Chicken Biryani

// Chicken Biryani

Prep Time

12 mins

Cook Time

25-26 mins

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Loaded with diced chicken thighs and spiced with turmeric, garam masala, coriander, cumin, and saffron, this basmati rice dish is a one-dish wonder.

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Basmati, biryani, Meat, One Dish Meals, Rice & Grains, Chicken Drumsticks/Thighs, Gluten-free, Gluten-Free, Indian, Deep Dish, rice, turmeric Meat, One Dish Meals, Rice & Grains

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 oz (115g) boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1” pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • teaspoon turmeric 
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • teaspoons cumin
  • teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (110g) uncooked basmati rice
  • ¾ cup (240ml) water
  • teaspoon saffron threads
  • cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • yogurt, for garnish
  • crispy onion, for garnish


  1. Place the oil, chicken, garlic, ginger, yogurt, turmeric, garam masala, coriander, cumin, paprika, and salt in the Anyday and mix to combine. Distribute the chicken evenly in the dish and flatten the surface.
  2. Sprinkle the rice over the surface of the chicken in an even layer. Add the saffron and pour the water over the dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted). Cook in the microwave at Power Level 4tooltip for 25-26 minutes or until water has been almost fully absorbed. Allow the dish to rest covered for 5 minutes, or until water is fully absorbed.
  3. Garnish with some more yogurt, fresh cilantro leaves, and crispy onions.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • To make it extra flavorful, add a pinch of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and cardamom.
  • Use store-bought crispy onions or make them yourself.
  • Marinate the chicken in the spices over night for a delicious result.

Recipe notes

  • This recipe works great with other meats or proteins such as shrimp and diced firm tofu.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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