How to Make Leftover Chicken Biryani Recipe

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Who doesn’t love a good, delicious homemade Chicken Biryani for lunch? Such recipes are a great way to restate the leftovers from the previous day sitting in the fridge. So I’m super happy to be bringing this leftover chicken biryani recipe to you. From scratch, quick and easy, and loaded with bursting real biryani like character.

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Servings: 4 bowl


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  1. Take leftover chicken curry out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
  2. Rinse and soak basmati rice in enough water. Set aside.
  3. Soak saffron in 2 tbsp of warm milk, stir and set aside.
  4. Now shred large pieces of chicken into bite-size pieces and combine nicely in the curry. Discard the bones.
  5. Fill 6 - 8 Cups of water in a wide pan, bring to boil. Add one star anise, two cardamom pods, cloves and a pinch of salt. When water boils, add rice in water. Stir once.
  6. Once rice is 80% cooked turn off the heat. Drain the water from the rice.
  7. In a heavy bottomed pan or heavy duty casserole ( buy it here ), heat ghee .
  8. Add whole spices (bay leaf, one star anise, 2 cardamom). Fry till the aroma of spices is released.
  9. Add the thinly sliced onions and fry till these are deep golden brown in color. Take out half of the onions; we will use them later.
  10. Add the chicken curry along with the shredded pieces and green chili. Stir to combine.
  11. Season with salt to taste and a teaspoon of garam masala. Remember, the spice level of curry will toned down once combined with rice so it is best to season the curry generously.
  12. Let all the masala and chicken curry mix well. Give it 4 - 5 minutes to simmer. Add 1/4 Cup of water if the curry seems too thick.
  13. Now to layer rice and chicken. Spread layer of rice over chicken, sprinkle chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves, brown onions and saffron soaked in milk.
  14. Cover the vessel with a tight fitting lid or seal the edges of the pan with the chapati dough.
  15. Let biryani cook for 10 minutes on low flame. Turn off the heat. Open the lid only once you are ready to serve the Biryani. Gently mix the biryani before serving.
  16. Serve Biryani with raita, salad and if possible curry of leftover chicken.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 166g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 337  
Calories from Fat 127 38%
Total Fat 14.22g 18%
Saturated Fat 8.38g 34%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 289mg 8%
Total Carbs 48.28g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g 12%
Sugars 4.76g 3%
Protein 5.41g 9%
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