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Chicken Biryani

90 Minutes

Looking for a recipe that brings the taste of India to your restaurant? Why not try this traditional Chicken Biryani dish.


  • 1.5ml Rose Water or Kewra Water
  • 80g Cashew Nuts (roasted)
  • 3 each Limes
  • 1 each Fresh Mint
  • 1 each Fresh Coriander
  • 4 each Mace Blades
  • 6 each Green Cardamom
  • 6 each Cloves
  • 2 each Cinnamon Sticks
  • 30g Whole Spices
  • 200g Dough
  • 1.5kg Chicken Thigh Fillets (skin off)
  • 6 each Shallots (Sliced)
  • 15g Ghee
  • 1kg Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice
  • 10g Meadow Fresh Original Milk (warm)
  • 5g Saffron
  • 10g Salt
  • 10g Almond Paste (optional)
  • 5g Green Cardamom
  • 10g Ginger & Garlic Paste
  • 200ml Natural Plain Yogurt (whisked)


Step 1
Preparing the rice: Wash the Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice in cold water, then soak it for 15 minutes. In a separate dish, soak the saffron threads in warm milk. After soaking the rice, put 3 litres of water in a pot on the stove and bring it to a boil. Then, add the salt and the juice from one lime. Slowly add the soaked rice and continuously stir over the heat until the rice is 90% cooked.

Step 2
Cut the chicken fillets into large portions and place them in a bowl. To make your marinade, create a paste using yogurt, ginger garlic paste, all ground spices and salt. Massage the chicken evenly with the marinade and then place it in the fridge.

Step 3
Cooking the Biryani: Slice the shallots down the middle and fry half of the amount in the ghee on low heat. Once they have cooked, place them on a paper towel and reserve the ghee. Pour the ghee into a heavy-bottom pot and place on low to medium heat.

Once the pan has heated up, add the whole spices and cinnamon sticks and cook for 15 seconds. Then, assemble a layer of marinated chicken at the bottom of the pan, add the cooked rice over the chicken, pour the saffron milk over the layer, followed by the shallots.

Add the reserved stalks of mint and coriander, as well as the remaining rose water. Place the lid on the pot and seal it tightly by using the dough. Using the dough ensures no moisture can escape the pan while in the oven. Cook the dish on a low heat at 90 degrees in the over for 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 4
Once the dish has been in the oven, pour the rice into a large shallow dish and squeeze some lime juice over the top. For serving, place a few lime wedges along the side and sprinkle the cashew nuts over the top.

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