or mince it too. Cook until carrots and onions have slightly softened.
  • Add in cumin and season salt
  • Take rice and rinse with water until the water runs clear. Drain off the excess water and pour over the meat and veggies. Basically creating a top rice layer to the wok
  • Pour chicken broth over the rice and cover with lid. Cook on low for about 20 minutes or until rice is done.
  • Fluff and mix. Taste and Add Salt if needed. Enjoy!


 If cooking in the Instant Pot then sauté everything following steps 1-4. At step 5 add rice, reduce broth to 2 cups and pour over. Cook on the rice setting for 6 minutes. Let pressure release and check rice. It should be complete and tasty! The Instant Pot version is still tasty but the wok is definitely better.
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A Family Favorite

This dish has always been a comfort food for our family. I love making and eating Russian chicken rice pilaf. It is a hearty dish that is sure to wow the family. Everyone I have ever made this for is always impressed and asks for more. Hope you enjoy!

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