One-Pot Lemon Turmeric Chicken Rice with Caramelized Onions


  • 7 chicken, drumsticks
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large lemon, sliced `
  • 1 sliced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/ 2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Step 1

    Combine the garlic, salt, pepper, lemon, turmeric, and paprika in a mixing bowl.

  • Step 2

    Add the chicken drumsticks and let marinade for 1-2 hours.

  • Step 3

    Add the olive oil to a wide skillet and bring to medium heat. Once heated, add the drumsticks and sear for 2-3 minutes until slightly brown. Add the butter and lemon slices and let it cook for another 2 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Remove the chicken and the lemon slices and set aside.

  • Step 5

    In the same pan in which you seared the chicken, add fresh chopped garlic. Cook until it turns light brown. Add basmati rice along with salt, turmeric and chicken stock.

  • Step 6

    Bring the rice to a boil, then simmer the heat.

  • Step 7

    Add the chicken and lemon slices into the pan along with the fresh parsley and garam masala.

  • Step 8

    In a separate pan caramelize the sliced onions.

  • Step 9

    When the rice is almost done, add the caramelized onions to the pan and cover it. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.