Chicken Biriyani


  • 2 lbs. thigh pieces, cubed and cut off the bone (skin is acceptable, unless you want to be very healthy. Save the bones for added flavor)
  • 1 box Shaan Sindhi Biriyani mix
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced (slowly pan fried in oil until golden brown)
  • 3 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups of Basamati Rice (washed & soaked for 30 minutes)
  • 1.5 tbs salt
  • 2 tbs. ghee (clarified butter or butter if not available)
  • Oil
  • Chicken marinade (1 tbs. salt, 1/2 tbs. turmeric, 2 tbs. extra hot red chili powder, 1/3 cup yogurt, 1 tbs. dried mango powder)


  1. In a large bowl, mix the follow: chicken cubes, chicken bones and chicken marinade for 1 hour.
  2. In a pot, boil salted water and add a teaspoon of oil. When the water starts to boil, add the soaked Basmati Rice. Watch the rice roll over ONCE in the water and drain the water immediately. After the water has been drained, add the box of Shaan Sindhi Biriyani mix and 1 tbs. of salt.
  3. In a pan, add 1 tbs of oil and heat the pan. When the oil is hot, add the chopped garlic. When the garlic is partially cooked, add the marinaded chicken. Cook partially cooked (shouldn’t be fully cooked at all) remove from the heat after 7 minutes on the heat.
  4. In a large pot, add the ghee. Then layer the thigh bones on the bottom. Next add a layer of the rice, and then top with another layer of chicken. Continue this until you top with final layer of rice (should be about 3 layers of rice and chicken each). Smooth out the layer of rice and then sprinkle the fried onions on top.
  5. Add a some water to mixture (until you see a some settle under the top grains of rice). Place the cover on top of the pot, cover with two clothes (please avoid the flame), and put a weight on top. Cook on medium low for about 30 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed.
  6. Remove from the heat and let it sit for another 10 minutes.
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