Chicken Akni, One Pot Chicken and Rice

Chicken Akni, One Pot Chicken and Rice – This is the ultimate comfort food and a dish I make a lot because the kids love it and will eat it without complaint. We love this delicious Memon Akni at our house.

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There is no better feeling in the cold of winter, then to have a big bowl of spiced rice with meat and potatoes. I have a feeling that you will love the savoury flavour of this healthy one pot meal.  

Hands up everyone who enjoys making and eating one pot rice, meat and potato meals? I think that is pretty much everyone right?

If you’ve got your hand raised high – then this recipe is for YOU!! The rice in this recipe is flavourful and combined with the chicken AND potatoes makes the best dinner in one pot!

This recipe is actually adapted from Radio Islam and I use it because it just works. I have changed it slightly by adjusting the oil/ghee quantities and adding green chilli. I also use less tomato. The original recipe asks for 2 cups (500ml) but I really really cannot do too much tomato. I also use just legs and thighs because I believe they are the most flavourful part of chicken.

I have seen a lot of websites using this recipe but I assume the original recipe is the one from Radio Islam. Please let me know if It isn’t so I can credit correctly.

The Memon Akni Hype

Before I got married and moved to Leicester, I didn’t know that there was such a thing as ‘memon akni’. I knew of akni and had had it plenty of times at home before but when I moved here, I would hear people mention memon akni all the time. My husbands friends were memon and one day I went round when they had made it. It was absolutely delicious and I understood the hype.

The recipe itself is a straightforward one but there’s a few things that make it the tastiest one pot meal:

A) Using whole spices and allowing them to steam at the beginning of the cooking process. 

B) Searing the chicken with the onions to brown the outside, but keep it raw on the inside – it will finish cooking with the rice. Caramelisation adds to the flavour of the chicken but the browning left in the pot forms part of the flavour base for the rice.


5 from 2 votes

Chicken Akni, One Pot Chicken and Rice

Chicken Akni, One Pot Chicken and Rice - This is the ultimate comfort food and a dish I make a lot because the kids love it and will eat it without complaint. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian, Indian, Memon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Soak Rice 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


Whole Spices

  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 5 Cardamom Pods slightly bashed open
  • 7 Cloves
  • 2 sticks Cinnamon
  • 12 Black Peppercorns

Rice, Chicken and Potatoes

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 large Onion sliced finely
  • 1 kg Chicken legs and thighs combined skinless
  • 1 inch Ginger grated finely
  • 4 - 6 Garlic Cloves crushed
  • 1 Green Chilli pierced (Optional)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 400 g Tinned tomato or Passata blended
  • 3 tsp Paprika
  • Chilli Powder According to taste
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 4.5 cups Water
  • 2.5 tsp Salt
  • 2.5 cups Rice washed and soaked for 1 hour
  • 3 large Potatoes peeled and chopped into 1 inch quarters


  1. Soak the whole spices and set aside.

  2. Heat the oil and ghee in a large pot over medium high heat. Braise onions and after 5 - 6 minutes, add in the soaked spices with the water. Cover and allow the spices to steam for 4 minutes. Keep an eye on the onions to make sure they aren't browning too much. 

  3. Add the chicken and saute for 5 minutes. Then stir in the Ginger, Garlic and Green Chilli. Saute for 2 minutes.

  4. Add the salt, cumin powder and turmeric and allow to cook for 2 minutes before pouring in the tomatoes, paprika, red chilli powder and coriander powder. Allow to cook for 15 - 20 minutes over medium/low heat.

  5. Pour in the water and add Salt. When the water comes to the boil, add soaked rice and potatoes.

  6. When water boils add your soaked rice and potatoes. Cook on high heat and stir the rice several times. 

  7. When there is very little water remaining, turn the heat right down. Cover and simmer until the rice is cooked. This will take 20 - 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander,


Adapted from a Radio Islam Recipe.

6 thoughts on “Chicken Akni, One Pot Chicken and Rice

  1. 5 stars
    Our new favourite Friday night meal. This was to doe for!! We loved everything about it and are now steaming whole spices for other meals too

  2. I too only discovered Memon Akhni after moving to Leicester 👍🏽 Absolutely love the stuff, will definitely give this recipe a go!

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