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A hearty and comforting meal made with marinated chicken, cooked with aromatic rice, selected spices, herbs, and saffron; Chicken Biryani is relished by people of all age groups around the world.
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CourseMain Course
DietGluten Free, Low Lactose
Keywordchicken, instant pot
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Releasing time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Servings4 servings


  • 1 pound chicken drumsticks

Chicken Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder or use 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste optional, 1.5 tablespoons minced garlic & 1.5 tablespoons freshly minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice use lemon juice if you don't have the lime.
  • 1 teaspoon salt

The rest :):

  • 1 ¼ cups basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tab cloves
  • 2 tsp cinnamon or 2 inch of a piece of whole cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ cup chopped mint leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped Cilantro
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon saffron soaked in 2 tablespoons of warm milk see notes
  • ½ teaspoon Kewra see notes


  • In a bowl marinate chicken with yogurt, coriander powder, ginger garlic paste, red paprika powder, Garam Masala, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix properly and let the chicken marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • Rinse the rice 3-4 times or until the water runs clear. Soak them completely immersed in water for 15 minutes.
  • Set the instant pot on the SAUTE function. Add butter, let it melt. Add bay leaves, pepper, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and cumin. Add the sliced onions and sauté it for 5-6 minutes until the onions are caramelized.
  • Add in the marinated chicken and saute until the chicken is golden brown on the outside.
  • Add chopped mint, cilantro, and the soaked rice. Mix well.
  • Add water along with 1 teaspoon salt, saffron soaked milk, and Kewra water.
  • CANCEL the SAUTE button. Select the PRESSURE COOK button on HIGH PRESSURE for 6 minutes. (Make sure the valve is in the SEALING position).
  • Once the pressure-cooking cycle is over. Quick-release pressure by manually moving the valve from SEALING to VENTING position.
  • Open the lid carefully and select the CANCEL button.
  • Give it a final gentle mix with a spatula.
  • Serve hot and enjoy the Chicken Biryani.


A little goes a very long way...use sparingly and add more, if needed.


Calories: 1712kcal | Carbohydrates: 216g | Protein: 77g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 348mg | Sodium: 5252mg | Potassium: 1539mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2936IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 334mg | Iron: 8mg