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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31st Mar, 2010
I make this all the time, is is so easy and delicious!
12th Nov, 2009
This is a gorgeous family meal, especially suitable for colder, winter evenings. Goes very well with baked root vegetables on a side.
27th Oct, 2009
Contradiction: biryani and pilau are 2 different dishes. Unsure why this dish has got this title. Ingrediants are nothing like the authentic dish. Might taste nicew but its not the proper stuff I'm afraid.
28th Sep, 2009
I used NiniB's suggestion of changing the spices slightly- I added cumin, paprika, and a bit of curry powder, which produced a lovely breadth of flavour. I fell down slightly in that I tried to make the recipe to serve one as opposed to 6 and my rice ended up a bit undercooked, but all in all it was very tasty!
11th Aug, 2009
Delicious - a firm favourite in our house now. Everyone always comments on how tasty it is. I dont like to tell them how easy it is!!
6th Jul, 2009
This is a firm favourite in our house. Rather than using curry powder, I use 2tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp paprike and 1 tbsp chilli powder. Gives it a really delicious deep flavour without being too spicy.
18th Apr, 2009
It was very delicious n very easy to make. I added potatoes n used mixed vege instead of just peas. It taste n looks like it had 10 ingredients in it!
9th Mar, 2009
Absolutly lovely! As everyone else said iits so easy to make and the best thing is all the ingrediants are most likely already in your cupboard! Can't wait to have the left overs for lunch tomorrow!!!
2nd Feb, 2009
This was so easy and absolutely delicious. I too added a handful of sultanas. The chicken thighs were so tender. Chicken breasts not as tasty and succulent. A favourite recipe now.
15th Jan, 2009
My other half HATES peas - any helpful suggestions for alternatives? Thanks!


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