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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zunchkins's picture
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Oh My Goodness!! This is soooo delicious. Have made it fo family and friends and everyone has loved it. Its my signature dish now and has made me very popular!!

shona02's picture
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This was lovely and easy to make.I've even managed to get my 7 year old to eat it even though he swore blind he didn't like indian food!I used sultanas instead of the raisins and it gave it a nice sweetness.

kerrieliz's picture
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This went down a treat! We stole Phildelahaye's idea and swapped half of the chicken for mushrooms and courgette. Definitely a keeper!

josiejo's picture
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We love this its so tasty and so easy, a great midweek dinner.As a Mum of three under 6, I am always looking for quick and tasty dinners, and my husband takes left overs for lunch. (if there are any) A winner

poodleydoo's picture

i have made this now twice for the husband (dont know what he did to deserve that) and it is really delicious. Easy and simple to make too - easy to substitute certain ingredients. easily as nice as a take away.
will add this to my list of meals i am fantastic at cooking (so thats now 2)

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lesleyj's picture
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Fab, and soooooo simple!

amyinlondon's picture

this was so yummy and so easy, husband said it was better than
the take away.

suehildersley's picture
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This was such a simple tasty recipe. Great mid week as so quick. I used madras paste which I reasoned would be hotter so only used 3 heaped teaspoons which was still a bit hot for my son... but he cleared his plate! Will definately make this again.

suehildersley's picture
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Absolutely delicious. So very easy. I made it using Madras paste which I reasoned would be hotter so only used 3 heaped teaspoons and it was still a bit hot for my son... but he ate it all! Will definately make this again. Will make a good dinner party dish as it's all done in 1 pot.

miken16's picture
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Excellent recipe! living in France sometimes I don't have all the ingredients to hand. However, i cooked this at lunchtime (you know 2 hour lunches and all that!) but had to make my own curry paste.
Can't wait to try this one again - Cooking Mary's Spiced chicken with rice & crisp red onions tomorrow

amc100's picture
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Made this the other night. So good it put me off my local take away!

blasques's picture
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This is really great. Used half of all ingredients and substituted Madras paste, didn't have any Balti. Also no coriander, I hate the stuff. Will definitely make again.

litjens's picture

Really tasty

r-landon's picture
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made this late night 19.01.08 . very tasty and enjoyed by me and my wife although i did mange to chew on a cardomon pod (should fish them out i suppose)

bev4th's picture
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tasty & easy. will make again

daveewilliams's picture
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Superb, even without the raisins, which my wife hates, and the coriander, which we forgot to buy (oops)

Served with a basic curry sauce, also on here somewhere, this was an excellent mid-week meal which could easily have made it to "week-end treat" category.

nicolerobinson's picture
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Very tasty, we had some left over so had it cold with a salad the next day.

taragunning's picture
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Ahh... Where better?...

jennybms's picture
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Great easy recipe with an impressive result.

phildelahaye's picture
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great recipe!
we halved the chicken and added various veg to make it more of a one pot meal (we used mushrooms, peppers and courgette). It was lovely.

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