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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amywalsh1985's picture
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Really enjoyed this. Very very easy and the raisins completely made it. My partner isn't too keen on rice dishes but really liked it too.

charlotte1981's picture
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Really nice and easy!! Left out the raisins and almonds though, not a fan :) Making it again tonight xx

cahtate's picture
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Fantastic the best homemade recipe

superchefpp3's picture
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Sorry, I seem to be a lone voice here but I really did not like this recipe. The taste just did not even get close to the flavours you would get from a proper Chicken Biryani and I do not think that it was wise to cook the rice with everything else!
Maybe I did something wrong but I will not be trying this one again.

fainleog's picture
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Very easy to cook and delicious results: who could ask for more??
My 8-year-old didn't like the raisins, but once those were picked out, she ate the rest and pronounced it "yummy".

sazarpey's picture
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Love this! So easy and we did a turkey version after Christmas!

songbird62's picture
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Have just made this dish for dinner tonight, it was really tasty, only used 650mls of stock as suggested, will definitely be making it again.

thommo711's picture
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Excellent recipe

daddy1's picture

Sadly,this is very poor imitation of a fine asian dish.
It would look and taste better if you were to simply use a shop bought savoury rice,cook it in the usual way,makuing sure
that all the gravy has gone.Let it cool so it naturaly rises,then add
your chicken bits,corriander and any other ingrediants you like.

forcesmum's picture
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Gorgeous! :) x

jude1970's picture
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We loved this and the added bonus was the kids loved it too. One to add to the quick weekday meals we have. Fab!

fifi_fandango's picture
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I love this recipe and have made it a few times with different variations. Today I decided to make it again then realised I didn't have any Basmati left, only 'normal rice', so decided to cube 2 large potatoes instead. A really tasty variation and ideal for people who don't like rice!

emmawemma's picture
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Just started eating chicken again after 5 years of not eating meat. This was a good recipe, very easy to do. Added mushrooms too. There was alot of liquid left after it should have been cooked, I put this down to the mushrooms and just put up the heat until the liquid went.

juicylucy82's picture
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This is super tasty. I followed advice here and only used 500ml stock and it turned out perfectly. I used jalfrezi paste, half the amount of chicken (thighs), two mini packets of raisins and bulked it out with a green pepper and mushrooms.

ticklesmummyoftwo's picture
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We absolutly LOVE this recipe!!!

So simple yet tasty, makes it fantastic to make for friends as its o quick!!!

I firm favourite in our house ")

lilyolivia's picture
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So easy and really tasty. Great one pot dish to put straight in the middle of the table and share with friends.

liliaf's picture
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this was a beautiful quick fantastic tasting dish which we will
be having again very soon

tracy7574's picture
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Oh my god!!! this recipe is amazingly good..made the simple curry sauce on the site as well...chips and chappatis and had a lovely family curry for the fraction of the local curry house...gorgeous and gone in minutes...gorgeous.

meyers's picture
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I cooked this meal tonight and it was absolutely fabulous. I would highly recommend it...it's superb.

stevemc76's picture
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Delicious

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