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Awadhi (Lucknowi) Chicken Biryani Recipe

Updated: Dec 19, 2023




Awadhi cuisine is popular among non-vegetarian lovers because of its sophistication and authentic taste. Among the many gems of Awadhi culinary tradition, Lucknowi Chicken Biryani stands out for its delicate blend of spices and flavors. In this blog, we will share Awadhi's biryani secret recipe, enabling you to recreate Lucknowi biryani right from the comfort of your home. 


Ingredients You’ll Need 

To make the perfect Lucknowi chicken biryani you’ll need to first marinate the chicken and for that, you will also need some of the finest ingredients. Let’s check them out!


1. 500 grams chicken, preferably bone-in pieces

2. 1 cup thick yogurt

3. 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste

4. 1 teaspoon red chili powder

5. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

6. 1 teaspoon garam masala

7. Salt to taste


Now that you have the ingredients to marinate the chicken it’s time to pay attention to our rice. To prepare rice you’ll need to soak basmati rice for 30 minutes and drain them. Whole spices such as 2-3 green cardamom pods, 2-3 cloves, 1-inch cinnamon stick, a bay leaf and salt to taste. 


Ingredients to prepare Biryani

1. 2 large onions, thinly sliced

2. 2-3 green chilies, slit

3. 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

4. 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves

5. 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)

6. 2 tablespoons oil

7. A pinch of saffron threads soaked in 2 tablespoons of warm milk

8. A few drops of kewra water (optional)

9. Rosewater (optional)

10. 2-3 green cardamom, 2-3 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick and a bay leaf


Wolah It’s Awadhi Lucknowi Chicken Biryani Recipe Time! 

Now that you have collected all the ingredients, you are ready to cook Lucknowi chicken biryani with Charcoal Eats Lucknowi biryani recipe. Roll your sleeves because it’s cooking time. 


Step 1: Marinating the Chicken

In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, and salt. Mix it thoroughly to coat the chicken pieces evenly. Cover the mixture, and keep in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, allowing the flavors to meld.


Step 2: Cooking the Rice

In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add prior soaked, drained Basmati rice. Add the whole spices such as cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and salt to the boiling water. Cook the rice until it's 70% cooked, then drain and set aside.


Step 3: Assembling the Biryani

Take a heavy-bottomed pot or deigh, pour some ghee in it. Add the thinly sliced onions and sauté until they turn golden brown and crispy. Remove half of these fried onions for garnish. In the same pot, layer the marinated chicken at the bottom. Now, top the chicken with green chilies, fresh mint leaves, and fresh coriander leaves. Layer the partially cooked rice over the chicken and spices. Sprinkle saffron milk over the rice for a rich golden color. Drizzle a few drops of kewra water and rosewater if desired. This is totally optional if you want to skip you can definitely do that. Now, cover the pot with a lid and steal it with wheat flour dough to trap the steam. Cook it on low heat for about 25-30 minutes, until fully cooking and allowing the flavors to meld. 



This Charcoal Eats Awadhi Lucknowi Chicken Biryani recipe will make you crave every bite of it. With the help of this Awadhi biryani recipe, you can experience the classic, fragrant, and flavorful essence of Lucknowi cuisine. Impress your friends and family with the taste of authentic Lucknowi biryani. If not in the mood to cook let Charcoal Eats treat you with its authentic Awadhi Chicken biryani. You can order biryani online and enjoy it right from the comfort of your home.


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