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Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

Experience a flavor explosion with this Instant Pot Chicken Piryani, a one-pot wonder that's both comforting and aromatic. Let your taste buds dance to the tune of fragrant spices and tender chicken, all cooked to perfection in a jiffy!

Tasty Team
90% would make again
Instant Pot Chicken Biryani


for 6 servings


  • ¾ cup plain yogurt (185 g)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Schwartz® garlic granules
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (680 g)


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice (300 g), rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon saffron, stirred into 1 tablespoon hot water (optional)
  • 1 cup water (240 mL)


  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh mint
  • jalapeño, thinly sliced

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 332
  • Fat 10g
  • Carbs 35g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugar 4g
  • Protein 23g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, ginger, garlic granules, garam masala, cayenne, turmeric, and salt. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat.
  2. On the Instant Pot Sauté setting, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook until caramelized, stirring occasionally, 15–17 minutes. Remove half the onion and set aside for garnish. Push the CANCEL button to turn off Sauté mode.
  3. Add the chicken and the marinade to the Instant Pot, then toss to combine with the onions. Add the bay leaves, rice, salt, saffron, and water. Gently stir to combine. Make sure all ingredients are submerged below the liquid.
  4. Put the cover on the Instant Pot. Be sure the pressure valve is set to “Sealing.” Use the manual setting to set the timer for 8 minutes.
  5. When the timer goes off, turn pressure valve to “Venting” to release pressure quickly. (Be sure to read all Instant Pot instructions carefully for safety. Be sure Instant Pot is turned off and unplugged before carefully removing the cover.)
  6. Using a silicone spatula, fluff up the rice and fold to carefully combine. Serve garnishes with the reserved caramelized onions, cilantro, mint, and sliced jalapeño.
  7. Enjoy!
Instant Pot Chicken Biryani