Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

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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 my butter chicken. That is saying A LOT y’all. 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!

Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

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Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

This flavorful chicken biryani is a family-favorite. Biryani, a well- seasoned meat and rice dish, typically takes a long time to prepare and requires dirtying several dishes but this one-pot recipe 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. Itโ€™s easy enough to make on a weeknight and impressive enough to serve to your guests at a dinner party.
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup basmati rice soaked 15-30 minutes
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • โ…“ cup cashews halved
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins

Whole Spices

Ground Spices

  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ยผ teaspoon black pepper
  • ยผ teaspoon cayenne adjust to taste
  • ยผ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ยผ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup water
  • ยฝ cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • ยฝ cup fresh mint leaves chopped

Instructions
 

  • Soak the basmati rice in cold water for 15-30 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • Press the sauteฬ 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.

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  1. Arathy says

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe! I have followed this recipe so many times and always came out really well.Love all your recipes!

  2. Vidula says

    5 stars
    Thanks so much Ashley! I didnโ€™t feel so comfortable to make biryani before. But I followed your recipe in my new instant pot and guess what.. my family loved it and complimented that it is restaurant style! Really simple, easy, less time consuming, less mess and results are great!!! Thanks again ๐Ÿค—

  3. Anjali says

    Hi there! Gonna try tomorrow looks delicious. Had a question … have you marinated the chicken in yogurt prior to cooking? Any thoughts on doing this? Thanks!

  4. Suzanne says

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I made it with jackfruit instead of chicken, added two cups of veggies, and added an extra 5 minutes for brown rice and it was absolutely delicious! So glad there is leftovers and this is my new favourite recipe! Thanks again ๐Ÿฅฐ

  5. Georgie Amin says

    Iโ€™m a very technical chef. This turns out better than the chicken biriyani at Benares, a Michelin starred Indian restaurant in London. But whatโ€™s more surprising, I made this for my mother – because it actually beat our family recipes passed on for generations. We donโ€™t normally use chicken, just lamb and mutton so itโ€™s a different taste. We marinate the meat with yogurt. However this was extremely flavorful – my mum considered it the best chicken biryani sheโ€™s ever had. I have to congratulate whoever wrote this, please get in touch I would like your input as I may be writing a cookbook.
    Whatโ€™s interesting is I read many recipes before coming across this one. Not over cooking the chicken and Steaming rice for just 5 minutes is perfect, and thatโ€™s what makes it. What I find fascinating is no one else came out with this.

  6. Alice Brown says

    Hi Ashley,

    I am going to make this for dinner tonight. Can I make it with Jasmin rice and do I need to make any changes if I use it?

    Alice

  7. Cooking on the Creek says

    5 stars
    I followed this recipe exactly (well with Star Anise as opposed to Fennel) and it was absolutely perfect. I cannot believe how simple and quick it was to achieve such flavorful and perfectly moistened chicken biryani. I will be making this again and again, and I cant wait to try more of your recipes. THANK YOU!!

  8. Shruti says

    5 stars
    This was so good!! I was nervous because I had never made biryani before, but it’s definitely going to become a regular recipe in our house now. Thanks Ashley — excited to check out your other recipes!

  9. Ani says

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley my family enjoyed this recipe. It turned out to be very flavorful.
    It was a quick and simple way of making biryani. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Neil says

    5 stars
    this was insanely good. I used more cayenne (about 1 tsp) to add a little heat. otherwise the spice level was perfect and chicken was cooked really well. will definitely make again!

  11. Nalini Raj says

    5 stars
    This is a terrific recipe! I’m new to the Instant Pot and thought I’d make a biriyani. After looking at different recipes and reviews, I thought I’d try this one. Since our Family likes more rice to meat ratio, I used a little less than two pounds of chicken thighs and two cups of rice. I doubled the spices and masalas. As we like tomato in our Biriyani, I added six table spoons of crushed tomato to the chicken onion mix before adding the rice. (The kind that comes in bottles near the pasta section in stores). I sauteed the chicken about 10-12 minutes adding a couple of table spoons of water to help it cook well. Then I added the rice and two cups of water. Pressure cooked for 7 minutes on high and let it naturally release pressure for 12 minutes. I then did quick release, mixed everything and added saffron strands soaked in couple of table spoons of water and added this to the mix. Was perfect!!!!! Thank you so much Ashley for doing all the hard work of finding the perfect blends so that it makes it easy for the rest of us. I just ordered your book too.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Hazel, I would keep the amount of water listed the same. If anything, the chicken might release a bit of additional water – but I think increasing it to 2 pounds won’t make much of a difference. Let me know how it goes!

  12. Monica says

    5 stars
    First recipe I tried from here, absolutely delicious. My husband like it more than the restaurantโ€™s.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Thanks, Monica! I’m really glad you and your husband liked the biryani ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for letting me know how it turned out – and please let me know if you try any other recipes from my site!

  13. Giselle says

    Hi Ashley,

    I would love to try this recipe but all I have (in chicken) right now is a whole young chicken. Will the cooking time change if I use that and if so by how much?

    Thanks so much for your recipe and help,
    Giselle

  14. Cath says

    First time to cook Indian Food so I don’t have much of the ingredients. Can omit Cardamom Pods, Whole Cloves, Cinnamon Sticks, Fennel and Cumin Seeds? Can I replace Cinnamon sticks with cinnamon powder? Can I also replace basmati rice to a regular rice?

  15. Alice says

    5 stars
    TOO delicious! I’ve made it SO many times the last few weeks. I crave it every week. Thank you VERY much!

  16. Jenny says

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! It has become a new staple in our home! At first I gave my children a different entree, but after my husband and I eating it a couple of times and talking about how good it is, and the delicious smell of the spices, they told me they would rather eat chicken biryani with us.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Jenny, that is so awesome! I love that your kids are now eating this with you – as a mom, that makes me really happy lol. Thank you for sharing this with me ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you’ll let me know if you try any other recipes!

  17. Sangeetha says

    5 stars
    Very flavorful biryani and super easy to make. One change I made was to substitute chicken broth for water. But everything else was spot on – from the spice level to the cooking directions. Thank you for this recipe!

  18. Farha Nisha says

    How much is one cup basmati rice for you? Im just wondering if measurements are different where u are based? 1 cup would definitely not serve 4 or 5 people for us.

  19. Mukti V Patel says

    5 stars
    This was sooo amazing!! It tasted awesome and was so easy to make! We actually skipped the cashews and raisins but it still tasted so good!

  20. J says

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe out for the first time last night. Didn’t have some of the whole spices so had to improvise and was cooking the meal with boneless chicken breasts. I did marinate the chicken ahead of time to ensure it was tender and cooked 2.5 lbs of chicken with 2 cups of rice and almost doubled the spices across the board. The flavor this meal had was amazing. I have tried biryani many times in my life at restaurants, friends gatherings and so on, but this recipe allows me to get that same authentic flavor from the comfort of my own home. Awesome recipe + great directions = Major food coma! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Maya Aras says

    5 stars
    Everyone in my family now makes Chicken Biryani with this recipe. It’s amazing and much less time consuming then any other method. My 8 year old twin boys say it’s their favorite food and ask for it all the time. Thanks!

  22. Sally says

    3 stars
    I made this today and instead of having nice dry rice, it was kind of mushy. That was kind of disappointing

  23. Anitha says

    5 stars
    Hi there,

    I just tried this recipe- I canโ€™t eat meat but I cook for my family, so I tried the measurements mentioned in this recipe and it turned out great. Thank you

  24. Mariyam says

    4 stars
    Doubled the recipe and came out really well. The rice was a little soggier than I’d like but nothing major. I found that the rice had plenty of favour, but the actual meat pieces not as much.
    Tip: for an extra punch with the garnishing, try sautรฉing some onions in ghee until nice and brown. Sprinkle this on top of the biriyani with the other garnishing before serving. Adds a wonderful flavour.

  25. Foodiegal says

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley
    Have made many of your recipes before – including kneed and gajar halwa – Tried this for the first time today, and it was perfect! I used the exact proportions as per your recipe – though felt for our family of 4 we could have done with a little bit more rice. Could we use 1.5 cups of rice (and 1.5 cups of water) while keeping the chicken quantity same (1.5 lbs)?

  26. Carlie says

    5 stars
    Yum! We make this biryani often in our house. It is so delicious and easy to make! The consistency is perfect in the instant pot, and in no time at all. I can’t recommend this recipe enough! It’s perfect!

  27. Lucy Mars says

    5 stars
    So delicious and so easy. An hour start to finish, including soaking the rice!
    I used frozen onions so everything was from the freezer or the store cupboard. Perfect for these days of social isolating.
    Really delicious. It will definitely become a regular in this house. ๐Ÿ˜‹

    • My Heart Beets says

      Lucy, good to know it worked well with frozen onions! I’m really glad you liked it – thanks for letting me know how it turned out for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are staying well during this crazy time.

  28. Nim says

    5 stars
    Donโ€™t have much to say other than โ€œIโ€™m flooredโ€
    First attempt at Biryani, and never looking at another recipe again!!! Turned out amazing!

  29. Peter says

    5 stars
    D…. when/if you saute the potatoes, onions and chicken before making the Biryani if there is anyything stuck to the bottom of the pot, the burn message will come on.

    Megan sure you can increase the rice and not the chicken. But then there won’t be much chicken to go around.

    The water addition has to be followed strictly. And the time has to be the same.

    I have tried what I am suggesting and it worked. ” My heart beets” please comment and thanks for your site I regularly consult your sitie for ideas

  30. Prashant says

    5 stars
    You my dear, are our culinary god mother. Our kids love the Indian dishes dished out by their father and I beleive my rating in their books has also appreciated quite a bit because of your recipes!!

    God bless and keep making souls happy.

    Cheers

  31. Pete says

    5 stars
    I’m not sure if you did get my message questioning about the 6 minutes setting, for the rice/pulao.
    I have to bow out from discussing that further, as your set time is correct. (and tested by you for sure)
    I did however switch the whole recipe to make it a Tomato Rice dish. And it turned out great.
    I didn’t use any whole spices but instead used only the ground spices. 1 cup of chopped tomatoes. 1 cup basmati rice. Some red chili/garlic paste, one or two table-spoons depending. And some tomato ketchup. I did also add a cup of frozen peas. For the rest follow Ashley’s recipe.

    I do love this site, got to it, by chance But this will become one of my most favourite recipe sites.

    Thanks again

  32. Pete says

    I am a little concerned about your 6 minutes timing for the Biryani.
    I will be visiting your site, more often….it looks like and got to your site just by chance.
    I haven’t yet tried your recipe, I must confess.

  33. Ash says

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley, I just made this and it turned out very nice! My husband said it’s even better than the takeout biriyani we get every week. Thank you for this awesome easy-to-follow recipe.

  34. Neetu says

    Hi Ashley, I tried this recipe with drumsticks and didnโ€™t mix rice however, my rice on the surface was uncooked. How do I fix this?

  35. D says

    We love this recipe. However when we tried to add a potato, we kept getting the burn message. How should we adjust the time and water if weโ€™d like to add potatoes?

  36. James says

    5 stars
    This recipe has the perfect profile and reminds me of my childhood, I make it all the time and in fat I ws given your recipe book for Christmas. This may seem like an odd question…. I have friends who love this dish but don’t have a insta pot. Can it be cooked without pressure and if so what adjustments would I have to make.

  37. Shainaz says

    Hi. Might be a stupid question however after adding chicken how much water do we add to rice or no water. Not sure as it does not mention. Please let me know. Everything is ready just not here on water portion
    Thanks

  38. Naomi says

    I’ve made this before and loved it so plan on making it for my friends this week. Can I leave it to NPR and stay on keep warm for a while or does it have to be opened and served after the 10 mins as per the recipe states?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Naomi, I wouldn’t let it sit on NPR as it may result in overcooked/mushy rice — I would remove it from the pot and then just re-heat it before your guests arrive. If you plan on making it just prior to their arrival, I’d cook it, give it a good mix and then keep it on warm with the lid off. Hope everyone loves it!

  39. Purnima Moni says

    5 stars
    I have always loved biryani but never knew how to cook a good one.
    Now it’s a signature dish for all gatherings and everyone ends up loving it:)))))

    THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS!!!!!!!

  40. Eugene Lee says

    Hi Ashley,

    For this chicken biryani, is the biryani rice to water ratio the same or just 1 cup water even when I have 2 cup biryani rice ?

    Getting ready to try it tomorrow.
    Thank you

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Eugene, keep the ratio the same ๐Ÿ™‚ so 2 cups rice will need 2 cups water. If you want to double the recipe you’ll need to double all of the ingredients including water – but keep the cook time the same. Hope that helps!

  41. Lisa says

    5 stars
    I have only had chicken biryani at our favourite restaurant Indian Thai fusion restaurant but that is over an hour away. I just got my instant pot a couple of weeks ago and have never made a biryani or any Indian food before. Turned out AMAZING restaurant quality awesome, made some cucumber and mint raita and had naan. My 13 year old son who refused to try it in the restaurant tried it and loved it (made me set him a container aside minus the cashews) everyone came back for seconds. Great recipe Thank you so very much!!!!

  42. Linda says

    I am going to make this recipe and had a few questions. Can it be made without raisins? Can ground cardamom be used instead of cardamom pods? Can I use regular ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Linda, you can definitely omit the raisins and I think the dish will still be good if you use a pinch of ground cardamom and ground cinnamon instead of whole spices. Let me know how it goes!

  43. Maria says

    5 stars
    I made this a few weeks back and it was amazing. I was wondering what would happen if I were to double this recipe with a whole, cut up 3lb chicken. With double the ingredients and a bone in, whole chicken Should I change the cooking time? Thanks.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Maria, I haven’t tried this but I’ve heard from others who have successfully used bone-in chicken with the same timings. I would cut the chicken into small pieces and still sautรฉ the meat in step 5 until no longer pink. Please let me know how this goes if you try!

  44. Reenu says

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I would like to try to make this with bone-in chicken. Do you have a suggested time to cook? The only time I saw was sautee for 10 minutes from another review. Thank you in advance!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Thanks Reenu! I haven’t tried this with bone-in chicken but I’ve heard that it works fine with the same cook time – I would be sure to sautรฉ the meat until no longer pink as mentioned in step 5. Let me know how it goes!

  45. Rachel says

    5 stars
    This is my new favorite instant pot recipe!
    Would the recipe or cooking time need to be adjusted if you wanted to add a few potatoes?
    Thanks!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Rachel, that’s so great to hear! You can definitely add potatoes – I do this when I make veggie biryani. I’d just suggest leaving them in larger chunks or halves (once cooked, you can easily cut them smaller and mix them in if you’d like).

    • My Heart Beets says

      Sandy, I think I would keep it the same. Normally for brown basmati, I do 1 cup rice to 1ยผ cups water but I think the chicken will release enough water in this and I wouldn’t want it to become too watery… let me know how it goes!

  46. ST says

    Hi Ashley, I tried this recipe today and it turned out to be amazing. Thank you!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Thanks a ton!

  47. Amritha says

    Hi Ashley,
    I tried this biryani over the weekend and it was delicious! Thank you.
    Is it possible to double this recipe – do we simply double all the ingredients?
    Thanks!

  48. Mehnaz Ahmed says

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley,
    I just got the instant pot and this was the first ever recipe i tried. It was just amazing!! The best biriyani i have ever made so far. I doubled the recipe and used chicken with bones. Thank you very much for such an amazing recipe. Will surely try your other recipes.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Mehnaz, that is so great to hear! Thank you for letting me know how it turned out for you ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to hear what you think of any other recipes that you try!

  49. Ambili says

    5 stars
    OMG i love this recipe. it was SO DAMN GOOD. i actually got emotional because it tasted like my moms food. i cried. i legit cried. i think the only thing i was confused about was after the sautee option i didnt know which cooking setting to put it on. i just put it on right, high pressure for 12 mins.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Ambili, I am so glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ The setting will depend on your instant pot model but it should either be “manual” or “pressure cook.” Also, if you double the recipe you just need to double the ingredients and leave the cook time the same (based on your comment I assume you doubled the cook time as well which isn’t necessary). Glad you enjoyed it!

  50. Susan says

    5 stars
    Thank you Ashley for this recipe. Everyone in my household loved it. Easy to make and I doubled the quantity. It was perfect.

  51. Simona says

    5 stars
    Followed the instructions and turned out lovely. I didn’t have golden raisins, used chopped dates instead. Didn’t have coriander and mint, used parsley.

  52. Anu says

    Hi Ashley, just discovered your blog and loving the Indian instant pot recipes which make weeknight dinners a lot easier for this working mama! Actually tried this one this weekend and it was a hit with the hubby and FIL =) All I changed was sprinkling a little store bought biryani masala on the chicken prior to sauteeing. I noticed some of the rice on the top was a little under but the majority was cooked/a little overcooked. Do you make sure all of the rice is under water prior to sealing? Overall, amazing recipe!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Anu, I’m so glad you found my blog! Thanks for letting me know how this biryani turned out for your fam ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t make it a point to push it all under water or anything (there’s a video in the post if you want to check that out) and the rice that’s not in the liquid still cooks fine in the steam but that said if you are finding that it’s not cooking the rice evenly then I’d suggest trying it all under water. I’m really sorry that happened!

  53. Drew Peacock says

    5 stars
    I just use the cooking times from this, (6 min pressure, 10 min natural release) and a store bought spice packet for the dry spices (cause I am lazy), peanut oil, and my own blend of vegetables to make it vegan and it comes out perfect too.

  54. Raabia Hassanali says

    5 stars
    I made your chicken biryani today but adapted it to include the vegetables from your vegetable biryani that I made last week. It was delicious thank you Ashley! I look forward to trying out more of your recipes!

  55. Priya says

    Hi Ashley,
    This is a great recipe but couple of questions.. Every time I have made it which I usually double the recipe the rice get a little too mushy even if I add a lil less water since the chicken has a lot water on itโ€™s own.. Iโ€™m wondering is it possible to maybe either do less time on high pressure or less time NPR or doing low pressure instead of high pressure to make the rice less over cooked. Taste is excellent !

  56. Sue Olson says

    5 stars
    Made this the other night and it was wonderful!! Still have ginger, cilantro and mint to use up, so Iโ€™m going to make it again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Praveen says

    Hi great recipe ! Unfortunately, when I make biryani using the instant pot, the rice is moist with gravy/mushy and I canโ€™t continue cooking (to โ€œdryโ€ the rice) because the bottom layer of rice gets burnt (indicated by the food burn message on the instant pot). Any tips? Really confused sine Iโ€™m not sure if Iโ€™m adding too much water ( rice is mushy) or too little (burnt layer of rice at the bottom )

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Praveen, what kind of rice are you using? Perhaps it’s the brand? I link to my favorite brand in the post (not sponsored or anything – I just really like it) if you want to give that a try – it always comes out perfectly using that rice. You can also try asking in my FB group to see what brands others use that also work well.

  58. DT says

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley,

    Love your book, and love the recipes. Your book has introduced Indian food to my kids ! Quick question – o have made the biryani with much success many times before. I am trying to make it again for a party. Would โ€˜doublingโ€™ All the ingredients Make 2x the biryani ? Or do you recommend going through the whole thing twice so I can have enough quantity ? Thanks.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi DT, thank you! So sorry I’m just now seeing this but yes, doubling the ingredients will double the recipe and you can do that all at once rather than making it two separate times. Keep the cook time the same – the instant pot will just take longer to reach pressure due to there being more in the pot.

  59. Garineh says

    5 stars
    Hi!
    I made your veggie biryani and was absolutely amazed at how good it was! What would you suggest changing (if anything) if I wanted to make a chicken + vegetable biryani in 1 pot? Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thank you for sharing,

    • My Heart Beets says

      Garineh, I’m so happy to hear that! I think it’ll be fine if you want to just add veggies to this, you may need to adjust the spices at the end though if you feel it needs more flavor. Let me know how it goes!

  60. Lekha says

    5 stars
    I will admit that I would read your recipe posts and reviews but never tried them. When I saw your sambar recipe I remember going back to compare with another Mallu blogger and followed their coconut fried into sambar recipe instead.. all this to say that I was a skeptic.
    I tried this biriyani recipe because I didnโ€™t have time to marinate the chicken and it doesnโ€™t use dairy. Me and my family are blown away by the taste and I still canโ€™t get over how easy it is! This is definitely a keeper and I am definitely a convert. Will be trying out your sambar recipe next ๐Ÿ™‚

    • My Heart Beets says

      Lekha, I’m so happy to hear that you and your family liked the biryani so much! Thanks for letting me know how it turned out for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to hearing what you think of my sambar!

  61. Priya says

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing your delicious Chicken Biryani recipe, Ashley! The spices are perfect and my family is always so happy when I make this for dinner. The wonderful aroma that your dish has brings everyone to the table with a smile and it’s so tasty and authentic. I will be trying out more of the dishes in your book soon. Thank you so much for making something that could be difficult to make into something very manageable – you are the best!

  62. Patricia says

    5 stars
    I love this recipe- itโ€™s a regular meal in my house! If I want to make it with a cup of brown basmati instead of whatโ€™s- how much water and how long do I cook in the Instant Pot? Thanks so much!

  63. Diya says

    Hi! Any reason chicken thighs are preferable over breasts? My husband always feels the quality of the breast meat is better but Iโ€™ve never been sure

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Diya! I prefer chicken thighs because they stay juicy! I find that chicken breast tends to get dry – but it’s up to you ๐Ÿ™‚ I always buy organic and find the quality to be great!

  64. Sanj says

    Hi there! Can I use bone-in chicken instead of boneless? If do, do you know if that will impact cooking time? Thank you!

  65. Rox says

    5 stars
    Can I hug your face? YOU are brilliant, and this recipe is beyond delicious. It is a true talent to be able to make a complex dish, like biryani, in an instapot but somehow you have mastered it. Thank you for sharing it with us. I omitted the raisins and cashews only due to our own taste preference. I added very hot red chili powder instead of cayenne, and 1/2 the amount. Seriously, THANK YOU! Your recipes make my life easier and couldnโ€™t be more tasty!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi! I don’t have a 3 quart so I can’t say for sure – this might be a good question to ask in my facebook group (instant pot for Indian food). Please lmk if you try!

    • Jenny says

      5 stars
      I made it tonight in a 3 quart IP, and it came out great! One thing to note is that it did take a little longer to sautรฉ the onions and chicken, but that makes sense since thereโ€™s less surface area in the smaller pot. I kept the pressure cooking time and the measurements for the ingredients as indicated in the recipe above with a wonderful result!

  66. Joe says

    5 stars
    Ashley – all your recipes that we’ve tried are amazingly good, but this one has become my go-to recipe when we have guests. It’s that good!

    Thank you for sharing and making it so easy to eat these wonderful flavors!

  67. MM says

    Iโ€™ve tried this recipe and itโ€™s great! However, when I use two cups of rice (and 2 cups of water, it burns). Also, I would like to make the biryani that is potato, tomatoes, and yogurt, but that sticks too. Any ideas? Thank you!

  68. Vel says

    5 stars
    We loved this recipe. It’s super awesome!!! I use chicken with bone so I sauted them for 10 and they were juicy and spiced well even without marination. Thank you Ashley!! This is a keeper recipe!!! ๐Ÿ˜Š My kid and DH loved it…

  69. Carie says

    5 stars
    Love this biryani! I’d made several times now, and each time it’s a crowd pleaser. Brings me back to my years spent in Keralaโ€”minus the long hours over the fire! What would be the cooking time in making in a stovetop pressure cooker? I want to share this with a friend in India, and she doesn’t have an electric one. Thank you!

  70. Rani Thapar says

    Hi…I’m totally new to instant pot, so please excuse the really basic questions. I’ve heard alot of great things about your site and am anxious to try your recipes. For the chicken biryani…Step 9, says to close the pressure valve – is this aka the steam release? (in other words am I moving this to seal?). Step 2 says to press the saute button…in step 9, do press the manual to pressure buttton? after sealing, do I need to press another button (i.e. manual or pressure) before I enter the time?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Rani! I’m so glad you’ve heard great things about my site ๐Ÿ™‚ There the steam release valve on the top of the lid – you want to make sure that’s properly closed so that steam doesn’t escape – so yes, move it to seal. And yes, use the manual button ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t list actual buttons in my recipes because the button labels can vary depending on what model instant pot you have — some models say “manual” and some say “pressure cook” but they are the same thing. You’ll need to adjust the up/down arrows to set the time. I suggest watching a few youtube videos on your particular model since all models are a bit different. I hope that helps! Can’t wait to hear what you think of my recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Jennifer says

    5 stars
    This really is an amazing recipe. I couldn’t stop eating it! I used slivered almonds because I didn’t have any cashews, and they gave it a nice crispy texture. Looking forward to trying your other recipes!

  72. Andrea says

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I made this for my husband and he said that it was the best biryani that he has ever tasted (and we order biryani all the time at Indian restaurants)!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Thanks Andrea! I’m so happy to hear that you and your hubby liked the chicken biryani so much!! Thanks for letting me know how it turned out for you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. Cathy says

    5 stars
    Hi, I am relatively new to Instant Pot cooking, but have made Chicken Briyani the old-fashioned way. As you say, lots of steps and lots of dirty dishes. Wow, my husband, whoโ€™s the Indian of our twosome, says itโ€™s fantastic and I am so pleased with the results as well. The taste is perfect. Just one question, the rice was just a little bit sticky, more than I was expecting, or used to. I did use the exact amount of water in the recipe, but had a bit more chicken, as the package was larger than the 1.5lbs, probably just over 2lbs. Would this cause the stickiness, or should I cut back on the water a little? Interested in your thoughts. I must say even with sticky rice, I will be happy to eat this again soon.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Cathy, I’m so glad you liked the biryani! I’m not sure why the rice turned out sticky – a little extra chicken shouldn’t make too much of a difference. If you can though, I highly recommend the brand of basmati rice that I link to in the post – it always turns out perfect for me!

  74. SVA says

    5 stars
    Loved this biryani. The taste was sooooo good. Never ordering chicken biryani again. Making it again this weekend!

  75. Anar says

    5 stars
    I tried making the chicken biryani with chicken drumsticks and it came out really well. Thanks so much for this recipe.

  76. Poonam says

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. Everyone in my house loves biryani and this came out perfect and delicious. I made a small change. I ground spinach, cilantro and mint in a mixer with little water and added to the chicken. It took me 4months to open the Instant Pot as I wasnโ€™t sure if I can give up my traditional pressure cooker but I am glad I did.

  77. Niki says

    Hi there!

    I am not able to find the video to this recipe. It takes me back to this site. Could you upload the video again?

  78. Tanu says

    5 stars
    Thank you for this wonderful yummy recipe. This was my first read of your recipe and i tried it. My family and I love it. I do have one question if i want to add more rice to this recipe, how would my masala proportion change.. say for 2 pounds chicken and 3 cups of rice? TIA

    • My Heart Beets says

      If you want to make more biryani you can just double/triple the recipe but keep the cook time the same – I have doubled the recipe but haven’t tried tripling it in my 6 quart so not sure if that will fit! I typically use equal amounts of water + rice but again haven’t tried it differently than what I’ve tested/written in my recipe. Let us know how it goes if you change it up!

  79. Roz says

    5 stars
    This was so great! I always make modifications to the recipes I find online (mostly adding lots of extra spice), but I didn’t with this one, and it was perfect! Definitely making again, thank you!

  80. Ben K. says

    5 stars
    Best thing I’ve made in my IP so far. Told friends about it and several of them have already made it multiple times. Thanks, Ashley!

  81. Gargi says

    Hi Ashley,

    I tried two of your biryani recipes- keema biryani and chicken biryani. I followed the recipe word by word but somehow the rice remains uncooked. I add more water and pressure cook a bit more but the rice still remains dry and uncooked whereas the bottom burns. What am I doing wrong? It tastes amazing and but the texture is all wrong. *sigh*

    • My Heart Beets says

      Gargi, have you made sure the seal is on the lid properly? And that the valve is closed? If the valve isn’t properly closed, it could be that the water is escaping in the form of steam – sounds like that might be the case?

  82. Cathy says

    I don’t have a pressure cooker. I do have a very heavy and big cast iron pot with a ceramic interior. Can you suggest how I could use this instead please?

  83. Rob says

    This looks delicious, but I laughed out loud at the “10 minutes of prep time.” Now THAT is a video I’d like to see!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Thanks Rob! There’s a video in the post – it’s one of those short videos though so doesn’t show the dish being made in real time. That said, I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can prep this! The part that takes the longest is measuring out the spices and putting them in a bowl. Make it and let me know!

  84. Jai says

    Hi Ashey
    I’m looking forward to cooking this recipe tonight, I’m new to the insta pot cooking and wanted to ask if the cook times would change if I used a bone in cut up whole chicken?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Jai, I’m so sorry for the extremely late reply! haven’t tried this but I’ve heard from others who have successfully used bone-in chicken with the same timings. I would cut the chicken into small pieces and still sautรฉ the meat in step 5 until no longer pink. Did you end up trying it this way?

  85. JO says

    5 stars
    Just made the chicken biryani and it was perfect! Thank you so much for the recipe.

    Just curious- what does soaking the rice actually do? When I make rice on the stove I typically cook with extra water and then drain it when the rice is done instead of letting the rice absorb all the water like most American dishes use. Is this kind of the same concept by soaking it?

  86. Amy says

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I definitely recommend beginning this recipe mise en place – there are too many ingredients to do this on the fly. I watched the video and, as I often am when watching other people’s instant pot videos, I was surprised at how my instant pot seems to saute things so aggressively while other people’s instant pots seem to sautee gently with nothing sticking to the bottom of the pot. I can’t have anything on saute and then walk away for even 10 seconds. Anyway, thank you so much for this recipe! I love biryani and I never thought that I would make it at home. It was truly delicious and my family enjoyed it, too. I did serve it with sliced red onion, thin slices of lime. hard boiled egg, and slices of jalapeno on top. I also used brown jasmine rice since that was all i had. I let it go 20 min. after the 6 min. cooking was up and it was a NR. Amazing & ready in an hour.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Amy, I’m so happy to hear you that liked this! And yes, I completely agree and highly recommend gathering together all ingredients for any recipe – especially Indian recipes as the spices can take awhile to gather and can burn easily. I’m so glad your family loved the biryani too! I hope you’ll let me know how any other recipes you try from my site turn out for ya ๐Ÿ™‚

  87. Glynis says

    5 stars
    Made this yesterday – we love briyani (any kind) – but our daughter has a life threatening dairy-protein allergy. This was the first recipe that I have seen that didn’t require marinating the meat in yogurt. We loved it and our daughter even went back for a 2nd helping (she is a picky eater too). Really easy & quick to make. And super yummy too.

    • My Heart Beets says

      I’m so glad you and your family liked the biryani ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, just so you know – if a dish calls for marinating in yogurt – you can always use dairy-free yogurt or canned coconut milk (the thick creamy part at the top works best). Hope that helps!

  88. Sanra-McGill says

    5 stars
    My husband loves Chicken & Shrimp Biryani at Indian restaurants so I decided to give your chicken recipe a try. It turned out delicious!! I had to add more ghee and oil as I went (after adding chicken) to avoid chicken from sticking to the IP while on saute. Awesome recipe, the spice measurements are perfection.

    Do you have a better measurement for the amount of garlic instead of in teaspoons? I found this tricky as I cut it up fresh. Thanks so much!

  89. Priya says

    So is it equal parts rice:water? I know your recipe calls for 1 cup rice and 1 cup water but if I want to make it maybe 1.5 cups rice should I just do 1.5 water?

  90. Andrea says

    5 stars
    I doubled the recipe and froze half (it froze really well!). My husband said that it was one of the best biryanis he is ever tasted and he eats a lot of Indian food!

  91. Anne says

    Amazing recipe! Thanks so much for sharing! Tried it today and it came out so good! I did mix the rice in the water and it came out well! What is the reason for not mixing the rice in the water?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Thanks Anne! I’m so happy to hear that! You can certainly mix it! The only reason I don’t is because traditionally biriyani is known for it’s layers – but really it doesn’t matter ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. Michael says

    5 stars
    I cooked this recipe for a family of Irish/Canadians who have lived in London UK ( a major indian curry city) and we were blown away by how good this recipe was. Can you please tell me how I can increase the recipe to fill an 8 quart instant pot. This recipe feed 5 people comfortably but I’d like to feed as many as i can with an 8 quart. Thanks again.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Michael, I’m so happy to hear that everyone liked the biryani so much!! Thanks for letting me know how much you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have an 8 quart but I can tell you I’ve successfully doubled the recipe in my 6 quart! You can try asking this question in my facebook group (Instant Pot for Indian Food) – hopefully someone will be able to answer!

  93. Che says

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I have tried several different Biryani recipes and never had success so I gave up and our Biryani always came from takeout. I bought a 6qt IP a few days ago. Our first meal was the curry fish recipe in the recipe book that came with the IP. Second IP meal was this biryani and it turned out perfect. My husband followed the recipe exactly and I would not change a single thing. We will make this often!

  94. divya says

    5 stars
    this is part of our weekly rotation! my malayalee father in law who never comments on ANY food even said it was good ! best part are my two toddler daughters regularly ask mama to make biryani!:) thanks for making this US born girl cook tasty kerala food!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Divya, I’m so happy that your girls love it!! And I’m glad your FIL likes it too! It always makes me happy when Indian dads’ like my recipes lol – I feel like they’re such tough critics!

  95. Matt D says

    5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic. A couple suggestions based on some comments above: (1) the highest sautรฉ setting can get very hot very fast and sneak up on the raisins. You might try starting at the medium sautรฉ setting or even doing the cashews/raisins separately in a small skillet. (2) If youโ€™re worried about stray whole spices, cut a small square of cheesecloth and tie your cloves and cardamom pods in it (and other seeds if you want). The ghee will carry the flavor of the spices in the bag.

  96. Peter says

    Hi Ashley, glad I found your site! I approached this biryani with a bit of trepidation. I couldnโ€™t believe that just throwing things in the pot could come out like a โ€˜realโ€™ biryani. Wow, was I surprised! It was amazing! My wife said it was the best Indian meal Iโ€™ve ever made, and Iโ€™ve been cooking Indian food for quite a few years! I canโ€™t wait to try some more of your IP recipes, that was so good!
    Just as an aside, would it work to put cardamoms and cloves in a muslin bag in the IP, to make it easier to fish out, or would that concentrate the flavors all in one spot?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Peter, I’m so happy to hear that you and your wife like this recipe! As for putting them in a muslin bag, I think that’d be fine but I haven’t tried it myself… I think it adds flavor to put the whole spices directly into the hot oil but that’s just my two cents!

  97. Delwyn says

    Hi I make this dish all the time and it never fails to impress! Just one question though – what paprika do you use? Smoked, sweet or hot? Please advise! Thanks

  98. Rachel Yangas says

    I LOVE this recipe and would like to share it with my mom who has a slow-cooker but not a pressure cooker. Can you advise me how to adapt it to a slow-cooker?

  99. Sweena says

    Hi Ashley! Excited to try this recipe. Could I double it? and if so, would I need to make any adjustments with the cooking time?

  100. Raj says

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley, I tried this recipe, it was delicious!!
    However, we found it very spicy, what can we change to make it more mild?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Raj, I’m glad you liked it! To reduce the heat, you can omit the cayenne (or red chili if you’re using any) and reduce the black pepper to avoid any heat – that should do it ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. Fizzah says

    Can I sub in chicken breast instead of thighs? I prefer dark meat but all Iโ€™ve got today is chicken breast. And do I need to adjust anything as far as measurements or time?

  102. Renne S. says

    5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely delicious! So kid-friendly, I omitted the cayenne pepper and stuck to the rest of the recipe as is and it turned out wonderful! It was so easy to make yet it the dish looks so rich and flavorful like I have been working on it for hours. This recipe will definitely be going into my recipe box, thatโ€™s for sure !

  103. Behrouz Birayani says

    5 stars
    Biryani is a dish made of fish, meat, or vegetables and cooked with the flavourful rice especially with saffron. Making pot chicken biryani is very simple and quick. I generally make instant pot chicken biryani for the great taste and flavour.

  104. Chillpill says

    5 stars
    This recipe was wonderful: the recipe’s recommendations on cayenne and black pepper provided exactly the heat level I was looking for. I felt it had absolutely beautiful flavors (this was soooo much better than the store bought biryani mixes). I used chicken breast instead of thighs, and I did not use raisins. So glad to have come across this recipe – will be sharing with everyone I know!!!

  105. Ed says

    5 stars
    ok, so today was the third time i’ve made this dish. I made it before the traditional way with the layering and the parchment paper and other than the nice crispy rice on the outside there is virtually no difference in deliciousness. the only change I made was doubling the recipe because it’s so freaking good. thanks for this recipe and I’ll be sure to check out your others

  106. Shiba Anjum says

    4 stars
    Hi Ashley,

    Thank you for demonstrating that Biryanis can be made in Instant pot without a hitch or else I would have never tried it so early into my experiment with this Smart machine :))
    The biryani was tasty, almost same as I make on stovetop, the rice grains were separate and the chicken was moist and juicy!!
    I faced one glitch – burn ( my first time seeing that on IP). I own a 6qt 7 in 1 model. I was cooking 4 cup rice with enough water ( rice was 817 brand Basmati rice)
    with similar amount of spices as mentioned in your recipe + 3 tbsp yogurt + 2 tbsp tomato paste.
    Water was 4 cups and I pushed Pressure cook for 8 minutes. Any guesses where I went wrong? Was 8 minutes too much?
    Shiba

  107. Sharvin says

    4 stars
    You must have added curd after you add chicken. I found more flavourful when I add fried chicken insted of raw one! Video looks great. I prefer little bit dry Biriyani ๐Ÿ˜Š

  108. Manju says

    5 stars
    Great recipe. I was slightly unsure off it initially as I have tried a similar method before with good bit not great results. I am surprised that this combination works very well. Excellent recipe

  109. Carm Ela says

    5 stars
    Oh my…I’m so excited to pass on this recipe to my daughter. Her boyfriend is Pakistani, and she was looking for easy recipes to make for him that he would enjoy & appreciate. This just might be her new go to recipe! Thanks for sharing! Will let you know how it went!

  110. ZS says

    Tried it. I liked how easy it was.
    I did feel that something was missing.
    Just so you know, the things i did different were i used
    chicken breasts instead of thighs
    red onions,
    did’nt have cilantro
    did’nt have enough fresh mint so used combination of some fresh and some organic dry mint leaves
    substituted milk for water and added saffron
    no cumin powder because my garam masala has it in it
    thoughts? I would like to try it again….

  111. Melvy says

    5 stars
    I am a Biriani Lover. I bought an instant pot this thanksgiving and currently trying different dishes in the pot. I tried your chicken Biriani and veg Biriani, Both came out to be perfect. like I used to do Dum. but slightly with more flavor and much faster. Thank you so much for the detailed recipes.

  112. Yvonne Hagood says

    I am excited to try this recipe!! wondering how you remove the whole spices. Do you just pick them out?
    Thinking the cloves are pretty small. Thanks for your help!

  113. Daniela Freda says

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! Itโ€™s the best Instant Pot recipe I have made. Since we donโ€™t tolerate too much hot spice, we left out the cayenne and used 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. It was still super delicous and full of flavor. Itโ€™s a great warm, comforting meal. Thank you.

  114. Karishma says

    The biryani was delicious, however the raisins got too hard when fried with the cashews, and the rice came out very sticky. Wonder if I did something wrong?

  115. Anu says

    Your recipes are great!! For chicken Briyani – can I use chicken boneless breasts cut up instead of thighs and do I have to adjust cooking time with breasts? Thanks!!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Anu, thank you! I haven’t tested it with chicken breast but I think it’ll be fine – you can shorten the sautรฉ mode step a bit when cooking the chicken. let us know how it goes if you try!

  116. Mary says

    5 stars
    I made this chicken biriyani today for dinner. Hassle-free, fool-proof recipe this is. Cooking biriyani was never so much fun! I call this ‘instant biriyani’. Thanks so much for this recipe. Will try out more recipes from your site.

  117. Joseph says

    Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely give this another try.
    Suggestions/considerations:
    1. You didn’t mention what sautee function you used. I used High.
    2. Opt for 1/4 cinnamon stick instead of 1/2. The cinnamon flavor using 1/2 of a cinnamon stick was too overpowering for me.
    3. I wouldn’t add the extra water. I didn’t add any water and it still came out a bit watery due to the juices from the chicken. Perhaps next time, I will drain some of the juices before pressure cooking OR increase the amount of rice from 1 cup to 2 cups. However, it should be noted that I used parboiled rice instead of basmati rice.
    4. It’s practically impossible to remove the whole spices (especially the cloves), considering it was mixed with the chicken. I didn’t even bother.

  118. Anchit says

    Hey Ashley- super excited to try this recipe. I don’t have an instant pot, but I do have a pressure cooker. Would you keep the pressure cook time the same?

  119. Luke says

    5 stars
    I can burn water but have always wanted to learn to cook Chicken Biryani since tasting it at a local Indian restaurant years ago. The simplicity of the My Heart Beets recipe prompted me to give it a go. Mmmm, now that it delicious! Thank you.

  120. Julie says

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness. This is the most wonderful meal.
    So full of flavour with just a hint of afterburn.
    I just love your recipes.
    They are truly amazing.

  121. Jen says

    5 stars
    I just got my IP yesterday and this biriyani was the first recipe that I tried in it. I’ve never used a slow / electronic cooker. This dish was fantastic!! My 6 YO loved it. and best of all I was done in 1.5 hours : prep, cooking and clean up! As a working mom of 2, that’s an achievement for me!! Thank you, Ashley

  122. Diane says

    Thank you for this recipe! Itโ€™s straightforward to make and the flavors are delicious. However, Iโ€™m having one slight problem โ€” Iโ€™ve made it twice now, and both times the rice came out too wet and mushy. I reduced the water a bit the second time (closer to 3/4 cup) and still got the same result. I didnโ€™t use extra chicken (which I know releases water) and I followed the recipe exactly. Could it be the brand of basmati rice Iโ€™m using (Whole Foods brand)? Iโ€™m afraid if I reduce the water any further the pot wonโ€™t come to pressure. Or maybe I should release pressure sooner? Appreciate any thoughts you might have!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Diane, hmm it could be the brand, I haven’t tried whole foods basmati rice (is it the one that’s called texmati because if so I’ve seen it and I’m not even sure if it’s really basmati?) but if you prefer it then I would cook the chicken a bit more and reduce the pressure cook time to 4-5 minutes with a 5 minute quick release (which will also help get rid of any extra water). If you give that a try please let me know how it goes! I link to a brand that I really love if you are looking to try another brand of basmati! They all can be a bit different.

  123. Subha says

    5 stars
    I made this recipe from your book last night and I will definitely be making it again! It was so quick but still tasty. I even used frozen chicken and it still turned out perfectly.

  124. HP says

    Hi, how do you discard the whole spices in ththe last step if they are mixed in with the chicken? Cinammon and bay leaves I can understand since they are larger, but now about the small ones like cloves, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, etc? Thanks!

  125. Rachel says

    5 stars
    This is the best chicken biryani Iโ€™ve ever had – it even beats restaurants! Every one of Ashleyโ€™s recipes is a winner, but this one is definitely my favorite. Itโ€™s easy, directions are simple, and it comes out perfectly every time.

  126. Barb says

    Can you tell me how spicy this dish is? Unfortunately I canโ€™t have much spice- the mixture sounds great, but can you suggest what to do to make this a mild dish? Thank you!

    • My Heart Beets says

      You can leave out the cayenne and it’ll be a mild dish ๐Ÿ™‚ For any of my recipes – if you leave out cayenne or green chilis (if a recipe calls for it) then the dish will be mild. Hope that helps!

  127. Ami says

    5 stars
    This was delicious! My super picky husband and kids even enjoyed it. We decided it would make a great make ahead meal to pack for work lunches throughout the week! Will definitely be making this again.

  128. Chris says

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I have made the chicken, shrimp, and egg biriyani and all three turned out great! I love the way you format your recipes online and the exact measurements so it is very simple to follow. Your biryani recipes are definitely my favorite biriyani recipes to make!

  129. Melissa says

    5 stars
    I are this tonight and just loved it. Thank you for posting itโ€”itโ€™s definitely going to be part of our rotation!

  130. Emily says

    How do you suggest removing the whole spices at the end? Are we seriously supposed to dig through the rice and chicken mixture, picking out cardamom pods and fennel and cloves and cumin seeds?

  131. Rohit says

    5 stars
    This is a very good recipe and makes biryani relatively easy to make. I was wondering if you can marinate the chicken beforehand to give it even more flavor. If so, how would you suggest marinating it? Thanks again and I am going to try more of your recipes!

  132. Monica says

    Flavor was amazing! I used the correct rice to water ratio but the basmati rice came out mushy . Any idea why? Thanks

    • My Heart Beets says

      Monica, so happy to hear that you liked the flavor ๐Ÿ™‚ As for the rice – I have found that it really depends on the brand. I recommend the brand I use in the post but if you’re using another brand of basmati rice you may have to play around with the times – perhaps try a 5 min cook time and a 5 min npr next time? Let me know if that works better for you!

  133. Veda says

    Ashley, I just want to take the time to say how much I am obsessed with your website, especially this recipe. I was born in Hyderabad so Iโ€™m super picky about biriyani. This recipe is perfection! Iโ€™ve made it countless times. I just made the veggie version too! I also loooove your Chana Masala and chicken curries. The measurements are perfect for everything. I just ordered your IP cookbook on amazon and canโ€™t wait for it to come. Thank you so much for everything you do!!!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Veda, that makes me so happy to hear! I’m so glad you like the biryani so much! And the chana masala and curries ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to hear what you think of any other recipes that you try!

  134. divya says

    Hi! Im a new instant pot convert and just bought one, what size do you use for the recipes you post? mine is the 6 quart one. excited to try some of these and wanted to make sure itll be the right size:)

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Divya! I test all of my recipes using the 6 quart (that’s all that was out when I first bought mine lol) so try any recipe on the site ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know what you think!

      • DIvya says

        5 stars
        just made it today and it looks and taste amazing! my picky 3yo and 1.5 yo daughters also agree!:)my 1st ever biriyani attempt! my family is from kerala but im born and brought up here so only now venturing into indian cooking. love that u have a mix of north and south indian recipes!!!
        would i be able to double this recipe and still safely make in the 6 quart..? if so any other adjustments needed? thanks ashley!

        • My Heart Beets says

          I am so happy to hear that your kiddos loved the biryani! That makes me so happy to hear ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes you can double the recipe – just double the ingredients but keep the cook time the same. I can’t wait to hear what you think of any other recipes that you try!

  135. Aarohi says

    Hello! Looking forward to making this recipe tomorrow! Iโ€™m a new IP user, just got one a few days ago! In the instructions it says โ€œstir fryโ€ when cooking. I donโ€™t have the button on my IP…how do I go about doing so?

  136. Nayan says

    Hi Ashley – I tried your veg biryani and it came out awesome. I want to try the chicken biryani tomorrow. can I use breasts instead of thighs?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Nayan! I’m so glad you liked the veg biryani ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t tried using chicken breast in the chicken biryani so I can’t say for sure but I think it’ll turn out fine. Let me know what you think if you try it out!

  137. ANN says

    5 stars
    I bought your book Indian food Under Pressure online and made this last week – it was lovely and now have found your site so will be making a lot more of your recipes. What I would like to know is when you specify cashews as in your chicken Korma for the creamy cashew sauce do I buy raw or already roasted cashews.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Ann, that’s so great to hear! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the recipes that you try ๐Ÿ™‚ As for cashews – I use raw but roasted will work too ๐Ÿ™‚

  138. Melissa says

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this. I think the next time I make it I will leave the salt out completely. I’m not a big salt person and I don’t think it needed any. I am allergic to black pepper and so I made my own garam masala. The spices were absolutely amazing. That’s why I love Indian food. The thing I love the most is every bite had a new explosion of flavor.

    I have an instant pot Ultra and I sometimes have difficulty with it burning the bottom of anything that has basmati rice in it. I made sure that I rinsed the rice very well after soaking for 30 minutes. The nice thing about this recipe is the rice is not on the bottom at all. I also lifted the chicken up a bit to let some of the water down underneath.

    Thank you and I look forward to making more of your recipes.

  139. Anita says

    This was my first time ever making biryani-had heard that it was a very time consuming process so was amazed when it turned out really well. Even my teenage daughter said it was okay and she has very high standards. I used butter with a dash olive oil as it didnโ€™t have ghee and I was a bit worried that the rice on top hadnโ€™t cooked but when mixed it seemed fine in the end.

  140. Kristin says

    5 stars
    So delicious! I’d never tried this dish before but will certainly be making it again! Husband loved it too and he is so picky I usually don’t share with him, but he was so impressed he took some over to share with neighbors.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Kristin, I’m so happy to hear that!! Thanks for letting me know how much you guys liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ And how nice of you to share with your neighbors – I hope they loved it too!

  141. Kristin says

    Iโ€™m so excited to try this recipe! I donโ€™t have cardamom pods but I have ground cardamom-will it be a problem to substitute in ground cardamom?

    Also your butter chicken recipe is my husband and Iโ€™s absolute favorite dish ever!!!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Kristin, if you use ground cardamom just use a pinch as it’s more concentrated than the pods. I hope you love this! Let me know what you and your hubby think!

  142. Rose says

    Hi I tried the recipe today.but the rice was over cooked.first time iโ€™m Using instant pot.donโ€™t know what I did wrong…but the taste was yummy..is the same time frame for all IP?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Rose, rice can definitely vary – I have tried several brands and they’ve worked with the timing but my absolute favorite rice is aahu barah – I link to it in the post. If you can, I’d suggest trying it with that rice ๐Ÿ™‚ Or you can also try quick releasing pressure after 5 minutes – that may help too!

  143. Matt says

    5 stars
    I have made this twice now. Today I’m planning time number three. It’s so good, so exquisitely delightful, that it makes me proud it came out of my kitchen! I haven’t found an Instant Pot curry recipe so far that has rocked my world, but this biryani recipe is one of the best meals I’ve ever made, and maybe the best. Thank you Ashley!

      • Matt says

        Oh a dry curry in the Instant Pot. I have to try it! Thank you Ashley! I just joined your Facebook group, and I’m very excited to try more recipes. I’m actually making this biryani again today.

        Re: the curries, we have tried your Instant Pot butter chicken, and the one from Two Sleevers, and neither was quite like the restaurant experience for our tastes. Maybe it’s not possible with all these shortcuts? They both told my brain “this is curry!” when I ate them, but there was something missing compared to the restaurant style. I don’t know what. It’s still so wonderful to cook food that tastes authentically Indian without the long slow steps that are traditionally involved.

        • My Heart Beets says

          Matt, awesome! I’m glad you joined the group and I can’t wait to hear what you think of the bhuna if you try it! So when it comes to butter chicken, the method is mostly the same but everyone does things differently – just to confirm though, you’re definitely using the fenugreek leaves, right? Because that makes a surprisingly big difference when it comes to the flavor of butter chicken. If there’s a restaurant whose BC you really love, I suggest asking them questions about it – ask if they use a lot of heavy cream or ghee or ask if they add nuts in the butter chicken (this will give you an idea of whether they add cashew paste – some folks do this). Some restaurants will even use tandoori chicken instead of cooking chicken in the curry and call it butter chicken – that can also make a difference. I hope you’re able to achieve that butter chicken flavor you’re seeking! Keep me posted ๐Ÿ™‚

  144. Ifrah says

    What about yogurt? My mom says it’s a mystery to add yogurt to the meat but I didn’t see it in your recipe. How can I incorporate it?

  145. Layla says

    Hi! I want to make this with boneless beef stew cubes. Should I pressure for 7 minutes still? Or maybe 10?

  146. maya aras says

    Made this for the first time yesterday. Biryani has always seemed like too much work for me but this Instant pot Biryani turned out great and so much less work. Big hit with my family. Thank you

  147. Elizabeth says

    5 stars
    Just made this and it is fantastic! I reduced the chicken to 1 lb and threw in a cup of frozen peas and two carrots sliced into sticks (I borrowed from your veg biryani recipe!). Also, raisins fried in ghee – YUM.

  148. Lynn D'Al says

    We really loved this recipe. We like heat, so added a few sliced serrano chilies and upped the cayenne a bit. It was a perfect consistency. I also added a touch of cayenne and the cinnamon to the nuts and raisins. (Then threw the cinnamon back in per the directions. I will make this recipe again. Thanks.

  149. Arindam says

    Love most of your recipes but sadly this is a pulao, not a biryani. I am not sure which “gharana” of biryani has cashews and raisins in it – neither the authentic Awadhi, nor the diluted Lucknow/Calcutta derivative. Also, this recipe will definitely pass as an excellent pulao, but not really biryani.

    However, I will give it a go and I am sure I will love it “as a pulao”

    • Helen Oโ€™Halloran says

      Have made this a few times and it was a โ€˜hitโ€™ with all the family! I want to make it tomorrow but I only have chicken breast, can I use this instead of the thighs? I hate having to buy new ingredients when my freezer is full! Many thanks in advance! By the way, I use a Crockpot Express!

      • My Heart Beets says

        Helen, that’s so great to hear! I am sure chicken breast will work – I just prefer chicken thighs because I find the meat to be juicier and less likely to overcook in the instant pot. Let me know how it goes!

  150. CMD says

    5 stars
    OH MY GOSH THIS WAS SO GOOD!!! I rarely brag about my dinners but I’ve told everyone in the office about this one. I didn’t have the “whole” version of a few spices (cinnamon, cumin, and cardamom) so I used 1/2 to 1 teaspoons of the “ground” version (eyeballed it) – still absolutely amazing recipe!!!

  151. Tina says

    I received the instant pot yesterday ( I ordered it after seeing all your recipes), I made the chicken biriyani today. It’s delicious and full of flavor, the best biriyani I have made so far. I ordered your cookbook and looking forward to trying more recipes . Thank you.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Tina, that makes me so happy to hear!! Thanks so much for letting me know how the biryani turned out for you ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you love all the recipes you try from my book!

  152. Elizabeth Hamilton says

    5 stars
    This was awesome! Made a double batch with brown rice cooked for 20 minutes and 10 minutes natural pressure release. Thanks for another yummy version of chicken and rice in the instant pot for this busy mama. The 1.5 year old and 4 years old loved it too!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Elizabeth, I’m so glad you and your kiddos loved it! And good to know that it worked well with brown rice! Thanks so much for letting me know how this turned out for you all ๐Ÿ™‚

  153. Elle says

    5 stars
    I received my Instant Pot just a few days ago..after almost memorizing the manual I made this Chicken Byriani recipe as my first meal.

    I order this dish every time I go to an Indian restaurant..I was happy to discover the recipe makes it even better than my favorite restaurant does.

    Thanks for the recipe and looking forward to making more….I love Indian food.

  154. Knt says

    what rice do u use..? any particular brand. Also, r u using brown rice in this recipe, y is the color so brown? I never get that color..

  155. Sarah says

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I used brown basmati rice and about 20 minutes was a good cooking time (plus 10 minutes of the natural pressure release). I might double the raisins next time but otherwise, this was a wonderful recipe. We just moved to a rural area and we miss having an Indian restaurant nearby. Iโ€™m looking forward to working through more of your recipes as I try to learn more about Indian cooking. Thank you!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Sarah, that’s great to hear!! Thanks for letting me (and others reading this) know how it turned out with brown basmati rice! Can’t wait to hear what you think of any other recipes you try!

  156. Swapnil says

    Hi Ashley, can the chicken biryani be made with chicken drumsticks instead of boneless chicken? If yes, what would be the cooking time? Thanks, love your recipes โค๏ธ

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Swapnil, you can use chicken drumsticks but I’d suggest removing the skin as it’ll get soggy in the IP. It should cook in the same amount of time. Let me know how it goes!

  157. Maneesha says

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley, I made this last night, and it turned out great!! I love your biryani recipes – I tried this chicken one and the shrimp biryani. The instant pot recipe makes it so easy and efficient to make the biryanis without sacrificing taste!

  158. Nyla khan says

    Hi this is nyla i am new to this community and also to instant pot ans its recipes. I like your biryani recipe. Plz tell ne the ratio of rice n water for intant pot. As when i cook on stove top i add 1 is to 2.for example 1 cup rice 1 and hslf cup water.somy question is what wull be ratio in instant por.
    Thanks in advance
    Regatds. Nyla

  159. David says

    The last step instructs you to “Discard the whole spices.” But the “Whole Spices” section includes several types of seeds and minced ingredients. How do you discard such things after they’ve been mixed together with everything else?

    This looks pretty tasty.

  160. Michelle says

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley this was great. Could you post a chicken biryani recipe for the instant pot that uses a yogurt marinade?ped

  161. shaina says

    i keep forgetting to pull chicken out of the freezer. i’m newer to instant pot. what are you throughts on frozen chicken? some bloggers say its fine to use? thanks!

  162. Varalika Srivastava says

    Hey, thanks a lot for the recipe! I made it and now it tasted really good. However, it turned out more like chicken and curry mixed with rice. It wasnโ€™t dry like Biryani is. It was very wet. Wonder what I did wrong!? ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

  163. Payal says

    I loved the recipe! How would you make a vegetarian/tofu biryani? Just substitute the chicken for the tofu?

  164. Amy says

    Thank you for this and all your recipes! It was delicious. My 7 year old gave it an 8/10 (and itโ€™s really spicy). My kids (and I) love Indian food but I was way too intimidated to make it until I came upon your blog. Thank you!

  165. Palu says

    5 stars
    The unofficial, national dish of Trinidad and Tobago is called Pelau. It’s a one pot rice and chicken (or whatever meat) meal. We take it to the beach for an all day “lime”, or cook it up for whatever occasion when there’s a large group hanging out. This recipe is similar to a pelau, but with deeper flavors. It doesn’t taste quite Indian, it doesn’t taste quite Trini. It hits that sweet spot in between where when I make this for my family, they will say…”I didn’t know you had such a sweet hand!” I’m not known for my cooking skills in the family. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃโค

  166. haniefa says

    If I want to increase the rice to 2 cups, will I need to increase any of the spices and cooking time? I assume I must increase the water though.

    • My Heart Beets says

      You can double the recipe by doubling all the ingredients – keep the cook time the same though. The pot will take longer to reach pressure due to more contents in the pot – so you can keep the cook time the same.

      • Ro says

        5 stars
        I made the recipe the first time following the exact instructions and it turned out sooo delicious! So I decided to make it again next week and doubled everything but kept the cook time the same. When I opened the top layer of rice was still uncooked so I cooked it again (pressure 4 minutes this time). This time the top layer was cooked but looks like the layer beneath got overcooked. I hadn’t realized the layer below was cooked before. What can I do differently for double the quantity?

  167. Julie says

    This was a big hit in our household. Living in Hawaii the humidity got to some of my spices, so I had to leave out the paprika and substitute caraway seeds for the fennel, but the dish was still super delicious. My 10 year old asked for seconds and was happy is finished as her friend was being picked up so she didn’t have to share – that alone speaks volumes. Have definitely made it into our favorites rotation. Thank you!

  168. Varusha says

    5 stars
    I don’t eat chicken but made this for my husband and son. Now, thanks to you, our local restaurant will be losing business because they have declared that they will never be ordering from the restaurant again. The fragrance and taste was amazing and the boys said the chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender (we used drumsticks, didn’t have thighs). The only disappointing thing is that I have owned my InstantPot for over two years, and have only just now realized it can do this – all this time I had exclusively been using it only as a pressure cooker ๐Ÿ™

    • My Heart Beets says

      Varusha, haha wow!! I’m so happy o hear that they like the biryani so much!! Thank you so much for letting me know how it turned out ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to hear what you think of any other recipes you try with your instant pot!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Jon, if you want to use brown rice with this recipe then I suggest using quick cooking brown basmati rice – it takes the same amount of time as white basmati rice. I think using regular brown basmati rice could result in overcooked chicken but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. If you try, please let me know!

      • Gisele says

        I just made this amazingly delicious recipe. Wow…just wow! I used brown rice and I followed your recipe. The rice was just a little underdone so I closed it back up unplugged and then it was perfect. I am so impressed, I have ordered your book.

      • Tanya Susan George says

        5 stars
        OMG this was yummmmmm!!! This was my first instantpot experience so I was a little hesitant but gosh came out so well ๐Ÿ˜€ only issue I had was the quantity didn’t look like it wouldn’t last longer than one meal with just my husband and I having it haha!!

  169. Ani says

    I’m so excited to try this recipe! I have ground cloves, but not whole – can i substitute that? Online it’s seems to say one teaspoon of whole cloves is 3/4 teaspoon of ground cloves. Do you think that would work, or would it change the dish too much? I also don’t have the cinnamon stick – would cinnamon powder work?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Ani! I would say to just leave the cloves out — ground cloves are much stronger in my opinion and it’s really easy to overdo it. It’ll still be good even without it! As for the cinnamon, you can just add a pinch of powder. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the dish!

  170. Kristen says

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! My 7yo loved it. I couldnโ€™t figure out what made it so spicy since I didnโ€™t use cayenne or chili powder. Not sure if it was the paprika or Garam Masala. It was a bit spicy for my son but the flavor was so good he kept eating it anyway!!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Kristen, I’m so happy to hear that you and your kiddo liked it! As for reducing the heat next time though, try leaving out the black pepper. Garam masala already has black pepper in it so maybe the extra bit made it too spicy for him? Thanks for letting me know how it turned out for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  171. Jess says

    5 stars
    I have made this chicken biryani many times now, and it is SO good. I’ve also made your shrimp biryani and the brown rice and beef biryani, and the chicken is my favorite. Thank you for sharing your awesome recipes! I bought your cookbook, and have made several recipes, all very good. I do have a question for you – I have a slight allergy to onions and garlic and have been reading about asafetida; do you have any recipes using this as a subsitute for alliums? I would love to find a good one!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Jess, it makes me so happy to hear that you’ve tried all of my biryani recipes (more to come, soon)! Glad you like the chicken biryani so much – thank you for letting me know! To be honest, I haven’t used hing in cooking because it’s very difficult to find a gluten-free asafoetida (although I may be getting my hands on some soon) so I’m not very familiar with it. Are you in my Instant Pot for Indian Food facebook group? Someone in there recently asked about no garlic/onion recipes and it was quite a long discussion – they discussed asafoetida as well. It may be helpful for you!

      • Dagmara says

        5 stars
        This recipe is really good ๐Ÿ™‚ But what I really came here to say is that I bought some gluten-free asafoetida a while back and I’ve been loving it.

        It’s blended with fenugreek, so I think that’s pretty reasonable! I don’t think I can taste the fenugreek.

  172. Lizzie says

    This looks amazing, will definitely be making it next week! Sorry if this information is somewhere, I couldn’t find it – how many portions does this make?

    Thanks