Easy Peasy Boneless Chicken Byriani

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by Sara on August 18, 2010

Easy Peasy Byriani you ask?! I say Yes, its so easy that a toddler can make it…well not really, its not that easy! All kidding aside this Byriani recipe is quite simple to make. I love taking a complex recipe and simplifying it so it is much easier to make. I used all of the ingredients that were already in my refrigerator and the pantry. I used skinless & boneless chicken tenders which I find much easier to work with and does not get tough after awhile. I love using lots of fresh tomatoes, crushed garlic, ginger, green chillies & white onions for the Masala. Spices wise I only used cumin seeds, whole Cinnamon sticks & some green Cardamom which you can easily eliminate from the recipe if not available to you.

For the masala, I sauteed chopped white onions in olive oil then added the crushed garlic, ginger & green chilli paste. I use a mortar & pestle to crush my ingredients,however you can use a food processor or from a jar. I also added cumin seeds & whole cinamon sticks to the masala mixture. Once the onions & the green masala mixture is sauteed you can add chopped Roma tomatoes & boneless chicken pieces.  I did however use Basmati Rice which I feel is a very important ingredient. Basmati Rice gives Byriani its nutty aromatic taste & a jewel like texture. These days Basmati rice is available mostly in all supermarkets around the country. The most  important technique to remember is when you are boiling the rice to be careful not to over cook and make sure you leave the rice slightly uncooked or aldente’. Last step to Byriani is to layer the rice & the chicken masala and let it simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, so the rice can fully cook and the slow simmer will combine the flavors of the chicken masala in the rice. Voila! Your Byriani is ready! Best compliment to Byriani is a side of yogurt raita & a chopped salad containing cucumbers, onions, tomatoes & lemon juice. Your Easy Peasy Chicken Byriani is Ready!!!

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Nadia August 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Love this simplified version! Usually you need so many ingredients and this achieves the same result w/o all the hassle.

Gorgeous photos, so colorful and sunny! :)

Sara August 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Thank you Nadia! Yeah try the recipe, I think you’ll find it much simpler & quicker to make! Cheers! :)

Beverly August 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm

You make such delicious-looking food! I also love your dinnerware!

eclectic gourmet August 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

will make this on Friday for the family….
did you add the saffron/milk ?

Sara August 19, 2010 at 4:34 am

Thanks Beverly! The dinnerware is Deruta Ceramics from Italy! :)

Sara August 19, 2010 at 4:35 am

Thanks! I did not add the saffron milk this time…I wanted to show that you do not need fancy ingredients to get decent results in this Byriani recipe!

Lani August 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm

This recipe looks so good. I can’t wait to try it. Bengali biriyani recipes are a little different with no tomatoes or cilantro. Thanks for the recipe and the gorgeous pics!

shayma August 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

adore the photos, Sara. gorgeous. x shayma

Sara August 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Thank you so much! :)

Faith August 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I just made byriani for Ramadan. My hubby and I love it! Thanks for sharing this. I made byriani in 2 diffrrent ways. You can check it out at my blog.


Faith August 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I just made byriani for Ramadan. My hubby and I love it! Thanks for sharing this. I made byriani in 2 diffrrent ways. You can check it out at my blog.


dinners & dreams August 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm

I was in Madrid not long ago and wasn’t crazy about it but Seville sure looks gorgeous. You look like you had a great time.

Sara August 24, 2010 at 12:55 am

Hi Nisrine! You are right, even though Madrid was beautiful but somehow I loved all of the Andalusian cities like Seville, Cordoba & Granada!

Laila May 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Hopefully mine will turn out as good as all your reviews, then again I’m only 12. Can’t wait to make it on Sunday for my family

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