Chicken biryani pilau

Ready in 50 mins-1 hr


Serves 6
Easy and cheap to recreate at home, students won't need to order takeaways ever again!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy


  • kcal445
  • fat12g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 large chicken thighs, skin on
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced



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  • 2 tbsp curry powder (hot if you like it spicy, mild for tamer curries)
  • 350g easy-cook, long grain rice
  • 700ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 250g frozen peas


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and fry the chicken thighs, skin side down, for 8-10 mins until the skin is golden and crispy. Tip in the onion and continue to cook for 5 mins until the onion softens. Sprinkle in the curry powder and cook for a minute more, then stir in the rice and pour over the stock. Bring the stock to the boil.

  2. Cover the pan and bake for 30 mins until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. Stir in the peas and leave the rice to stand for a few moments before serving.

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Comments (46)

shivvystew77's picture

wonderful dish. Chicken so tender and the rice was amazing. I paired it was a vegetable curry on the side, lovely

nemlahand's picture

Fantastic dish.
Followed the recipe and it works.

blinded05's picture

I put in (big) bite size pieces of sweet potato and green peppers with the onion. Awesome! Boyfriend had thirds!

wendy1427's picture

very simple, quick and easy to make. I used chicken breasts instead of thighs. the only negative was it was a tad dry.

jcesson's picture

Made this yesterday and the husband loved it! Will definitely be using this recipe again!

hh05mk's picture

This dish was very easy to make and a hugh success. I added potatoes to the dish as well.

peony1's picture

So easy yet tasty.

sielou's picture

simplicity at its best! used boneless thigh fillets, tastes superb!

dancingbunny's picture

I make this all the time, is is so easy and delicious!

m4rta_'s picture

This is a gorgeous family meal, especially suitable for colder, winter evenings. Goes very well with baked root vegetables on a side.

ummyusuf's picture

Contradiction: biryani and pilau are 2 different dishes. Unsure why this dish has got this title. Ingrediants are nothing like the authentic dish. Might taste nicew but its not the proper stuff I'm afraid.

madametriceratops's picture

I used NiniB's suggestion of changing the spices slightly- I added cumin, paprika, and a bit of curry powder, which produced a lovely breadth of flavour.
I fell down slightly in that I tried to make the recipe to serve one as opposed to 6 and my rice ended up a bit undercooked, but all in all it was very tasty!

emmaliddiard's picture

Delicious - a firm favourite in our house now. Everyone always comments on how tasty it is. I dont like to tell them how easy it is!!

trixiebb's picture

This is a firm favourite in our house. Rather than using curry powder, I use 2tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp paprike and 1 tbsp chilli powder. Gives it a really delicious deep flavour without being too spicy.

anyz_razak's picture

It was very delicious n very easy to make. I added potatoes n used mixed vege instead of just peas. It taste n looks like it had 10 ingredients in it!

steelgoddess's picture

Absolutly lovely! As everyone else said iits so easy to make and the best thing is all the ingrediants are most likely already in your cupboard!

Can't wait to have the left overs for lunch tomorrow!!!

pamelaj's picture

This was so easy and absolutely delicious. I too added a handful of sultanas. The chicken thighs were so tender. Chicken breasts not as tasty and succulent. A favourite recipe now.

annie01332's picture

My other half HATES peas - any helpful suggestions for alternatives? Thanks!

clockworkpurple's picture

I've made this several times and it's excellent!

4591may's picture

Sitting here thinking about dinner and what to make that all three children will like tonight after school activities. Wanted something really tasty, easy and quick. Have made this before, kids loved it and even gave me time to do 30 mins of exercise while it was cooking in the oven. Great!


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