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Spiced Chicken Pilaf with Eggs

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 4
From Sunset reader Susenjit Guha, Kolkata, India.The aroma of warm spices fills the kitchen as this one-pan, Indian-inspired dish cooks. Be sure to get chicken thighs with the skin and bones so they brown nicely and stay juicy.


  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 8 oz. each) with skin
  • 7 black peppercorns
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (about 2 1/2 in. long)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup each chopped fresh mint leaves and cilantro

Nutrition Information

  • calories 651
  • caloriesfromfat 43 %
  • protein 40 g
  • fat 32 g
  • satfat 8.7 g
  • carbohydrate 53 g
  • fiber 2.9 g
  • sodium 559 mg
  • cholesterol 279 mg

How to Make It

  1. Put eggs in a small saucepan filled with water. Bring to a boil, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit 15 minutes, then cool, peel, and halve.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook until well browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to a plate.

  3. Add remaining 1 tbsp. oil, spices, salt, and onion and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add rice and 2 cups hot water. Place chicken, skin side up, on top of rice and simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

  4. Mix yogurt, mint, and cilantro together in a small bowl. Set eggs into pan with chicken and serve with yogurt on the side.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.