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)

tashab07's picture

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

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 :0)

loufra's picture

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

kim1983's picture

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

made for friends, delicious !!

emsmith's picture

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

Excellent quick one pot cooking - great flavor minimum effort.

jeanius's picture

yummy, easy and a quicky as a take a way anyday

lajpink's picture

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.

rhaddock's picture

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

ra_fitzg's picture

I'd recommend removing the cardamon pods before adding the rice - otherwise you run the risk of chewing on one.

andreascoleman's picture

Have made this several times, great quick and easy mid week meal, I emailed it to my son who has just started uni and he even cooked it successfully!

countygirl86's picture

An absolutely fantastic recipe, really easy to make and better than anything you could buy in the shops. A winner.

lynsey100's picture

Absolutely gorgeous!

nancyoconnor's picture

Delicious! This has become a firm favorite in our family - my 1 and 3 year old loves this. I add mushrooms and use Rogan Josh curry paste.

vika_acd's picture

mmmm, although actually I don't like carry, spice and raisins.... but this one is goood and I'm totally in love with this recipe :)

pewter's picture

wasn't that impressed - have made better mid week meals.Think it was ruined by use of Sharwoods Balti paste - all I had.


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