Here is the best chicken biryani recipe you will ever taste. There are a lot of ingredients and spices, and well, that's why it tastes so darn good! This is not really categorized as a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern recipe, but I could not pass up sharing it with you. Anytime I have a recipe that is life-changing good, I promise, I will share it with you. This is life-changing good.
How Did I Get My Hands on This Recipe?
Sophia helps take care of our daughter during the week. She is from Sri Lanka, and her mother is originally from India. She has been such a help to our family over the last few months. Recently, I asked if she would make us her favorite meal for dinner one night. We were in for such a treat!
Sophia made a beef curry and a chicken biryani, and the chicken biryani was the best biryani I've ever had. I had a work trip to India for a few months back in 2013, and that's where I fell in love with Indian food. Indian food is so colorful, flavorful, and alive. And if you like spicy... oh boy.
After having this chicken biryani recipe, I asked Sophia to teach me how to make it. And, I proceeded to have this every week for a month.
I've never tried to make any sort of Indian recipe at home, until now of course. I had some sort of mental block that I would horribly mess up the recipe. Well guys, I am the perfect reason for you to try this! If I can do it, so can you. Literally.
This recipe makes a pretty large batch of biryani rice. I've kept the serving size high because I like food options that can be reheated easily in the week. I love to eat, but I don't want to spend all of my time in the kitchen. So, this is a nice balance whenever there are meal options that reheat particularly well.
Let me know if you like this biryani recipe in the comments below.
Tips for How to Make the Best Chicken Biryani Recipe
For the full recipe and step by step instructions, check the recipe card below.
There are two types of chicken I've liked for this recipe: a whole chicken cut up into pieces with the bone (remove the skin) and using chicken breast chunks without the skin and bone. You choose whatever you prefer.
Marinate the chicken and soak the rice at the same time, while you slice the onions and mash the garlic and ginger together.
If you don't have ghee on hand, you can use butter. The taste will not be the same, but it will still be close enough.
I use my Le Creuset pot for this dish, and I only turn up the heat to high when starting to boil the rice.
Basmati rice is the best rice for this recipe! You can use a different rice if that's your only option, but basmati rice is really a main ingredient for this dish.
Options for This Side Dish
You can eat this as a main entree or as a side dish. I prefer to eat this as a side dish to balance out my meal. A few great recipes that go well with this are below.Print