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Chicken Biryani Rice Recipe.

Updated on June 29, 2015
Chicken Biryani
Chicken Biryani

Biryani is a famous Indian cuisine. Biryani is made from rice and meat and care should be taken to have a long grain basmati rice. The basmati rice belt is in the part of Haryana between Delhi and Chandigarh. The rice which qualifies to be called as Basmati is grown only in this region of the world and rice grown anywhere else can not be called basmati rice. The Basmati rice has beed declared as best rice in the world and has a very nice aroma and taste when made properly. Chicken Biryani is basically Hyderabadi cuisine of India. Soon the Biryani got mixed with all kind of cuisines of India. In the Chicken Biryani it is made from best of chicken and best of rice. It is a complete meal and mouth watering. Children just love it and though it has so many herbs as ingredients but it is not that difficult to make.


Serves: 8

1. Chicken: 3½ pounds / 1½ Kg of chicken.

2. Basmati Rice: 1 pound / 450 grams.

3. Plain Yogurt: 10 fl Oz / 300 ml.

4. Milk: 5 Fl oz / 150 ml.

5. Desi Ghee: 6 Tbsp.

6. Red onions: 2 sliced.

7. Ginger: 1½ Tsp fresh finely chopped.

8. Garlic: 1½ Tsp fresh finely chopped.

9. Garam Masala: 1 Tsp.

10. Saffron Strands: 1 Tsp.

11. Red Chili Powder: 1 Tsp.

12. Ground Turmeric powder: ½ Tsp.

13. Salt: 2 Tbsp.

14. Cinnamon sticks: 2

15. Cardamom pods: 5 crushed.

16. Black peppercorns: 4

17. Black Cumin seeds: 1 Tsp.

18. Green chilies: 4

19. Lemon Juice: 3 tbsp.

20. Cilantro / coriander leaves 3 Tsp finely chopped.

Method Of Prepration

1. Skin the chicken and cut it in to 8 pieces.

2. Keep aside.

3. Take a bowl.

4. In the bowl add ginger, garlic, garam masala, red chili powder, cardamom powder, turmeric powder.

5. Add 1 Tbsp of salt.

6. Mix well.

7. Add yoghurt and mix well.

8. Add chicken and mix well. Make sure all sides of each piece of chicken is fully covered with the yoghurt mixture.

9. Cover the bowl and keep it in refrigerator for 3 hours.

10. Take a small pan.

11. Boil milk and pour over saffron strand and keep aside.

12. Take a large pan.

13. Heat Ghee.

14. Now add sliced onions in it and cook till golden brown.

15. Take half of this onions and ghee and put in a separate bowl.

16. Now take a pan.

17. Add water.

18. Put rice, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns and black cumin seeds in water.

19. Bring the water to boil and remove from heat when rice are half cooked.

20. Drain the water and then in a bowl add 1 Tbsp of salt in rice.

21. Chop chilies and set aside.

22. Now add the chicken mixture in a pan containing onions.

23. Add half of chopped chilies, cilantro leaves, lemon juice and saffron milk.

24. Add rice.

25. Now add remaining ingredients including the half of onions and ghee.

26. Now cover the pan tightly.

27. Cook on low heat for one hour.

28. By this time the chicken would have been cooked through.

29. If chicken is not cooked through then cook for few minutes more.

30. Serve hot.


1. if ghee is not available you can use vegetable oil or any other oil.

2. Don’t over cook chicken.

3. Use good quality of saffron.

4. Always use long grain basmati rice.

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      mani nair 3 years ago

      Good recipe I would like to make it .. Thank u

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks anamika

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Thumb and yes even though they are part of garam masala but they are needed in some different proportion than they are in garam masala

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Give me Biriyani for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ... I will happily have it! Pinned!

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      I will try out this biryani. You have written garam masala one teaspoon and again cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper separately. So what are the contents in that one spoon of garam masala?

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks sunil

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Chicken Biriyani is superb. You can taste the delicious variety in Kerala especially in Kozhikode(Calicut). Make a visit and find the popularity of this food item here. Thanks for sharing your recipe for general public.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Marissa for checking out my page.

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      Marissa Buhalog 4 years ago

      I'am now familiar with some famous Indian cuisine,I would like to make this dish for my family.

      Great blog

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      Indian Chef 5 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks vacation trip and ashok

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      Ashok 5 years ago

      Mouthwatering. I love it too much

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      Susan 5 years ago from India

      Interesting. Well written. Thanks for sharing.

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      Indian Chef 5 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks bjc and articlesocean

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      Saira Sheikh 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Great Recipes! Specially love the Chicken Biryani. Awesome!

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      BJC 5 years ago from Florida

      Oh my goodness, looks and sounds scrumptious!!