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Authentic Chicken Biryani

There are many recipes for Authentic Chicken Biryani because almost every state in India has its own authentic recipe for chicken, mutton, fish, and veg biryani, oh and let’s not forget Egg Biryani. Today, I’m going to share a quick way to prepare chicken biryani and get the same mouthwatering flavor that you get in Indian Restaurants!

Side image of chicken biryani showing tender chicken thigh.

Perfect chicken biryani recipe

What can you expect from this recipe? A tender chicken that’s perfectly seasoned, a small amount of gravy that will blend with the rice and bring out great flavors, and you will get fluffy basmati rice cooked to perfection and perfumed with saffron.

There is no marination involved, so you save a lot of time, and the ingredients are available in every store!

Freshly made chicken biryani.

Ghee or olive oil for better tasting chicken biryani

I have used Ghee and olive oil in making biryani, and to my surprise and although ghee is used in making all biryani recipes, I found that olive oil brings out different but delicious flavor as well. The key here is the onion. Ghee, butter, and olive oil, when used in frying onion, brings out great flavor.

If you are looking for a healthy option, go for the olive oil you will not regret it, I promise!

Close up image of chicken biryani in a plate.

Can I turn this recipe into a veg-biryani?

Of course, and it is easy too, instead of the chicken use your choice of vegetables but choose the vegetables that don’t get mushy or change its shape. Use vegetables like potatoes, carrot, cauliflower, or even a mixture of a few of these vegetables.

To add more flavors to the veg biryani, shallow fry the vegetables first. Frying will add to the taste of the vegetables, and the biryani will not be blunt. 

Overhead shot of chicken biryani.

How long it takes to make chicken biryani?

Caramelizing the onion takes around 8 minutes, maybe a little less if the onion is cut into thin slices. The rice should take 15 minutes if soaked for 20 minutes. The chicken gravy takes 20 to 25 minutes depending on the size of the chicken cut and whether you are using cuts with or without bones.

You can cook the rice while making the gravy and save time, and if you are a multitasker and can keep an eye on three stove burners at the same time, then dinner will be ready in short time!

Chicken Biryani served in white and blue plate.

Which part of the chicken is used for making chicken biryani?

You can use a whole chicken that’s cut in four or six pieces, or the part you enjoy the most. If you are using chicken breast, make sure not to overcook it, or the chicken biryani will not taste as good. Chicken breast cooks quickly and can stay tender if the internal temperature reaches 165 Fahrenheit or 75 Celsius.

More chicken recipes you will love:

Authentic Chicken Curry Recipe.

Chicken and dumplings.

Uzbek Plov.

Mexican Chicken and Rice.

This post was originally published in October 2014. I have updated the recipe and the post text in July 2019.

Chicken biryani made easy! It will take you 30 to 35 minutes to have this dish ready. Tender chicken pieces with fluffy and perfumed with saffron. This chicken biryani tastes like the biryani served at restaurants. #biryani #chickenbiryani #indianrecipes #chicken recipes

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  1. That’s a long list of ingredients…;-) but your biryani looks very delicious!

  2. Chicken biryani is one of my favourite comfort dishes. This looks delicious!

  3. Love your presentation of this delicious recipe. Very organize and easy to follow . thanks for sharing 🙂