Chicken Masala Biryani: Delicious from Pakistan Famous #1 Dish

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Indulging in the rich and aromatic flavors of Pakistani cuisine is an experience like no other. Among its gems, Chicken Masala Biryani stands tall, enticing palates with its fragrant rice and succulent chicken. In this culinary journey, we will explore the intricate steps to craft this beloved dish. From its humble ingredients to the mesmerizing blend of spices, let’s dive into the world of Chicken Masala Biryani.


Ingredients for Chicken Biryani

When it comes to creating the perfect Chicken Masala Biryani, the right ingredients play a pivotal role. Gather these essentials to embark on your flavorful adventure:

1. Cooking Oil – 1 cup

To start our culinary voyage, we’ll need a generous amount of cooking oil. This will ensure our biryani is rich and indulgent.

2. Chopped Onions – 2 onions

Onions form the foundation of flavor in many Pakistani dishes, and our biryani is no exception. Sautéed to perfection, they’ll lend a sweet and savory undertone.

3. A Symphony of Spices

  • Brown Cardamom
  • Star Anise
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Javentri Whole These aromatic spices will weave a symphony of fragrances, transforming simple rice and chicken into an irresistible delight.

7. Cumin Seeds – 1 tbsp

Cumin seeds, with their earthy warmth, will infuse our biryani with a distinctive taste that’s synonymous with Pakistani cuisine.

8. Ginger & Garlic Paste – 2 tbsp

The dynamic duo of ginger and garlic brings depth and pungency to the dish. Their combined flavors will enhance every bite.

9. Chicken – 1 kg

The heart of our Chicken Masala Biryani, succulent pieces of chicken will absorb the spices and aromas, creating a tantalizing experience.

10. Salt – 1 tbsp

Seasoning is key, and a tablespoon of salt will ensure each layer of our biryani is perfectly balanced.

11. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric not only imparts a beautiful golden hue but also offers its earthy essence to the dish.

12. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tbsp

For those who appreciate a hint of heat, a tablespoon of red chilli powder will provide just the right kick.

13. Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp

The warm, citrusy notes of coriander powder will add depth to our biryani’s flavor profile.

14. Ground Spice Powder – 1 tbsp

This mysterious blend of ground spices holds the key to an enticing aroma that will fill your kitchen.

15. Biryani Masala – 2 tbsp

No biryani is complete without its signature masala. Just a couple of tablespoons will elevate the dish to new heights.

16. Chopped Tomatoes – 2 tomatoes

Tomatoes bring a touch of acidity and freshness, balancing the richness of our Chicken Masala Biryani.

17. Yogurt – 1 cup

Yogurt not only tenderizes the chicken but also imparts a delightful tanginess to the overall taste.

18. Green Chillies & Fresh Coriander

For a burst of color and a hint of heat, green chillies and fresh coriander are our go-to garnishes.

19. Boiled Rice – 3 cups

The canvas of our masterpiece, boiled rice forms the base on which the flavors will dance harmoniously.

20. Yellow Food Colour – 2 pinches mixed with water

A touch of vibrant color is added with yellow food color, creating an inviting visual appeal.

Garnish (Optional)

  • Boiled Egg
  • Lemon Wedges
  • Green Chillies
  • Fresh Coriander These optional garnishes are not only visually pleasing but also add layers of flavor and texture.

Creating the Perfect Chicken Masala Biryani: A Step-by-Step Culinary Journey

Step 1: Sautéing the Aromatics

  1. Heat up a large, heavy-bottomed pot on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Pour in 1 cup of cooking oil and let it heat up until shimmering.

Step 2: Building Flavor with Spices

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds to the hot oil and let them sizzle, releasing their aroma.
  2. Introduce a couple of brown cardamom pods, a star anise, a cinnamon stick, and a javentri whole to the pot. Allow these spices to infuse the oil with their fragrant essence.

Step 3: Adding Onions for Depth

  1. Toss in 2 chopped onions and sauté them until they transform into a golden brown hue.
  2. The onions will impart a rich sweetness that forms the base of our Chicken Masala Biryani.

Step 4: Bringing in the Chicken

  1. Now, it’s time to add 1 kg of chicken pieces directly to the aromatic blend.
  2. Stir the chicken well, ensuring each piece gets coated with the enticing flavors.

Step 5: Infusing the Chicken

  1. Allow the chicken to cook in the fragrant onion and spice mixture until it turns a succulent golden color.
  2. As the chicken fries, it absorbs the spices and becomes infused with their irresistible essence.

Step 6: Harmonizing with Spices

  1. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder over the chicken, evenly coating it to create a vibrant hue.
  2. The turmeric not only adds color but also enhances the flavors of the dish.

Step 7: Blending the Spice Mix

  1. Combine 1 tablespoon of red chilli powder, 1 tablespoon of coriander powder, and 1 tablespoon of ground spice powder.
  2. Add this spice mix to the chicken, creating a symphony of flavors that will elevate your biryani to new heights.

Step 8: The Biryani Masala Magic

  1. Introduce 2 tablespoons of biryani masala to the pot, giving the dish its signature aroma and taste.
  2. Stir the masala into the chicken until it’s beautifully integrated.

Step 9: Melding with Tomatoes

  1. Add 2 chopped tomatoes to the mixture and let them cook down, releasing their tangy essence.
  2. The tomatoes add a burst of freshness and acidity to balance the spices.

Step 10: Creaminess with Yogurt

  1. Incorporate 1 cup of yogurt into the pot, stirring it gently to create a creamy texture.
  2. The yogurt not only enriches the dish but also tenderizes the chicken.

Step 11: The Dance of Spices Continues

  1. Now, it’s time to add the unique blend of brown cardamom, star anise, cinnamon stick, and javentri whole.
  2. These spices will continue to infuse the dish with their captivating aromas.

Step 12: Layering the Rice

  1. Carefully layer 3 cups of boiled rice over the chicken and spices, creating a tapestry of flavors.
  2. Drizzle 2 pinches of yellow food color mixed with water over the rice, adding a visual element to the dish.

Step 13: Garnishes and Simmering

  1. Enhance the presentation and flavor with green chillies, fresh coriander leaves, and optional garnishes like boiled eggs, lemon wedges, and extra green chillies.
  2. Cover the pot with a snug-fitting lid and let the biryani simmer on low heat. This allows the layers of taste to meld and harmonize.


Step 14: Unveiling the Culinary Art

  1. After 20-25 minutes of slow simmering, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice with a fork.
  2. Your Chicken Masala Biryani is now ready to be savored—a masterpiece of flavors and spices that captures the essence of Pakistani cuisine.

A Culinary Adventure Worth Embarking On

Chicken Masala Biryani isn’t just a dish; it’s a journey through the rich flavors and traditions of Pakistan. From the delicate fragrance of spices to the succulence of marinated chicken, every bite is an exploration of taste and texture. So, don your apron, gather your ingredients, and embark on this gastronomic adventure that’s bound to delight both your palate and your soul.

Relevant Recipes

Chicken Masala Biryani | Super Easy Biryani Recipe By Continental Food (Special For beginners)

Recipe by Memona AdnanCourse: Rice


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Biryani is prepared using fragrant rice, aromatic spices, and chicken. It is prepared in many ways and Continental Food presents to you the delicious and the easiest one a Ramzan Special Biryani. So watch and learn how to make Chicken Biryani only on Continental Food


  • 1 cup cooking oil

  • 2 chopped onion

  • brown cardamom

  • 2 piece star anise

  • cinnamon stick

  • javentri whole

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds

  • 2 tbsp ginger & garlic paste

  • chicken 1 kg

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder

  • 1 tbsp coriander powder

  • 1 tbsp ground spice powder

  • 2 tbsp biryani masala

  • 2 chopped tomato

  • 1 cup yogurt

  • green chilli & fresh coriander

  • 3 cup boiled rice

  • yellow food colour 2 pinch mix with water

  • for garnish boiled egg ( optional )

  • lemon/green chilli/fresh coriander!!


  • Wash and rinse the rice about 3-4 times until the water looks clear. And soak the rice in clear water. Set aside.
  • In a large cooking pot, heat the oil and fry the onions until lightly brown. 
  • Add in the ginger and garlic, give it a stir and fry for a few minutes until it smells fragrant.
  • Then put all the spices in. The cumin, coriander, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, turmeric, salt, cardamoms, cloves, whole black peppercorns, cinnamon, and bay leaves. Continue to cook for about 2-3 minutes until the spices give an aroma.
  • Put the chicken in and stir until all the pieces are covered with spices. Let it fry until the poultry turns opaque in color.
  • Then add the tomatoes to the chicken mixture and give it a good stir. Put the lid on and let it cook at low heat. Leave it to cook for about 20 minutes. Keep checking and stirring every now and again to make sure the chicken doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. 
  • In the meantime, boil the water in the other pot. When it reaches boiling point, add in the rice and let it cook for about 7 minutes or until the rice is half cooked. 
  • Add the potatoes in, stir well and continue cooking with the lid on for another 10 minutes then put the yogurt in. Let it cook for about 5 minutes more.
  • When the oil slightly separates from the sauce, and you have about 1-1 ½ cups of gravy left, turn the heat off.
  • Using a colander, drain the half-cooked rice and pour it over the chicken biryani sauce. Spread it evenly to cover all the chicken masala (chicken curry sauce). Put the lid on. Then cook the biryani rice at low-medium heat until the steam comes out.

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Embark on a Flavorful Expedition

By following these steps, you’ll be embarking on a culinary journey that celebrates the heart and soul of Pakistani cuisine. The dance of spices, the sizzle of the aromatics, and the layers of flavors will culminate in a Chicken Masala Biryani that’s not only a dish but an experience to cherish. Let your senses guide you through this enchanting exploration of taste and tradition.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicken Masala Biryani

Q1: Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

A1: Absolutely! Boneless chicken can be used for convenience. Just remember to adjust the cooking time to prevent overcooking.

Q2: Can I omit the food color?

A2: Yes, the food color is optional and primarily for visual appeal. The biryani will be delicious even without it.

Q3: What’s the purpose of using both ground spice powder and biryani masala?

A3: The combination of ground spice powder and biryani masala adds layers of complexity to the dish. The ground spice powder enhances the base flavors, while the biryani masala offers a distinctive and aromatic blend.

Q4: Can I make this biryani using a pressure cooker?

A4: Yes, you can adapt this recipe for a pressure cooker. Follow the same steps until layering the rice, then pressure cook on low heat for a shorter duration. Be sure to follow your pressure cooker’s instructions.

Q5: What can I serve alongside Chicken Masala Biryani?

A5: Raita, a cooling yogurt side dish, complements the spiciness of the biryani. Fresh salads, pickles, and a mint chutney are also popular choices.

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