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Milk Street Bowtie Biryani-ish Rice with Chicken

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.

4

Servings

Tip

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
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 medium plum tomatoes, cored and chopped
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
4 cups cooked basmati rice
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro, chopped
Ingredients
  • 2

    tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil or ghee

  • 1

    medium yellow onion, finely chopped

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 2

    medium garlic cloves, minced

  • 1

    tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 2

    teaspoons garam masala

  • ½

    teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½

    teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½

    teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2

    medium plum tomatoes, cored and chopped

  • 2

    cups shredded cooked chicken

  • 4

    cups cooked basmati rice

  • ½

    cup lightly packed fresh cilantro, chopped

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Reviews
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
okay
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.