Chicken Biryani

Recipe by Brian Holley
READY IN: 45mins




  • Wash the rice in several changes of water, place rice in a large bowl, cover with water and soak for 30 minutes.
  • While the rice is soaking, heat the oil in a large pot and fry the onions for 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, chilli and ginger, fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken and fry for 5 minutes Stirring every minute.
  • Add the curry paste , salt, and garam masala to the chicken and cook for 5 minutes Gently stir in the tomato wedges and cook 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside till later.
  • Preheat oven to 190degrees Celsius
  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Grain the rice and add it to the pot of water with the turmeric. Cook for 10 mins, or, till rice is almost tender.
  • Drain the rice and toss in the bay leaves, cardamoms, cloves and saffron.
  • In a shallow oven proof dish layer the rice and meat, finishing with a layer of rice on the top. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with vegetable curry and chutney.