Chicken Biryani Recipe at Home

Biryani is a popular and flavorful dish that originated in the Pakistani subcontinent. It is a mixed rice dish typically made with perfumed long-grain rice, such as basmati, and a combination of meat (such as chicken, lamb, or goat), fish, or vegetables, along with a blend of aromatic spices and sages.



The preparation of biryani involves several steps. First, the meat or vegetables are marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices to augment their flavor. Then, the rice is partially cooked separately by boiling or steaming. The partially cooked rice is then layered with the immersed meat or vegetables in a large pot or dish. The layers are usually knitted with fried onions, fresh herbs like mint and coriander, and sometimes saffron-infused milk for added color and aroma. The pot is then sealed tightly with a lid or dough to trap the steam, and the biryani is cooked on low heat, allowing the flavors to meld together and the rice to fully cook in the steam.


Biryani is an elaborate rice dish made with layers of hot meat and rice. Given its use of adornments and comfortable surfaces, it’s no amazement that biryani has origins in Persian cooking.



Certainly! Here’s a simple recipe for Chicken Biryani:


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 500 grams chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon biryani masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • Saffron strands (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Rinse the basmati rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for about 20-30 minutes, then drain.

  2. In a bowl, mix the yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, biryani masala powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and salt. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and coat them well with the marinade. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes or refrigerate for a few hours for better flavor.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee or oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Add the sliced onions and sauté until they turn golden brown. Remove half of the fried onions and set them aside for garnishing.

  4. To the remaining onions in the pot, add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften.

  5. Add the marinated chicken to the pot and cook for about 5-7 minutes until the chicken is browned on the outside.

  6. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the soaked and drained rice along with some salt and whole spices like bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Cook the rice until it is about 70-80% done. Drain the rice and set it aside.

  7. Layer the partially cooked rice over the chicken in the pot. Sprinkle the reserved fried onions, mint leaves, and coriander leaves on top. If desired, dissolve a few saffron strands in a tablespoon of milk or water and drizzle it over the rice for added aroma and color.

  8. Drizzle the remaining ghee or oil over the rice. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid or seal it with dough to create a steam-locked environment.

  9. Cook the biryani on low heat for about 25-30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together and the chicken to cook through. Avoid stirring the biryani while it cooks to prevent the rice grains from breaking.

  10. Once cooked, remove the pot from heat and let it rest for a few minutes. Gently fluff the rice with a fork, mixing it lightly with the chicken.

  11. Serve the Chicken Biryani hot, garnished with additional fried onions, mint leaves, and coriander leaves. It pairs well with raita (yogurt-based side dish) or a simple salad.

Enjoy your homemade Chicken Biryani!

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