Chicken biryani

Chicken biryani

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 300g basmati rice
  • 25g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    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

    Turmeric

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    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

Method

  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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Turner Ow'nde
30th Sep, 2014
Turned out pretty well, not keen on the balti paste but the raisins balance it out with sweetness
Lyn.
26th Sep, 2014
5.05
I used thighs as I much prefer them. Really nice.
lseastwood
7th Aug, 2014
5.05
Delicious and so easy to make with store cupboard ingredients, this one has Ben added to my regular repertoire
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oliver house
19th Jul, 2014
5.05
Absolutely delicious dinner! Very easy to make and tastes amazing. We skipped the raisins, coriander, almonds and chicken stock. We also cooked rice and chicken separately and then served the curry on top of the lovely fluffy mound of rice. The level of spiciness was just right, with my wife who is quite sensitive to spiciness finding it hot but pleasant, and me, as a spice lover, finding it mild but equally pleasant. Considering how easy it was to prepare this and how yummy it turned out we'll definitely be making it again.
jbartnz
14th Apr, 2015
well with all those changes its a completely different recipe! I can maybe understand leaving out the raisins and maybe the almonds but why the chicken stock and coriander??? Surely they are essential to a biriyani. Surely it would render it almost tasteless.
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amp1043
3rd Jul, 2014
5.05
Very good recipe! It's perfect for making a day or two ahead and simply serving cold. I use less rice and stock - 250g of rice and 750ml of stock.
mmmichaela
11th Jun, 2014
Fab! Very easy to make and tastes great.
gemmaeyre
6th Jun, 2014
5.05
This is a great dish, really yummy! Very easy to make we had it when friends were over, went down a storm! Everyone loved it
mademoiselleoliver
2nd May, 2014
5.05
This is very yummy and well worth making. I used leftover roast chicken in mine and added green beans and mushrooms too. Really quick but with a really authentic flavor and no messing about.
foodguru77
20th Mar, 2014
This is a good recipe for a Chicken Biryani but is missing two key ingredients and that is saffron and crispy fried onions. The most authentic indian biryani comes in layers of saffron rice and is fairly moist. If you add the 2 ingredients it makes a big difference to this dish. In London the best biryani is got to be Kadiri's restaurant in Willesden which is truly out of this world!

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