May 11, 2011

Leftover Chicken and Rice Biryani

This recipe cooked from leftover chicken and rice. This is a nifty way to use up leftover chicken and rice.  You don’t need to  use the same type of chicken in this either. Use different - different varieties of chicken recipe and this actually gives you a different taste every time and believe me, it turns out great.


  • 2-cups leftover chicken
  • 4-cup left over rice
  • 2-chopped tomatoes
  • 1- large chopped onion
  • 1- tbs ginger-garlic paste
  • 5- tbs chopped mint leaves
  • 2-bay leaf
  • 3-red whole chilly
  • 5-clove/ long
  • 5-black pepper
  • 1-tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-tsp shahjeera/ caraway seeds
  • 2-nos cardamom
  • 1- stick of Cinnamon
  • 4-tbs chopped coriander/ cilantro leaves
  • 4-tbs clarified butter/ deshi ghee
  • 4-eggs (optional)
  • salt to taste

  • Heat oil in the pan and put all whole and dry spices.   
  • When they start to splutter add onion and fry them till they turn translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry them for a while.and cover it for 2 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, 3tbs of mint leaves and 2tbs of cilantro leaves and fry them till they start leaving oil from the pan.
  • Add chicken and rice and mix it well and cover it. Cook for 3 min  
  • Now Chicken Biryani is ready. Garnish with cilantro and mint.  You can garnish with boiled eggs too.
Hope you all enjoy this biryani. And do make it with different types of chicken curries every time to give you different flavour every time.

If your chicken curry is spicy then do not add any more spice to the biryani. Adjust the spices according to the spice in your curry. On the other hand if your chicken curry is mild, you might need to add some extra spice to make it as spicy as you like.


  1. Quite a brilliant idea of making briyani with leftovers..Amazing..

  2. A great use of leftovers ~ Biryani look awesome!
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  3. What a innovative idea with leftover..Thanks for sharing..

  4. Nice idea of using leftovers....recipe looks superb...

  5. A chicken lover's dream biryani :) looks colorful!