chicken briyani in pressure cooker

Chicken biryani recipe in a pressure cooker with step by step photos and video recipe. Chicken Biryani is a lovely combination of basmati rice, chicken, aromatic spices and delightful flavors.

Your Biryani is perfect when all the ingredients are combined in the right proportion. If you missed a single ingredient, your biryani will not be perfect. Serve the Biryani with Mirchi ka Salan or Raita.

Biryani is normally made either during festival season or in marriages. Preparing this classic dish may require a lot of time. I have searched chicken biryani recipes on the internet for making it in the pressure cooker. But the end result was a biryani that looks more like a pulav or Indian pilaf than biryani. I wanted to have layered chicken biryani in the pressure cooker and my search ends at this recipe.

How to make Chicken Biryani in the Pressure cooker?

To make delicious chicken biryani in a pressure cooker, you have to cook the chicken in the pressure cooker until it is 80% done.  Then layer the partially cooked rice over it. Sprinkle coriander leaves, mint leaves, and saffron milk. Close the lid and pressure cook it for just 1 whistle. Immediately remove the whistle and release the pressure. Open the lid and let all the steam escape from it. That’s it and your chicken biryani is ready. The whole process of sealing the pot and slow cooking biryani on dum that takes 30 minutes or more is done within 5 minutes.

This recipe is tried and tested in my kitchen and I can assure you that it is the easy chicken biryani recipe. For making this recipe, I used homemade biryani masala powder. However, you can skip it and use a store-bought masala too.

You can enjoy the same flavor of authentic chicken biryani within 30 minutes. This is an easy chicken biryani recipe and it comes out perfect every time. So thought of sharing this with you all. Hope you all like it.

You can also check other delicious and popular Biryani recipes here:

  1. Hyderabadi chicken dum biryani
  2. Mutton Biryani  
  3. Egg Biryani

Pressure Cooker chicken biryani recipe | Quick chicken biryani in pressure cooker

Easy chicken biryani recipe for beginners.
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 864kcal
Author Preeti Nayak

Ingredients

For marinating the chicken

  • 1/2 kg Chicken
  • 1 Cup Curd
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 2 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Biryani Masala Powder
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Mint Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Ghee/Clarified Butter
  • Salt to taste

For making Fried Onions for chicken biryani:

  • 4 medium size Onions

For making the biryani rice :

  • 1/2 Kg Rice
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 5 Cloves
  • 3 Green Cardamom
  • 2 inch Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp Shahi Jeera
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • Salt to taste

For Layering the chicken biryani:

  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp Mint leaves
  • a pinch of saffron soaked in 1/4 Cup hot milk
  • Orange Food Color Optional
  • Kewra Essence 2 to 3 drops mixed in 2 tbsp of water
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Ghee/Clarified butter
  • 1/4 tsp Biryani Masala Powder

Instructions

Preparation for making chicken biryani in a pressure cooker:

    Soaking rice for making biryani:

    • Wash rice a few times till the cloudiness of water is gone. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.

    Marinating the chicken for making chicken biryani:

    • Take a large mixing bowl. Add chicken pieces, curd, green chilies, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, turmeric powder, red chili powder, biryani masala powder, coriander leaves, mint leaves, salt & ghee/clarified butter. Mix it well. Cover and keep it aside.

    For cooking Biryani rice:

    • Heat 6 to 7 cups of water in a vessel. Add salt, bay leaf, cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon, Shahi Jeera, and ghee. Taste the water it should be a little salty. Always add the right amount of salt to biryani.
    • When the water comes to a boil add the drained rice. Cook it till the rice is 60 % done. Drain it to a colander. You can see the video for more details.

    To prepare Chicken Biryani:

      Cooking the chicken gravy

      • Heat 4 tbsp of oil in a pressure cooker. Once the oil is heated, add half portion of the sliced onions. Fry it till it is light golden brown. Take it out and drain the excess oil on a kitchen tissue.
      • Now add the remaining onion slices and fry it till golden brown. Add the marinated chicken to it. Mix it and cook for 5 minutes (uncovered). Now cover it and cook. Stir it in between to avoid burning of spices and chicken.
      • When the chicken is 80 % cooked, the oil from the gravy starts to float on the surface. At this stage add little water if the gravy is dry. It will take around 10-12 minutes to cook.

      For layering the Chicken Biryani:

      • Keep the flame on low. Sprinkle coriander leaves, mint leaves & fried onions. Now layer the partially cooked rice and spread it evenly. Again sprinkle the coriander leaves, mint leaves & fried onions.
      • Pour the saffron milk, orange food color (optional), kewra essence (optional), Lemon juice, ghee, and Biryani masala powder.

      For cooking the chicken biryani on Dum

      • Close it with the lid. Keep the flame on medium and cook it for 5 minutes and switch off the flame. Irrespective of whistle close the flame after 5 minutes. Carefully remove the pressure regulator/whistle immediately and release the pressure of the pressure cooker.
      • Open the lid of the pressure cooker and let it remain open for 2-3 minutes. Chicken Biryani is ready to serve. Serve chicken biryani with Raita or Salan.

      Video

      Notes

      Use fresh curd for marinating the chicken. If curd is sour then do not add lemon juice.
      Cook rice only 60%. The rice grains will hold its shape and will become longer in size. It will be soft but will remain partly cooked. When you press the rice grain it will split into two parts and will not be mushy.

      How to make chicken biryani in the pressure cooker with step by step photos:

      First, we will do some preparation for making chicken biryani in a pressure cooker:

      Soaking rice for making biryani:

      Wash rice a few times till the cloudiness of water is gone. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.

      Marinating the chicken for making chicken biryani:

      Take a large mixing bowl. Add chicken pieces, curd, green chilies, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, turmeric powder, red chili powder, biryani masala powder, coriander leaves, mint leaves, salt & ghee/clarified butter. Mix it well. Cover and keep it aside.

      marinate the chicken for making chicken biryani in pressure cooker

      For cooking the Biryani rice:

      Heat 6 to 7 cups of water in a vessel. Add salt, bay leaf, cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon, Shahi Jeera, and ghee. Taste the water it should be a little salty. Always add the right amount of salt to biryani.
      When the water comes to a boil add the drained rice. Cook it till the rice is 60 % done. Drain it to a colander. You can see the video for more details.

      cooking basmati rice for making chicken biryani in pressure cooker

      To prepare Chicken Biryani:

      Cooking the chicken gravy

      Heat 4 tbsp of oil in a pressure cooker. Once the oil is heated, add half portion of the sliced onions. Fry it till it is light golden brown. Take it out and drain the excess oil on a kitchen tissue.

      making brown onions or barista for making chicken biryani in pressure cooker

      Now add the remaining onion slices and fry it till golden brown. Add the marinated chicken to it.

      addition of marinated chicken for making chicken biryani recipe in pressure cooker

      Mix it and cook for 5 minutes (uncovered). Now cover it and cook. Stir it in between to avoid burning of spices and chicken.
      When the chicken is 80 % cooked, the oil from the gravy starts to float on the surface. At this stage add little water if the gravy is dry. It will take around 10-12 minutes to cook.

      cooking the chicken gravy for making chicken biryani in pressure cooker

      For layering the Chicken Biryani:

      Keep the flame on low. Sprinkle coriander leaves, mint leaves & fried onions. Now layer the partially cooked rice and spread it evenly. Again sprinkle the coriander leaves, mint leaves & fried onions.

      layering the basmati rice for making chicken biryani in pressure cooker

      Pour the saffron milk, orange food color (optional), kewra essence (optional), Lemon juice, ghee, and Biryani masala powder.

      addition of saffron milk, orange food color and lemon juice for making chicken biryani in pressure cookeraddition of ghee and biryani masala powder for making chicken biryani in pressure cooker

      For cooking the chicken biryani on Dum

      Close it with the lid. Keep the flame on medium and cook it for 5 minutes and switch off the flame. Irrespective of whistle close the flame after 5 minutes. Carefully remove the pressure regulator/whistle immediately and release the pressure of the pressure cooker.

      release the pressure of the pressure cooker immediately

      Open the lid of the pressure cooker and let it remain open for 2-3 minutes. Chicken Biryani is ready to serve. Serve chicken biryani with Raita or Salan.

      chicken biryani in pressure cooker is ready to serve

      My Tip:

      The only trick to get perfectly cooked biryani in the pressure cooker is the timing of cooking it after closing the lid. Once you close the pressure cooker with the lid then cook it only for 5 minutes. Do not wait till you hear the whistle of the pressure cooker.

      After 5 minutes switch off the flame. Immediately with the help of a spoon or fork release the pressure of the cooker and open the lid. Be careful while doing this. Do not let the pressure settle down on its own.

      Please leave your valuable suggestions, feedback or any query related to the recipe in the comment box. If you make this recipe in any other way, do share your tips and suggestions to make it better. Till then enjoy your day………Happy Cooking 🙂

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