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Authentic Chicken Biryani Recipe - Charcoal Eats

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Chicken Biryani Recipe is always a unique recipe that lightens the mood and fits every occasion. The taste doubles when it is prepared with love for your loved ones.

Chicken Biryani is a savory dish with tasty saffron rice, chicken marinated in a hot sauce, and caramelized onions. When the biryani is prepared following the recipe's directions, the chicken is still moist, soft, flavorful, masaledar, and mouthwatering. Even novice cooks and bachelors can attempt this recipe in their homes because it is simple!

Behold! An authentic Chicken Biryani recipe with simple, easy-to-follow instructions and mouthwatering, traditional flavors is here. This recipe covers tips on how to prepare tender chicken, fluffy rice, and the peculiar flavour of biryani. Tested to perfection!

A pot is layered with marinated chicken at the bottom, then rice that has been partially cooked, herbs, milk that has been infused with saffron, and ghee which is the traditional way of cooking Chicken Biryani Recipe.



For Barista

  • Three sliced medium onion

  • Oil for frying

For Chicken Marination

  • ⅓ cup fried onions

  • 1 cup beaten curd

  • ½ tbsp tender coriander stems, finely chopped, a few mint leaves roughly torn, 2 green chillis, less spicy and broken into half

  • 1 ½ tbsp ginger garlic paste

  • 2-3 tbsp fried onion oil

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 tbsp coriander powder

  • ½ tbsp red chilli powder

  • 1 ¼ tbsp turmeric powder

  • 700 gms chicken (thigh, drumstick)

For Cooking Rice

  • Water as required

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 tbsp ghee

  • ½ inch cinnamon stick

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 3 cups Sella basmati rice (soaked in water for 20 minutes)

For Milk Infused Saffron Layering

  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 ½ tbsp saffron water

  • ¼ tbsp green cardamon and mace powder

  • - 1 green chilli, less spicy and slit,

  • A few mint leaves are roughly torn

  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, roughly chopped

  • Salt to taste

  • ½ tbsp sugar

The detailing of essential Ingredients

  1. Oil/Ghee: Oil is used for fluidity and Ghee for taste.

  2. Onions: Finely chop the onion into equal slices.

  3. Bone-in, cut-up, skinless Chicken: Use Bone Chicken.

  4. Whole spices: Whole spices are a distinct part of the chicken biryani recipe.

  5. Yoghurt: Yoghurt marinade makes the Chicken more tender and flavorful and makes cooking the biryani much smoother.

  6. Rice: Use aged, long-grain basmati rice.

  7. Dried Plums: Dry Plum is often used in chicken biryani recipes to give a sweet, tangy taste.

Finally, your chicken biryani recipe is here. Follow step by step to prepare the best chicken biryani at home

  1. To marinate the Chicken for the biryani, combine the vegetable oil, garlic, ginger, chilli peppers, mint, cilantro, garam masala, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and stir together. Add the chicken pieces and toss them together, ensuring the Chicken is thoroughly coated in the marinade. Allow the Chicken to marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

  2. In a pot wide enough to hold the Chicken in a single layer, add the Ghee and onions and saute them until they are well caramelized (15-20 minutes). Transfer the caramelized onions to a bowl and set aside.

  3. While the onions caramelize, prepare the rice by washing it in a strainer under cold running water until it clears.

  4. To boil the rice, add the water, salt, cardamom, cumin, and bay leaf to a pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice and boil for 7 minutes. Drain the rice, reserving 1 cup of the liquid. Oil the rice, add the water, salt, cardamom, cumin, and bay leaf to a pot, and bring to a boil.

  5. In the pot, you caramelize the onions in add the Chicken in a single layer, skin-side down. Fry until golden brown on one side (about 5 minutes). Flip the Chicken over and fry the other side until golden brown. Transfer the Chicken back to the bowl you marinated it in.

  6. To assemble the biryani, add the saffron to the rice and toss to distribute evenly. Add half the rice mixture to the bottom of the pot you browned the Chicken in.

  7. Top the rice with the Chicken in a single layer. Top the Chicken with an even layer of caramelized onions.

  8. Finish putting together the Biryani by adding the rest of the rice in an even layer. Add 1 cup of the reserved liquid from boiling the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and put the pot on the stove over medium heat, and set the timer for 20 minutes. When you can see steam escaping from under the lid, turn the heat low and continue cooking until the timer goes off and then turn off the heat.

  9. Without opening the lid, set the timer for another 10 minutes to steam the biryani.

  10. Mix the Chicken Biryani and then transfer it to a serving platter. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.

Chicken Biryani is a timeless classic that brings together the aromatic flavors of spices, succulent chicken, and fragrant rice. Whether you're a fan of spicy or mild, this dish can be tailored to suit your taste buds. The layers of marinated chicken, partially cooked rice, and the infusion of saffron-infused milk create a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more. The beauty of Chicken Biryani lies in its versatility, making it the perfect dish for any occasion, be it a cozy family dinner or a grand celebration. So, gather your loved ones, follow this authentic recipe, and savor the delightful experience of relishing a homemade Chicken Biryani that will undoubtedly make your taste buds dance with joy.

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