Say That Again? This Healthy Chicken Briyani Rocks!
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Say That Again? This Healthy Chicken Briyani Rocks!


29 June 2016


Planning dishes for the upcoming Eid celebration? You’d want this on your list! This popular spice rice dish is made with less calories (yes, that’s right!) and still has the typical delicious taste of briyani! Wondering how? Join us as we bring you on our culinary adventures!

As travel and food bloggers, sometimes we wake up thinking of a country, and because we relate everything to food, we automatically start craving for its cuisine. For many days, we have been talking about going on a trip to India and, in order to give ourselves the feeling of being there, we cooked a healthy version of their popular dish, chicken briyani.

The origins of briyani (also known as biryani) are uncertain. Some theories say that it comes from India, others from Persia. Nevertheless, this delicious dish has become really popular throughout Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia and yes, South East Asia, too. We initially thought that this mouth-watering dish would be similar to paella but soon discovered that the ingredients and the cooking methods differ greatly!

Briyani is made with spices, rice and you can add your choice of meat (chicken/lamb/mutton), prawns or vegetables. With Eid round the corner, this makes a lovely center dish that everyone can enjoy!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 400g skinless, boneless free-range chicken breast, cut into 4-5 cm pieces
  • 1 cup medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon masala salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped (about 2 tomatoes)
  • 1 cup uncooked brown basmati rice
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 4 lime wedges


  1. Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken to pan and leave for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add onion and jalapeño, and sauté for 3 minutes.
  4. Add ginger, masala salt, cumin, salt, and garlic, leave for 30 seconds.
  5. Add tomato, rice, raisins, and water, then bring to boil.
  6. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is soft.
  7. Sprinkle with almonds and cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

We hope you like this recipe! Are there any other ways that you cook your briyani? Please let us know! We would love to hear from you!



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