Chicken Biryani

Chef: Rachel Allen
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Chicken Biryani

5 green cardamom pods

300g (11oz) basmati rice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

25g (1oz) butter

1 large onion, peeled and finely sliced

4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped

1 tbsp peeled and finely chopped root ginger

½ tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

½ tsp cayenne pepper

1 bay leaf

1 x 5cm (2in) cinnamon stick

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

75g (3oz) raisins

800ml (1 pint 9fl oz) chicken stock

2 tbsp chopped coriander

4 tbsp flaked almonds

To extract the cardamom seeds from the pods, place the pods on a chopping board, lay the flat side of a large knife flat side over the top and press down to lightly crush. Remove the seeds and discard the pods. Lightly crush the seeds in a pestle and mortar.

Put the rice in a heatproof bowl, season with salt and cover with boiling water.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan on a medium heat and, when foaming, add the onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, bay leaf, cinnamon stick and crushed cardamom seeds. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the onion is softened and slightly browned. Add the chicken pieces and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until the chicken is opaque and cooked through.

Drain the rice and rinse under cold running water, then stir into the saucepan along with the raisins. Pour in the stock, season with salt and pepper and stir all the ingredients together. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 8–10 minutes or until the rice is cooked.

Remove from the heat, taste for seasoning, then stir in the coriander and flaked almonds. Divide between warmed bowls to serve.

This recipe is from 'Easy Meals' by Rachel Allen is published by Collins, priced £25

Serves
4–6

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
30 minutes

Main ingredients
Chicken, Rice

Recipe Type
Dinner, Easy Recipes

Cuisine
Indian

Level of Difficulty
Easy

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