Are you craving a delicious, fragrant biryani but feel intimidated by the long list of ingredients and steps? Fear not! With this step-by-step guide, you’ll be whipping up a mouth-watering boneless chicken biryani like a seasoned pro in no time.


What is Boneless Chicken Biryani?

Boneless Chicken Biryani is a mouthwatering rice dish. Juicy boneless chicken pieces are marinated in aromatic spices. They’re then layered with fragrant basmati rice, caramelized onions, and a blend of flavorful herbs. Often, it includes crunchy nuts like cashews or raisins for added texture. The rice is cooked with the chicken’s flavorful juices. And it results in an irresistible and comforting one-pot meal.


The result is an explosion of flavors and textures in every bite. Biryani is a labor of love but oh-so-worth the effort!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Boneless chicken (about 1 lb), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • Onions, tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste 
  • Biryani masala (spice blend) or individual spices like cumin, coriander, red chili powder
  • Yogurt, lime juice, salt, oil/ghee
  • Fresh cilantro, mint, saffron milk (optional)

Ready to Cook Boneless Chicken Biryani? Here’s How It’s Done!

Boneless chicken biryani is a dish that’ll make your mouth water! Succulent chicken pieces mixed in an aromatic blend of spices and layered with fragrant basmati rice. It’s a favorite for good reason. Don’t be intimidated, this biryani is totally doable even for beginners. Grab your ingredients and let’s get cooking!


Step 1: Marinate the Chicken

In a bowl, mix the boneless chicken with yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, lime juice, biryani masala/spices and salt. Massage everything together with your hands until the chicken is fully coated. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow the flavors to really soak in.

Pro Tip: The longer you marinate, the more tender and flavorful the chicken!


Step 2: Cook the Chicken 

Heat oil/ghee in a pan and sauté the marinated chicken until lightly browned on all sides and cooked through. Don’t overcrowd the pan – cook in batches if needed. Set aside when done.


Step 3: Make the Gravy

You can use the same to sauté the sliced onions until lightly they are browned. Then add the ginger-garlic paste and diced tomatoes. Let it cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes are softened. The next step is to add the remaining marinade from the chicken along with extra water/chicken stock. Let this gravy simmer for 10-15 mins until thickened slightly.


Step 4: Par-Cook the Rice

While the gravy simmers, get the basmati rice going. Rinse it thoroughly under water until the water runs clear. In a pot, add the rinsed rice along with double the amount of water (e.g. 2 cups rice = 4 cups water). Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes until rice is par-boiled (approximately 75% cooked). Be careful not to overcook! Drain any excess water.


Step 5: Layer and Steam

In a heavy-bottomed pot or a traditional biryani handi, start layering! Add a layer of rice on the bottom. Top with some chicken pieces and gravy. Add another rice layer, then chicken, gravy and so on. Finish with a top layer of rice. 

Optionally, you can add some saffron milk (saffron threads dissolved in warm milk) for extra aroma and color. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and mint leaves. Cover the pot with a tight lid.


Cook on low heat for 20-30 minutes. It will allow your boneless chicken biryani to steam. The steam helps cook the layers together while infusing the flavors. 

Pro Tip: For best results, seal the pot with a dough “latch” to lock in the steam.


Step 6: Time to Serve!

Once done, let the biryani rest for 5-10 minutes before opening the lid. Use a fork to gently mix and combine everything together. 

Serve hot, garnished with crispy onions, raita (yogurt sauce) or your favorite biryani sides. Don’t forget to scoop from the bottom to get all those delicious layers in each portion!


Some Biryani Bonus Tips:

  • Want to amp up the richness? Use ghee (clarified butter) instead of oil.
  • Love veggies? Add potato cubes or carrots to the layers.
  • Craving heat? Increase the chili powder or add sliced green chilies.
  • For even more flavor, bloom the spices in oil/ghee before adding them.
  • Soak the saffron threads in warm milk or water before using.

You Can Master Biryani at Home

I get it – the list of ingredients and multiple steps can seem daunting for a seemingly simple rice dish. But trust me, when you taste that first heavenly forkful of homemade biryani, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for making the effort.


With straightforward instructions and an understanding of the process, you can absolutely nail this impressive boneless chicken biryani at home. Delectable boneless chicken biryani that’ll have your family licking their plates clean! It’s easier than you think with a little practice.


Try the Best Takeout Chicken Biryani at Punjabi Meat Shop

You’ve just mastered the art of making biryani at home. Some days you just don’t have the time or energy to cook an elaborate meal. That’s where Punjabi Meat Shop comes in. Their chefs have been cooking authentic Chicken Biryani for decades. They know how to use the finest spices and ingredients. Each bite is an explosion of flavors and you’ll surely enjoy it with family and friends. 


The tender chicken, aromatic rice, and rich gravy will have you licking your fingers clean. Plus, their family-run shop offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere. You can skip the hassle and treat yourself to the ultimate takeout biryani experience. 

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