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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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.
6th Jan, 2015
I nailed it the first time. So simple and delicious.
8th Dec, 2014
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.
7th Nov, 2014
This has become a favourite recipe in our house. It's easy, delicious and makes loads.
10th Oct, 2014
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.


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