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Chicken Biriyani

Biriyani is a baked Indian dish of spiced rice combined with chicken, seafood, or other meats. This version omits the baking step while maintaining the authentic flavors. Whole-milk yogurt keeps its creamy texture when cooked; don't substitute low-fat yogurt, which will curdle.

Cooking Light MARCH 2004

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dry-roasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Preparation

Bring water, 1 teaspoon salt, and saffron to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add rice and cinnamon stick to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Discard cinnamon stick.

Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan; cover and keep warm. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt to pan.

Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add curry and the next 5 ingredients (curry through serrano chiles); cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add yogurt, stirring with a whisk; cook 3 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Add chicken and raisins; cook 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add rice; stir well to combine. Sprinkle evenly with cashews and cilantro.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 435
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 12.7g
  • Saturated fat: 3.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Protein: 22.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 59.2g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 68mg
  • Iron: 2.3mg
  • Sodium: 942mg
  • Calcium: 84mg
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