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Biryani-ish Rice with Chicken

4 Servings

30 minutes

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Milk Street Facebook Community member Charita Sinha of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, uses leftover cooked chicken to whip up a weeknight-easy dinner that echoes the flavor of biryani, a time- and labor-intensive South Asian dish of spiced rice and meat. Cold rice works beautifully here, as the grains are loose and separate, but warm, freshly cooked basmati is great, too. Sinha likes to garnish the rice with the Indian snack called bhujia, which resembles crunchy noodles, for pleasing textural contrast; toasted sliced almonds also work nicely. We like to serve yogurt or tamarind or mango chutney on the side for a little tang.




Don’t forget to reduce the heat slightly when adding the aromatics. Otherwise the ground spices may burn, leaving the dish tasting acrid.

30 minutes


  • 2

    tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil or ghee

  • 1

    medium yellow onion, finely chopped


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Mary E.
February 9, 2024
Loved It!
I'm always looking for a new use for Costco rotisserie chicken and this one hits the mark. I served it with my favorite Masoor Dal. Next time I will include some toasted sliced almonds on top and maybe a bit of chutney on the side. Looking forward to leftovers.
Melissa G.
August 21, 2022
Wonderful weeknight dish
I was so pleased how easy and simple this recipe is for a weeknight dish. The flavors are amazing in such a short amount of time . I think this Chick biryani dish is better then going to my local indian place .
Beth L.
September 11, 2022
It was okay. I added some almond slivers and pistachios. Absolutely needs chutneys. I had Major Grey's, but could have used an onion and/or green chutney.