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Express Chicken Biryani

express-chicken biryani

Easy to make hassle free biryani…

Fun weekend became more eventful when we had a mini tornado in the evening. It was unbelievably cloudy since morning and we expected heavy rain in the morning.  However, it started to rain only in the evening accompanied by hails and thunderstorm and a mini tornado. I didn’t miss clicking the pictures, I was hoping to see a rainbow as it got brighter after the rain but in vain.


rain pic

For lunch, I wanted to make something different and so I started thinking wild. However, nothing clicked and I kept thinking and thinking. When I felt that nothing is going to happen, I settled down on this express biryani. Such a hassle free recipe, and tasted delish too.

Express Chicken Biryani

Express Chicken Biryani Cooking video

Preparation Pictures

Chicken combined with all spices

making-chicken biryani

Cooked Chicken

making express chicken biryani

Express Chicken Biryani
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6 People
For cooking Chicken
  • Chicken diced, bone-in- 12 pieces
  • Green chili, chopped- 3
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  • Onion, chopped- 3, large
  • Tomato, chopped- 1
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Fennel powder- 2 tsp
  • Garam masala- 1 tsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
  • Yogurt- 3 tbsp
  • Mint Leaves- 7 leaves
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
For cooking rice
  • Basmati Rice- 2½ cups
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole cardamom- 2
  • Whole cloves- 2
  • Bay leaves- 2
  • Water- 2 cups
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Ghee- 1 tbsp
For Garnishing
  • Ghee- 2 tbsp
  • Saffron- 2 pinches, soaked in 1 tbsp water
  • Cashew nuts, roasted in ghee- ¼ cup
  • Fried onion- 1 onion fried in oil till golden brown (tastes better with fried onion)
  1. Combine the rice along with cumin seeds, whole cardamom, whole cloves, bay leaves, salt, ghee and water. Cook rice in a rice cooker. Keep aside.
  2. In a large cooking pan, combine all the above mentioned ingredients for cooking chicken. Cook covered till chicken has cooked well and the water has dried off- about 35 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked rice to the cooked chicken, combine well.
  4. Add the ghee and combine to the rice.
  5. Drizzle the saffron over the rice.
  6. Add roasted cashew nuts and fried onion, combine well.
  7. Remove from the heat and keep covered for a few minutes.
  8. Serve warm with raita and salad.



Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...