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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29th Mar, 2016
Great recipe for my first biryani. Some adjustments next time round - for two people, 7ozs of rice to go with 2 chicken breasts, less stock 600mls or more time on the heat. Would add peas and double up the cardamoms for more fragrance. All in all - very tasty results.
29th Mar, 2016
My first biryani and I am very happy with the results. I usually make pilafs so I am used to cooking rice by this method. For two, I would reduce the rice to 7ozs to match my 2 chicken breasts and decrease the stock to 600mls. Also, I would add peas for sweetness and texture. I love the balance of heat and spice, for more fragrance, next time, I would throw in 2/3 more cardamoms on top of the 3 stated. I think the overall texture should be a bit drier than it was so if the reduced stock doesn't do the trick then I will put it in the heat for a bit longer. Drawing off the liquid by applying heat creates a really nice crusty bottom which has a superb flavour similar to a paella.
14th Mar, 2016
Really good I marinated chicken thighs in the balti paste along with a ginger and garlic paste for 4 hours, added peas at the same time as the rice and slightly less stock (600ml) turned out better than my local curry house.
29th Jan, 2016
Yum! My 4 and 7 year olds devoured this. I made it with leftover turkey breast and added green pepper. Served with a cucumber, mint and yoghurt side and tomato,onion and coriander salad.
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16th Jan, 2016
Easy to make and lovely flavours. Will probably make again, but prefer a curry with more sauce.
8th Jan, 2016
Made this for tea tonight. It is remarkable easy to make. It's the first home made curry I have ever cooked and it turned out brilliantly. I followed the recipe exactly. Not too spicy, just the right heat and flavour. Overall, absolutely lovely.
5th Dec, 2015
Like previous post... Recipe followed to a T and it turned out smashing. Great consistency. The rice cooks and thickens out the recipe just as a biryani should. Not overly hot using the Balti but nice blend of spices and the Coriander, Raisins and Almonds really finish it off.
3rd Dec, 2015
I was getting a bit worried about this recipe after reading reviews here, as so many people say to change the stock measurements. I decided to follow the recipe exactly and the rice turned it perfectly, glad I didn't alter it!
Betty Mc
24th Nov, 2015
2nd time making it. Loved it. Excellent flavor. I followed the directions exactly but from first time, added a lot more raisins and cut the chicken in smaller pieces. I added a little more stock, being in the USA my chicken stock was in 2 quarts...a little more than the recipe and the rice was perfect when I timed it and cooked in a dutch oven. This is a keeper.
17th Nov, 2015
Made this in slow cooker, liquid soon dried up despite placing grease proof paper on top. More liquid added including some Passata. Rice was mushy but it tasted very nice. Will try again but not in the slow cooker.


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