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Shahi Chicken Biryani

Delicacy of mughlai flavour with indian spices

Recipe by Isha Nazakat of

This Biryani has alternate layers of rice and chicken and should be served with the layers intact and not mixing it.

Ingredients non vegetarian 6 servings

  • 6 cups Rice (basmati)
  • 1 kg Chicken
  • 3 tbsps. Vegetable Oil
  • 3 tbsps. Clarified Butter
  • 5 nos. Onion, red, thin sliced
  • 3 nos. Potato, peeled and cut
  • 30 gms. Ginger, paste
  • 30 gms. Garlic, paste
  • 5 nos. Green Chilies, paste
  • 10 gms. Coriander leaves, paste
  • 2 tsps. All spice powder
  • 4 tbsps. Yoghurt
  • 4 tbsps. Tomato, Puree/paste
  • 3 tbsps. Red Chili Powder
  • 2 tsps. Turmeric Powder
  • 1 pinch Saffron
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tsps. Milk

2-3 drops color (orange recommended)


  1. Marinate the chicken with garlic, ginger, coriander, green chillie,tomatoes paste, red chilli powder,turmeric powder,dry garam masala powder,salt and yoghurt and keep it aside for half an hour.
  2. Cook rice seperately (do not cook fully. keep it semi-cooked), add salt, sprinkle it with color and keep aside.
  3. Heat milk, put pinch of kesar and keep aside.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in pan.Deep fry half the quantity of onions and all the potatoes till onion is golden brown.
  5. Remove both from the pan and keep aside.
  6. Fry the remaining onion in the same oil till slight golden brown and put the marinated chicken. cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Take a separate utensil, put ghee and 1 tbsp of oil, half quantity of semi-cooked rice, all fried potatoes and half quantity of fried onions and milk of kesar.
  8. Put the cooked chicken on top of it and then cover it with the remaining semi-cooked rice.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and rest of the fried onions.
  10. Tightly cover the utensil and cook for another 10 minutes.
  11. Serve hot with salad,lemon and papad.


supriya kothari

supriya kothari

hi,I had guests yesterday and I tried this mouthwatering recipe. Thanks a lot for everyone enjoyed it.Really yummy and easy to cook.

amrapali tambe

hi Isha I like very much your shahi chicken Biryani.


Too good.....

pooja punjabi

it was very tasty my hubby enjoyed a lot n it is very easy to make also i love it

kavita punjabi

its just amazing, my hubby loved it

it was very yummy my hubby enjoyed a lot n it is very easy to make also i love it i will try it with my in-laws too


Tastes great!! Everyone appreciated. Thanks a lot

Simmy Mishra

Hey this is an ultimate dish. i made it as a surprise for my husband and then for some really close friends.... everybody loved it....without a doubt! Try it, its simply going to add stars to ur cooking capabilities!!!


I want to make this but I don't know what "kesar" is. There aren't any good Indian restaurants around here, so I have to learn to make my own. (From a former resident of central New Jersey, where there is lots of good Indian food.)


Its truly awesome..loved the marinade


I tried ur biryani recipe being my first experience making biryani I must say it turned out superb my eight yr old son also enjoyed it thx

prashant namdeo

Its very very Testy,

Aasiya Memon

ur recipe was superhit,lipsmacking, original biryani. thanks.


its very nise


Very tasty !!! We really enojed the Biryani..Simply delicious