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 pods
  • 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 breasts, 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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27th Oct, 2011
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
19th Oct, 2011
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?
19th Oct, 2011
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.
15th Oct, 2011
Great Recipe, Loved by all the family although i would reccomend cooking the rice for a few minutes just to soften it :)
12th Oct, 2011
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!
8th Oct, 2011
Best I have ever cooked. Fantastic easy receipe!
6th Oct, 2011
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!
5th Oct, 2011
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.
5th Oct, 2011
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.
2nd Oct, 2011
I made this last night. Its quick and easy and very tasty. This will definitely be a weekend favourite with us.


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