Healthy Chicken Biryani

This Healthy Chicken Biryani is an Indian staple in many regions of India. This dish is a one pot meal with plenty of great Indian spices mixed into it.
Course dinner
Cuisine Gluten free, Indian Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Feed Your Soul Tpp


Chicken & Marinade

  • 1 Cup Plain Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 1/2 Lbs Chicken Thighs

Biryani Masala

  • 2 Whole Serrano or Jalapenos chopped
  • 5 Cloves Garlic chopped
  • 1/2 Whole Medium Red Onion quartered
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Small Bunch Mint Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 Inch Fresh Ginger

Onion Mixture

  • 3 Whole Red Onions sliced
  • 1 Whole Bay Leaf
  • 4 Whole Cardamon Pods
  • 1 Whole Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 3/4 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Whole Lemon juice

Brown Basmati rice

  • 2 Cups Brown Basmati Rice


Chicken & Marinade

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in bowl and liberally coat the chicken.  Cover in a bowl and let marinade for 2 - 3 hours.  Spread out on a baking tray and bake in a 325 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Let cool a little and cut into cubes.

Brown Basmati Rice

  1. Cook the rice according to the bag/box instructions.

Biryani Masala

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.  Blend to a puree and set aside.

Red Onions

  1. Add the oil to a Dutch oven and add the onion ingredients.  Cook the onions down.  Remove the bay leaf and cardamon pods, and next, add biryani masala.  Mix well and let simmer for 5 minutes or so.  Add the water and the rice and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes until the rice is tender.  Add the chicken and lemon and simmer for a few more minutes.  

    Serve and enjoy!