Authentic and flavorful chicken biryani ready to eat in an hour? Yes, it’s absolutely possible with an Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Chicken Biryani
This aromatic and mouthwatering chicken biryani is a family favorite. In fact, I think I like chicken biryani just as much – possibly more than Butter Chicken and that’s saying A LOT. But really, what’s not to love about perfectly seasoned chicken + rice in one pot?
I’m sharing this recipe for the most amazing Instant Pot Chicken Biryani from my cookbook, Indian Food Under Pressure. It’s a recipe that deserves to be on the blog because I believe that everyone should be able to make authentic and delicious chicken biryani in one pot if they want to. Think: tender pieces of chicken and perfectly cooked rice all coated in a perfect blend of spices. SO GOOD.
I LOVE biryani. I’ve been eating biryani all my life (now I won’t tell you exactly how long that is, ha) and have tried so many different types of biryani. I have already shared a Veggie Biryani, Egg Biryani, Shrimp Biryani, and a Lamb/Beef Biryani on the blog and am so happy to be adding chicken biryani to the list!
“I just made this recipe for the 3rd or 4th time…losing track now, but my wife and I absolutely love it. Perfect times, ratios, and proportions.”Randolph
If you are familiar with biryani, then you know it typically takes a very long time to prepare and requires dirtying several dishes. With my recipe + your Instant Pot, you can make a one-pot recipe that is just as good as the traditional version and creates less mess! It takes just 10 minutes of prep time and can be ready-to-eat in under an hour.
This dish is easy enough to make on a weeknight and impressive enough to serve to your guests at a dinner party. So invite me over for dinner, won’t you? 😉
“I grew up eating Hyderabadi biryani – this recipe is amazing, just the closest thing to the real thing which would take hours. My friend made this in her instant pot so I had to get an instant pot just to make it. I have have made it twice now and gobbled it up each time. I just love love love this recipe and will be trying more heartbeet recipes!”Karen F.
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- 1 cup basmati rice soaked 15-30 minutes
- 3 tablespoons ghee
- ⅓ cup cashews halved
- 2 tablespoons golden raisins
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 1 ½ pounds skinless and boneless chicken thighs cut into quarters
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves chopped
- Soak the basmati rice in cold water for 15-30 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
- Press the sauté button. Add the ghee to the pot. When it melts, add the cashews and raisins. Stir-fry until the cashews begin to turn golden. Remove the cashews and raisins. Set aside.
- Add the whole spices and stir. Once they begin to sizzle add the onions. Stir-fry for 6-7 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
- Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
- Add the chicken and stir-fry 6-7 minutes or until the outside of the chicken is no longer pink.
- Add the ground spices and mix to coat the chicken.
- Dump the rice on top of the chicken (do not mix). Add water.
- Sprinkle half the cilantro and mint on top of the rice.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
- Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Open the valve to release any remaining pressure.
- Discard the whole spices. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and mint and garnish with the ghee-coated cashews and raisins.
- I love this brand of basmati rice – the rice grains are always perfectly cooked!
If you love my chicken biryani, then be sure to check out my Instant Pot Cookbook: Indian Food Under Pressure for more tasty Indian recipes!