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Chicken Tikka Biryani

Tasty Team


for 6 servings

Chicken Tikka

  • 1 ⅓ lb chicken breast (600 g)
  • 1 ⅔ cups natural yogurt (410 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons tikka masala sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 2 black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ½ cup natural yogurt (100 mL)
  • ⅓ cup water (100 mL)


  • 1 ⅔ cups water (400 mL)
  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice (300 g), soaked for at least 20 minutes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seed

Biryani Assembly

  • 1 ½ cups onion (200 g), carmelised
  • ½ cup fresh coriander (20 g), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup water (200 mL), saffron-infused

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 440
    Fat 15g
    Carbs 44g
    Fiber 3g
    Sugar 9g
    Protein 31g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Preheat the oven 430˚F ( 220˚C).
  2. Combine all the chicken tikka ingredients and marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  3. Skewer the marinated chicken pieces on bamboo skewers, then place them over a baking tray lined with parchment paper, making sure there is space underneath the chicken to help distribute the heat more evenly.
  4. Reserve the chicken tikka marinade for later use.
  5. Bake the chicken skewers for about 15 minutes, until slightly dark brown on the edges and cooked throughout.
  6. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat, then sauté the onions with the herbs and spices until just browned.
  7. Add in the chopped tomatoes and fry till soft.
  8. Pour in the yogurt, water, and reserved tikka marinade, and mix it well with the vegetables and spices.
  9. Bring the mixture to a boil, add in the chicken and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. Set aside.
  10. In a large pot, assemble your biryani in the following layers: ⅓ rice, ½ chicken curry, ½ caramelised onion, ½ coriander, ⅓ rice, oil, ½ of the saffron-infused water, ½ chicken curry, ⅓ rice, the rest of the saffron-infused water, ½ caramelised onion, and finally top with the remaining coriander.
  11. Simmer the biryani over a low heat for 10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice and chicken are heated throughout.
  12. Enjoy!

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