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Chicken Biryani for Middle Eastern #SundaySupper

When I saw that this weeks theme for Sunday Supper was Middle Eastern Cuisine I was a tad nervous at first.

I mean, on one hand, I have been chomping at the bit to try to work with some of the fantastic flavors that Middle Eastern cuisine has to offer.

But on the other hand, Kevin was not a fan of the tikka masala that I made for my Naanchos.

Like, didn’t like them at all!

So I decided, like any good food blogger would, to ignore him.

You have to understand, I can be verrrrrrrrrrrry stubborn. So I am determined that he is going to like Middle Eastern cuisine if it…..well he is going to like it dang it!!!

When I started searching for dishes to make I knew that I wanted to try something that had less spice than the Naanchos.

That was when I found this dish.

Just as with any other Middle Eastern dish I ran across, this one had a ton of different versions. I decided to go with the easiest, not only for me, but for any of you that might be intimidated by trying to cook it as well.

This dish is simple to make and full of flavor. All the spice and the touch of heat that you expect. But the flavors leave your mouth tingling and asking for more!!

Oh, and by the way, Kevin?

He loved it!!

Chicken Biryani

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, finely sliced
1 inch piece of ginger root, grated
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups of cooked chicken (I used rotisserie)
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 to 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 cups cooked rice (I used Basmati)

2 cups chicken stock
1 lime
A handful of cilantro, roughly chopped, reserve some for garnish
Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Heat oliv eoil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 7 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, cook for an additional 2 minutes.   Add the chicken along with the cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, bay leaves, turmeric, and chili flakes. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in the rice, chicken stock, lime juice, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour mixture into a casserole dish and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until hot and fragrant. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Serves 4 to 6


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  1. Thank you for bringing your biryani dish to the Sunday Supper table, Bobbi! With all the lovely spices and fresh ginger in the rice, no wonder Kevin loved it. Very much appreciate the do-able recipe =)

  2. I made a beef version of this for my Moroccan inlaws who ate up every last bite. Can't go wrong with a delicious biryani!

  3. I really like all of the spices you used for this dish!

  4. LOL! I'm glad you went for it anyways – those are often the best pleasant surprises 🙂

  5. What a great dish Bobbi! I can't wait to try this flavorful recipe!

  6. Kevin approved? Maybe this is one Bill would like, too…I know I would!

  7. I love that you went with the easiest dish… I like easy and love how versatile this dish is!

  8. I am so glad you like it. I really did love the brightness and the heat that this dish has.

  9. I agree, now that I have made this it will be a dish for company for sure!

  10. I agree Conni, you never know until you try right?

  11. Thanks Marie, I hope you do 🙂

  12. We have to get these men on board Liz LOL

  13. Yes, some of the recipes were so overwhelming! I just took bits and pieces and tried to destress it LOL

  14. This is a beautiful middle eastern dish. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  15. "…like any good food blogger would do, to ignore him." So true!! The good thing is that sometimes us ignoring them results in good things like them actually enjoying something new. Glad it worked out that way for you.

  16. This sounds wonderful. I enjoy anything with chicken and rice.

  17. Coriander and Turmeric are too of my favorite spices. I'm sure they give this dish a lot of great warmth. And way to go on winning over your hubby! Sometimes stubborness pays off. 🙂

  18. Love this post! Oh the poor spouses of food bloggers – such guinea pigs with almost no control over meal planning, lol!

    This dish is unfamiliar to me (I'm hardly the expert on Middle Eastern cuisine), but it looks amazing. I'll definitely have to try it!

  19. Biryani is one of my very favorite dishes. In truth, I love almost anything with cardamom. Thanks for sharing such a flavorful dish!!

  20. YUM! I love biryani…and I love easy recipes! Looks great!

  21. Exactly! I told him I have no idea why he doubts me. I have only made one dish, in 5+ years, that he didn't like!!

  22. Me too and it was a great way to give one of my favorite dishes a new life.

  23. Oh yes, it left my mouth warm and tingly but not HOT like some spices can do.

  24. LOL So true! He will give me "the look" but really has no choice in the matter. I just miss having a houseful of kids as a captive audience as well!!

  25. It is definitely on our fave list now too!

  26. Me too. I want to eat good food without spending 2 hours in the kitchen LOL

  27. I was looking for a recipe using a rotisserie chicken I had, and was so excited to find this. Just made it, and it is FANTASTIC!!!! Thanks for this awesome recipe… YAY 🙂

  28. I have an old south african cookbook that has a lot of recipes for biryanis, and it has always intrigued me since they look so good in the pictures. I'm so making this one Bobbi! A spicy chicken and rice, what's not to love!!

  29. That makes me so happy Diana!!

  30. I loved coming up with a great flavorful twist on chicken and rice. I can't wait for you to try it!!

  31. This is a great introduction to Middle Eastern flavors dish! Looks delicious!

  32. Thanks Lane, I am really loving the flavors!!

  33. I have all of these ingredients, including leftover roast chicken. Hmmm, perhaps dinner tomorrow?

  34. I hope you give it a try Brianne! Everyone that has tried it loves it 🙂

  35. My mouth is watering just reading through all those wonderful spices!

  36. It seems like a lot but they all play so nicely together 🙂

  37. Thanks for this awesome chicken biryani recipe. It is really delicious and tasty as ever. thanks again for sharing 🙂

  38. Biryani is South Asian – not Middle Eastern. Middle Eastern food is closer to Greek food. Please get your information corrected. =/

  39. I was under the impression that Biryani was an Iraqi dish. I am sorry if I was misinformed. I had this information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biryani

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