Chicken Biryani

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Depressed? Have some Chicken Biryani. Sad or feeling under the weather?? Have some Chicken Biryani. Happy and excited??? Order a huge bucket of Chicken Biryani.

Biryani is the classic food! Some segments would wholeheartedly agree with me. Hence, it is no surprise that the Biryani, especially the Chicken Biryani or Mutton Biryani, seems to be the most appropriate prescription for any occasion of our life. Make a whole pot of Biryani at home and it is guaranteed to be enjoyed as breakfast, lunch and dinner by loyalists. Why, some even go to the whole next level where it is stored overnight, reheated the next morning and eaten with the same gusto as the previous day.

No occasion, be it a grand wedding or a simple birthday bash, is complete without the quintessential Chicken Biryani. Such is the popularity of this simple, spicy and fragrant mixed rice that it is served in many food outlets in buckets instead of small service bowls, making it one of the most popularly ordered restaurant dishes.

India being the culinary genius it is, it has developed many flavourful variants of Chicken Biriyani across regions. In our recipe here, we bring you a flavourful and aromatic dish, that is easy to follow and can be made by a novice cook as well. If you like this dish, check out our Biryani section for easy and flavourful recipes.

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5 from 2 votes

Chicken Biryani Recipe

Depressed? Have some Chicken Biryani. Sad or feeling under the weather?? Have some Chicken Biryani. Happy and excited??? Order a huge bucket of Chicken Biryani.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients for Chicken Biryani

  • 750 gms Chicken chopped to bite sized pieces
  • 3 Onions finely sliced
  • 1 tblsp Cashewnut Paste
  • 4 Tomatoes large, pureed
  • 2 cup Basmati Rice soaked for 10 minutes
  • 1 tblsp Ghee 20g
  • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tblsp Poppy Seeds coarsely powdered
  • 10 Saffron Strands soaked in 2 tbsp milk
  • 6 tblsp Oil 60-65 ml
  • 1 cup Fried Onions – 1 cup to garnish
  • Salt as per taste

For the marinade:

  • 2 cup Curd beaten
  • 1 tblsp Coriander Leaves chopped
  • 2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt

How to make Chicken Biryani

  • Mix all the marinade ingredients and rub all over the chicken pieces.
  • Keep aside for 30 minutes. To get the best flavours, leave it to marinate overnight.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium flame.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and onions.
  • Saute well for 3 to 4 minutes or until onions turn light golden brown.
  • Add the cashewnut paste, tomato puree and poppy seeds.
  • Stir well and simmer for a minute or two.
  • Add the marinated chicken pieces and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Reduce flame to low and cook till the chicken is tender. Turn off flame once it is fully cooked.
  • Drain the rice and rinse well.
  • Pressure cook till 3/4ths done and remove. Alternatively, cook it in a deep vessel using the boiling method and drain excess water after it’s cooked.
  • Place a chapati or dosa tawa on a low flame.
  • Put a large, deep pan over this to cook the biryani dum-style.
  • Spread a layer of rice at the bottom of the pan followed by a layer of the chicken gravy.
  • Repeat until all the rice and chicken have been used up, finishing up with a layer of rice on top.
  • Sprinkle the saffron strands with the milk and ghee on top.
  • Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid* and cook for 30-45 minutes. Ensure there is no escaping of steam.
  • Remove when the rice is cooked and chicken pieces are tender.
  • Gently fluff up the rice using a fork.
  • Garnish with the fried onions.
  • Serve hot with onion raita.


If you don’t have a tight fitting lid, place a flat plate to cover the vessel and keep a heavy stone on top of the lid. Ensure no steam escapes.



  1. The rice will be raw or half cooked??

  2. k.janaki lakshmi

    tasty vegetarian curries

  3. 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 ?

    • Praveen Kumar

      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.

  4. indugetscooking

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


    Please,give me a tasty vegetarian food.

  6. good one

  7. Shema | LifeScoops

    This chicken biriyani looks divine…made me drool!

  8. Ritesh Budden

    i love it! it’s really awsome

  9. Akash Vaidya

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

  10. snehashish nath


  11. Very nice

  12. a better and good experience

  13. when do u put the paste made from step 9,

  14. goodddddddddddddd

  15. fist class

  16. waah waaah taaaliyaaan…

  17. miss.anjali (kolkata)

    so so so good dude

  18. miss.anjali (kolkata)

    it was so good

  19. easy and nice recipe

  20. Lily Grace D'Silva

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


  21. verynice


  23. Violeta Paculan

    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.

  24. lemme try

  25. lemme try

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

  27. Very excellent

  28. swethaishu

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

  29. Tushar Kanti Dey

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

  30. 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 .

  31. It was good….

  32. 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.

  33. Sheeba Aloysius

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

  34. Mrs. Preeti Tiwari

    A mouth watering easily cooked chickenyani for biryani lovers enjoy it

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

  36. YUM>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  37. it tastes wonderful!!!!!!!!!

  38. jagadeeswari

    no comment

  39. very nice

  40. Very good

  41. super

  42. cool and best for beginners!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. excellant

  44. very beautifull recepie

  45. i very nice to taste……i love chicken biryani

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

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

  48. Sandeep Sinha

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

  49. excellent

  50. excelent

  51. 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. Issack Rajan

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

  55. so bad it’s not taste

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

  57. i have made at home by seeing this recipe

  58. its good and nice recipe for home made biryani

  59. Of very good standard

  60. kpragalathan

    SUPERB But i did,’t try


  62. good

  63. nice hay try kro…..

  64. krishna roy


  65. Anthonyamma

    very tasty

  66. delicious

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

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

  69. sunitha suresh

    wow excellent taste!!

  70. 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..

  71. giid i have to try it

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

  73. Excellent

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

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

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

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

  78. meenu sankar reddy


  79. it tasted good!!

  80. varalakshmi.T.R.

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

  81. varalakshmi.T.R.

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

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

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

  84. priya dharshini

    its tasty

  85. chaitanya reddy

    it is tasty

  86. chaitanya reddy

    very tasty

  87. chaitanya reddy

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

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

  89. very nice

  90. too gud, very easy

  91. very eaisy

  92. not good n original taste of india is missing

  93. Indian Recipe Video's

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

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

  95. swati dadlani

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

  96. Recipe is good.

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

    Kindly reimburs my money

  98. very poor receipe not for poor people

  99. Not good.

  100. very bad. no layers of rice.

  101. TandooriBoy

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

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

  103. I like only non-veg. items.

  104. very good

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

  106. Good

  107. good

  108. how tasty

  109. hi i read the recipe that is excellent

  110. this is a good recipe

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

  112. rohit sharma

    i really liked it this one


    it wudnt taste so well

    • 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.

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