Chicken and Lemon Biryani Recipe

Flatlay of chicken and lemon biryani pot, serving spoon and plated


  • 250 g (9 oz) basmati rice
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 6 skinned and boned chicken thighs cut into 3
  • 2 tbs medium curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 5 Opies Lemon Slices
  • 2 pieces of Opies Stem Ginger chopped finely
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped roughly
  • 700 ml (1¼ pt) hot chicken stock made using a chicken stock cube
  • To Garnish: fresh coriander; toasted almonds.
Recipe and image courtesy of Opies.

This tasty Chicken and Lemon Biryani recipe from Opies is so easy to make!

Serves: 4

  1. Soak the rice in cold water for about 30 minutes. Then rinse and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a frying-pan, add the onion and garlic and fry gently until soft.
  3. Now add the chicken, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and bay leaves and continue frying for a couple more minutes.
  4. Add the lemon slices, ginger and the drained rice, and continue frying for a couple more minutes over a low  heat.
  5. Finally add the chopped tomatoes and hot chicken stock. Bring to a rolling boil, pop a lid on and cook for another 5 minutes. Turn the heat off, but do not remove the lid. Cover with a tea towel and leave to stand for 15-20 minutes before serving.
  6. Chop a little fresh coriander and lightly toast a few almonds for garnish.

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