This easy Chicken Biryani recipe is loved and adored by my family and friends. An absolutely flavorful Indian dish with tender Meat and Rice will become your family favorite.
Chicken Biryani Recipe in a Dutch Oven
I have ditched the pressure cooker and adopted the Dutch oven for my rice dishes for many years. Yes, that includes my absolute favorite Biryani. That hustle and bustle of changing 3 different pots just didn't seem right when you can fix your favorite easy Chicken Biryani in a versatile Milo Dutch oven on the stovetop, then in the oven, and to the table. The heavy lid of my new Milo by Kana is heavy enough to seal the steam required for cooking the perfect Biryani.
I cooked the Chicken Curry in Milo by Kana then layered it with fried onions and rice and popped the Milo in the oven for baking. And, viola, the phenomenally delicious Chicken Biryani was ready in no time. I wish you could smell the aroma of my Biryani when I opened the lid.
Steam Locking Method for Biryani
Traditionally Biryani is cooked with steam locking method. Chicken curry gets cooked in a heavy bottom pan then gets layered with partially cooked rice. Locking the steam in the pot and cooking the rice to perfection by locked steam in the pot. Steaming gives the Chicken Biryani the aroma and flavors it is famous for all over South Asia. Since the majority of the pot lids aren't heavy enough to keep the steam locked in the pot, we South Asians use dough or aluminum foil to seal the steam in the pot. However, cooking in a Dutch oven with the heavy lid that comes with it cuts the work in half.
Make it One-Pot
If you don't want to go through the entire process of cooking the rice separately, try one-pot Biryani by simply adding soaked rice on top of the chicken curry. Add 2 cups Rice to 4 cups Water ratio for one-pot cooking on a stovetop. The whole spices can be added to the onions before adding Chicken to it. Cover the lid and cook on low medium for 20 minutes without uncovering. Uncover and check if rice is cooked completely. If it isn't then cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Chicken Biryani Masala
Make my homemade Biryani Masala or purchase the boxed Biryani Masala spices from your local Indian grocery store.
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What to Serve Biryani with:
I like to serve Biryani with Onion Raita and Chutney Raita. They go great with Biryani
Easy Chicken Biryani
- Dutch Oven or a Heavy Bottom Pot
For Chicken Curry
- 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts
- 2 Roma Tomatoes , chopped
- ¼ cup Oil or Ghee
- ½ cup thinly sliced Onion
- 2 to 3 tablespoons Ginger-Garlic paste
- 1 tablespoon Biryani Masala
- 1 teaspoon Kashmiri Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon Coriander Powder
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric
- 1 teaspoon Salt or To taste
- ¼ teaspoon Biryani Masala , more if you like spicy
- ⅔ cup Full-Fat Plain Yogurt , preferably creamy Indian yogurt
- ¼ cup chopped Cilantro
- ¼ cup chopped Mint
- 2 cups Basmati Rice , soaked in water for 15 minutes
- Salt to taste
- 8 to 10 cups Water
- 1 Lemon juiced
- ¼ teaspoon Cumin seeds
- A small stick of Cinnamon
- 2 green Cardamom Pods
- 2 Cloves
- 1 Green Chili , optional
- ¼ teaspoon Food coloring , optional
- 8 to 10 threads of Saffron
- Bring water to a boil in a large pan and add washed Basmati Rice, whole spices, green chili, salt, and lemon juice. Cook until Rice is partially cooked or Al-Dente. Take out the rice in a large colander and drain all the water. Set it aside.
- Cut chicken breast into about 1 inch cubes. In a large bowl, combine chicken, Biryani Masala, Ginger-Garlic paste, Kashmiri chili powder, cumin-coriander powder, garam masala, and salt. Mix it well and set it aside.
- Heat oil in the Dutch oven on medium heat. Add sliced onions and cook until golden.
- Now add the marinated chicken. Cook for about a minute then add tomatoes and yogurt. Cover the lid and cook for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook until gravy is thick. We are looking for saucy curry. Not too watery or not too dry.
- Sprinkle cilantro, and mint on the chicken curry. Top it off with partially cooked Basmati Rice.
- Add swirl food coloring and soaked saffron on top of the rice. Cover the lid and pop the Dutch oven in the oven.
- Bake the Biryani at 365 F for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Serve it hot with yogurt Raita.
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This post is sponsored by Kana Goods. All opinions are my own.
Mother, Wife, Indian-American born and raised in the small town of India. Former IT employee now a food blogger. A self-taught food photographer.
I choose to cook with Whole Foods and Clean Ingredients as my Mother did. I am a firm believer in cooking meals with lots of vegetables, little meat, and generous spices.