A bowl of Ukrainian chicken plov, rice pilaf, with a green cloth napkin and fork beside the bowl

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My Mama gave me this chicken plov  (rice pilaf) recipe over the phone. I changed it up just a little with a touch of Cayenne pepper. Traditional plov is  made with lamb pork or beef. This is our own speedy version.

Rice Cooker: Where have you been all these years? My hubby bought me a rice cooker for Mothers Day and I’ve already made this chicken plov several times. (p.s. It’s a great buy at Costco ~$30) It was so easy and fast. I don’t have to stand over it; I just put my prepped ingredients in the rice cooker and press the button. Voila!!

Ingredients for Chicken Plov:

1 large chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch x 1-inch pieces
2 cups white rice, rinsed well and drained
1 large carrot, grated
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup ketchup
2 1/2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth*
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper

*Use as much water/broth as your rice maker requires. note: If cooking on stove top, add 2 cups water for every 1 cup rice.

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How to make Plov (Rice Pilaf):

1. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add chicken pieces, than saute until golden and cooked through.

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2. Next, add 1 diced  onion to the skillet with chicken and saute about 3 minutes.

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3. Add grated carrots to the skillet and saute 2 more minutes.

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4. Add 2 Tbsp of butter and 1/4 cup ketchup and mix everything together.

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5. Once the butter melts, add 2 cups of rinsed rice to the skillet. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of  salt, 1/8 tsp of black pepper, 1/8 tsp of Cayenne pepper and mix everything together.

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6. Transfer mixture to the rice cooker, add 2 1/2 cups of water and season more to taste if desired. Set the rice cooker to “White rice”.

– OR – If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can put everything into a pot with a tight-fitting lid and cook over medium/low heat for about 20 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed

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Notes: If you don’t rinse your rice, you will require more water. Left over plov is always a good thing; just saute it up. I think its even better reheated in a frying pan. It gives it a certain crunch.

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Ukrainian Chicken Plov (Rice Pilaf)

4.97 from 54 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
A bowl of Ukrainian chicken plov, rice pilaf, with a green cloth napkin and fork beside the bowl
Chicken Pilaf (plov) is hearty and so satisfying.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6
  • 1 large chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch x 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups white rice, rinsed well and drained
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 1/2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add chicken pieces, saute them until golden and cooked through.
  • Next, add 1 diced onion to the skillet with chicken and saute about 3 minutes.
  • Add grated carrots to the skillet and saute 2 more minutes.
  • Add 2 Tbsp of butter and 1/4 cup ketchup and mix everything together.
  • Once the butter melts, add 2 cups of rinsed rice to the skillet. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of salt, 1/8 tsp of black pepper, 1/8 tsp of Cayenne pepper and mix everything together.
  • Transfer mixture to the rice cooker, add 2 1/2 cups of water and season more to taste if desired. Set the rice cooker to "White rice". - OR - If you don't have a rice cooker, you can put everything into a pot with a tight-fitting lid and cook over medium/low heat for about 20 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.

Notes

If you don't rinse your rice, you will require more water. Left over plov is always a good thing; just saute it up. I think its even better reheated in a frying pan. It gives it a certain crunch. I recommend to use Jasmine rice.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword: chicken pilaf
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $

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  • Sam
    March 7, 2024

    I used a dutch oven, covered with a lid, and finished it off in a 325F oven for about 45 minutes. Also added a couple bay leaves per my husband’s request. Delicious! He said it tastes just like how his mom made it. <3

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 7, 2024

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Sam! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Poppy
    August 31, 2023

    Would this be able to be frozen after cooking and cooling? I love plov but haven’t ever experimented with using it as freezer meal prep.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 31, 2023

      Hi Poppy! I haven’t tested it myself, but I have heard Plov and Pilaf both can freeze well. Let us know how it is if you experiment.

      Reply

  • Olya
    March 10, 2023

    This is very similar to my moms recipe. It’s such a delicious and easy meal. I use a rice cooker to get perfect rice each time.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 10, 2023

      Aww, that’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Reggie
    February 3, 2023

    This recipe is absolutely wonderful, it’s a regular staple at our dinner table. I use 2 chicken breasts, 2 onions and 5 carrots along with some garlics. Thanks Natasha!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 3, 2023

      Great to hear that, Reggie! I’m so glad you love the recipe.

      Reply

  • Kathy
    September 17, 2022

    I made it with 2 chicken breasts and 2 carrots to increase the protein and veggies because I’m diabetic. I also stirred in some parsley at the end to add some more colour. Enjoyed by all.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 18, 2022

      That’s great, Kathy! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Yuliya
    April 8, 2022

    Wow this was sooo easy to make! And it was delicious. With a newborn on the way this should be super easy meal to make for our family. I didn’t add any salt into the water but I think I’ll have to next time or maybe use chicken broth. Thanks for an easy dinner recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Yuliya! Congratulations to you and your family! Blessings to you and the rest of your pregnancy!

      Reply

  • Nadia
    February 28, 2022

    Thank you so much for the recipe. I am using a Dutch pot, should I added hot water or cold water? Thank you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2022

      Hi Nadia, I used cold water! I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Raisa
    October 22, 2020

    Loved this recipe thank you! I used brown rice due to preference but this dish reminded me of living in Ukraine.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 22, 2020

      I love it when recipes remind us of the good times! Thank you for sharing this lovely review with me!

      Reply

  • Julia
    April 26, 2020

    What do you think about using brown rice?

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    • Natasha
      April 26, 2020

      Hi Julia, I haven’t tested this with brown rice but brown rice takes significantly longer to cook and requires more water. You would have to use the brown rice function on the rice maker if using a rice maker. You might also love our instant pot brown rice plov.

      Reply

  • Jen
    June 19, 2019

    Hi Natasha,
    I want to make this for my son- he’s a very picker eater, but he loves garlic. Do you think garlic would be good in this, and how would you add it? Thanks!

    Reply

  • linda schauf
    June 19, 2019

    Natasha, what kind of pan do you use in some of your demonstrations? Looks like cast iron with small handles? If it goes from stovetop to oven that’s a win, as long as I could use it on a glass cooktop, since that’s what I have for now.

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  • Rachel
    April 11, 2019

    What type of rice and brand would you recommend to get rice that is fluffy and not sticky?

    Also, is there any substitutions that can be used in place of the ketchup?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 11, 2019

      Hi Rachel, I really do think ketchup gives the best flavor but you can make it work with tomato paste instead. Rinsed white rice does the trick for us if you experiment with any other please let me know I’d love to know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Sara
    January 27, 2019

    Do you think we could do this in the Instapot like the beef? Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2019

      I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

      Reply

  • Yana
    January 20, 2019

    So I make your recipes all the time, and today I made this/grechka plov. I didnt have white rice so I decided to combine 2 of your recipes, first half of this and second half of the grechka plov recipe. Turned out great, thanks for all that you do 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2019

      Sounds like a fun experiment, Yana! Thank you for sharing this with me! I’m so happy you enjoyed our recipe!

      Reply

  • Krissy
    January 13, 2019

    Omg omg omg! So good! Can’t belive I haven’t made this sooner! It’s so easy and cooks quick!
    I used left over chicken and added 2 diced garlic cloves. Soooo good!

    Was a hit with my Hubby and toddler.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2019

      That’s so great, Krissy! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Tanya Makaitis
    December 17, 2018

    I just made this for the family and they loved it! I followed the recipe exactly, though I may have added more carrots. Thank you for healthy easy yummy comfort food!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

      Reply

  • Ana S.
    April 21, 2018

    I can’t believe rice can be so difficult to get just right (or maybe it’s just me) but my plov always comes out more like sticky rice. I used jasmine rice and rinsed it beforehand and then I cooked it with 4 cups of water (I used 2 cups rice) on the stovetop. Anything I should tweak or change so I can get less sticky/mushy rice? I honestly don’t know what I’m doing wrong. It also tends to burn on the bottom :/ otherwise the taste is there, just trying to get the texture right. Thank you!

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 22, 2018

      Hi Ana, I would recommend using a heavy bottomed pot or a cast iron pot like a dutch oven for better heat conduction to prevent the scorching problem (or maybe reducing the heat so it is just making hissing sounds when the lid is on). Also, try not to stir the rice while it is cooking which can cause it to release starch and become more sticky. Lastly, make sure you are measuring rice with dry ingredients cups and water with liquid measuring cups. I hope that helps!

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  • Natasha sheremet
    March 9, 2018

    Have you tried cooking the rice and ketchup and carrot and chicken mixture with chicken broth instead of water?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 10, 2018

      Hi Natasha, we started doing that after our beef plov post and it is a great way to add more flavor. I completely forgot to update this one!. Thank you for the tip! 🙂

      Reply

  • Lana
    February 26, 2018

    This is my favorite dish ever. I could eat this everyday lol

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 27, 2018

      Awesome, I’m happy to hear that Lana! Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • Kara
    January 19, 2018

    For this recipe on the stove top, do I add 2 1/2 cups of water and then an additional 2 cups for each cups of rice? So probably a total of 41/2?!? Or do I just follow the rice instructions?! I’m confused 😳

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2018

      Hi Kara, for stovetop, you will add 2 cups water for every 1 cup of rice since the lid on a stove-top pot doesn’t seal like a rice maker would so it requires quite a bit more water. So for 2 cups rice you need 4 cups water when cooking on the stovetop.

      Reply

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