hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe, how to make chicken biryani

hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe, Learn how to make chicken biryani in a dum style with step by step photos
Making a good chicken biryani is just very simple and this recipe is perfect for a home preparation. This is easier than any dum biryani since it needs no sauting of spices or meat. Just mix all the ingredients and cook on a slow dum process, trapping the steam to retain the aroma. To get an authentic flavor and taste, do use all the mentioned ingredients and if desired can substitute ghee for oil.
hyderabadi chicken dum biryani recipe swasthis recipes
This is one of the best hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe i have made for years and it is very easy and even a beginner can try without any troubles. Chicken can be marinated the previous night and refrigerated to make the best flavorful biryani.

step by step photos on how to make hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe

1. Add all the marination ingredients to a bowl. yogurt, salt, red chili powder, biryani masala, turmeric, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, cardamom powder, Mix them well to make a paste.
making marinade for hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe
2. Marinate the chicken with the prepared yogurt and masala paste prepared in step 1. Allow it to sit for overnight in the fridge or for at least 2 hours.
marinating chicken for making biryani recipe
3. Add dry spices to a pot of boiling water along with few drops of oil. You can add the dry spices to a muslin cloth and make a knot if you don’t like to get a bite of the spices. Add soaked rice and cook till 3/4 th cooked. The rice must be grainy.
4. Add the marinade to a heavy bottom pot. Sprinkle fried onions, chilies, coriander and mint leaves. Add oil and mix it.
adding chicken to a pot for making biryani
5. Layer the rice over the chicken. The rice must be moist and not with dripping water. It should not be dry either.
layering rice for making hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe6. Add fried onions, mint and coriander leaves. Sprinkle biryani masala.
sprinkling biryani masala for biryani
7. Layer the rice again.
repeat layering for making hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe step 6
8. Sprinkle fried onions, mint and coriander leaves and biryani masala. Pour the saffron milk.
sprinkling mint for hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe
9.Use a foil to cover the rim. You can also use a thick clean kitchen cloth. or make dough and stick to the rim of the pot.
covering with foil for biryani recipe
10. Cover the pot with a lid. If using dough. make sure the lid sits on the dough.
preparing for dum biryani
11. Place the pot over a hot old tawa. Cook on a medium high for about 15 to 20 minutes.
cook dum chicken biryani on a tawa
12. Lower the flame to very low and cook for another 15 minutes. Switch off the stove and let it rest for sometime
lowering the flame for hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe
13. Flavorful dum biryani is ready.
easy biryani recipe
14. Fluff up the rice gently and serve with one of these
mint raita
cucumber raita
onion raita
simla mirch ka salan.
garnishing and serving hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe
For more biryani recipes, check

pakki chicken biryani (cooking chicken first then layering)
vegetable dum biryani
veg biryani
muslim biryani
egg biryani


find complete hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe below

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hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe, how to make chicken biryani
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Basmathi rice and chicken marinated in spices and cooked in a dum style to yield a flavorful biryani
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Yield: 2 to 3
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 1 ½ cups aged basmathi rice (soaked for 20 to 30 mins, drain and set aside)
  • ½ kg or 1 lb bone-in-chicken or boneless
  • ¼ to ½ tsp. biryani masala powder for sprinkling in between layers
  • Fried onions from 1 large onion (Learn to make Fried Onions for Hyderabadi Recipes )
  • Fistful of finely chopped coriander leaves
  • Fistful of finely chopped mint leaves
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. Sunflower oil or ghee
  • ¼ tsp saffron strands soaked in 3 tbsps. hot milk
Marination for hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 3 green chilies slit (adjust to suit your taste)
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp. yogurt / curd
  • 2 tbsps. Lemon juice (adjust)
  • 1 ½ tsp Kashmiri / byadgi red chili powder
  • ½ tsp biryani masala powder
  • ¼ tsp green cardamom powder
  • Salt to taste
Dry Spices for rice
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 small strands of mace
  • 1 large or 2 small black cardamom
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 3” cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 large or 2 small bay leaf
  • ½ tsp pepper corn
  • ½ tsp shahi jeera / caraway seeds
  1. Marinate the chicken with the ingredients mentioned under marination and set aside for at least 2 hrs and overnight is best.
  2. This step is optional. Tie up all the dry spices for rice in a muslin cloth.
  3. Wash rice till the water runs clear. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Heat 2 ½ cups water in a utensil to cook rice. Add 1 tsp oil, dry spices and salt, let the water boil rapidly for 5 mins, this way the aroma released is best. Add the soaked rice and cook till it is ¾ done. Remember this is very important. Do not make the rice mushy. Drain off if any excess water is left.
  4. While the rice cooks, transfer the marinated chicken to a heavy bottom casserole, handi or non-stick. Add fried onions, green chilies, ½ of the mint, coriander leaves and pour in the oil or melted ghee. Mix well and level the surface.
  5. Layer the cooked rice evenly, add fried onions, mint and coriander leaves over the chicken.
  6. Sprinkle ¼ tsp to ½ tsp. biryani masala powder.
  7. Repeat steps of layering rice, coriander mint leaves and then fried onions.
  8. Pour the saffron milk all over.
  9. Cover the rim of the casserole with foil to trap the dum or use a cloth. Rinse a thick kitchen cloth and squeeze off the excess water, it must be just moist and not with dripping water. Make a double layer. Spread this cloth over the rim and cover the lid over the casserole.
  10. Place this over a thick hot tawa, set the flame to medium high such that the flame reaches all over the diameter of the casserole. Cook this way for exactly 20 mins. After 20 mins, if you have a see thru lid you can see the vapour filled.
  11. Now reduce the flame to min (as low as in Indian stoves or burners, where the flame barely touches tawa). Cook this way for exactly 10 to 15 mins. You can see the vapour dripping on the moist cloth. Off the flame and leave it as it is for at least 20 to 30 mins. Garnish chicken biryani and serve.
If you do not like to use a cloth for trapping the steam or dum, you can use dough to seal the lid of the utensil, but cleaning up the mess is difficult. An aluminium foil too works ok.

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  1. sandeepa says

    excellent recipe & very well explained. I just wanted to know what should be the size of each chicken piece so that chicken gets cooked in the dum process perfectly

    • swasthi says

      Hi Sandeepa,
      2 to 4 inches piece is just fine. Whatever be the size of the piece, it gets cooked due to the marination. So marinating properly for enough time is most important. hope this helps

  2. Tarun says

    Hey Swasthi, I just had a mouthful of the biryani I prepared with your recipe. It was yum. There were some areas of improvement but I know how to correct them. Loved every bite and carrying some for colleagues to office. Any other recipe that you suggest I could attempt? Regards, T

  3. siri says

    Hi… lovely pics swasthi…. I want to try this recipe with chicken drumsticks. Can u please suggest the quantity of chicken and rice for this biryani.

    • swasthi says

      Hello Siri,
      to make biryani with drumsticks, usually more chicken is used to yield a good meat flavor to biryani rice. The same quantity of 1.5 cups of rice for 1/2 kg chicken is okay to go ahead if using small sized drumsticks. But if you are going with large ones, follow this link on restaurant style chicken biryani recipe. That one too is again an excellent biryani. Hope this helps. Do share with us how it turned out.

  4. Mithilesh says

    Hi i m also going to make biryani on my birhtday .plz help me in making biryani .tell me the process to make tasty biryani.

  5. ricky says

    Hi.I am going to start a biryani shop.this recipe is awesome. Plz tell I want to serve this with gravy .which type of gravy will better for this as people like spicy in my area.

  6. Vaishali Dhaybhai says

    wow!! Gr8 recipe.. had frnz over and they all loved it. Thanx a Lot.. saved my life. i have never cooked non veg and i was so nervous. It was a surprise for my husband and he also loved it. Thanx again for the recipe.

  7. jude lobo says

    Since it was my wife’s birthday I planned to prepare biryani and after going through your recipe I gave it a try and it really came out good and besides my wife all were so pleased thanks a lot for sharing.

  8. Joyce Reddy says

    Just a quick question, when you marinate the chicken overnight, so basically there is not need to first cook the chicken you just layer it and let it cook with the rice that has been 3/4 cooked.
    Thanks for your wonderful recipes, gonna try the chicken breyani tomorrow.

        • Joyce Reddy says

          Hi Swasthi

          Made the veg & chicken briyani and I went according to the recipe and I must admit it was the brest briyani that I’ve ever made. Thanks for all your lovely recipes gonna be trying others in the next couple of days. Keep them coming really appreciate your hard work in putting these recipes together.

          • swasthi says

            Welcome Joyce,
            Iam glad biryani turned out good. Thank you so much for all the encouraging words. Have a wonderful weekend

  9. Karthik says

    Hi, I appreciate your work. I know you took sincere efforts and research to bring these biryani recipe’s. Especially this one. I’m damn sure this will be tasty. Thank you. I have a question, sometimes we don’t get tender chicken here in place. So, is there any chance that the meat will go uncooked?

    • swasthi says

      Thanks Karthik,
      If you don’t have tender chicken, i suggest 2 options
      1. marinate chicken over night (at step 2). Marination with yogurt tenderizes the chicken very well. It will yield fully cooked very soft chicken.
      2. Meat tenderizer is available in the markets. Just sprinkle before layering the rice or follow the instructions on the pack.
      Hope these help

  10. sàgar says

    Hi, swasthi i have prepared the dum biryani for the rirst time wirh ur recipie it was very delicious and tasty thank u very much

  11. plasterer bristol says

    wow! great recipe. one of my favorites Going to give this a go. Thanks for sharing this.


  12. Sarah says

    I just made this! It’s so good!!! The only thing is that I didn’t have a talwa, so I just cooked it directly on the heat in a cast iron pan. This distributed the heat evenly, but it did burn the bottom of the chicken pieces somewhat.. I wasn’t terribly burned, so it added to the flavor! Next time I would try with the talwa if I can find one! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe- was very easy to follow and I made my own biryani masala and fried onions per your instructions. Perfect!

    • swasthi says

      Welcome Sarah,
      Iam not sure about using cast iron pan, i suppose it has high heat retention hence should have burnt. Probably a much lower flame or heat would have prevented the burning. I also suggest reducing the cook time if using a cast iron pan. thanks for the share and your time to comment back here

  13. sunny p t says

    cooking of the way shown above is as easy as plucking a bunch of flowers the best simple and easy recipe to prepare at home

  14. sawera says

    This is the first time i m going to cook biryani. Can u plz explain me ny point 4, do i have to cook the marinated chicken first and then make layer?

  15. shalini says

    Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your prompt reply, which really helped me a lot.

    The taste of this biryani is LAJAWAB…………….,
    my guests & family all were licking their fingers & ate it. They all were shocked that such a tasty biryani can be prepared at home & that too at an easy method.

    Once again thank u, thank u very much.

    • swasthi says

      Welcome Shalini,
      I really appreciate your time and effort to share all your cooking experiences with my recipes.your comment is valuable. Thank you so much
      Have a wonderful day.

  16. shalini says

    This biryani is very inviting. I need to prepare this biryani.

    One doubt, I have marinated the chicken, today evening & kept it in the fridge (Not in deep freezer). Can I prepare the biryani tomorrow evening or I should prepare it in the morning or at afternoon.

    Pls. tell me how many days, we can keep the marinated chicken in the fridge as well as in the deep freezer.
    Waiting for your reply.

    • swasthi says

      Hello Shalini,
      Marination for Over night is enough. But you can keep up to 24 hours in the refrigerator without any problem. Keeping it for longer than 24 hours may not be a healthy idea, even though refrigerated. I suggest using it up in 24 hours. When you make the biryani , finish it off , do not refrigerate the left overs since it is made from refrigerated chicken.. Refrigerating and heating chicken many times is not good for health..
      To freeze, i used to do it years ago this way when biryani was a regular affair..
      Fresh cut chicken from the butcher (not frozen), Wash drain off water thoroughly, Add little more turmeric than mentioned in the recipe and marinate. Freeze it immediately and use up within one week. The day before preparation i use to defrost it in the refrigerator and use it for my biryani or chicken kali mirch.
      Hope this helps

  17. Archana says

    OMG droolinggggg…..had a doubt of biryani masala powder……it is added for the marrination…..but then while assembling again it is used but how much to use while assembling…thank u in advance

    • swasthi says

      Hi Archana,
      !/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp biryani masala powder would be enough. I have updated. thanks for the mention.