Chicken Biryani Recipe

By | Published , Last Updated: December 24, 2013 | Chicken | 121 Comments

Chicken Biryani is one of the most popular biryani dishes in the subcontinent. There are numerous variations and regional specialities of this Chicken Biryani. This recipe for Chicken Biryani is easy to follow and can be made by a novice cook as well.
Chicken Biryani

Ingredients:
Chicken – 750 gms, chopped to bite sized pieces
Onions – 3, finely sliced
Cashewnut Paste – 1 tblsp
Tomatoes – 3 to 4, pureed
Basmati Rice – 2 to 3 cups, soaked for 10 minutes
Ghee – 1 tblsp
Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tsp
Poppy Seeds – 1 tblsp, coarsely powdered
Salt as per taste
Saffron Strands – 1/4 tsp, soaked in 2 tblsp milk
Oil – 2 to 3 tblsp
Fried Onions – 1 cup, to garnish

For the marinade:
Curd – 2 cups, beaten
Coriander Leaves – 1 tblsp, chopped
Red Chilli Powder – 2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1 1/2 tsp

Method:
1. Mix all the marinade ingredients and rub all over the chicken pieces.
2. Keep aside for 10 to 20 minutes.
3. Heat oil in a pan over medium flame.
4. Add the ginger garlic paste and onions.
5. Saute well for 3 to 4 minutes or until onions turn light golden brown.
6. Add the cashewnut paste, tomato puree and poppy seeds.
7. Stir well and simmer for a minute or two.
8. Add the marinated chicken pieces and cover the pan with a lid.
9. Reduce flame to low and cook till the chicken is tender.
10. Drain the rice and rinse well.
11. Pressure cook till 3/4ths done and remove.
12. Place a large, deep pan over low flame.
13. Spread a layer of rice at the bottom followed by a layer of the chicken.
14. Repeat until all the rice and chicken have been used up, finishing up with a layer of rice on top.
15. Sprinkle the saffron strands with the milk and ghee on top.
16. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and cook for 45 to 60 minutes.
17. Remove when the rice is cooked and chicken pieces are tender.
18. Gently fluff up the rice using a fork.
19. Garnish with the fried onions.
20. Serve hot with onion raita.

 

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121 thoughts on “Chicken Biryani

  1. Praveen Kumar said on January 2, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Hi,
    There will not be much of a water left. At step 13 and 14, you can sprinkle the leftover water on top if needed. The rice would have by now absorbed most of the water and will be wet.

  2. Dhanu said on January 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    i didnt understand the 11th point Pressure cook till 3/4ths done and remove. Wudnt the cooker wil have water in it with the rice ?

  3. indugetscooking said on October 23, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Love chicen biryani so much that I can eat it any time of the day! Yumy looing biryani

  4. Praveen Kumar said on October 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Please check out Vegetarian section here – http://www.awesomecuisine.com/categories/vegetarian

  5. JYOTIRLINA BISWAS said on October 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Please,give me a tasty vegetarian food.

  6. aliasgar said on October 7, 2013 at 3:18 am

    good one

  7. Shema | LifeScoops said on September 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    This chicken biriyani looks divine…made me drool!

  8. Ritesh Budden said on June 20, 2013 at 4:37 am

    i love it! it’s really awsome

  9. Akash Vaidya said on May 24, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Excellent recipe. My wife made this at home and came out yummy.

  10. snehashish nath said on May 21, 2013 at 12:27 am

    nice

  11. Hima said on April 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Very nice

  12. B,ARAVIND said on April 13, 2013 at 12:49 am

    a better and good experience

  13. Praveen Kumar said on April 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Please note step 10, the marinated chicken is added to the paste and cooked.

  14. Arun said on April 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

    when do u put the paste made from step 9,

  15. aman said on November 1, 2012 at 4:41 am

    goodddddddddddddd

  16. aman said on November 1, 2012 at 4:39 am

    fist class

  17. shalini said on October 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    waah waaah taaaliyaaan…

  18. miss.anjali (kolkata) said on May 28, 2012 at 9:58 am

    so so so good dude

  19. miss.anjali (kolkata) said on May 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    it was so good

  20. supriya said on March 22, 2012 at 12:38 am

    easy and nice recipe

  21. Lily Grace D'Silva said on February 22, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Very Good and simple but tasty Chicken Biryani. Thanks Dominic.

    Regards,
    Lily

  22. kavi said on January 9, 2012 at 11:13 am

    verynice

  23. Praveen Kumar said on October 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

    You can increase the quantity for 10 person.

  24. SRI said on October 19, 2011 at 12:20 am

    PLEASE GIVE ME RECIPE FOR 10 PERSON….

  25. Violeta Paculan said on August 2, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Excellent Recipe,

    i love chicken biryani especially the smell it taste fabulous really delicious. I copied the recipe so that i will learn by myself to prepare so i can share to my loveones.

    thanks a lot.

  26. Akshara said on July 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

    lemme try

  27. Akshara said on July 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

    lemme try

  28. prem said on May 31, 2011 at 1:34 am

    nice recipe………but the language is difficult………..

  29. Uma said on April 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Very excellent

  30. swethaishu said on April 12, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Hi this dish is very yummy iam going to try this asap.

  31. Tushar Kanti Dey said on April 10, 2011 at 10:34 am

    This is a good recipe, it will be more delicious if some ghee is mixed with rice before putting into the pressure cooker

  32. nazreena said on March 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

    marniate the chicken about five tablespoon onion paste and ginger garlic paste five tablespoons and curd eight tablesppoons and cashew and almond paste eight tablespoons pepper powder fivetablespoons .

  33. shabbu said on March 8, 2011 at 7:50 am

    It was good….

  34. arun said on February 22, 2011 at 2:39 am

    shortcut way… what about if it has to prepared in a large quantity?? lets say for 10 to 20 peoples???? where i could get that much big pressure cooker…. plz suggest.

  35. Sheeba Aloysius said on February 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Biryani should not be made in cooker , the taste will not be good

  36. Mrs. Preeti Tiwari said on February 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

    A mouth watering easily cooked chickenyani for biryani lovers enjoy it

  37. michaelvk said on January 28, 2011 at 3:57 am

    What I feel is 5 glasses of water is too much for 2 cups of rice.Wont the rice become too sticky.

  38. chandrasen said on January 25, 2011 at 11:04 am

    YUM>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    funtastic.

  39. Ayesha said on January 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    it tastes wonderful!!!!!!!!!

  40. jagadeeswari said on December 31, 2010 at 8:23 am

    no comment

  41. swathi said on December 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

    very nice

  42. debarati said on December 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Very good

  43. soujanya said on December 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    super

  44. ANSHU said on November 11, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    cool and best for beginners!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. satyam said on October 16, 2010 at 8:45 am

    excellant

  46. satyam said on October 16, 2010 at 8:44 am

    very beautifull recepie

  47. praveen said on October 6, 2010 at 1:05 am

    i very nice to taste……i love chicken biryani

  48. Neha said on September 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    now i used to eat it more than my favourite dishes.

  49. geetha said on September 14, 2010 at 8:16 am

    fine few words should be expland in proper waay ,,becoz tey dnt underst wat dos tat means … simple fine,….

  50. Sandeep Sinha said on August 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    You cant have a flavourful biryani in a pressure cooker….

  51. pradip roy said on August 20, 2010 at 11:09 am

    excellent

  52. nusrat said on August 14, 2010 at 2:50 am

    excelent

  53. CHEF SUMAN said on August 9, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    the tastiness of a particular food is in the person’s hand cooks not in the recipes………… so please don’t blame the recipe

  54. CHEF SUMAN said on August 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    ONE SHOULD KNOW HOW TO COOK
    THE TASTE IS IN YOUR HANDS IN RECIPE (ITS FOR YOU MR. RAJ)

  55. CHEF SUMAN said on August 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    ONE SHOULD KNOW HOW TO COOK
    THE TASTE IS IN YOUR HANDS IN RECIPE (ITS FOR YOU MR. RAJ)

  56. Issack Rajan said on July 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Wah so tasty chicken Biryani Recipe. I will give it a try to know its reall taste.

  57. raj said on July 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

    so bad it’s not taste

  58. shaheen said on July 2, 2010 at 1:59 am

    wow its so easy method to prepare a chicken biryani……..

  59. tausif said on June 30, 2010 at 7:48 am

    i have made at home by seeing this recipe

  60. sridhar said on June 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

    its good and nice recipe for home made biryani

  61. Asha said on June 1, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Of very good standard

  62. kpragalathan said on May 21, 2010 at 5:14 am

    SUPERB But i did,’t try

  63. VEERU said on May 1, 2010 at 5:54 am

    GOOD NICE

  64. shweta said on March 26, 2010 at 7:22 am

    good

  65. chandan said on March 2, 2010 at 9:11 am

    nice hay try kro…..

  66. adsglobe said on February 27, 2010 at 3:59 am

    great….

  67. krishna roy said on February 5, 2010 at 4:29 am

    excellent

  68. Anthonyamma said on February 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

    very tasty

  69. victoria said on January 23, 2010 at 9:23 am

    delicious

  70. pranav roy said on December 30, 2009 at 11:02 am

    yes,the method is easy, and the biryani will have a good taste….

  71. Issack Rajan said on December 25, 2009 at 12:40 am

    These recipe is very tasty and good. My wife made it well.

  72. sunitha suresh said on December 20, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    wow excellent taste!!

  73. Amla said on December 8, 2009 at 10:21 am

    This is a very good basic recipe. This is how its made in most homes where it is eaten on a daily basis. Only, its not baked in an oven, but the layers are arranged in a deep, preferably aluminium vessel, closed with a lid and sealed with wheat dough to prevent steam escaping. Cook for ten minutes. Its done. I had called in a professional cook to demonstrate a basic Biryani recipe to me once and this is exactly how she did it. You may add saffron soaked in a little milk, about half a glass and pour it on top when done and leave to absorb.

  74. praseeth said on November 29, 2009 at 6:09 am

    this is very good for prople who do not have that patience to cook a dum biriyani..try it!!.. its very good for biriyani substitute..

  75. katrina said on November 26, 2009 at 3:50 am

    giid i have to try it

  76. suho chav said on November 25, 2009 at 9:56 am

    r u really cook? i think, this is new invention of chicken biryani.

  77. Shivani said on November 20, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Excellent

  78. Divya said on November 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    this recipe is also good. i tried it myself.

  79. rudzita said on November 9, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    i think i will cook this recipe tonite for my pakistani husband . wish me luck.

  80. DEEPAK said on November 4, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for such a wonderful & very easy chicken biryani recepy.just double the ingredients for8 to 10 peoples.

  81. Arathi said on October 26, 2009 at 5:35 am

    I never feel that chicken biryani would be too easy which canbe prepared in a cooker..Not an ideal hyd biryani..

  82. Raj said on September 30, 2009 at 5:44 am

    I don’t think this is how Biryani is made…This is simple Chicken n Rice…Poor Recipe…

  83. meenu sankar reddy said on September 18, 2009 at 8:41 am

    amazing………….

  84. shruthi said on September 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    it tasted good!!

  85. varalakshmi.T.R. said on August 27, 2009 at 4:50 am

    It is very tasty. in my house all.are liking very much.

  86. varalakshmi.T.R. said on August 27, 2009 at 4:50 am

    It is very tasty. in my house all.are liking very much.

  87. Suhani said on July 30, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Simple and the best recipe…….. i’ll surely try once i get married…… thanks

  88. rekha said on July 28, 2009 at 2:26 am

    good i really like this recipe because it is very easy to prepared this recipe.

  89. priya dharshini said on July 8, 2009 at 10:10 am

    its tasty
    tasty

  90. chaitanya reddy said on July 8, 2009 at 10:05 am

    it is tasty

  91. chaitanya reddy said on July 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

    very tasty

  92. chaitanya reddy said on July 8, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Its an great and delicious chicken biryani which i have never ate

  93. Anand said on July 7, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I can`t get it…… Its not easy for freshers….

  94. mayur said on June 28, 2009 at 5:29 am

    very nice

  95. swetha said on June 24, 2009 at 12:13 am

    too gud, very easy

  96. beenar said on May 27, 2009 at 6:51 am

    very eaisy

  97. lishi said on May 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

    not good n original taste of india is missing

  98. Indian Recipe Video's said on May 22, 2009 at 7:46 am

    What a gorgeous Recipe! So rich, decadent and delicious!. Real yummy!

  99. davinder said on April 25, 2009 at 3:04 am

    it is really very good recipe . by reading only mouth is full of water.

  100. swati dadlani said on April 17, 2009 at 10:11 am

    What I feel is 5 glasses of water is too much for 2 cups of rice.Wont the rice become too sticky.

  101. Nicky said on April 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Recipe is good.

  102. Abhishek said on April 11, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Not good for health.I lost my 400 rs after eating .
    This recepie is made for Rich people not for poor like me.so please remove this reccepe from site..

    Kindly reimburs my money

  103. Abhishek said on April 11, 2009 at 11:15 am

    very poor receipe not for poor people

  104. snehal said on April 7, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Not good.

  105. snehal said on April 7, 2009 at 12:08 am

    very bad. no layers of rice.

  106. TandooriBoy said on April 5, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Good work. Now only to look for an oven (Oh Damn! electricity is gone ;) )

  107. shiv said on March 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I liked it very much, my better half cooked for me.

  108. Lalit Kumar said on February 23, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I like only non-veg. items.

  109. leela said on January 17, 2009 at 3:51 am

    very good

  110. aarti said on December 8, 2008 at 5:14 am

    what kind of flavour difference it has…….it has no kesar and no layers of chawal………sorry

  111. malliswari said on November 19, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Good

  112. malliswari said on November 19, 2008 at 11:09 am

    good

  113. Meena said on October 9, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    good

  114. Meena said on October 9, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    I tasted it was very good.

  115. meenu said on September 30, 2008 at 1:38 am

    super! super! super!

  116. meenu said on September 30, 2008 at 1:35 am

    how tasty

  117. anjali said on September 16, 2008 at 2:22 am

    hi i read the recipe that is excellent

  118. abhishek said on April 20, 2008 at 3:55 am

    this is a good recipe

  119. Piyush said on April 19, 2008 at 9:36 am

    with due respect, you need to know the difference between biryani and chicken chawal.

  120. rohit sharma said on March 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    i really liked it this one

  121. L.DIANA ANUPAMA said on February 21, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    it wudnt taste so well

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