Flavored with fragrant, Indian spices, traditional chicken biryani is an incredible comfort food, but it typically requires cooking the chicken and vegetables separately, using several pans. Our simplified method delivers the classic, crave-worthy flavors with a little less effort and cleanup.
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in 1 1/2 in. pieces
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut in 1 1/2 in. pieces
1/4 cup plain whole yogurt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. ground turmeric, divided
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, divided
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1 1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice
3 cardamom pods
4 tsp. garam masala, divided
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 1/2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tsp.)
1 serrano chile, seeded and chopped
4 plum tomatoes, chopped (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup warm whole milk
1/4 tsp. saffron threads
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint, divided
1 red Fresno chile or jalapeño, sliced (optional)
How to Make It
Combine chicken breasts and thighs, yogurt, paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon each of turmeric, cumin, and salt in a shallow dish or plastic bag to marinate. Chill while rice is prepared.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over high. Stir in rice, cardamom, 2 teaspoons of the garam masala, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Boil 6 minutes; drain, and discard cardamom pods. Set aside.
Heat oil in a shallow Dutch oven over medium. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in ginger, garlic, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 2 teaspoons garam masala; cook, stirring often until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in serrano chile. Add tomatoes; cook stirring occasionally, until tomatoes have softened and released their juices, 3 to 4 minutes.
Increase heat to medium-high, and add chicken mixture; cook, stirring often for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir together warm milk and saffron in a small bowl; let stand 2 minutes.
Sprinkle half of the cilantro and mint over tomato-chicken mixture; top evenly with rice, and drizzle with saffron milk. Cover, and bake in preheated oven until rice and chicken are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove lid, and sprinkle with remaining half of cilantro and mint. Top with Fresno chile, if desired.
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