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Easy Chicken Biryani Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Easy Chicken Biryani Recipe, a delicious chicken dinner that is bursting with amazing flavours. Rice cooked to perfection and chicken cooked in fragrant, but mild Indian spices are combined in one fantastic dish that everyone in the family can enjoy. My version of chicken biryani is a lot simpler, so anyone can cook it..

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: indian chicken recipes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 575 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 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 or chicken broth. 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 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 575 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 1001mg42%
Potassium 1197mg34%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 1490IU30%
Vitamin C 28.1mg34%
Calcium 152mg15%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.