How to Make Chicken Biryani- Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Chicken Biryani

This is a special rice dish which is made and served on special occasions like ceremonies and parties. Making this dish is pretty much effortless, you just have to marinate the chicken, sauté a few spices and mix in the cooked rice. We would suggest the use of ghee instead of oil to get a more authentic flavour.

Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
4 People 15-20 Minutes 30-45 Minutes


  • 200 g basmati rice
  • 500 g chicken
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 green chilies, slit
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp saffron strands, soaked in water
  • Oil for frying
  • Ghee for frying
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 4 nos cardamom
  • 4 nos cloves
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 200 g thick yoghurt
  • 1 small piece cinnamon
  • 4 nos green cardamom
  • 4 nos bay leaf
  • A few mint leaves, torn
  • 50 ml milk
  • 50 g Cashew nuts


For marination

Step 1

In a bowl, whisk yoghurt, ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, salt, lemon juice, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Also, add mint leaves to the bowl. Mix it together and add chicken pieces to the mixture. Allow it to marinate for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Boil rice in a steamer. Once the rice is cooked, remove it from the water and keep it aside.

Step 3

In a wok, fry sliced onions till they turn brown and crispy. Keep it aside in a plate.

Step 4

In the same wok, add oil, cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf and cashew nuts. Saute fry it for 1 minute. Now, add chopped tomatoes and potato.

Step 5

Add garam masala, red chilli powder and salt. Place one layer of rice in the pan, followed by chicken pieces. Next, add the fried onions over it. Again add a layer of rice, chicken pieces, onions and repeat a layer of rice. 7. Now, close the wok with a lid and allow it to cook for about 20 – 25 minutes.

Step 6

Once the chicken is cooked, add saffron milk to the rice and cover it again for 2 minutes.

Step 7

Garnish it with coriander leaves, fried onion and dry fruits.

Step 8

Serve hot with boondi or pineapple raita.

Nutritional Information

Calories 548 Kcal
Proteins 45.7 gm
Total Fat 11.5 gm
Total Carbohydrates 62.1 gm
Cholesterol 115 mg
Sodium 171 mg
Potassium 876 mg


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