The most delicious Chicken Biryani recipe~

YIELD: 4-6 servings

TOTAL TIME: 60-90 mins


  • Basmati rice : 1kg

  • Chicken: 1kg

  • Curd: 250 gms

  • Oil: 250ml

  • Onions: 4 medium sized

  • Tomatoes: 250 gms

  • Green chilis: 8-10

  • Coriander : 1 small bunch

  • Mint leaves: 1 small bunch

  • Ginger garlic paste: 1 1/2 tbsp

  • Cinnamon sticks: 4

  • Cloves: 8-10

  • Cardamom: 5-6

  • Black cumin: 1/2 tsp

  • Bay leaves :4-5

  • Red chilli powder: 1 tsp

  • Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp

  • Coriander powder: 1 tsp

  • Mixed ground spices(garam masala) :1/2 tsp

  • Salt to taste


To marinate the chicken: Soak the chicken in 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, few coriander and mint leaves and salt (1 tsp)

Leave it overnight in the refrigerator.

  • In a large pan heat oil and add 2-3 cinnamon sticks (crushed) cloves (4-5) and cardamom (2-3) then sauté for few seconds to release all those rich flavours

  • Now add sliced onions, green chillies and sauté till onions are golden brown.

  • Add the remaining ginger garlic paste and cook on high heat.

  • Now, add tomatoes and cook till soft then add chopped coriander and mint leaves (1/2 bunch each)

  • To this add the marinated chicken and curd.

  • Cook on medium flame till the chicken is tender.

  • Turn off the flame, and let the chicken rest.

  • Soak rice for 1/2 hour.

  • In a separate large pan add 2 1/2 litres of water and add the remaining cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, bay leaves, black cumin and salt (1-1/2tsp)

  • Let it boil.

  • Now add the soaked rice.

  • Once it's almost cooked drain and set aside.

  • Add half the drained rice in a bowl as the bottom layer.

  • Now sprinkle fresh coriander/cilantro and food colourant or saffron infused water on the rice.

  • Add a layer of your cooked chicken

  • Add the remaining drained rice as the next layer and keep adding the layers until there is no chicken left.

  • Cover the pan with a tight lid.

  • Cook on medium flame for 1 minute and then lower the flame and slow cook it for about 10 mins

  • Your Biryani is ready.

Serve hot with mirchi ka salan and raita! :)

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