Royal Aroma: Chicken Biryani


Dive into the regal world of Indian cuisine with our Royal Aroma: Chicken Biryani. This majestic dish is a symphony of fragrant basmati rice, marinated chicken, and a rich blend of spices, all layered and slow-cooked to perfection. Every spoonful of this biryani is a burst of flavors and aromas, making it a celebratory meal in itself.

Royal Aroma: Chicken Biryani

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 1 hour (for marinating) + 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Serving Size: 1 heaped plate

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 520 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Sodium: 900mg
  • Sugar: 3g


  • Chicken Thighs (bone-in, skinless): 1kg (2.2 lbs)
  • Basmati Rice: 500g (17.6 oz)
  • Yogurt: 250g (8.8 oz)
  • Onions: 3 large, thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes: 2 large, chopped
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste: 2 tbsp
  • Biryani Masala: 3 tbsp
  • Saffron: A pinch, soaked in warm milk
  • Mint Leaves: A handful
  • Cilantro: A handful
  • Ghee: 3 tbsp
  • Salt and Lemon Juice: To taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: Mix chicken with yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, biryani masala, lemon juice, and salt. Marinate for 1 hour.
  2. Prepare Rice: Boil rice until it's 70% cooked. Drain.
  3. Fry Onions: In a pan, fry onions in ghee until golden. Set aside.
  4. Layer Biryani: In a pot, layer marinated chicken, rice, fried onions, mint, cilantro, and saffron milk.
  5. Cook: Seal the pot with dough or a tight lid. Cook on low heat for an hour.
  6. Serve: Gently mix before serving. Garnish with fried onions and herbs.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use high-quality basmati rice for the best aroma.
  • Ensure the pot is tightly sealed for perfect cooking.
  • Garnish with boiled eggs or fried nuts for added richness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken breast instead?

Yes, but thighs remain juicier after long cooking.

What is Biryani Masala?

It's a mix of spices specifically for biryani, available at Indian stores.

Can I make it less spicy?

Adjust the amount of biryani masala to control the spice level.