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

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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pixieloveheart's picture
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I love this and it's now become one of my dad's favourite meals! I serve it with s a simple home-made vegetable curry. This take me a lot longer than 40 minutes though and I only ever make it when I've got lots of time on my hands! Very impressive dish though, much prefer it to the local takeaway!

westiefish's picture
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Made this a few times, both with balti patak and madras and is spot on!Making it as i write this!
A very easy recipe and tastes so good!

faypeacock's picture
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Fantastic recipe and so easy to do. Everyone really liked it - I will definitely make this again.

manssy's picture
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Excellent! Used curry powder though 'cause I don't have paste.

emersands's picture

This is fantastic. Absolutely gorgeous. I tried a little less butter and curry paste so its nice and healthy too. Tastes even better the second day. Brilliant recipe.

helfire's picture

Loved this recipe, we used left over roast chicken, omitted the cardommon and raisins as we do not like these and swapped the corriander for parsley. It was delicious!!!!!! Will be having it whenever I have left over roast chicken.

alesiawinning's picture
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Easy to do, fast and really good!

tashab07's picture
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I made this last night for my friends. It was really easy and tasted delicious. The only problem was that it turned out too wet and stodgy. I followed the recipe to the book and cleaned the rice beforehand and added the right amount of stock etc etc.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can remedy this??

gina_marsden's picture
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It was improved by adding a large red pepper (chopped into 1inch square pieces) and some seasoning (salt!!!). I would also consider adding another 1/2 onion as well when I make it again and chop the onion into larger slices as they got a bit lost.
The coriander and almonds really make the dish.
Very easy to make and a good mid-week or Friday night supper.

princesskatie's picture

Was quick and easy to cook. Was enjoyed by all and will be cooking this again.xxx :0)

loufra's picture

Made this last night, it was delicious my grandchildren loved it, will be making this again

linkevica's picture
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superb

kim1983's picture
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Delicious!! so easy to make im not a very good cook, still learning, and was great first time! fantastic one pot meal.

sharon0509's picture
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made for friends, delicious !!

emsmith's picture
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Absolutely delicious and very easy. Didn't have Patak's Balti paste so used their Garam Masala paste instead and it worked just as well...although was possibly a little on the hot side for our youngest kidy. Served it with naan breads and mango chutney. Yummy! Will definitely be making this one again.

el-tio's picture
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Excellent quick one pot cooking - great flavor minimum effort.

jeanius's picture
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yummy, easy and a quicky as a take a way anyday

lajpink's picture
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This is an amazing recipe. I always use leftover brown meat from a roast chicken and Patak's madras paste to make it a little more spicy. I add peppers, courgettes and tinned spinach. I also throw in some lemon juice, cumin seeds, ginger and garlic. Serve with lots of natural yogurt and I always make enough to have cold for lunch the next day with lots more yogurt! Delicious - it gets better every time I cook it - a great recipe to experiment with and add your own touches.

kingfisher's picture
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DELICIOUS

rhaddock's picture

Have to say really enjoyed it made own paste and used cashews instead of almonds great!

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