Chicken Biryani


Chicken biryani is one of those Indian dishes everyone probably has probably heard of, if not eaten. It is a layered rice dish of chicken and rice with spices. Although there is usually no vegetables in traditional biryani, I love adding the extra good stuffs. I also don’t cook this dish the “traditional” way, because it just takes way too much time to do that, and there is a lot of room for error. I make mine in three steps: cooking the rice till almost done, cooking the chicken till almost done, and then finishing both off in the oven. If you follow this method, you will have perfectly cooked biryani in half the time that tastes just as great as the long method. When serving biryani of any kind, you must serve it along with raita. Well, you don’t have to, but you should. I like to make my own biryani masala by grinding up particular spices, but you can use a biryani spice mix from a box with no problem. This recipe makes a lot of food, so it would be perfect for a family meal or a potluck.


  • 3-4 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2-3 carrots, diced
  • 1-2 cups mushrooms chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 chopped green chilis
  • 3 cups basmati rice, uncooked
  • 2 tsp kala jeera
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 -1/3 cup biryani masala
  • 2.5 handfuls of mint, chopped
  • 2.5 handfuls cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup fried onions
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • oil for cooking
  • a large pot with a right lid that can be put in the oven

To Make:

Soak rice in water for half an hour. Then boil rice for 5-7 minutes, or until almost done. Drain and set aside.

Add oil to a large oven-proof pan. Once hot, add kala jeera. Let them sizzle for a few seconds, then add the onions. Saute till translucent and add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes away. Add the vegetables and cook till fork tender, but still firm. nLjB5QYhcGWskJv80eVEU6B7zg4YxZOWQrJH7_SJOJQAdd the chicken and cook till around 50% done.WzaCeyNn2Rm1HGFvDISlcuUPAuLX4aSbc8W0Zv1960A Add the biryani masala, .5 handfuls of both cilantro and mint, and the yogurt. Stir. xPPH189qiub-GUM5i4wZXqM3xkz28nGsNRKjXt0CpQwRYxx_1OIDTr8VZ37dP5e0ZgvReij3RZQI8oibphX2w0

Remove half of the vegetables from the pan and add half of the remaining mint and cilantro, then half of the fried onions. l3CbAk_I1fIagdYLik5EZKsy7-L9hcbRtJAOfkwgD6w Jl-3oU2Rhv27UigJ1-L4bg7TGXbrht1Ms8VSvfyfipwOn top of that, add half of the rice on top of the vegetables. Bxe_wUH8y3ZWzcuFzU1W8GCJ78t-oMBLxArWIWxvGIoOn top of that rice, add the rest of the vegetables. Add the rest of the fried onions along with the rest of the mint and cilantro. Add the remaining rice. z8pAKmohz3ksYGlWa4MW5Swy-Rgvamqlj9KrN1W0mGs

Put the lid on the pot and put the pot in the oven and cook for 35-45 minutes. t3aCDcvgQwXftorCWIl9F8oImPKIeZJz06f9bSlB0Kw

Serve with raita

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4 responses to “Chicken Biryani

  1. Sometimes I like to just come on your page and scroll down all the recipes you post. I pick the ones I like and make a mental note to try it myself. All your recipes look so good! I’m almost a creeper for your food posts lol.

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