Chicken biryani

Chicken biryani

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A great one-pot rice dish that can still be served up a few days later, perfect for leftovers

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
617
protein
49g
carbs
83g
fat
12g
saturates
4g
fibre
2g
sugar
19g
salt
2.01g
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Ingredients

  • 300g basmati rice
  • 25g butter
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • small cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
  • 4 tbsp curry paste (we used Patak's balti paste))
  • 85g raisins
  • 850ml chicken stock
  • chopped coriander and toasted flaked almonds to serve

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Method

  1. Soak the rice in warm water, then wash in cold until the water runs clear. Heat butter in a saucepan and cook the onions with the bay leaf and other whole spices for 10 mins. Sprinkle in the turmeric, then add chicken and curry paste and cook until aromatic.
  2. Stir the rice into the pan with the raisins, then pour over the stock. Place a tight-fitting lid on the pan and bring to a hard boil, then lower the heat to a minimum and cook the rice for another 5 mins. Turn off the heat and leave for 10 mins. Stir well, mixing through half the coriander. To serve, scatter over the rest of the coriander and the almonds.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2007

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mammalia's picture

So rich flavor. My father loved it and he is very picky. :)

jwiddowson's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous recipe - worked first time without any hitches, and was extremely popular with my guest!

Jacqui 19641964's picture
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This is my kids favourite tea ever - they eat a whole portion between the 2 of them!
I have messed around with the liquid a bit and I find it cooks best if I add 700ml of liquid and then I cook on low for 9 mins.

KateB's picture
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Made this recipe tonight for the first time and it was absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making it again as it went down a treat with everyone!

Lyn.'s picture
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Even better with thigh meat.

gemmaeyre's picture
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We love this curry, easy to put together and tastes great. We have this regular in our house. Love it

ninalor's picture
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Loved it! perhaps the rice wasn't as dry as it should be, so next time I will use less water, but the flavour was there! I I used Patak's tikka massala paste.

Pelga's picture
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I nailed it the first time. So simple and delicious.

Martinito's picture
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Really nice dish. Made this at the weekend as I didn't know what to make, so thought I'd give this a try. Very simple to cook using many everyday/store cupboard ingredients. The supermarket didn't have the Patak's Balti paste so I went for their store brand instead (still tasted awesome).

I ended up adding in some roasted butternut squash only because I had this leftover in the fridge and didn't want it going to waste. I can certainly recommend it, however, it's not essential to the recipe and will taste just as great without it!

Plenty of leftover to enjoy through the week and will certainly be making it again another time.

lemonmelts's picture
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This has become a favourite recipe in our house. It's easy, delicious and makes loads.

traceyachapman's picture

Never ceases to amaze me how people alter a recipe dramatically then post a comment saying delicious lol. IT'S NO LONGER THE SAME DISH.

11011101's picture

Couldn't agree more

Turner Ow'nde's picture

Turned out pretty well, not keen on the balti paste but the raisins balance it out with sweetness

Lyn.'s picture
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I used thighs as I much prefer them. Really nice.

lseastwood's picture
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Delicious and so easy to make with store cupboard ingredients, this one has Ben added to my regular repertoire

oliver house's picture
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Absolutely delicious dinner! Very easy to make and tastes amazing.

We skipped the raisins, coriander, almonds and chicken stock. We also cooked rice and chicken separately and then served the curry on top of the lovely fluffy mound of rice. The level of spiciness was just right, with my wife who is quite sensitive to spiciness finding it hot but pleasant, and me, as a spice lover, finding it mild but equally pleasant.

Considering how easy it was to prepare this and how yummy it turned out we'll definitely be making it again.

jbartnz's picture

well with all those changes its a completely different recipe! I can maybe understand leaving out the raisins and maybe the almonds but why the chicken stock and coriander??? Surely they are essential to a biriyani. Surely it would render it almost tasteless.

amp1043's picture
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Very good recipe! It's perfect for making a day or two ahead and simply serving cold. I use less rice and stock - 250g of rice and 750ml of stock.

mmmichaela's picture

Fab! Very easy to make and tastes great.

gemmaeyre's picture
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This is a great dish, really yummy! Very easy to make we had it when friends were over, went down a storm! Everyone loved it

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