Yield
4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)

Biryani is a Middle Eastern and South Asian dish that usually mixes rice, vegetables, aromatic spices, and meat or poultry.

How to Make It

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, ginger, and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in cumin, allspice, saffron, and cardamom; cook 15 seconds. Stir in tomato, raisins, and serrano; cook 1 minute. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add juice and salt; cook 30 seconds. Add rice; cook 1 1/2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Ratings & Reviews

1hungeryferret's Review

1hungeryferret
August 22, 2012
The recipe turned out well and had a lot of flavor, but it was mostly cumin. It tasted like what I expect middle eastern/mexican fusion to be like. But I got my boyfriend to eat raisins in a cooked dish and he actually liked it! We fought for dibs on the leftovers! Would definitely make this again.

motpea's Review

JasonM
June 03, 2010
The recipe turned out well. Changes I made: jalapeno, not serrano, I cooked the rice separately because it never works for me when I cook it together (so less water). Sauteed onions for longer. Less cumin. 2 T. raisins only. Served with oven baked eggplant (oil, salt, pepper and onion on a cookie sheet). Make again? Maybe

JasonM's Review

motpea
September 25, 2009
I made no alterations to this recipe, so I was very shocked when I got such a bland, flat, and sweet result. Other than a very slight spicy hint from the spices, the only flavor in sight was the golden raisins which -- when surrounded by such blandness -- made this entrée taste more like a rice pudding with chicken than chicken biryani. Not really sure what could be the problem with this, we usually like this sort of recipe.