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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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

jax1064's picture
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This recipe is absolutely delicious. I have made it a couple of times and will be making it tomorrow. defo worth a try... jax :) x

hleblanc's picture
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a fab recipe, would it not be better to bash the cardamom pods before use and if no cinnamon stick how much powder would you use?

trishkins69's picture
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Made this last night but substituted Quorn and veg stock to make it veggie. The raisins really add a burst of flavour. Very tasty and easy to do. I think it might become a regular fixture in our house.

sarahdenman's picture
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Great Recipe, Loved by all the family although i would reccomend cooking the rice for a few minutes just to soften it :)

odonoghuejenny's picture
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One of my favourite recipes! Make it all the time and it's foolproof! I teach Home Economics and make it with students all the time and they LOVE it! It's gorgeous served with Raita and naan bread!

yorkshirelass1000's picture
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Best I have ever cooked. Fantastic easy receipe!

lwilliams82's picture
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This is one of my favourites! Really flavoursome. I used a Pataks Biryani paste which worked perfectly (of course)! Served it with naan bread and a salad of tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, coriander and a little sugar, yum!

perle111's picture
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I tried this last night for a girls night in and it went down a treat. It's so easy and very tasty that I know for a fact I'll be cooking this again.

perle111's picture
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I tried this last night for a girls night in and it went down a treat. It's so easy and very tasty that I know for a fact I'll be cooking this again.

pattiemac's picture
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I made this last night. Its quick and easy and very tasty. This will definitely be a weekend favourite with us.

apstan222's picture
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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...

tracynewey's picture
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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!!

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