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Best Chicken Biryani Recipe in 2021

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Best Chicken Biriyani

Chicken Biryani in a rustic black bowl with yellow saffron rice, garnished with crispy fried onions, coriander and minted yoghurt

Chicken Biryani recipe

Chicken Biryani- One of the most requested recipes is finally here! Another RecipeTin Family effort, it took us seven attempts to get this biryani right.

Seven attempts means seven heated arguments about who would take the leftover biryani because somebody in the RecipeTin family, at any point in time, usually declares themselves to be on a diet to address blog-related weight gain concerns.

And it was worth it. (Belly and all.) Biryani, we can’t get enough of you!

Chicken Biryani on a large serving platter, garnished with coriander with a side of minted yoghurt.

WHAT IS BIRYANI, AND WHY DO I LOVE IT SO MUCH?

Essentially, it’s your favourite chicken curry (or vegetable or other protein of choice) buried under a mound of delicately spiced fluffy rice, all made in one pot. The rice is steamed over a low heat so it absorbs the flavours of the curry bubbling away underneath.

So in a nutshell, it’s every curry loving-carb monsters’ dream come true. It’s got my name written all over it!

ABOUT THIS BIRYANI

You’ll find variations of Biryani all across the Indian subcontinent, from Pakistan to Bangladesh, Afghanistan to India. There are 2 main types – one where the protein and/or vegetables are cooked mixed throughout the rice, and the other version known as Hyderabad-style biryani in India where meat and rice are layered and cook in a sealed pot over fire. The latter is the style of biryani I’m sharing today.

There’s a wonderful Afghani restaurant in my area called Sahar (Newport, Sydney) which serves a Biryani that’s a huge favourite among locals. Hands down, the best ethnic restaurant I know in the upper northern beaches.

Chicken Biryani in a white Chasseur cast iron pot, fresh off the stove

HOW TO MAKE BIRYANI

Chicken marinated in a spiced yoghurt is placed in a large pot, then layered with fried onions (cheeky easy sub below!), fresh coriander/cilantro, then par boiled lightly spiced rice.

The crowning glory is to finish it off with a drizzle of saffron infused water to give it the signature patches of bright yellow rice, as well as ghee (or melted butter) for buttery richness.

The pot is then covered and cooked over a low heat for about 25 minutes during which time the rice absorbs the aromas and flavours of the curry underneath, whilst still being beautifully fluffy.

Preparation steps for Biryani

That moment when you lift the lid and are greeted with this sight…

Preparation of Chicken Biryani in a white Chasseur cast iron pot, fresh off the stove

…. that moment is only second to this: when you dig deep into the pot, ensuring you get some of every layer, and the full force of the aroma from the curry buried deep under the rice hits you, and it takes every single bit of will power to gravitate that spoon towards a bowl instead of attempting to shove that entire giant scoop in your mouth….

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