Chicken Biryani is a luxurious delight known worldwide and loved by all. Beautiful melange of chicken layered with long grain basmati rice and then slow cooked (dum) to perfection. Presenting to you today, the most easiest and the best chicken biryani recipe you will firmly adore.
Chicken and rice combination is truly unmatchable in any form. Be it biryani, pulao, risotto, fried rice or different preparations from the other regions of the globe.
Most of the biryani recipes are dearest to my family, anytime. Honestly, I have been into cooking it since many years, only for the love of my family. I remember, before marriage, there was a time when I never loved it. Hence, never ever gave it a shot.
But, gradually the hate turned into pure love, only because of my son. He is a chicken biryani lover. And now I myself crave for it at times, or I should say say almost every week.
Indeed, biryani seemed difficult to me when I started making it. As the time passed, by Almighty's grace, with practice and repeated cooking, I have acquired the skill of making it.
Coming back to the today's dish, this recipe does not require any readymade biryani masala powder or spice mix. Yes, you read it right! With basic available ingredients at home you can make the best biryani at home.
Furthermore, below, I am going to show you the layered biryani method on stove top. Besides, I will be showing you the detailed step by step process of the same recipe to make it in Instant pot or pressure cooker.
So, it would be a fair deal to call this as one pot chicken biryani, right? Yes, absolutely!
But, before that, go through the list of ingredients and some great tips to make it perfect every time.
Preparing a Good Biryani
Well, trust me guys, this is such an easy biryani recipe. Therefore, I call it an effortless homestyle biryani. Even though it involves few must follow steps, they are not at all daunting.
For any biryani recipe, it is always recommended to marinate the meat in spices and yogurt for at least some time. This helps in infusing the flavors perfectly.
Then, we need to clean, wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes (20 minutes for instant pot method).
Be it an easy homestyle or dum style biryani, the flavors come out beautifully when rice and chicken are cooked with spices, ghee, caramelised onions and mint. So, do not skip the step of preparing fried or caramelised onions.
If you are using the store bought fried onions, thats absolutely fine. Or, you can check here how to make birista for biryani. You will always find my freezer stocked up with loads of birista. So biryanis and kormas are just a few minutes task for me. 🙂
Now coming back to the recipe, we have to cook marinated chicken in pot for some time. Then, cook the rice upto 70 percent (exact 7 minutes of cooking).
Then, proceed with the layering process. Finally, head on to slow cook (dum) the rice for few minutes, and you are done.
Cooking Biryani in Pressure Cooker
To make chicken biryani in pressure cooker, follow the steps as mentioned in stove top method below until adding the chicken with whole spices.
Then, cook the chicken on high for minute or two. Add 1/2 cup of water, stir and cook for another 5-6minutes on low.
Add fried onions over the chicken. Now add soaked and strained rice evenly over the chicken. Add salt, top it with with saffron milk, coriander leaves and mint leaves.
Carefully pour 3 cups of water from the sides, cover and cook on high for 1 whistle and 2-3 minutes on low.
Take the pressure cooker off the heat to stop any further cooking process and allow the pressure to release naturally. Dish out and serve hot.
Note: As there will already be 1 and 1/2 cup of liquid left while cooking chicken, we will add only 3 more cups of water. In total it should be 4.5 cups water only (1 cup of rice = 1.5 cups of water in pressure cooker). This measure will give a perfect fluffy biryani in pressure cooker.
Ingredients we need
Chicken - Cut into medium sized pieces. The chicken thighs and / or chicken drumsticks makes a good choice. Either of the one or a mix of both meat works beautifully.
Further, avoid using lot of chicken breast pieces in biryanis. Since, the chicken breasts in biryani turns out bit dry, it is better to use them in less amount. Or if you wish to, just skip using them.
Rice - a good quality aged basmati rice.
Fresh spices (masala) - ginger garlic paste, green chilies or Serrano peppers, coriander leaves and mint leaves. We also need sliced onions, and some golden fried onions / Caramalised onions.
Basic spice powders - red chili powder (or smoked paprika / cayenne pepper), coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder, salt.
Whole Spices - Cinnamon sticks, green cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, bay leaves and caraway seeds (shajeera). If you do not have shajeera then swap it with cumin seeds.
Other Ingredients that goes in Chicken Biryani - Ghee, oil and yogurt. I have also used, saffron soaked in little milk. As it imparts rich flavour to even the basic biryanis. However, if you do have saffron, then just skip it.
1. Use aged long grain rice to make biryanis or pulaos. The aged basmati rice gives nice fluffy and fragrant biryani. Some people also like to use sella rice, so you can choose that as well.
2. For the best flavours, always marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes.
3. Use heavy bottom pot with tight fitting lid. Or there are chances that light bottom pot may burn it. A dutch oven is a good choice to make biryani.
4. It is extremely important to cook the rice to perfection. So, do not stir the rice too much while they are cooking. Or stirring will break the grains and biryani won't give the required appeal.
5. Marination process makes the meat juicy, tender and deeply flavourful. I would recommend you to marinate chicken in spices for at least 30 minutes.
6. Chicken on bone adds more flavour as compared to the use of boneless chicken. So, use meat along with the bone for this recipe.
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Step by Step Instructions
Preparation and chicken marination
To begin with, first, clean and wash the chicken well, drain the water completely.
Then, in a large bowl, add yogurt and all the spices that we need for marination.
The spices are garlic paste ginger paste, slit green chilies, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt, fried or caramelised onions, lemon juice and oil. Mix everything well. (photo 1)
Add, chicken pieces and mix. Cover and allow it to rest for 30 minutes under refrigeration (photo 2 and 3)
While the meat is marinating, clean wash and soak rice for 30 minutes (15 minutes for Instant Pot pressure Cooker Version). (photo 4)
Making Biryani in Dutch oven or pot on stove top
In a large pot, add enough water and salt. Bring the water to a boil and add rice. Then, cook the rice until 70 percent done. Strain all the water from the cooked rice. Set it aside. Photo 5 and 6.
Now, in heavy bottom pot, heat oil and ghee together. We will use the same pot to layer the biryani. So choose the pot accordingly.
Add sliced onion and fry until they just start to pick the golden colour. Photo 7.
Then, add marinated chicken along with bay leaf, shajeera, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns and mix. Photo 8 and 9.
Cook the chicken for 6-7 minutes on low. Chicken and yogurt will release enough water. So, do not add any water and stir once in between. switch off the heat. Photo 10.
Now, sprinkle fried onions, chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves over the cooked chicken. Photo 11 and 12.
Layer the cooked rice on the top of the chicken evenly. Photo 13.
Pour soaked saffron and melted ghee over the rice. Photo 14.
Cover the pot with tight fitting lid. Now place the pot on the stove top and switch on the heat.
Cook the biryani on high flame for 4-5 to develop the steam. Then Lower the heat and slow cook the biryani (dum) for 15 minutes.
Once the biryani is done, Allow it to rest for 5-7 minutes. Chicken Biryani is ready to serve, dish out and serve with your favourite Raita.
Making Biryani in Instant Pot
Press the sauté button in an IP. Once the IP displays 'Hot', then add oil and heat for 30 secs. Add sliced onions and fry until they just pick up the golden colour. DO not burn it. Photo 5.
Then, add marinated chicken, whole spices, and evenly cover the bottom of the pot. Photo 6.
Add 1/2 cup of water, at this point do not mix anything. Photo 7.
Switch off the sauté button. Close the lid of and IP with pressure valve in sealing position. Pressure cook the chicken for 2 minutes on High. Photo 8.
Once the IP beeps, quick release the pressure by turning the valve from sealing to venting position. After the silver pin drops, open the pot and you can see we already have 1 and 1/2 cup of water left in.
Without mixing anything, add fried onions (or caramelised onions) over chicken. Photo 9.
Now, Top the rice over the chicken in even layer. Add some salt, saffron water, chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves and ghee. Photo 10.
Add only 1 and 1/2 cup of water from the around sides and without stirring, immediately seal the lid. Photo 11.
Turn the pressure valve in sealing position and pressure cook for 6 minutes on high. Photo 12.
After the IP beeps, carefully, quick release the pressure with valve turning to venting position. Open the lid and allow it to rest for 2-3 minutes. Photo 13.
Fluff the biryani rice and top with some more fried onions. Dish out the Chicken biryani and serve it along with yogurt raita. Photo 14.
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Chicken Biryani Recipe
To marinate the chicken
- 750 g Chicken On Bone (cut into medium pieces)
- 3/4 cup Yogurt (Curd) (whisked well)
- 3/4 tablespoon Garlic paste
- 3/4 tablespoon Ginger Paste
- 2 teaspoons Red Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 2 teaspoons Coriander powder
- 3-4 Green Chilies slit or chopped
- 1 teaspoon Garam Masala powder
- Salt to taste
- 3 tablespoons Brown Onions
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 2 tablespoons Oil
- 3 Cups Long Grain Rice (approx 650- 700 gms) (preferably aged basmati rice)
- 1.5-2 tablespoons Salt (only for stove top method) water should taste extra salty
- Water as needed
To cook marinated chicken
- 2 tablespoons Oil
- 1 tablespoon Ghee
- 1 Onion large sized, finely sliced
- 1 teaspoon Caraway Seeds or Cumin Seeds (Shajeera)
- 1 and 1/2 inch CinnamonStick
- 5 Green Cardamom
- 8-10 Black Peppercorns
- 6-8 Cloves
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 Star Anise
- 1/3 cup Brown Onions or Caramalised Onions
- 1/2 cup Mint Leaves
- 1/2 cup Coriander Leaves
- A pinch of Saffron soaked in 2 tbsp of warm Milk
- 2 tablespoons Ghee
Preparatipn And Marination
- Clean and wash the chicken well, drain the water completely.
- Add chicken and all the ingredients mentioned under marination and mix well.
- Cover and allow it to rest for 30 minutes under refrigeration.
- Clean, wash and soak rice for 30 minutes.
Making Chicken Biryani
- In a pot, add enough water and salt. Bring the water to a boil and add strained rice.
- Cook the rice until 70 percent done. Strain all the water from the cooked rice. Set it aside
- In a heavy bottom pot, heat oil and ghee together.
- Add sliced onion and fry until they just start to pick the golden colour.
- Then, add the marinated chicken along with all the whole spices.
- Mix and cook on high for 1-2 minutes.
- Then, cover and cook the chicken for 5-6 minutes on low.
Layering Chicken Biryani
- Sprinkle fried onions, chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves over the cooked chicken.
- Layer the cooked rice on the top of the chicken evenly.
- Pour soaked saffron and melted ghee over the rice.
- Cover the pot with tight fitting lid.
- Slow cook (dum) the biryanifor 15 minutes. Switch off the heat.
- Allow it to rest for 5-7 minutes. Chicken Biryani is ready to serve with raita.
- Adjust the spiciness of the biryani as per your liking.
- You can use mix chicken cut or chicken thighs and chicken drumsticks.
- For stove top method, soak the rice for 30 minutes and for instant pot method soak it for 15 -20 minutes.
- For stove top method, use heavy bottom pan to make the biryani.
- For Instant Pot method, please refer to step by step pictures above in the post.
- If you do not have the stored fried onions, then finely slice 2 large onions and fry it in oil until golden.