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Easy Chicken Biryani Recipe – Bachelor friendly recipe

by | Jul 10, 2020 | 8 comments

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Recipe for Tamil Style easy Chicken biryani that is very easy to do. The biryani is cooked in dum in an oven and it makes it fool proof. This is a no fail fluffy biryani recipe. Recipe for chicken biryani with step by step pictures / images and video.

There are a lot of biryani recipes on the site and I still get a lot of mails / messages everyday asking for a simple bachelor friendly biryani recipe that does not include grinding of pastes, elaborate process etc.. The one thing beginners face is the problem of rice becoming mushy after its cooked. I have made this biryani (the dum part) in the oven and its fail proof. The rice remains fluffy and intact after its baked in the oven. The rice stays as long grains without breaking as its not stirred while cooking. Baking also ensures that there is no scorching at the bottom of the pan which is a big problem for beginners. You cannot go wrong with the recipe and there are not many steps.

Here are the five steps to making an easy chicken biryani at home.

  • Step One – Meat Marination
  • Step Two – Soaking the rice
  • Step Three – Cooking the meat with spices, onions and tomatoes
  • Step Four – Adding water and rice
  • Step Five – Baking

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Here are some of the equipment, utensils and gadgets that will be useful for making this recipe. Click the link below to buy them online.
Le Creuset Cast Iron Casserole
Good Sturdy Knife
Polypropylene Chopping Board
Teakwood Chopping Board
Measuring Spoons
Glass Mixing Bowls (500 ml)
Glass Mixing Bowl
oven mitten

Here is a step by step video of how to do Easy Chicken Biryani Recipe at home from scratch.

Here is a step by step pictorial with images of how to do Easy Chicken Biryani Recipe at home from scratch.

Step One – The first step in making this biryani is to marinate the meat.

The chicken needs to be marinated for at-least a couple of hours. You can also marinate over nite in the refrigerator if you have the time. Here is what you will need. I have used store bought biryani masala powder and store bought curry powder for this recipe. Here are the brands I like and recommend. Use whatever brand you generally use at home and its just fine.
Biryani Masala Powder
Curry Masala Powder
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Add in all the ingredients listed under chicken marination into a big bowl. Mix well to combine. Let the meat marinate for at least a couple of hours. If you have the time, cover the bowl with a lid and allow it to marinate over nite in the refrigerator. The longer you marinate, the more flavorful the meat will become.
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Step Two – Soaking the rice for Easy Chicken Biryani
I prefer to use Daawat basmati rice or Lal Qila basmati rice. These two brands work really well and the rice cooks nicely as long grains without becoming mushy.

Wash and soak the rice in water before starting to cook for at-least 30 minutes. Soaking the rice helps the rice from becoming mushy when cooked. Gently wash the rice in water and soak it just before starting to cook. It would suffice.
Note: As a general rule allow 1/2 cup of rice per person. We have used two cups of rice and it will serve four people with a good appetite.
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Step Three – Cooking the meat with spices, onions and tomatoes for the chicken biryani
You will need the following spices for making this biryani. If you do not have access to any of the spices listed below, its ok. Continue with the recipe with spices you have on hand.
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So, all the prep work is done and we are ready to cook. The meat is marinated, the rice is soaked, spices sorted, veggies cut and ready to go (onions and tomatoes) and oil to cook. If you are feeling fancy, use a combination of ghee and oil for making this biryani. I have used only oil today. Use vegetable oil or coconut oil for making this recipe.
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Heat oil in a heavy pan (Heavy bottomed pan is important). Make sure the pan can go in an oven and it does not have any plastic parts on the handle, lid etc.. Add in the spices and saute for a few seconds. Add in the sliced onions and saute for a few minutes till the onions are soft.
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Add in the tomatoes and saute for a few more minutes till the tomatoes are juicy. It will take about 3-4 minutes.
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Add in the marinated chicken with all the juices. Mix well to combine. Cover the pan with a lid. Keep the flame on medium and cook for around 12-15 minutes. Saute once in a while so the chicken does not scorch at the bottom. Do NOT add any water to cook the chicken. The moisture from the meat will be enough. The meat should be tender after about 12 minutes and the gravy should be thick.
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Step Four – Adding water and rice for making the chicken biryani
We have used two cups of rice today. We will add 3.5 cups of water. After adding the water, let it come to a full boil. Its important that the water comes to a full boil.
Note: This water measurement will work for oven method only.
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Drain the rice and add it to the pan. Let it come to a boil again.
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Step Five – Baking / Dum for the chicken biryani
Cover the pan with a lid and place it in a preheated oven. Bake the biryani for twenty minutes at 200°C / 400°F. After the said time, remove the pan from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before opening.
IMPORTANT: Place the biryani pan in the oven after the water / liquid in the pan comes to a full boil. Else the biryani wont cook properly.
Also, preheat the oven 200°C / 400°F for 15-20 minutes before baking.
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Fantastic one pot easy chicken biryani is ready.
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Easy Chicken Biryani Recipe – Bachelor friendly recipe

Recipe for Tamil Style easy Chicken biryani that is very easy to do. The biryani is cooked in dum in an oven and it makes it fool proof. This is a no fail fluffy biryani recipe. Recipe for chicken biryani with step by step pictures / images and video.

  • Total Time: 3h
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Ingredients for marinating the chicken

  • 500 grams chicken (bone-in)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) plain yogurt / curd
  • 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1.5 tablespoon biryani masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped

Rice

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3.5 cups water (for cooking)

Spices

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 inch piece cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • a small piece mace
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 cardamom
  • a big pinch of kalpasi (lichen)

Other Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup onions, sliced
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped

Instructions

Step One – The first step in making this biryani is to marinate the meat

The chicken needs to be marinated for at-least a couple of hours. You can also marinate over nite in the refrigerator if you have the time. Here is what you will need. I have used store bought biryani masala powder and store bought curry powder for this recipe. Here are the brands I like and recommend. Use whatever brand you generally use at home and its just fine.
Biryani Masala Powder
Curry Masala Powder

Add in all the ingredients listed under chicken marination into a big bowl. Mix well to combine. Let the meat marinate for at least a couple of hours. If you have the time, cover the bowl with a lid and allow it to marinate over nite in the refrigerator. The longer you marinate, the more flavorful the meat will become.

Step Two – Soaking the rice for Easy Chicken Biryani

Wash and soak the rice in water before starting to cook for at-least 30 minutes. Soaking the rice helps the rice from becoming mushy when cooked. Gently wash the rice in water and soak it just before starting to cook. It would suffice.

Step Three – Cooking the meat with spices, onions and tomatoes for the chicken biryani

Heat oil in a heavy pan (Heavy bottomed pan is important). Make sure the pan can go in an oven and it does not have any plastic parts on the handle, lid etc.. Add in the spices and saute for a few seconds. Add in the sliced onions and saute for a few minutes till the onions are soft.

Add in the tomatoes and saute for a few more minutes till the tomatoes are juicy. It will take about 3-4 minutes.

Add in the marinated chicken with all the juices. Mix well to combine. Cover the pan with a lid. Keep the flame on medium and cook for around 12-15 minutes. Saute once in a while so the chicken does not scorch at the bottom. Do NOT add any water to cook the chicken. The moisture from the meat will be enough. The meat should be tender after about 12 minutes and the gravy should be thick.

Step Four – Adding water and rice for making the chicken biryani
We have used two cups of rice today. We will add 3.5 cups of water. After adding the water, let it come to a full boil. Its important that the water comes to a full boil.
Note: This water measurement will work for oven method only.

Drain the rice and add it to the pan. Let it come to a boil again.

Step Five – Baking / Dum for the chicken biryani
Cover the pan with a lid and place it in a preheated oven. Bake the biryani for twenty minutes at 200°C / 400°F. After the said time, remove the pan from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before opening.
IMPORTANT: Place the biryani pan in the oven after the water in the pan comes to a full boil. Else the biryani wont cook properly.
Also, preheat the oven 200°C / 400°F for 15-20 minutes before baking.

Fantastic one pot easy chicken biryani is ready.

 

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 2h
  • Cook Time: 1h

Keywords: Easy Chicken Biryani

8 Comments

  1. Sindhuja

    Hi , hope you are doing well. Can you clarify on these 1) curry powder refers to which one ? 2 ) if doing it in normal cooker method – rice water ratio and whistles ?

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Curry powder – any store bought curry powder or even biryani masala is ok
      Pressure cooker – refer to my pressure cooker biryani recipe for water rice ratio etc…

      Reply
  2. Siti aishah

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe






    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thanks Siti. Glad you liked the chicken biryani.

      Reply
  3. Meenu

    Can this recipe be doubled? As in for 1 kg chicken?

    Reply
      • Meenu

        Tried this today with 1 kg chicken and came out fantastic. The rice stayed long grain, did not break and at the same time was moist as well. Thanks for such a useful recipe Suguna!!!






        Reply
        • Suguna Vinodh

          Thanks so much Meenu. Putting DUM in oven is one of my favorite and fuss free ways to get perfect rice.

          Reply

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