Spicy Chicken Biryani

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I have been waiting to make some non -veg biryani for a long time. And I got the opportunity this weekend when hubby dear wanted me to make him Chicken Biryani. I asked Amma for a recipe and she said there are so many varieties, so which one I want. I said I want one that is simple yet tasty.

When I got down preparing it, I was surprised as how fast it got over. I was able to manage all the items on time. But for once I was able to make my husband say it was very spicy. They said they would eat it for dinner again by which time it would’ve toned down. This is what I prepare for lunch with Chicken – Briyani, Gravy and Roast.

Chicken Briyani

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Cuisine : Andhra

Ingredients Needed:

For Marinade:

Chicken – 250 gms
Curd – 1/2 cup
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp
Mint Leaves – 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup

For Rice

Basmati Rice – 1 1/2 cup (
Onions – 2
Green chillies – 2
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp
Cinnamon – 2″
Bay leaf – 1
Cloves – 3
Cardamom – 2
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tbsp
Butter – 1 tbsp
Method to prepare:

Clean and soak Basmati for 10 to 15 mins.

Clean and chop chicken to required size. Mix curd, chilli pw, coriander turmeric, Mint and coriander leaves to the chicken. Let it marinate for 10 to 15 mins.

Meanwhile chop Onions as julienne, chillies. Heat oil and butter. Add all the whole spices. Then sauté in Onions till they are brown in colour, add ginger garlic paste. Fry well.

Then add the chicken marinade. Cook on high flame for 5 mins and simmer till the oil comes out.

Add the rice, salt, 3 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistle.

Since this is quite spicy, Onion Raita would be nice but I prepare Gravy which turned out to be quite heavy.

Adjust the spiciness by reducing the chilli powder and green chillies.

Will post the chicken Roast tomorrow.

Enjoy the briyani for now and let me know your feedback!

Spicy Chicken Biryani

Course Main Dish - Rice
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
Occasion Weekend Special
By Diet Non Vegetarian
Dish Type Chicken Dishes
Author Srivalli
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  1. Your chicken biryani looks delicious!!! I must stop reading blogs early morning…difficult to eat my cereal when there are such yummy treats to look at 🙂

  2. Thanks Sukanya..good to know you make the same way..

    Thanks for the nice words…Tee…but biryani early morning might be heavy..haha.

    Thanks bhags..do try and let me know

    Thanks RP..will try that way next time I make it

    Thanks Cynthia..

    Thanks Jyothsna..its my pleasure


    Welcome to my blog..nice of you to comment Meeta..

  3. Biryani looks very good. Although I like the hyderabadi biryani, i love to make this type at home. I can eat just the biryani without any side dishes. Cant imagine you made 3 chicken dishes on the same day. Wow.

  4. Hi Srivalli,

    i just finished eating your delish biryani, and girl, i ate just ate all four servings by myself… it was that good!!!

    thanks for contributing to my obesity. keep up the good work. kisses… Lauren!

  5. So glad you tried and liked the biryani…Lauren…feel free to try others too…..and I am happy I contributed some…:)….

    btw..I couldn’t see your profile…would be nice if I can get to you know…

    Thanks for taking time to give me your feedback..

  6. Hi im anna, newly married with not much of cooking experience. when i tried your recipe i didn’t have mint leaves. i don know if thats y it didn’t turn out tat great. it became very spicy and the rice was a little soggy. but the taste was not not there at all. i did everything as per ur ingredients.. i really need help. i feel bad that i wasn’t able to get it right

  7. Hi Anna..so sorry that you couldn’t get it properly…if you can give me the measures and ingredients that you used, I might be able to help you out. You can send me the details to my email with exact measures…I feel bad that it didnt come out well…will be glad to help.

  8. Srivalli,
    I tried this today. Didn’t come out as expected. Could u pls give me the measure for SALT?.. I know it depends on person.. But would like to know your measure for the same recipe. Instead of pressure cooker I cooked in a covered pan for 12 mins on simmer after boil. Also should we make the spices into powder /paste?

    – Devu

  9. Hi Devu, as you said salt depends on individual taste. But I used about 1/2 tsp. I used whole spices as I have mentioned in the recipe. When you are cooking in pan directly, you might need to add some more water and also chicken has to be really cooked. For the measure I used, on direct stove, Basmati needs about 15 mins in sim. Do let me know the proportions you used, so that i can help.

  10. Hi Srivalli! My husband loves biryani and I’d like to surprise him with this. I have an electronic pressure cooker, however, and was wondering if you could give me a better idea of how long to set the pressure timer, as there are no ‘whistles’ with this machine. Thanks!

  11. Presha, you are welcome

    ragini, thanks for the feedback..glad you enjoyed!

    Sangeeth, Thanks for letting me know…glad you liked it

    dbharne, thats good to know. While using electronic pressure cooker, I follow two methods.

    First method

    On a stove top, using a pan, follow the same process as I have mentioned, till you add the rice. Fry for a min and switch off stove.

    In the electronic cooker, place the pan with the plate inside. Add all the fried masala and rice to the electronic cook pan and add the required water. Adjust the salt and cover and cook till the button is on rice cooking.

    Second method

    Add oil and place the masala in the electric cooker pan and switch to cooking mode. Once it gets done, it will turn to warm.

    You need to follow the same process for all the steps, till you reach frying the rice. Add water and cover and let it cook till it gets turned to warm.

    Most effective method will be following the first method.

    Also you might have reduce the water as in electric cooker it might become too soggy. Reduce abt a half a cup of water if required.

    Let me know if you have any other doubt.

  12. Hi Sri, This turned out really good. It tasted great. Thanks a lot for the recipe. I am sending this for the One Pot wonders event 🙂

  13. Hi Srivalli
    First time commenting here.
    I have made this chicken biryani and it came out very good. Actually I have been looking for an easy recipe for biryani and this recipe is very easy and less time consuming.Thank you for posting the recipe.

  14. hi srivalli..thanks lot 4 taking time to drop by on my blog..actually i am not getting much time to develop ma blog n im yet to discover majority f ur wonderful cuisines..this one,seriously,is the easiest biryani I have ever seen..Il surely make it soon n wil let u knw..thanks so much sri..i wud like 2 knw many things frm u..pls drop me a mail to varsha.sreekumar@gmail.com..cheers..:)

  15. Thanks for posting this.
    Im going to try this recipe today or atleast by the end of this week! my first try at making chicken biriyani 🙂


  16. hi ! This was my first attempt at biryani… and everybody at home was impressed, including me. Thanks for the recipe. it was too good !

  17. hi……..i tried ur receipe it really came well .my hubby said it taste like restaurant briyani and this is my best briyani i made and my 15 mths kid liked itvery much reduced the spices acc to our taste….really superb…thanx a lot…..

  18. We tried your chicken biriyani last weekend and it turned out fine and tasty.We all liked it very much and now it’s a favourite dish for us.Thanks for sharing this recipe and for your help in making us this.


  19. Hey, I don’t know you, but I was looking for a good Biryani recipe. My husband usually complains that when I make Indian food it is too bland, but I made yours and my husband was drooling over it! Thanks! I will definitely be making this again.

  20. Thank you very much for the recipe Srivalli.. prepared this for some friends and they appreciated it a lot, we too loved it.

  21. Hi there,

    I came across this recipe while searching for chicken biryani.. I made it tonight and came out really good… Thanks to you


  22. Hi,

    I was searching for a biryani recipe which can be prepared using pressure cooker and came across this. Its been more than a year that I found this recipe and I have tried it several times, each time its a hit and I am well known for biryani now. My friends tell me to prepare this biryani before they visit me. My son who is 14 months now also loves this biryani (i give him little and he keeps asking me). Thanks a lot for this recipe. I am preparing Biryani this weekend too for my relatives who loves this biryani I prepare. I am sure it will be a hit again.
    Thankyou so much, post more recipes.

    -Kevin's mom.

  23. Hi there! I'm new to your blog. I found this recipe on Pinterest and was so excited to make it. The problem I'm having is that I don't know what a Ginger Garlic Paste is. Do you make it yourself, or do you buy it? Any idea where I can find this? (I live in a very small rural town in Texas and often have to travel to find ingredients I need.) I'd really appreciate your help. Thank you!

  24. Hi,
    Biryani looks yummy..i have a doubt that if i can spread chicken in the tray n the rice above it n if i can use oven instead cooking on stove.

  25. Srivalli do u have any approximate idea of the temperature to be used if the biryani is done in oven??
    Thanks for the replies.

  26. Pink If it's only the Dum process that you want to do, then my safe bet will be about 125Deg C for 10 mins, then increased if you feel it's required. But this is only my gut feeling, I have never done it myself.

  27. Hi,

    Can you please tell me the exact measurements you used.
    Like,how much grams of rice did you use in this recipe. Not sure what 1 1/2 cup means and doesnt this briyani need tomatoes?

    Anyways, an awesome briyani recipe.. Looks very yummy and mouthwatering.

  28. Hi,I tried your spicy briyani today.it was totally superb and all my friends and family loved it..Thank you so much.Keep posting more recipe.

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