Indian Chicken Biryani Recipe-Recipe for Chicken Biryani

delicious indian chicken biryani recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Author Fareeha


  • 1 big chicken (approx 1200gms) cut into medium pieces
  • 750 gms basmati rice soaked for half an hour
  • 1 cup oil/ghee
  • 4 onions finely sliced
  • 2 green chili slit
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 5-6 small ripe tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 one inch cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp shahi jeera
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 cup yogurt
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • bunch of coriander leaves / cilantro finely chopped
  • bunch of mint leaves / pudina finely chopped


  • Heat oil/ghee in a large pan and add the bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom,shahi jeera and green chili and fry for30 secs
  • Add onions and fry till golden brown.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for another 30 secs. Add the red chili powder, coriander powder, salt, tomato, chicken and yogurt. Cook till chicken is done and the oil start leaving the sides of the pan.
  • Mix in the lemon juice, coriander leaves/cilantro and mint leaves. Switch off the flame and set aside this yakhni while you get the rice ready.
  • Boil sufficient water in a large vessel to cook the rice. Add salt and a tbsp of oil to the water. The oil helps to keep the rice seperate. Add rice to the boiling water.
  • Cook rice to 70% (This step is absolute crucial. Do not leave the kitchen at this point. If you don’t know how to identify the cooking of the rice. See notes below). Drain out the excess water immediately
  • Add rice to the yakhni. Do not mix. Add a teaspoon of ghee on top of the rice.
  • Cover with foil and close the lid. The foil do not let the steam escape.
  • Place on a tawa on cook on low heat for 15 minutes. If you do not have a tawa, cook on low flame for 10 minutes. (see Notes)
  • Mix the rice and gravy gently before serving. Serve hot with Raita.


To cook the rice perfectly, bring the water to a boil, add rice. When the water starts boiling again, cook for another 5 minutes. This absolutely depends upon the quality of the rice. When you press the rice between your fingers, it shouldn’t feel like a grain or feel cooked. It is somewhere in between. It is half grainy.
When you cook on a tawa, the bottom doesn’t get burnt.
Some people cover the lid edges with chapati dough to conceal the steam. Lazy me, opt for foil instead.