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Cheat’s chicken biryani

chicken, recipe, biryani, supper

Ingredients 8
Time 45 min
  • 300
    basmati rice
  • 5
  • 1
    onion, finely sliced
  • 2
    cloves garlic, mashed
  • 500
    deboned chicken breast or thighs, cut into bite sized chunks
  • baleia extra virgin olive oil, for frying
  • 50
    curry paste of your choice
  • 700
    warm chicken or vegetable stock


35 min
Soak the basmati rice in water and the teaspoon of salt for 30 minutes.

Fry the onions and garlic a splash of olive oil in a heavy based pot with tight fitting lid over a medium heat until soft.

Remove the onions and garlic from the pot and set aside.

Increase the heat and add more oil if required and fry the chicken in batches, sealing the chicken pieces.

Place all the chicken back into the pot, add the onions and curry paste and fry for a few minutes until the chicken is well coated with the paste.

Drain the rice from the water and spoon the rice over the chicken.

Pour over the stock, bring to a slow simmer and place the lid on top.

Reduce the heat to medium low and let it cook for 30 minutes (The temperature must be high enough to steam the rice but not burn the bottom of the pot).

After 30 minutes quickly lift the lid and test a grain of rice to see if it is cooked. Replace the lid and let it stand for 5 minutes to rest.

Use a fork to loosen the rice and serve with sambals, yoghurt, toasted shredded coconut and naan bread.

Reprinted with the permission of Heinstirred. To see more click here.


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