Chicken biryani

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


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

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal617
  • fat12g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs83g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre2g
  • protein49g
  • salt2.01g
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  • 300g basmati rice
  • 25g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 large onion, finely sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cardamom pod
  • small cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 4 skinless chicken breast, cut into large chunks
  • 4 tbsp curry paste (we used Patak's balti paste))
  • 85g raisin
  • 850ml chicken stock
  • chopped coriander and toasted flaked almonds to serve


  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.

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Comments (427)

scoflo's picture

without almonds & raisins but gorgeous

spudding_98's picture

A really lovely quick tasty dish, we've had this a few times. Its saved us a fortune on takeaways!!

emmatur's picture

We have cooked this dish a few times now and its really enjoyable and easy, we leave out the raisins though as none of the family like them. Very tasty dish.

alicebolton's picture

Amazingly easy and so delicious!!

ummyusuf's picture

For a really authenic traditional taste add a couple of half boiled eggs. Cut them into halves and serve on top of the biryani. Tastes fab and it's tradionally how it should be served.

flossynugget's picture

Excellent, added extra veg too. Really tasty.

shennan's picture

When you order this from a take away, you get an accompanying vegetable curry sauce, which is really yummy! No recipe seems to tell you how this is made? If anyone is in the know, I would love the recipe please ;)

radnors's picture

Lovely midweek supper as all the ingredients except the coriander were in my larder. However, I used easy cook basmati which probably needed slightly less stock. I also used two stock cubes and this made the finished dish slightly salty so will use one in future. I threw in a handful of frozen peas to add colour as I had no coriander to hand. Will certainly make this again.

bessydinner's picture

Very good I'd tried the peanuts too (as I didn't have almonds) and I left the rasins which I never like in Indian dishes.

minihane123's picture

Nice. Left out the coriander, otherwise exactly as recipe. Even my three fussy girls (5, 3 and 2 1/2) ate it!

gumpyoldget's picture

Lovely, "What more do you want?" (Lamb?)

I keep forgetting to rate the recipes, idiot that I am!

gumpyoldget's picture

Lovely, "What more do you want?" (Lamb?)

derekgiles's picture

excellent smash into food! few poppodums! chilled beer! heaven

catherinedoherty's picture

First recipe I tried from this site and it was a big success..will definilty make again

pinkiedoo's picture

Very tastey, had run out of the curry paste so had to use some of this special sauce so it was a bit stogy but very nice.

pinkiedoo's picture

Very tasty, we had run out of curry paste and couldn't find any at the local co-op so we had to use a bit a curry sauce instead a little stogy but lovely.

alanjohnstone's picture

Very tasty but couldn't understand why there wasn't any garlic - I added two cloves which gave it a bit more flavour

alisonx1963's picture

This was an absolutely fantastic recipe which was so easy to make. Since I don't like almonds I added in some unsalted cashew nuts instead. This is one that I'll definitely be making again.

verityrose's picture

too much water for this recipe! That made the dish quite wet indeed..


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