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
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 3.5 cups water (for cooking)
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 inch piece cinnamon
- 1 star anise
- a small piece mace
- 3 cloves
- 3 cardamom
- a big pinch of kalpasi (lichen)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup onions, sliced
- 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
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.
- Prep Time: 2h
- Cook Time: 1h
Keywords: Easy Chicken Biryani