Chicken biryani pilau

Chicken biryani pilau

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(54 ratings)

Ready in 50 mins-1 hr


Serves 6

Easy and cheap to recreate at home, students won't need to order takeaways ever again!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy


  • kcal445
  • fat12g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 large chicken thighs, skin on
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced



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  • 2 tbsp curry powder (hot if you like it spicy, mild for tamer curries)
  • 350g easy-cook, long grain rice
  • 700ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 250g frozen peas


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and fry the chicken thighs, skin side down, for 8-10 mins until the skin is golden and crispy. Tip in the onion and continue to cook for 5 mins until the onion softens. Sprinkle in the curry powder and cook for a minute more, then stir in the rice and pour over the stock. Bring the stock to the boil.

  2. Cover the pan and bake for 30 mins until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. Stir in the peas and leave the rice to stand for a few moments before serving.

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16th Sep, 2012
not a fan of peas, so added carrots at the onion stage and adzuki & haricot beans 5 mins before the end
25th Aug, 2012
Simple, inexpensive and tasty one-pot dish. My family all loved this including a fussy 8 yr old. I added more liquid near the end of cooking as it definitely needed it or it would have stuck. Next time I'd add a bit more veg as other have said. A red pepper would have upped the veg content and made the dish more appetising/balanced to look at. Is a firm favourite of mine now as I love one-pot, healthy dinners - who doesn't!
7th Jun, 2012
I think this is an excellent recipe to begin exploring curry dishes. Get the hang of it and sideline the curry powder for your own spice mix to taste. I love cummin seeds, cinnamon and cloves added with a touch of the curry powder or Garam masala (no spice grinder needed!). I also put some dried chilli flakes in and add mushroom and flaked almond for a big sumptuous pot of curry!
4th May, 2012
I thought this was very very bland and needed a sauce as it was a bit dry , if it didn't have the peas in it it would of been even worse sorry x
24th Nov, 2011
Completely forgot the peas but it was still gorgeous. Mild enough for the kids to eat, I would put more curry powder in if I was just doing it for the adults.
1st Oct, 2011
The whole family loves this, though i will try and add some greek yogurt at the end to make a bit creamy as was a bit dry
31st Aug, 2011
Tasty and easy. Used brown basmati as a healthier option (longer cooking time). And scaled it down for 2 people but still used 4 thighs in total.
29th Aug, 2011
Hello! This says freezable but how do you re-heat it without drying it out as there is no liquid, also I've heard it can be a bad idea to re-heat rice? I don't have a microwave, any ideas? Thanks.
6th Jul, 2011
gorgeous. added some sultanas and a bit of apple. made it for my boyfriend and his comment was "where did you buy this? theres no way you made it!" cheeky sod. good with quorn chicken pieces instead of real chicken too
3rd Jul, 2011
Alot of flavour considering it just uses a plain curry powder. It was really easy to prepare as there was barely anything to chop up and the chicken stayed nice and moist.


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