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Prepare Chicken Biryani Recipe at Home

This is the easiest way to prepare Chicken Biryani Recipe at home. Chicken biryani is a very popular Indian non veg recipe in main course. Chicken Biryani makes a great dish and can be served as main meal. It is very easy to cook Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani and Prawns Biryani in the same way.  Few people know that the origin of Biryani was in the kitchen of Mughal Emperors.

Preparation Time: 2 Hours      Cooking Time: 50 minutes Yield: 4 servings    Recipe Type : Non Veg-Main


For Rice

  • 2 Cups long grain basmati rice
  • Sufficient amount of water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp saffron and ½ cup of milk( Or use 2 pinch of  Yellow /Orange red food color, If saffron is not available)
  • 2 Medium size Onion for fry
  • 10-12 Cashew nuts

For Garnishing

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp saffron and ½ cup of milk( Or use 2 pinch of  Yellow /Orange red food color, If saffron is not available)
  • 2 Medium size Onion for fry
  • 10-12 Cashew nuts  
  • 10-12 Raisins

For chicken Gravy

  • ½ kg chicken(medium size)
  • 3 Medium size onions( finely chopped)
  • 1 tomato (Chopped)
  • Ginger paste(1 tsp)
  • Garlic Paste(1 Tsp)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Whole garam masala
  • Turmeric  powder
  • Red chilli powder
  • Coriander powder( 1 tsp)
  • Chicken masala powder(1 Tsp)
  • Garam masala powder (1/4 tsp)
  • Mustard Oil as needed
  • Salt to taste

For Marination

  • 2 tsp Yogurt
  • Salt
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Red chilli powder

Method of preparation

Step 1: Marination

Wash the chicken properly. Mix yogurt, salt, chilli powder and turmeric powder with chicken pieces in a bowl and keep it for 2 hours.

Step 2: Fry Onions,  Cashew nuts and Raisins

  • Heat oil in a pan. Slice the onions very thinly and put the onions in the oil.
  • Keep stirring the onions in medium-low heat. So that they get evenly browned.
  • Now transfer the onion into a plate and add ½ tsp garam masala powder in it and mix well.
  • In the same oil fry the cashew nuts and raisins.

Step 3: Cooking the Chicken

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  • Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaf, whole garam masala (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black peppercorns).
  • When it starts to sizzle add chopped onions. Fry until it turns light brown color.
  • Add ginger and garlic paste and fry for 1 minute till its raw smell goes down. Add chopped tomatoes and salt.
  • Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chicken masala powder and garam masala powder. Add little water and again for 2 minutes.
  • Then add chicken pieces and mix well. Cook till chicken is perfectly cooked and oil leaves out. You may add little water to adjust the thickness of the gravy.
  • Now your chicken is ready.

Step 4: Cooking the Rice

  • Wash the rice gently until the water appears clear and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Now heat sufficient amount of water in a big vessel. Let water to boil.
  • Add soaked rice and salt to water. The rice should absorb the salt otherwise the biryani will be tasteless.
  • Cook the rice about 80%. Do not over boil the rice. Now strain the rice.

Step 5: Make Saffron Milk

  • In half cup of milk add few threads of saffron. Wait till it turns yellow.
  • Note that, if saffron is not available then take 1tsp of lemin juice add a pinch of food colour into it.

Step 6: Final Preparation or Layering

  • Take a thick bottom pan with tight lid.
  • Spread some desi ghee or oil at the bottom of the pan.
  • First a layer of rice followed by a layer of chicken. Sprinkle some fried onions, cashew nuts, raisins and food color.
  • Make 2-3 layers of rice and chicken and followed by fried onions, cashew nuts and raisins. The top most layer should be rice. Sprinkle the leftover onions, cashews, raisins and food color.
  • At last pour some desi ghee or oil into it. Close the lid tightly.
  • Leave the pan on the low heat for 7/8 minutes.
  • Now your chicken biryani is ready.


  • Rice expands about 3 times from its original size while cooking, so be sure to use the proper size pan. Do not over boil the rice. Keep till half boiled.
  • Serve hot with yogurt or raita