Easy Chicken Biryani Recipe

This Chicken Biryani recipe makes a delicious dinner that is bursting with flavour. A lot easier to make than you would think, this dish is sheer goodness.

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How to make chicken biryani at home

Chicken biryani is one of my favourite Asian-inspired dishes.

Biryani, also spelt biriyani or biriani, is so popular all over the world, and, in spite of the fact that there are so many variations of this dish, one thing is sure: you can never go wrong with an easy chicken biryani recipe, no matter how you cook it.

Whether you go for a strong-flavoured or a mild version, be it chicken, mutton, lamb and so on, you know you have hit the jackpot; one delicious meal for you to enjoy.

The main ingredients are rice, meat and seasoning, and here it is entirely up to you how little or how much you use.

If you use rather mild spices, kids ca definitely enjoy it too. I usually make enough for about 2-3 people, since little ones don’t eat that much, so feel free to double up the amount of ingredients if you are cooking for a larger crowd.

Collage of 4 photos to show how to make the chicken biryani recipe

My very own biryani rice recipe

This super easy chicken biryani recipe can be ready in way under one hour, and no planning in advance is needed.

Just make sure the rice is nearly boiled, but not completely done, as this is will cooking further in the oven, and become nice and fluffy.

I’m not quite a huge fan of super strong seasoning, so my version is pretty mild.

l also avoided chilli. I am also a bit paranoid when it comes to chicken, l tend to cook it for a lot longer than required, just in case, l’d rather not worry about uncooked meat.

It is probably worth mentioning that this chicken biryani is my take on this classic dish, and will never claim as it being original. But, you know what, it is absolutely fantastic and l’m sure you’ll love it.

Nothing wrong with making a dish your own by adapting it to your own taste. Like my butter chicken, this too is the perfect homemade version of the so loved recipe.

Homemade food can never be beaten, isn’t it?

Overhead shot of a dish of chicken biryani

Best Chicken Biryani Recipe

You can also use saffron to make it even more flavourful, I know it’s a tad expensive, but I guess if you use it in many other dishes, it’s worth the extra expense.

Otherwise, just a bit of turmeric with milk can be drizzled over the rice to give it that dinstinctive biryani touch.

I used diced chicken breast, but you can also use drumsticks, thighs, or whole chicken legs.

If I were to choose a different meat to make biryani, I think I would defintiely go for beef, although the cooking time will be a lot longer, in order to get the beef tender.

But, a good dish is worth the extra cooking time, isn’t it?

Overhead shot of a balck plate of chicken biryani

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Overhead shot of a black plate with chicken biryani si another dish of biryani next to it
Easy Chicken Biryani Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Easy chicken biryani recipe, a fantastic dish to feed the whole family.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken recipe
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 689 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cm fresh ginger root
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground mild curry powder
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • chopped coriander to garnish
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  1. Rinse the rice with plenty of cold water and set aside.

  2. Dice the chicken breasts and tranfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add the yogurt, ground black pepper, curry powder, ground cumin and mix well so that the chicken is well coated.
  4. Cut the onion, garlic cloves and ginger, then heat up the oil in a pan and fry them until golden.
  5. Chop the tomatoes and add them to the pan, they should be cooked for 3-4 minutes until mushy.
  6. In goes the chicken, stiring well. Leave to cook for 5 minutes, then add 1/2 cup of water. Bay leaves and salt can be added too.
  7. Cover with a lid and leave it to cook until the liquid is absorbed.
  8. Meanwhile, cook the rice with 2 cups of cold water until it comes to a boil.

  9. At this stage the rice should be about 70/80 % cooked.
  10. Drain the water and set aside.
  11. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. (390 Fahrenheit)
  12. In an oven-proof dish that has a lid, arrange one layer of rice, one layer of the cooked chicken and again one layer of rice.
  13. Add one tbsp of milk, one tbsp of water and the turmeric to a cup, then drizzle some over the rice.

  14. Cook in the oven with the lid on for about 20-30 minutes, the rice will become fluffy and fully cooked.
  15. Carefully remove from the oven, and use a fork to gently mix the chicken and rice.
  16. Garnish with chopped coriander.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Biryani Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 689 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 1358mg 57%
Potassium 794mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 86g 29%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 8g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 3.1%
Vitamin C 8.5%
Calcium 19.8%
Iron 9.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  • Reply
    September 23, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Nice chicken biryani pic ☺…i like those brown fried onions on top.

  • Reply
    January 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

    really ssuper dish

  • Reply
    May 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    A beautiful recipe, I could start cooking immediately. 🙂

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