Chicken Biryani

"Biryani is a combination of rice with meat, chicken, shrimp, vegetables or fish. It is a meal within itself. Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients, it is really an easy dish to prepare and tasty too."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Bring a pan of water to a boil and add the rice, salt, cardamom pods, cloves and cinnamon stick; boil for two minutes and then drain, leaving the whole spices in the rice.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions for about 8 minutes, until browned.
  • Add the chicken, followed by the ground cloves, cardamom, chilies, cumin, coriander, black pepper, garlic, ginger and lemon juice; stir-fry 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken mixture to a casserole and lay the sliced tomatoes on top.
  • Sprinkle on the cilantro, spoon on the plain yogurt and top with drained basmati rice.
  • Drizzle the saffron and milk over the rice and pour on 2/3 cup water.
  • Cover tightly and bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  • Transfer to a warmed serving platter and remove the whole spices from the rice.
  • Garnish with toasted almonds and freshly chopped cilantro and serve with plain yogurt.

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  1. Pamela
    I liked the recipe but it was rather bland. I expected more flavor with all the spices that were used. It was easy to make, the rice was very good, I would probably use four red chillies the next time.I was unsure as to how much cilantro to add and when to add it.
  2. Charishma_Ramchandani
    That recipe is really inviting!


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