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Simple Chicken Biryani Recipe for Beginners with Charcoal Eats

Updated: Nov 17, 2023


Chicken Biryani, a miraculous dish, popular for its aromatic flavors, tender chicken, and fragrant rice infused with a medley of spices and herbs. It has transcended borders, captivating the taste buds of individuals from various cultural backgrounds. Also become a beloved culinary treasure, deeply rooted in the heart of chicken biryani lovers.


The precise origin of Chicken Biryani is a subject of debate, as different regions claim their unique variations and styles. It is believed to have evolved from Persian pilaf, which was brought to the subcontinent by the Mughals. As time passed, the dish underwent regional adaptations, incorporating local spices, flavors, and cooking techniques. Don’t worry these adaptations and numerous changes in the recipe won’t change the taste that Charcoal Eats treasures. We present simple chicken biryani for beginners, this recipe is so easy that even first-time cooks and bachelors can master it and have the best chicken biryani of their life.


Chicken Biryani Recipe

Chicken Biryani is one of the most royal delicacies around the world that you can enjoy on any occasion, festival or on any regular day. Chicken Biryani is the epitome of a one-pot meal. No one can resist the sight of the aromatic and delicious Chicken Biryani recipe.


Must have Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice

  • 250 grams of chicken, cut into pieces

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons biryani masala

  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil

  • Few strands of saffron (optional)

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

Ready to cook? Let's do it step-by-step

This step-by-step chicken biryani recipe, from the marination of the chicken to the careful layering of all the ingredients contributes to a symphony of flavors that blend harmoniously. The end result is irresistible. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey with Charcoal Eats.


Step 1: Begin by thoroughly marinating the chicken by adding yogurt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and chicken masala, set the chicken aside.

Step 2: Meanwhile, wash the basmati rice and soak it in water for 30 minutes. After draining the water, set the rice aside.

Step 3: In a large pan, heat ghee or oil and sauté the sliced onions until they turn a delightful golden brown. Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a minute until the raw aroma dissipates.

Step 4: Next, introduce the chicken pieces to the pan and cook them until they achieve a delectable brown color on all sides. Mix in the chopped tomatoes and some more biryani masala, salt accordingly. Stir well and let the mixture cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes become tender.

Step 5: Meanwhile, in a separate pot, bring water to a boil and add the soaked and drained rice. Cook the rice until it is about 70-80% cooked, slightly undercooked. Drain the rice and set it aside.

Step 6: Now, layer the partially cooked rice over the chicken mixture in the pan. For an extra burst of flavor and aroma, you may choose to sprinkle saffron strands on top.

Step 7: Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and let the biryani cook on low heat for approximately 15-20 minutes. This gentle cooking process allows the flavors to meld together and ensures the rice is fully cooked.

Step 8: Once the biryani is cooked to perfection, remove it from the heat and allow it to rest for a few minutes. Finally, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve the tantalizing dish hot with raita or yogurt on the side.


Indulge in a delightful taste of this effortless simple chicken biryani recipe for beginners with Charcoal Eats. Whether you're a novice or an expert in the kitchen, this recipe grants you the opportunity to relish the authentic taste of biryani from the comfort of your own home. So, gather your ingredients, follow the steps, and savor the delightful homemade chicken biryani that awaits you. Enjoy every blissful bite!


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