Chicken Palau (Fijian Edition)

Chicken palau takes me back to the rainy afternoons in Fiji when my grandma would wrap me up in warm clothes and fix me up a plate of this with some chai.

I hope you enjoy my interpretation of my Nani’s recipe and let me know if you try it 🙂

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 600 g Chicken pieces cut into medium pieces (boneless or with bone)
  • 2 cups of basmati rice (washed)
  • 1 big yellow onion (coursely chopped)
  • 6 cloves of garlic and a 5 cm piece of ginger made into a paste
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil


  • 4 – 5 pods of Cardamom
  • 2 sticks of Cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 Tbsp of Palau masala (find them at your local spice store, i use the punjas brand one)
  • Salt to taste (usually 2-3 tsps)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot on medium high heat
  2. Add your onion, garlic, ginger to the pot and brown (approx 5-6 minutes)
  3. Add all your spices and cook (approx 2 minutes
  4. Add your chicken and cook until the chicken is fully cooked (approx 10-15 minutes)
    * it is crucial that all your chicken is fully cooked to avoid any food poisoning
  5. Lastly add your rice and double the amount of water (4 cups for this recipes)
  6. Close the lid and let it cook until the rice is fully cooked (approx 15-20minutes)
  7. Serve with yoghurt/ raita and enjoy