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
  • 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 (422)

heybear's picture

Simple, quick and delicious. This recipe is a winner.

jiggler69's picture

An outstanding recipe. With regard the amount of 'liquid' I did not follow the recipe in this regard, I just added an amount I always do when cooking rice. I suggest everyone else just does the same.

vix_007's picture

Love this recipe and make it regularly, as others have commented it doesn't need all the liquid, I use 650ml stock

Vixx's picture

I made this yesterday evening and it was lovely. My OH loved it too and he's not mad on curries. I read the comments regarding the amount of liquid and I didn't add the full amount, but next time I will as I felt mine needed it.

MrsB4613's picture

This recipe worked beautifully. Adapted it slightly by using ghee instead of butter, added some cubed carrot and celery to the onion and added green beans at the same time as chicken. Delicious, and can easily adapted to use up any left over veggies in the fridge!

DanSlack's picture

Maybe use a little less chicken stock as I found it quite wet, but the flavour was great and it's really cheap to put together as well.

nickernoo's picture

I have made this countless times and its so so good! I always make the curry up and then heat 2 pouches of microwavable rice in the microwave and just stir them in at the end and it's perfect and so easy. I could eat it every day and consider myself quite picky!

Mariya Concha's picture

So rich flavor. My father loved it and he is very picky. :)

jwiddowson's picture

Absolutely gorgeous recipe - worked first time without any hitches, and was extremely popular with my guest!

Jacqui 19641964's picture

This is my kids favourite tea ever - they eat a whole portion between the 2 of them!
I have messed around with the liquid a bit and I find it cooks best if I add 700ml of liquid and then I cook on low for 9 mins.

KateB's picture

Made this recipe tonight for the first time and it was absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making it again as it went down a treat with everyone!

Lyn.'s picture

Even better with thigh meat.

gemmaeyre's picture

We love this curry, easy to put together and tastes great. We have this regular in our house. Love it

ninalor's picture

Loved it! perhaps the rice wasn't as dry as it should be, so next time I will use less water, but the flavour was there! I I used Patak's tikka massala paste.

Pelga's picture

I nailed it the first time. So simple and delicious.

Martinito's picture

Really nice dish. Made this at the weekend as I didn't know what to make, so thought I'd give this a try. Very simple to cook using many everyday/store cupboard ingredients. The supermarket didn't have the Patak's Balti paste so I went for their store brand instead (still tasted awesome).

I ended up adding in some roasted butternut squash only because I had this leftover in the fridge and didn't want it going to waste. I can certainly recommend it, however, it's not essential to the recipe and will taste just as great without it!

Plenty of leftover to enjoy through the week and will certainly be making it again another time.

lemonmelts's picture

This has become a favourite recipe in our house. It's easy, delicious and makes loads.

traceyachapman's picture

Never ceases to amaze me how people alter a recipe dramatically then post a comment saying delicious lol. IT'S NO LONGER THE SAME DISH.

11011101's picture

Couldn't agree more

Turner Ow'nde's picture

Turned out pretty well, not keen on the balti paste but the raisins balance it out with sweetness


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