One Pot Meal, Just what we all need.. Chicken Biryani 🥘


one pot meal, chicken biryani

Biryani is love..! ❤️

I have never had enough of biryani. And I am sure that I share this feeling with most of us, Indians. I mean last month I was in Kolkata for less than 3 days and had biryani 6 times! (craving for more). 🤤

A basic biryani is made with aged aromatic long grain rice, we call it Basmati Rice, mutton or chicken and Indian spices. There are so many types of biryani, Awadhi, Hydrabadi, Lucknowi etc. My favorite is Calcutta biryani. It has a huge soft potato that has absorbed all the aromas of the spices and that meaty flavor is to die for 😋. A biryani is made in many different ways, Dum cooked (slow cooked) tastes the best but needs a little bit of expertise. So this one pot chicken biryani is easy, less time taking, tasty and is the best comfort food for me.😎

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 1.5 cups Basmati Rice
  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 medium potato, halved
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1-2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1-2 dried red chilli
  • 8-9 peppercorns
  • 7-8 cloves
  • 1-2 cardamon
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 strand mace

(if you do not have all the whole spices then also you can manage with whatever is available)

  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala (add more if you are not using whole spices)
  • salt to taste

For Marination

  • 400-500 gms of chicken thighs and drumsticks ( breasts dries up)
  • 1/2 cup curd or juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil



  • Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients given for 30-60 mins.
  • Wash the rice well and soak for 30 mins. Aged basmati rice is used so that the rice is fluffy and separated even after being cooked in a pot or cooker plus it has a really salivating aroma.
  • Place a cooker or a heavy bottom pan on medium flame. Add 2 tbsp of ghee or oil.
  • After the oil is hot, drop in bay leaves and rest of the whole spices. Let the room smell good.
  • Then add chopped chillies, ginger, garlic. Saute for 1 min or 2 and put in the sliced onions. Cook till the onions are brown. Now you can take some of these brown onions out to add later which adds to the texture and flavor of the biryani. But if you are lazy as I am, then skip it.
  • Add the halves of a potato and chicken on high flame to seal the juices of chicken and to get some color on the both. Keep stirring and scraping the bottom to avoid any burns. If you find it difficult then cook on medium heat. Mix in rest of the ground spices, rice and salt. Stir for 2-3 mins.


  • Cooker: Add three cups of water, stir, cover and cook till 3-4 whistles on high flame. Turn it down to medium for 2-3 mins and remove from the burner. Rest it till the pressure is settled.
  • Pot: Cover and cook on medium flame with 4 cups of water till the rice is cooked. 20 minutes should be enough. Add more water if required.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve with Raita (whisked yogurt), papad, salad etc. I am going to have it with a simple salad of sliced tomato and onion. Love biryani!!

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14 thoughts on “One Pot Meal, Just what we all need.. Chicken Biryani 🥘

  1. So when my mom makes biryani it’s always to messy and with so many dishes. This looks more like something I can try! 🙂 really need to get more into desi cooking haha

    1. Oh yes! That is one of the reasons I like one one pot meals.. Doing dishes is not something that I am very fond of! 😬
      I would love your feed back on the recipe. Thank you.. 🙂
      P.s. I can’t visit your site. 🙁

      1. Cool, I’ll let you know if I try it out – might blog about it and link back to you hahaha. Btw thanks for letting me know about my site, I’ve fixed it now, hope you check it out 🙂

          1. Omg sorry for this back and forth.. WordPress is very different from Blogger! Okay NOW I’m pretty sure I’ve fixed my settings, hope you can see it 🙂 thanks for letting me know!

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