Shallot And Chicken Biryani

shallot and chicken biryani


  • 200 g (7 oz) basmati rice
  • 400 g (14 oz) chicken breast or thigh meat, cut into small pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbs ginger, grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbs rapeseed oil
  • 2 large echalion shallots, chopped
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tbs nigella seeds
  • 1 tbs Madras spice paste
  • 12 curry leaves
  • 400 ml (14 fl oz) chicken stock
  • 200 g (7 oz) spinach
  • 100 g (3½ oz) paneer, chopped
  • To Serve: chopped fresh coriander; sliced red chilli; plain yoghurt.
Recipe courtesy of UK Shallots.

This tasty Shallot And Chicken Biryani recipe serves four.

Give it a try the next time the family are all sitting down for dinner. You won’t regret it!


  1. Cover the rice in water, give it a stir, strain it and cover with water again.
  2. Mix the chicken in a bowl with the garlic, ginger and a pinch of salt. Cover, and put in the fridge for an hour if you have time.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan that has a lid and can go in the oven. Fry the chicken for 5 minutes until starting to brown and then remove to a plate.
  4. Add the shallots, cumin and nigella seeds to the hot pan, and cook for 5 minutes until starting to soften. Stir in the curry paste then cook for 1 minute more. Return the chicken to the pan.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 180 deg. C., 350 deg. F., Gas Mark 4.
  6. Drain the rice, washing it with clean water, add it to the pan along with the curry leaves, then pour over the stock and bring to the boil.
  7. Add the spinach to the pan and put the lid on for a few minutes until it has wilted. Stir in the paneer and some seasoning. Cover the pan with foil, then put the lid on top.
  8. Cook in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes, then leave to stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve with the coriander, chillies and yoghurt on the side


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