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)

chloejcox's picture

My husband says this is better than a takeaway and thats quite an achievement!

fmarshall's picture

I used curry powder because I didn't have curry paste handy and it was very tasty. Even the kids (aged 1 and 3) ate it and they are notoriously picky.

mymatemilo's picture

Sooooo Easy, and very tasty too!! we all loved it in our house, i love one pot meals such as this. will definetly make it again thats for sure!

mrsnoonoo's picture

Very easy to make and has lots of taste. Will be making this over and over again. Left the raisins out as not keen of fruit in my dinner. I used a little less stock.

hattiechambers's picture

Delicious, a great Friday night dinner and definitely good enough to serve guests (the almonds and corinader make all the difference we think). We also used slightly less water and boosted veg with courgette and mushrooms (added just after the chicken). Even tastier (and more economical) using trimmed and chopped boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

philipmaguire's picture

Really quick & easy dish. Very convenient. I'm making for the third time in two weeks!
I add peas & green beans to beef up the the health quota.

Fresh sliced tomatoes & hard boile eggs make a great garnish alongside the corriander leaf
Whiz up some ginger, chilli & garlic to add extra flavour.

poshpause's picture

Very easy to do and very yummy to eat! Perfect for watching the X-Factor, with a plate in one hand and a fork in the other. LOL I added garlic, because we can't do without it and chilli to liven up the heat, plus some sliced mushrooms and green beans cut to about 1" long. Padded it out sufficient for three of us - with a spoonful left over for the dogs, who said it was very delicious, too.

robnia's picture

A good recipe but as mentioned by a few people it needs a little adapting. Less water and careful with the amount of raisins otherwise it becomes too sweet. Would definitely make again as a mid week meal.

mathed's picture

Tried this for the first time...the rice ended up too soggy and mushy. Probably 850mls was too much. Also the paste lacked flavour and all we got was chilli. If I do try this again I will need to adapt it. Filled a hungry stomach all the same.

imabadpixie's picture

Very Tasty and very easy, but I thought it was a little bit watery. Could have done with only 400-500ml water (i put approx 600ml as suggested by some). But even so, it went down well with Mum and Boyfriend with vegetable curry on top!

I would make again.

sarahbadis's picture

I've made this several times now & it comes out perfectly every time. Very simple, easy to cook dish which everyone loves. I made a vegetable curry to go with it so this recipe was even more economical doing four of us for two meals plus a bit extra for me to take to work the next day & reheat for lunch. I didn't include the raisins, coriander or almonds at my son's request but if I was cooking it just for the adults then I would. Might try it substituting cashews for the almonds.

suescafe's picture

Again I have a new family favorite! Though me and hubby did not like it cold, it was tastey hot.

catherine31's picture

I made this and it was fantastic! Really quick and easy to make and I would definitely make it again.

fkwool's picture

Loved this - so easy & tasty - makes loads! Used cooked lamb and added some chopped courgette & red and yellow pepper. All it needed was some naan bread. Will defintely be making again.

MaxxyysMum's picture

This was lovely and very easy too. I wasn't sure how long to soak the rice (I never normally soak or rinse basmati rice, and it always cooks perfectly well) so I rinsed it under warm water for a couple of minutes instead.

tracycarmichael's picture

Really Yummy and so quick and easy to make! I've also substituted the chicken for prawns which i added towards the end. Will definately keep making this one.

moc222's picture

Fab dish. First attempt at a Biryani and it worked out great. Used Biryani curry paste and added a teaspoon of madras curry powder for additional spice. Didnt use raisans or cinnamon - loved the dish. Will make again and again.

bubbalou's picture

This is delicious! I left out the flaked almonds and raisins as not my cup of tea, and it tasted fab! Even my 3 year old ate it all up. Excellent one pot dinner, which will become a firm favourite in our house!

natoliver's picture

Wow, my husband and I loved this. It is delicious and even better the next day. Its so easy. I find myself craving it in the wee hours of the morning.

gowri_j's picture

This is such a simple recipe and yet as others have reported, is like (or in my opinion, better than) a takeaway. Didn't used raisins as I'm not a fan of them and didn't use almonds - it was filling enough. I think next time I would like to add some thinly cut carrot, I think that'd make it even nicer.


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