Indian Chicken Biryani Recipe

easy chicken biryani recipe
easy chicken biryani recipe

AuthorBinitaCategoryDinners, Lunch, Main Dishes, Non VegetarianDifficultyBeginner

Delicious and spicy chicken biryani for beginners that can be cooked easily.

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time1 hrCook Time25 minsTotal Time1 hr 25 mins



Indian Chicken Biryani Recipe


For Marination

  • 1/2 kg chicken
  • 4 tbsp plain yogurt (dahi)
  • 1-1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

For Biryani

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp oil/ghee
  • 1/2 cup onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (dahi)
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 3 cups water /coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp friend onions (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 5 cloves (laung)
  • 1 inch piece of cinnamon (dal chini)

How to prepare

Preparation steps

  1. Add curd, ginger-garlic paste, salt, biryani masala, turmeric and chilli powder in a bowl and mix well to for a paste. Adjust the spices as required.
  2. Make gashes on chicken pieces and add it to marinade. See that the pieces are covered properly. Keep the pieces aside for 1 hour.
  3. Rinse rice well with water and keep it soaked for 30 minutes. Drain water after 30 minutes.

How to Make Chicken Biryani

  1. Add oil or ghee in a cooker and heat on a low flame.
  2. When the oil is hot, add whole spices like bay leaf, cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add onions and cook until onions turn soft and light brown.
  4. Add the marinated chicken pieces and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Cover the cooker and cook on a low flame till chicken is cooked but still tender and soft.
  6. Open the lid, add yogurt, mint leaves, green chilli, red chilli powder and garam masala and mix well.

How to make Layers in Chicken Biryani

  1. Layer the chicken pieces evenly at the bottom and then spread a layer of rice over it.
  2. Add 3 cups of water of coconut milk in a bowl and add 1/2 tsp salt and mix well.
  3. Pour most of the water across the sides of the cooker and some on the top of the rice. Level the rice if needed. Put some mint and friend onions.
  4. Cover the lid of the cooker and cook for high flame for 1-2 whistles so that rice is cooked properly.
  5. Put off the flame and let the pressure settle. Open the lid and fluff the biryani.
  6. Serve hot from top to bottom to have rice and chicken in all servings.

Important: You can garnish the biryani with pieces of boiled eggs.

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