Easy Chicken Biryani | Erin Brighton | gluten free | easy dinners | Indian

Easy Chicken Biryani

We eat a lot of rice in this house and to keep myself sane, I really need to switch it up a bit. This easy chicken biryani with medjool dates was incredibly delicious and was ready to serve in no time at all.

Easy Chicken Biryani | Erin Brighton | gluten free | easy dinners | Indian
Easy Chicken Biryani

After the awesomeness that was cake and breakfast sausage for dinner last night, I felt like I needed to make it up to my kids for dinner tonight… so I made BIRYANI! An Americanized version but still! It was amazing!

Chicken, onions, tomato, yogurt, spices, rice. 😍 And it took less than 30 minutes. And the kids loved it. I will be making this again. Anyone else eating Indian tonight?

Easy Chicken Biryani | Erin Brighton | gluten free | easy dinners | Indian
Plain yogurt for the easy chicken biryani

The trick to the rice is that while you are simmering the chicken, you are partially cooking the basmati rice in a separate pot! Mind blown. The texture is amazing. I love medjool dates and I usually have some on hand for smoothies so I added a few medjool dates chopped up at the end. If you don’t have any on hand, you won’t miss them!

Easy Chicken Biryani 

Easy Chicken Biryani | Erin Brighton | gluten free | easy dinners | Indian
5 from 3 votes

Easy Chicken Biryani

This easy chicken biryani is so easy and will be enjoyed by all. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 489 kcal
Author Erin Brighton


  • 1.5 c basmati rice
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 t salt
  • 1.5 lbs chicken cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 t turmeric
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper
  • 1 c plain yogurt
  • 3 medjool dates chopped
  • 3 T fresh cilantro chopped


  1. Rinse and set aside 1 1/2 cups basmati rice. 

  2. Saute one large onion and 3 cloves of garlic in olive oil. Add salt.

  3. Cut 1.5 lbs of chicken into one inch cubes. 

  4. Chop 1 tomato.

  5. Add turmeric, paprika, crushed red pepper and salt to plain yogurt. Stir.

  6. Add chicken, tomato, and yogurt to onions and garlic. Simmer covered.

  7. In a separate pot, boil water. Add 1.5 cups basmati rice. Cook 5 to 7 minutes. Drain. 

  8. Add partially cooked rice to chicken, finish cooking another 10 minutes or so. 

  9. At the end, if you wish, add chopped medjool dates. Stir to heat through and serve. Top with cilantro. 

My kids devoured this. There were no leftovers. We served this with some homemade, gluten free garlic naan. Sigh. Once in a while, I really hit it out of the park. I can’t wait to make this easy chicken biryani again. This recipe is easily adaptable to be vegetarian – just leave out the chicken.

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

2 thoughts on “Easy Chicken Biryani”

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