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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24th Jul, 2015
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!
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8th Jul, 2015
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.
28th May, 2015
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
17th May, 2015
So rich flavor. My father loved it and he is very picky. :)
5th Apr, 2015
Absolutely gorgeous recipe - worked first time without any hitches, and was extremely popular with my guest!
Jacqui 19641964
31st Mar, 2015
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.
25th Feb, 2015
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!
3rd Feb, 2015
Even better with thigh meat.
11th Jan, 2015
We love this curry, easy to put together and tastes great. We have this regular in our house. Love it
11th Jan, 2015
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.


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