Instant Pot Pour and Cook Chicken Biryani

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This is hands-down the easiest chicken biryani recipe in existence. It’s a pour and cook recipe!

instant pot pour and cook chicken biryani

I have done the impossible. I’ve come up with an incredible biryani recipe that you can prep in minutes.

This is a pour and cook recipe – meaning, you dump ingredients into your instant pot and cook.

Just mix raw chicken, greek yogurt, spices, and a couple of other ingredients in your instant pot. Pour rice and water over top. Press start.

Walk away, preferably to the living room, watch around half a Netflix show (so many feelings about Indian Matchmaking and Selling Sunset), and then walk back into the kitchen to find a perfectly cooked biryani with tender pieces of chicken and separate grains of basmati rice.

Should I make it a required part of the directions to watch television while you wait? You can tell your partner/roommate/child/pet/yourself that Ashley told you to do this to ensure perfect biryani. I really think it helps (lol).

instant pot pour and cook chicken biryani

How to make Pour and Cook Biryani Step-by-Step:

Dump the chicken and marinade ingredients into the instant pot’s steel insert and then mix it up!

Add rice, water and pressure cook!

Garnish with nuts, raisins, cilantro and mint! That’s it!

A few things to know about this simple biryani recipe:

  • Because this recipe calls for yogurt, I suggest rinsing the rice rather than soaking it since the yogurt provides additional moisture.
  • For biryani, I really prefer to use long-grain basmati rice. This brand is my absolute favorite for biryani – it’s better than other varieties I’ve tried and results in aromatic, springy, and separate grains.
  • Chicken releases moisture, so please try to use 2 pounds as listed in the recipe. If you use more chicken, it will result in slightly softer rice (though it’ll still taste good).
instant pot pour and cook chicken biryani

I’m aware that the chicken biryani already on my site is one of my most popular recipes. I love it, and I know you do too (it has hundreds of amazing reviews). But limited time combined with my desire to eat well forced me to develop another, simpler method for chicken biryani. This pour and cook recipe. And you know what? It’s incredible.

I honestly can’t decide which recipe for chicken biryani I like better. If you make both, I’d love to know.

instant pot pour and cook chicken biryani
instant pot pour and cook chicken biryani

Instant Pot Pour and Cook Chicken Biryani

instant pot pour and cook chicken biryani

Instant Pot Pour and Cook Chicken Biryani

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Servings 4 -6

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs leave whole
  • 2 cups long-grain basmati rice rinsed (we’re cooking longer, no need to soak)
  • 2 cups water

Marinade:

  • 1 cup whole milk greek yogurt
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic or paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger or paste
  • 1 –2 green chilis minced, to taste
  • 4 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 4 teaspoons paprika or Kashmiri chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne to taste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

Garnish:

  • Cilantro chopped, to taste
  • Mint chopped, to taste

Ghee-Coated Cashews and Raisins:

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • cup of halved cashews
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins

Instructions
 

  • Combine the chicken and all of the ingredients listed under “marinade” together in the bottom of the instant pot and mix well. Let this sit on the counter at room temperature for 10 minutes (10 minutes is enough time for the chicken to marinate).
  • Spread the rinsed rice so that it is in a thin layer overtop the marinated chicken. Pour the water into the pot, pushing down the rice if needed so that it is submerged. Do not mix.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve, and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. 
  • Mix well then sprinkle mint, cilantro, and ghee-coated cashews and raisins before serving.

To make ghee-coated cashews and raisins:

  • Melt 2 tablespoons ghee in a small pot on the stovetop over medium heat, add ⅓ cup of halved cashews and stir-fry for a minute or until lightly golden, then add 2 tablespoons raisins and stir-fry until they plump up.

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Notes

  • For biryani, I really prefer to use long-grain basmati rice. This brand is my absolute favorite for biryani – it’s better than other varieties I’ve tried and results in aromatic, springy, and separate grains.
  • Because this recipe calls for yogurt, I suggest rinsing the rice rather than soaking it, since the yogurt provides additional moisture.
  • Chicken releases moisture, so please try to use 2 pounds as listed in the recipe. If you use more chicken, it will result in slightly softer rice (though it’ll still taste good).
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  1. Sangu says

    5 stars
    Tried this a couple of weeks ago and was surprised at how tasty it was. My husband was wowed that I was able to cook something last minute that tasted so good. Thank you Ashley!

    PS. This is my second review this evening. Decided I must leave you some well-deserved love as I have been using your website regularly for over a year or so.

  2. Amy Hull says

    I tried this recipe and was skeptical that raw chicken only needed 6 minutes of cooking time in the IP. After following all the directions EXACTLY, I was correct… 6 minutes is NOT enough time. The chicken was raw and the rice was still hard. I sealed up the IP again and cooked it for another 10 minutes on high with another 10 min of natural release time. The chicken was finally cooked and the rice was soft. It might have been too soft because the rice was a bit mushy. In the end, it turned out delicious and was even better the next day. Just add more cooking time in the InstantPot!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Amy, it sounds like perhaps your instant pot didn’t seal correctly the first time or the pot didn’t come to pressure? You can cook raw chicken in 6 minutes in an instant pot (actually, in 5 minutes – I made it 6 for the rice).

  3. Cath says

    Loving my new IP and discovering your delicious recipes.
    If I were to double or triple the recipe, would the cook time need to be adjusted?
    Thanks.

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      So happy to hear that! I haven’t tried doubling this recipe but typically I’d suggest doubling all ingredients and keeping the cook time the same (the pot will take longer to reach pressure, which makes up for the extra volume). Let me know how it goes if you try!

      • Cath says

        5 stars
        OK, unless you’re feeding a small town, this recipe does not need doubling!
        I had bookmarked both your chicken biryani recipes and saw that the other recipe used 1cup of rice, which wouldn’t be enough for our family. When I opened this recipe, I didn’t notice that it already has double the rice – 2cups. This would have been enough for us, however, I had already mixed all of the other ingredients, so we doubled it!
        After initially getting a ‘food burn’ error message, I opened and VERY gently stirred the bottom layer of ingredients, careful to keep the rice and water on top.
        The end result was delicious, though there was a layer of charred marinade on the bottom of the pan. The flavour was not affected. We now have leftovers for a couple of days – not complaining! Next time, I’ll stick to the original qty. thanks for your recipes. I’m looking forward to trying more.

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