Pakistani Chicken Biryani Recipe

Step-by-Step Guide to Cook Pakistani Biryani

By | Posted on 9/6/2009 8:41:52 PM

Who doesn’t like Indian food? Indian curries are very famous all over the world. Biryani is such an Indian food which has lots of demand in various countries and very popular across many ethnicities. Chicken Biryani is available in various types like Pakistani biryani, Hydrabadi, Butter chicken biryani etc.

Ingredient For Chicken Biryani Recipe:

  • Chicken (1lb cut into medium pieces)
  • Yogurt (4-5tbsp)
  • Ginger paste (1/2tbsp)
  • Garlic paste (1/2tbsp)
  • Turmeric powder (1/2tbsp)
  • Coriander powder (1tbsp)
  • Kesar (1/4tbsp)
  • Butter (2tbsp)
  • Ghee (1tbsp)
  • Onion (1 sliced)
  • Mint leaves (5-10 finely chopped)
  • Any Biryani powder (1/2 pack i prefer Bombay biryani masala)
  • Coriander leaves (3-4 sticks finely chopped)
  • Whole garam masala (3-4 cloves, 1sinamon stick, 1bay leaf)
  • Milk (1/2cup)
  • Rice (1cup)
  • Ginger (1tbsp finely chopped)
  • Red chili powder (1tbsp  according to your taste)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Cumin seed (1/2tbsp)

Spicy Chicken Biryani

How to Cook Chicken Biryani:

Soak the rice for about 20-30 minutes in cold water. Marinate the chicken (add yogurt, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, salt as per taste) for about an hour. Take a deep pan and add the ghee after it gets heated. When ghee starts melting add the whole garam masala, sliced onions and fry it till it become golden brown. After that add the marinate chicken to the fried masala, add 1/2tbsp ginger garlic paste, bomaby biryani powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and cook it until the chicken becomes almost ready to eat(80-90% cooked). On the other hand take 3-4 cups of cold water and add few drops of oil, then add salt and cumin seed before putting the container on the stove. When the water starts boiling pour the socked rice to it. When the rice gets half boiled drain all the water from it. Now add the half done rice on top of chicken and add some fried onions, chopped coriander, mint leaves, some chopped ginger, butter and sprinkle few drops of red color.

Paki Chicken Biryani Marination

In the mean time take half cup of milk and add some keser to it, later sprinkle the keser milk on the biryani. Generally keser gives the nice flavor to your biryani. Now just put a tight lid to the pot incase if you don’t have tight lid then don’t worry for that, just put a kitchen towel on the top of the pot along a regular cover to hold it tight. Cook the biryani in a very low flame for about 20 minutes. Open the lid and mix the rice and chicken well. Remember, mix the rice and chicken very slowly otherwise the rice will brake and that will not look good. Now your Pakistani Chicken Butter Biryani is ready to serve. Serve it with yogurt salad to add the flavor. Try it in your kitchen and enjoy the taste. Hope you will enjoy it and write us here about the experience. Don’t worry if you fail to make it as like as you get in a restaurant but I bet you will cook it better the next time.

Pakistani Chicken Biryani


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Name: sruthi

biriyani is my favorite recipe. This recipe is very nice. want many more nonveg recipes and want to know the different styles of biriyani

Name: Pragyan

Hi Sruthi, I too like biryani a lot. I never heard of Paki biryani in India but my husband mentioned me for the first time when i came here to live with him. I tried my best to learn it and it is really testy. My husband likes it the max among all the biryanis. I cook various kinds of biryanis as well and i will make it a priority to write about them. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Name: Joseph George

Recipe looks to be good but i cannot find bombay biriyani masala in the ingredients ?????

Name: Pragyan

Hi Joseph, i missed that somehow. Anyway adding it to the ingredients right away.

Name: kelly

Hi, in the list of ingredients there is Whole garam masala. How many tbsp should I put?

Name: Pragyan

Hi Kelly, if you have grounded masala then 1/2 tbsp is enough for 1 pound of chicken. You will have to adjust it according to your quantity.

Name: kashif

Biriyani is my favorite, it is very nice. Mast photo hai. Will try it definitely.

Name: Heera

Are all the ingredients supposed to be tablespoons or TEASPOONS? I ended up putting in too much red chili powder. I am pretty sure you meant teaspoon though. Can you please correct that?

Name: Pragyan

Hi Heera, all ingredients are tablespoon for 1lb chicken and yes red chili powder is upto your taste you can adjust it accordingly. I am also editing the content so that salt and red chili will remain to the person's taste, it varies from north to south though. I am really sorry for not mentioning this upfront. Thanks for pointing it.

Name: Shabbir Bhai

its yummy.

Name: kiran

Hey, I was searching for pakistani biryani and the picture looks so delicious. Can you tell me about the servings, like, how many people can eat it esp. if they all are men.

Name: Pragyan

Hi Kiran, Thanks a lot for your lovely words. The recipe i have given here is good enough for 2-3 people. If you are a biryani lover, here is one more biryani recipe for you.

Name: pavitra

Hi pragyan, i am thinking of cooking this recipe, i am going to cook this for the first time. i am very nervous of cooking, this looks very very delicious. can u tell me how much of rice i should use for two people, chicken and some extra tips for same recipe ???

Name: jamal diab

what is kesar and ghee.?

Name: Pragyan

Hi pavitra, don't be nervous, this is not a rocket science and a day was there in my life when i wasn't able to make simple ones even. You will get better with the time, just follow the instruction step by step and be attentive as making biryani tests your patience and interest. I am sure your biryani will come out perfect. Generally One cup of rice(1/4 lb) and 0.5 to 0.7lb of chicken is more than enough for two people but it also depends on how much you consume. The only tips for making biryani is give more focus on making rice, it should be 90% done so that your biryani will not get sticky. You can spread the rice on a plate after it is 90% done.

Name: Pragyan

Hi jamal diab, Kesar is saffron and ghee is saturated butter. You can find more information on these through

Name: Sydney

Hi im a filipino and i like biryani a lot, i want to try this recipe for my pakistani friend coz he really love it too. I hope i get it right...

Name: Ruksanah

When looking at the picture I see black pepper corns but there isn't anything in the recipe? Do we need to add black pepper corns/seeds?

Name: Pragyan

Hi Ruksanah, i don't think there is any difference between black peppercorn and seeds. In my knowledge both are same.

Name: fazi

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Name: zubdu

Please email the recipes. Thank you

Name: DANI.....

Hi, loved this recipe. I also like biryani. It's one of my favorite dish.

Name: shiva

Hi i like this biryani it is my favorite dish..

Name: duncan

Hi Your recipe sounds delicious and you sound vey lovely too. I have volunteered to cook biryani for 15 work collegues, and I am going to use your recipe so wish me luck:))

Name: elaine

I tried your chicken biryani it is very nice, my family loved it a lot. But i cooked it little different i add everything in the chicken with heat gee oil add chopped onion and put in the chicken. i added all thing into the rice (mix well) and put to rice cooker then start cooking. note: uncooked rice

Name: Noomi

I jus follow ur recipe n i tink it fail. Cos the biryani masala is nt bombay biryani mix as i cant find here. My rice become a bit too much of biryani masala, beside tht too much yogurt cos it have dour taste a bit May i know ur 1/2 pack biryani masala equivalent to how much gram or kg of biryani masala? To cook 2 cups of rice, how much biryani masala, yogurt, n chicken i need?

Name: mohd rashid

I like this biryani it is my favorite dish.

Name: sama

Very beautiful, yummy and so tasty.

Name: priya

Try using pavbhaji masala it also tastes good.

Name: Pragyan

Hi Priya, Thank you very much for a wonderful suggestion. Will definitely try it soon.

Name: vijay mulekar

Very good and simple recipe of chicken biryani

Name: Faz

Dishon ka sartaj ya badsha ho to wo BIRYANI hi hai.

Name: hi i am khanmanzoor

Very beautiful yummy taste.

Name: jhili

This recipe is very wonderful i like it.

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