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Hyderabad Chicken Biryani Recipe (Step-by-step Recipe)

by Rachna
chicken biryani

Chicken biryani is one of the delicacies that one normally partakes in restaurants only. That is because it is time consuming to prepare and often difficult to get it right. I used to prepare a version of chicken biryani earlier in which I completely cooked chicken gravy separately and rice separately which were then mixed together and served. It was delicious but my Hyderabad dum biryani in which I cook marinated chicken and basmati rice together on slow heat is yummier.

chicken biryani

So here’s a recipe of simple chicken biryani made at home. Now you can make your job easier by using store bought chicken biryani masala (I recommend Banne Nawab chicken biryani masala) which you can use to marinate your chicken pieces. But I prefer to make my own marinade.

If you wish to cook chicken biryani with basmati rice, you really have to plan at least a day in advance. I prefer the meat to be marinated at least overnight for it to be flavourful. And since I have 3 men/boys at home, I make large quantity of it so that we can also enjoy the leftovers. You could adjust the quantities pro rata.

For 8 servings

chicken biryani

Hyderabad Chicken Biryani Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This is a tasty and elaborate Hyderabad Chicken Biryani recipe. It is really worth all the effort. Try my step-by-step biryani recipe.
4 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Marination time 6 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course, One pot meal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8
Calories 730 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2.2 lb. chicken pieces or 1 Kg.
  • 3 cup Basmati Rice or 750 gm.
  • Garam masala for rice (few pepper corns 1 tsp. shah jeera, 2-3 green cardamom, 1 small stick cinnamon, I bay leaf, 4-5 cloves, some salt)
  • 1 cup thick yogurt or 250. gm.
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 cup mint
  • 3 onions sliced and fried
  • 2 pinch saffron
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • Marinade for chicken
  • 2 tbsp. Ginger garlic paste
  • 2-3 Green chillies chopped
  • Boiled eggs to garnish
  • Raita made with onion tomato, mint and green chillies to serve as a side dish
  • Biryani masala recipe:
  • 10 Black pepper corns
  • 2 Black cardamom
  • 3 Green cardamom
  • 4 Clove
  • 2 Cinnamon
  • 2 Mace
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. Cumin

Instructions
 

  • For the chicken:
  • First marinate the chicken.
  • Clean and dry the chicken pieces. Add thick yogurt, chicken biryani whole masala, 2-3 chopped green chillies, 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste, 1 tbsp. ghee/oil, some fried onions, some saffron strands and salt and mix well.
  • Soak some saffron in 2 tbsp. of warm water and keep aside.
  • Add in ½ bunch of mint and coriander finely chopped and keep this for marinating in the fridge at least overnight.
  • For the Basmati rice:
  • Wash 3 cups Basmati rice in water.
  • Soak it in water for half an hour.
  • Now heat water in a pan with some salt and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the whole garam masala mentioned in the ingredients list with rice to this boiling water.
  • Add in the rice carefully. Let it cook for about 4-6 minutes only.
  • We only want to partially cook the rice or half cook it.
  • Watch the rice carefully and drain it out at about 4-6 minutes. Set aside. Handle it gently to avoid it from breaking.
  • To assemble:
  • Take a non-stick big kadhai/wok or a large pan with a thick bottom. We need a thick bottom or the biryani may burn. Now tip in the marinated chicken mix into the pan to cover the bottom.
  • Now carefully spread the half cooked basmati rice over the layer of marinated chicken. Spread it out evenly. Add saffron water, fried onions, mint and coriander leaves. And then spread about 1-2 tbsp. oil on top.
  • Now cover the pan with a tight lid so that no steam escapes. You could also put dough on the sides of the lid to make it airtight.
  • Turn the heat on and put your wok/pan on it. After about 6-8 minutes when you notice steam beginning to form, put a heavy tawa/griddle on the flame.
  • Put your biryani vessel on top of this tawa to prevent direct heat from reaching it.
  • Now let the flame be such so that it just touches the tawa (slightly less than full flame).
  • Cook for about 30-35 minutes on this flame.
  • Then switch off the flame and let the biryani rest for 10 minutes.
  • Take it to the table and serve hot with boiled eggs and raita as the side.
  • This is a true feast and a luxurious spread. Your family and friends are sure to love this recipe

Notes

It is really preferable to marinate the chicken overnight for good flavour.
If you don’t have saffron, you can use food colour though it is not the same.
Be watchful of the basmati rice. If it is overcooked, it turns a mushy mess.
You can use the same recipe for mutton biryani but the cooking time may be more for mutton.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Hyderabad Chicken Biryani Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 730 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 112mg5%
Potassium 491mg14%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 587IU12%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Step-by-step Pictures

To assemble:

simple Chicken biryani

Take a non-stick big kadhai/wok or a large pan with a thick bottom. We need a thick bottom or the biryani may burn. Now tip in the marinated chicken mix into the pan. Add a layer of deep fried onions.

simp;e Chicken biryani

For biryani rice preparation, half cook the basmati rice in boiling water with whole spices and salt. Drain and carefully spread the half cooked basmati rice over the layer of marinated chicken. Spread it out evenly. Add the saffron in milk infusion to leave beautiful orange streaks on the rice. The aroma of saffron is amazing!

simple Chicken biryani

Add the remaining chopped mint and coriander leaves to the chicken biryani rice. Also tip in the remaining fried onions on the rice. Pour in 3 tbsp. ghee/oil all over the rice to prevent it from drying out when being cooked.

simple Chicken biryani

Now cover the pan with a tight lid so that no steam escapes. You could also put dough on the sides of the lid to make it airtight. Turn the heat on and put your wok/pan on it. After about 6-8 minutes when you notice steam beginning to form, put a heavy tawa/griddle on the flame. Put your biryani vessel on top of this tawa to prevent direct heat from reaching it. Now let the flame be such so that it just touches the tawa (slightly less than full flame).

Cook for about 30-35 minutes on this flame. Your entire house will smell great. Then switch off the flame and let the biryani rest for 10 minutes.

chicken biryani

Take it to the table and open the lid to absolutely appetizing aromas. Your basmati rice grains will be well cooked and glistening with pure ghee goodness. You will need to mix in the chicken and its masala with rice gently while serving. The chicken is well cooked and really tender. Serve with boiled eggs and a yoghurt raita made with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, mint and green chillies and garnished with salt and roasted cumin powder. Your delicious and simple chicken biryani is ready to eat.

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Dig in and relish the flavours. On this one day, don’t worry about the calories. Happy eating.

Also check out the easier and less elaborate Chicken Pulao recipe.

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Dagny February 9, 2016 - 8:56 pm

This sounds super simple and yummy. Next time I make biryani, this is how I will make it. And I’ll tell you how it turned out.

Oh and I just noticed the tiles in your kitchen. Same pinch!

I mean identical. Can you believe it? 😀

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 8:58 am

Yes, please do. This one is spicy but I think you will enjoy spicy. 🙂

Wow, tiles too. Amazing. 🙂

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Dagny February 9, 2016 - 8:56 pm

This sounds super simple and yummy. Next time I make biryani, this is how I will make it. And I’ll tell you how it turned out.

Oh and I just noticed the tiles in your kitchen. Same pinch!

I mean identical. Can you believe it? 😀

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 8:58 am

Yes, please do. This one is spicy but I think you will enjoy spicy. 🙂

Wow, tiles too. Amazing. 🙂

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Indywrites February 9, 2016 - 10:15 pm

Wow, this is one easy recipe and I have to try it.
Not a big biryani fam but my hubby loves it so will make it as a surprise for him.

Thanks.

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 8:57 am

I hope he likes it. It is my tried and tested recipe. Hopefully you will enjoy it.

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Indywrites February 9, 2016 - 10:15 pm

Wow, this is one easy recipe and I have to try it.
Not a big biryani fam but my hubby loves it so will make it as a surprise for him.

Thanks.

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 8:57 am

I hope he likes it. It is my tried and tested recipe. Hopefully you will enjoy it.

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shanayatales February 9, 2016 - 10:23 pm

I am going to try it out this weekend. Will let you know. Thank you. 🙂 <3

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 8:57 am

Yay! I hope you like it.

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shanayatales February 9, 2016 - 10:23 pm

I am going to try it out this weekend. Will let you know. Thank you. 🙂 <3

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 8:57 am

Yay! I hope you like it.

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Obsessivemom February 9, 2016 - 10:27 pm

This would be my husband’s dream dish. Maybe, just maybe I can surprise him. Saving this one up.

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Obsessivemom February 9, 2016 - 10:27 pm

This would be my husband’s dream dish. Maybe, just maybe I can surprise him. Saving this one up.

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Beat About The Book February 9, 2016 - 10:28 pm

Okay comment disappeared. Trying my other ID. Can you rescue Obsessivemom from obscurity please?

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 8:57 am

Done. Strange why it went into spam. Thanks for telling me.

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Beat About The Book February 9, 2016 - 10:28 pm

Okay comment disappeared. Trying my other ID. Can you rescue Obsessivemom from obscurity please?

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 8:57 am

Done. Strange why it went into spam. Thanks for telling me.

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Bikramjit February 10, 2016 - 4:57 am

Wowowow now this is something that I would love to try out .. maybe this weekend itself..

I love Biryani. .

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 8:56 am

Yeah, you should. It is not so tough if you just plan it well. Call some friends and have biryani and beer. 🙂

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Bikramjit February 10, 2016 - 4:57 am

Wowowow now this is something that I would love to try out .. maybe this weekend itself..

I love Biryani. .

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 8:56 am

Yeah, you should. It is not so tough if you just plan it well. Call some friends and have biryani and beer. 🙂

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pixie February 10, 2016 - 11:23 am

I enjoyed reading the recipe and how easy you have made it. I have passed on the link to a friend 🙂

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Rachna February 15, 2016 - 4:24 pm

Thanks, Pixie.

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pixie February 10, 2016 - 11:23 am

I enjoyed reading the recipe and how easy you have made it. I have passed on the link to a friend 🙂

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Rachna February 15, 2016 - 4:24 pm

Thanks, Pixie.

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Destiny's child February 10, 2016 - 1:57 pm

I loooove Biryani and make it only for special occasions simply because it is a lot of work! Your version looks too yum and even quite simple. Suddenly I have this Biryani craving. 🙂 And for a sec your biryani looked so familiar – we have the same plate (ditto :D) at home!

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 2:49 pm

La Opala. 😀

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Destiny's child February 10, 2016 - 1:57 pm

I loooove Biryani and make it only for special occasions simply because it is a lot of work! Your version looks too yum and even quite simple. Suddenly I have this Biryani craving. 🙂 And for a sec your biryani looked so familiar – we have the same plate (ditto :D) at home!

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Rachna February 10, 2016 - 2:49 pm

La Opala. 😀

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shwetadave09 February 10, 2016 - 3:06 pm

I love biryani and I am a vegetarian. I get laughed off at this statement many times 🙂 nice recipe sans chicken 🙂

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Rachna February 11, 2016 - 11:10 am

Thanks, Shweta. So what do you have? Veg biryani or egg biryani?

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shwetadave09 February 10, 2016 - 3:06 pm

I love biryani and I am a vegetarian. I get laughed off at this statement many times 🙂 nice recipe sans chicken 🙂

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Rachna February 11, 2016 - 11:10 am

Thanks, Shweta. So what do you have? Veg biryani or egg biryani?

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Ravish Mani February 10, 2016 - 3:42 pm

Read the procedure, Rachna, but I think I couldn’t be able to do all these myself. So I’ve a better idea to feel its aroma and deliciousness and that is to visit your place someday. 😛

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Rachna February 11, 2016 - 11:09 am

That sounds like a great idea, Ravish. 🙂

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Ravish Mani February 10, 2016 - 3:42 pm

Read the procedure, Rachna, but I think I couldn’t be able to do all these myself. So I’ve a better idea to feel its aroma and deliciousness and that is to visit your place someday. 😛

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Rachna February 11, 2016 - 11:09 am

That sounds like a great idea, Ravish. 🙂

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Roshan Radhakrishnan February 10, 2016 - 9:54 pm

Totally agree on the marination bit – it should be kept overnight to really soak it in. Saving for future reference (side note – tried pinning from the links at the end of the post to add to my pinterest but it didnt work)

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Rachna February 11, 2016 - 11:08 am

Thanks, Roshan. Oh that’s strange about the pinterest thing. I checked and it got pinned using the same button. I wonder what went wrong when you tried.

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Roshan Radhakrishnan February 10, 2016 - 9:54 pm

Totally agree on the marination bit – it should be kept overnight to really soak it in. Saving for future reference (side note – tried pinning from the links at the end of the post to add to my pinterest but it didnt work)

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Rachna February 11, 2016 - 11:08 am

Thanks, Roshan. Oh that’s strange about the pinterest thing. I checked and it got pinned using the same button. I wonder what went wrong when you tried.

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Parul Thakur February 10, 2016 - 11:18 pm

Read it all Rachna, step by step and carefully soaking in the steps, looking at the pictures and then thought, will Rachna invite us to her place? Such cooking at home? I can not even imagine 🙂 🙂 Aren’t you awesome?

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Rachna February 11, 2016 - 11:07 am

You are just too sweet, Parul. Any time. Just give me a day’s notice so that I can do the prep. 🙂

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Parul Thakur February 10, 2016 - 11:18 pm

Read it all Rachna, step by step and carefully soaking in the steps, looking at the pictures and then thought, will Rachna invite us to her place? Such cooking at home? I can not even imagine 🙂 🙂 Aren’t you awesome?

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Rachna February 11, 2016 - 11:07 am

You are just too sweet, Parul. Any time. Just give me a day’s notice so that I can do the prep. 🙂

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Eli Ert February 13, 2016 - 4:43 am

Oh now thats a dish I really love. This is a different recipe – will try it out for sure. YUM:-)

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Eli Ert February 13, 2016 - 4:43 am

Oh now thats a dish I really love. This is a different recipe – will try it out for sure. YUM:-)

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d Nambiar March 10, 2018 - 2:46 pm

This one is quite like the one I make (a few more things go into my marinade). My sealed vessel’s on high flame for 5 minutes, on medium for 15, on low for another 15. But I’m very anxious while its getting done, ‘coz a few times, I’ve had disasters at the bottom of the dish (even with a pretty thick bottom). 🙁

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Rachna March 10, 2018 - 2:57 pm

I guess we all have our tried and tested versions. 🙂 This one has been delivering good biryani since a few times now.

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d Nambiar March 10, 2018 - 2:46 pm

This one is quite like the one I make (a few more things go into my marinade). My sealed vessel’s on high flame for 5 minutes, on medium for 15, on low for another 15. But I’m very anxious while its getting done, ‘coz a few times, I’ve had disasters at the bottom of the dish (even with a pretty thick bottom). 🙁

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Rachna March 10, 2018 - 2:57 pm

I guess we all have our tried and tested versions. 🙂 This one has been delivering good biryani since a few times now.

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