How to cook Chicken Briyani – 18 easy steps

how to cook chicken briyani

how to cook chicken briyani

Enjoy a chicken Briyani for lunch. Very easy South-African and Idian recipes.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time40 min
  • Serving Size4
  • Energy617 cal


  • ½ KG of Chicken
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • ½ tablespoon of red chili pepper
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of coriander powder
  • Ginger garlic paste (you can get this by crushing or grating ginger and garlic together. Then, mix with water)
  • Chopped green chili
  • I large onion (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • Chopped 2 tablespoons of fresh coriander
  • 1 cup fried onion
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 ½ liters of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Cloves 4-5
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 leaf of star anis
  • 2 leaves of green cardamom
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 500g of rice
  • 5-6 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds



Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes


Put the chicken in a big bowl.


Add the yogurt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, coriander powder, ginger-garlic paste, chopped green chili, sliced onion, chopped mint leaves, chopped fresh coriander, and fried onions to the chicken. Mix them all together properly.


Pour the lemon juice to the chicken and mix thoroughly. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes.


Pour water into a pot. Then, add the cinnamon stick, cloves, black peppercorns, star anise, green cardamom, bay leaves, salt, and vinegar to the water.


Bring it to boil.


Add the soaked rice to the water and stir.


Boil until it is ¾ done. i.e 8-10 minutes. (It should be able to break when pressed firmly with fingers. Leave slightly undercooked).


Strain through a sieve and set aside.


Add cooking oil to a pot and let it heat up. Add the cumin seeds to it and stir.


Pour the marinated chicken to the oil and mix well for 2-5 minutes. Cover the pot and cook on low flame for 10-12 minutes. Then cook on high flame until the oil separates from the chicken.


Remove some chicken from the pot for layering.


Add some of the boiled rice to the remaining chicken in the pot. Then, pour the reserved korma on top of the rice.


Add fresh coriander, mint leaves, and fried onions to it. Pour the remaining rice into the pot.


Mix ½ tablespoon of yellow food and 2-3 tablespoons of water together and pour on top of the rice.


Cover the pot and steam cook on low flame for 8-10 minutes.


Turn fairly well and bring the pot down.


Serve hot.


  • Serving Size4
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories617
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat12 g15.38%
  • Total Carbohydrate83 g30.18%
  • Total Sugars19 g
  • Protein49 g98%

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