Chicken biryani pilau

Easy and cheap to recreate at home, students won’t need to order takeaways ever again!

  • Ready in 50 mins-1 hr
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 445
  • fat 12g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 57g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 32g
  • salt 0.5g


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 large chicken thighs, skin on
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp curry powder (hot if you like it spicy, mild for tamer curries)
  • 350g easy-cook, long grain rice
  • 700ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 250g frozen peas


Adding a few extras
Stir in a small bag of roasted cashew nuts, flaked almonds or raisins just before serving.


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and fry the chicken thighs, skin side down, for 8-10 mins until the skin is golden and crispy. Tip in the onion and continue to cook for 5 mins until the onion softens. Sprinkle in the curry powder and cook for a minute more, then stir in the rice and pour over the stock. Bring the stock to the boil.

  2. Cover the pan and bake for 30 mins until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. Stir in the peas and leave the rice to stand for a few moments before serving.

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