Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

  • Author: My Heart Beets


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. It’s easy enough to make on a weeknight and impressive enough to serve to your guests at a dinner party.


  • 1 cup basmati rice, soaked 15-30 minutes
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • ⅓ cup cashews, halved
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins

Whole Spices

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 ½ pounds skinless and boneless chicken thighs, cut into quarters

Ground Spices

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped


  1. Soak the basmati rice in cold water for 15-30 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the chicken and stir-fry 6-7 minutes or until the outside of the chicken is no longer pink.
  6. Add the ground spices and mix to coat the chicken.
  7. Dump the rice on top of the chicken (do not mix). Add water.
  8. Sprinkle half the cilantro and mint on top of the rice.
  9. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
  10. Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Open the valve to release any remaining pressure.
  11. Discard the whole spices. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and mint and garnish with the ghee-coated cashews and raisins.