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Chicken Biryani Pakistani Recipe

Chicken Biryani is a prominent and flavorful Pakistani dish with crazy tender bites of chicken with boiled potatoes in a deliciously spiced and fragrant rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, pakistani
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 5 people


For Chicken curry:

  • 1 kg Chicken
  • 1/3 cup Oil/ Ghee
  • 1 cup Onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 4 Green chillies
  • 1/2 pkt Shan Biryani masala
  • 2 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 Tomato chopped
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1 small Lemon sliced
  • 2 tbsp Tamarind or paste
  • 5 pieces Dry plum
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar

For Rice:

  • 1 kg Rice soaked 30 minutes
  • Water for boiling
  • 2 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Green Chilli
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 tbsp Salt or to taste

For Food Color Mixture:

  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp food color
  • 1/2 tsp Biryani Essence
  • 1 pinch Saffron

For Garnish:

  • 2 large Potatoes boiled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup Mint leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Coriander
  • Food color prepared
  • 1 lemon sliced optional


For Chicken curry:

  • In a large pot,golden brown the chopped onions in oil/ghee then add in ginger garlic paste, green chillies and saute until fragrant.
  • Add chicken and fry until color changes.Then add coriander powder,salt,turmeric,Shan Biryani masala, yoghurt and tomato paste.
  • Cook it on medium flame until all water gets dried and oil comes on top.
  • Make mixture of lemon, vinegar,tamarind and dried plums and leave it for 15 minutes.Add this mixture in the pot and simmer for 5 minutes,then turn off the flame.
  • Boil two large potatoes in another pot.
  • In a cup prepare the food Color mixture with biryani essence, water , food color and saffron.

For the Rice:

  • In a larger pot boil the water then add in salt, cinnamon,Green chillies,bay leaf, cardamom and rice.
  • Boil the rice until medium done and strain the Rice.


  • In a large pot add Quarter portion of boiled rice
  • then Cooked chicken curry
  • then Remaining boiled rice
  • then sprinkle the herbs, leaves, lemon, crispy fried onions and green chilies.
  • add Boiled potatoes
  • pour Food color mixture
  • Cover the lid tightly and leave it on low flame for the dum/steam.