Chicken biryani

Chicken biryani

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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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29th Sep, 2011
Not bad, although I added extra spice as did not have enough kick in it for our liking. Omitted the raisins for this reason as well (not usually a fan of fruits in Indian cooking). Not sure if I would make again...
25th Sep, 2011
All the previous reviews indicated this was a good recipe...but you have to try it yourself. It smells fantastic when cooking and tastes sooo good, that you just cant stop at 1 helping. The tastest thing I've ever cooked!!
18th Sep, 2011
Really good, my boyfriend said it was the best he'd tasted
16th Sep, 2011
Easy recipe quite tasty but needs a side curry sauce to improve the dish. In future I would add garlic to bring out the flavour of the spices
14th Sep, 2011
Always been a favorite in our house this recipe. Making again tonight. Have to omit raisins when kids are participating but still very flavoursome. Yum , cant wait!
14th Sep, 2011
Excellent. Easy to make and even better tasting the day after. Perfect for a packed lunch at work.
10th Sep, 2011
This is one of my favourite dishes and this recipe was fantastic. I did add cashew nuts!
24th Aug, 2011
Forgot to rate it LOL
24th Aug, 2011
I cook biryanis regularly and they are usually a lot more complicated than this one! Both my husband and I thought this one the best I've made and it was so simple! It was even better the next day! I shall stick to this recipe in future.
23rd Aug, 2011
Delicious although I cooked rice for 20 mins then stood for 5 mins. I also added courgette.


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