Chicken Biryani Recipe from Oman - Delicious Basmati Rice with Spiced Chicken and Aromatic Flavors

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani Recipe from Oman - Delicious Basmati Rice with Spiced Chicken and Aromatic Flavors
Region / culture: Oman | Preparation time: 2 hours | Cooking time: 50 minutes | Servings: 4


Chicken Biryani
Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani is a popular and flavorful Indian dish that combines aromatic basmati rice with tender chicken and a blend of spices. This dish is perfect for special occasions or for a comforting meal at home.


Chicken Biryani has its origins in the Indian subcontinent, with different regions having their own variations of the dish. It is believed to have been brought to India by the Mughals, who were known for their rich and flavorful cuisine. Over time, Chicken Biryani has become a beloved dish enjoyed by people all over the world.


How to prepare

  1. Wash and drain the chicken. In a bowl, mix together chicken, yogurt, salt, turmeric, cumin powder, garlic, and ginger paste and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 1–2 hours.
  2. Soak rice in cold water for 30 minutes. Deep fry onion until lightly browned and crisp. Remove onions from oil and drain on kitchen paper.
  3. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil and add 3-4 tsp of salt to make the water very salty. Add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, and drained rice. Allow to simmer for 3–4 minutes or until the rice is about half cooked. The rice will increase in size but will still be hard in the center. Remove from heat and drain the rice thoroughly.
  4. Put the chicken into a large saucepan with the marinade. Sprinkle on half of the fried onions and half of the chopped coriander. Then add the rice and sprinkle on the remaining fried onions, the remaining chopped coriander, the chilies, lemon juice, garam masala, and saffron milk. Sprinkle on 3 tbsp of oil.
  5. Make 5-6 holes in the mixture with a wooden spoon handle. Cover with a lid and place on medium heat until steam rises from the holes. Then reduce the temperature and cook on low heat for 45–50 minutes. Move the saucepan in a clockwise direction a few times to ensure even cooking.
  6. To serve, fluff the rice a little with a fork, remove the saucepan lid, turn a large plate upside down and cover the saucepan with it. Hold the pot and plate tightly together, turn both upside down. The rice should come out on the plate, with the chicken on top.


  • Vegetarian Biryani: Substitute the chicken with vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and peas.
  • Lamb Biryani: Use lamb meat instead of chicken for a richer flavor.
  • Egg Biryani: Add boiled eggs to the dish for a protein boost.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Marinating the chicken in yogurt and spices helps to tenderize the meat and infuse it with flavor.

- Frying the onions until they are crispy adds a delicious crunch to the dish.

- Cooking the rice until it is only partially cooked before layering it with the chicken helps to ensure that the rice is perfectly cooked and fluffy in the end.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken Biryani can be served with a side of raita (yogurt sauce), pickles, or a fresh salad.

Cooking Techniques

Layering: Layering the partially cooked rice with the marinated chicken helps to infuse the flavors and ensures even cooking.

- Dum Cooking: Cooking the biryani on low heat with a tight-fitting lid helps to trap the steam and cook the dish slowly for maximum flavor.

Ingredient Substitutions

Basmati Rice: You can use any long-grain rice as a substitute for basmati.

- Chicken: You can use boneless chicken or other meats like lamb or beef.

- Spices: Feel free to adjust the spices to suit your taste preferences.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the marinated chicken and partially cook the rice ahead of time. When ready to serve, simply layer the ingredients and finish cooking the biryani.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the Chicken Biryani with fresh herbs, fried onions, and a sprinkle of saffron-infused milk for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Chicken Biryani pairs well with a refreshing cucumber mint raita, tangy mango chutney, or a side of crispy papadums.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Leftover Chicken Biryani can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chicken Biryani contains approximately 500 calories.


Each serving of Chicken Biryani contains approximately 60 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chicken Biryani contains approximately 20 grams of fats.


Each serving of Chicken Biryani contains approximately 30 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken Biryani is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, and potassium.


Chicken Biryani contains dairy (yogurt) and gluten (from the rice). It may also contain nuts or other allergens depending on the specific recipe.


Chicken Biryani is a balanced meal that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, along with essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken Biryani is a delicious and aromatic dish that is perfect for special occasions or for a comforting meal at home. With a blend of spices, tender chicken, and fluffy rice, this dish is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a cherished one. It was a warm summer day, and I had just finished helping my mother prepare a delicious meal for our family. As I sat down to eat, my mother handed me a plate of Chicken Biryani. The aroma that wafted from the dish was like nothing I had ever experienced before. It was a beautiful blend of spices and flavors that danced on my tongue with each bite.

I immediately asked my mother for the recipe, but she simply smiled and told me that it was a family secret that had been passed down through generations. I was determined to learn how to make this dish, so I went to my grandmother and begged her to teach me the recipe.

My grandmother was a master in the kitchen, and she had a wealth of knowledge when it came to cooking. She agreed to teach me how to make Chicken Biryani, but only if I promised to keep the recipe a secret and pass it down to future generations.

I eagerly agreed, and for the next few weeks, I spent every spare moment in the kitchen with my grandmother, learning the intricacies of making Chicken Biryani. She taught me how to marinate the chicken, how to cook the rice to perfection, and how to layer the dish so that every bite was bursting with flavor.

As we cooked together, my grandmother shared stories of her own mother teaching her how to make Chicken Biryani when she was a young girl. She told me about the different variations of the dish that had been created over the years, and how each family had their own unique twist on the recipe.

I soaked up every bit of knowledge that my grandmother shared with me, and soon I was able to make Chicken Biryani with the same skill and precision as she could. I felt a sense of pride knowing that I had learned a family recipe that had been passed down through generations.

Over the years, I have made Chicken Biryani for countless family gatherings, holidays, and special occasions. Each time I serve the dish, I am reminded of the time spent in the kitchen with my grandmother, learning the secrets of this delicious recipe.

As I sit here now, writing down the story of how I learned to make Chicken Biryani, I can't help but feel grateful for the knowledge that has been passed down to me. Cooking this dish brings me joy and connects me to my family and our shared history.

I know that one day, I will pass the recipe for Chicken Biryani down to my own grandchildren, and I hope that they will cherish it as much as I do. It is a recipe that has brought my family together for generations, and I am honored to carry on the tradition of making this delicious dish.


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