Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups rice mixture, 1 tablespoon almonds, and 1 lime wedge)

A biryani is a rice dish that's popular in India and Pakistan and usually features a mix of rice, herbs, and spices as well as some type of vegetables or meat. Serve with a salad of thinly sliced cucumber and plum tomato wedges topped with a yogurt dressing. Combine 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 tablespoon chopped green onions, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and a dash of ground red pepper.

How to Make It

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add onion and jalapeño; sauté 3 minutes. Add ginger, garam masala, cumin, salt, and garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add tomato, rice, raisins, and broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in cilantro. Sprinkle with almonds; serve with lime wedges.

Ratings & Reviews

Kims review

June 03, 2016
Family loved it. Will make it again soon, maybe with some added heat and extra masala. Thank you

Bradsbabe's Review

May 22, 2014
My husband and I enjoyed this. In addition to cumin, I added a bit of cinnamon, cayenne, and sweet paprika. I also seasoned my chicken with salt and pepper prior to cooking it. I let it simmer for about 20 minutes and it was ready. It's not the most exciting dish, but it was easy and tasted good. I think the combination of spices I chose were good, and I would make this again using those spices in addition to the ones the recipe calls for.

nomsdos's Review

August 09, 2013
It's bland and uninteresting. I've made it a couple times hoping it would be better, but no. It just looks like a pile of rice . . . maybe add a bunch more chopped vegetables and it also seems to need a sauce or something to set it off. Husband loves the garam masala flavor but this isn't the ticket.

PrimeSuspect's Review

January 13, 2013

lathrockmorton's Review

March 30, 2012
I added 3/4 tsp dried ground ginger, 1/2 tsp cayenne, 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/8 tsp dried ground coriander. This added depth and richness. I also used canned diced tomatoes which tasted fine and cut the prep time. And I toasted the almonds. I thought this dish was great with these few adjustments! Next time, I will cut the chicken into 1/3 inch pieces, cut back on the initial sauté time and use 1/2 cup raisins and maybe slightly less rice. But, I really thought the rice ratio was pretty good IMO. Also, after adding the spices, I added just the rice and sautéed for 1 min. The coated the rice in the spices and oil and toasted the rice slightly.

Jennifer88's Review

January 19, 2012
Very good; however, it took more like 1 hour 15 min after adding the rice for the dish to be done. Second time, I boiled brown basmati rice for 15 min before adding, and it took 45 min. Raisins and lime juice are fabulous. Will use thighs instead of breast in the future. Subbed a half teaspoon of cayenne for jalapeno the second time and found we preferred it. Leftovers even better on day two. This recipe is a keeper.

pogomiss's Review

November 04, 2011
This dish is excellent. Prep time of chopping etc was about 15 min. Stir fry and cooking another 20 or so. I had to add a bit more broth to get the "bite" out of the rice. You can make the salad and set the table in that timeframe. I might even add some cayenne or a different pepper than jalapeno for a little more kick. Otherwise extremely easy, great mid week dish - a special occasion? Perhaps if that fits your needs.

ShwethaRishu's Review

August 30, 2011
Good One

Jwalrave1's Review

July 27, 2011
This was a total hit with my family last night! The kids loved it as well! I will be making this again. Although the cucumber and tomato Salad was a bit bland .

michelec64's Review

June 08, 2011
Very easy to make and quite tasty. I'm not a big cilantro fan so I used flat parsley instead. I had to add about 3/4 cup of water toward the last few minutes because the rice wasn't completely cooked. Will definitely make again though.