Turkish Chicken Pilaf (Tavuk Pilav)


Discover the heartwarming flavors of Turkey with Tavuk Pilav, a traditional chicken pilaf that's a staple in Turkish households. This dish combines tender, flavorful chicken with fragrant, fluffy rice, all seasoned with a blend of aromatic spices. It's a simple yet satisfying meal that brings comfort and warmth to any dining table.

Turkish Chicken Pilaf (Tavuk Pilav)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 300mg


  • Chicken breast, cubed: 500g (1.1 pounds or 17.6 ounces)
  • Long-grain rice: 250g (8.8 ounces)
  • Chicken broth: 500ml (2 cups)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Carrot, diced: 50g (1.76 ounces)
  • Peas: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 2 (about 10g)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Bay leaf: 1
  • Cumin: 5g (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Sauté Aromatics: In a large pot, heat olive oil and sauté onion and garlic until translucent.
  2. Cook Chicken: Add chicken and cook until browned. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin.
  3. Add Rice: Stir in rice, ensuring it's well coated with the aromatics.
  4. Add Broth and Vegetables: Pour in chicken broth, add bay leaf, carrots, and peas.
  5. Simmer: Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Serve: Fluff with a fork, remove the bay leaf, and garnish with fresh parsley.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Rinse the Rice: Rinse rice under cold water to remove excess starch for fluffier pilaf.
  • Perfect Rice to Liquid Ratio: Ensure the correct ratio of rice to broth for the best texture.
  • Gentle Simmer: Keep the heat low and simmer gently to prevent the rice from sticking.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of rice? 

Long-grain rice like Basmati works best for pilaf.

How to store leftovers? 

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can I add other vegetables? 

Feel free to add vegetables like bell peppers or corn.