Roasted Whole Chicken Biriyani

I was just checking my list of posts and was kind of surprised that I have been posting snacks more than proper meals. I guess it has been more to get myself out of my lazy bout more than anything else. Soon, I should be able to be back to blogging on a scheduled basis, hopefully that is!!!


I really don’t know why people get intimated of making a biriyani, but I would say that it is a joy to make! Yes, maybe the first three times, you may find it difficult, especially due to the steps, but a little bit of time management and you can finish making a biriyani in flat one hour! Not this one though, as I roasted the chicken instead of frying or cooking it in the pressure cooker, it did take a little bit more time, but still I didn’t have to slog a lot in the kitchen. I have already posted quite a bit of biriyanis here and I promise you, that there are many more that will come in time for sure, considering that we make biriyani almost every weekend and I love to try different types of biriyani or pulao during that time. Having people at home who appreciate non-vegetarian rice meals is also an encouragement, to say the least. πŸ™‚


I know the list looks long and scary, but trust me, it is quite easy. I must say that the inspiration of making biriyani with a full chicken was from here, however the method I used was what I am comfortable with. I guess I have to brag that my umma loves my biriyanis, period! This way, she ensures that she gets to take rest on Friday afternoons from the kitchen by saying that! She once commented, “I’ve started eating too much biriyani once you started cooking. What should I do?” I take that as a compliment… πŸ™‚Β Want to know how to put the dum? Refer toΒ this post!



Roasted Whole Chicken Biriyani

Course Biriyani
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • For the chicken:
  • 1 kg chicken whole cleaned well and patted dry
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • For masala:
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 5-6 cloves
  • 5-6 whole peppercorns
  • 3 cardamoms
  • 2 pcs cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 large onions sliced thinly
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint and coriander leaves
  • For rice:
  • 3 cups of basmathi rice cleaned and drained
  • 5-6 mint leaves with stem
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 pc cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Water to cook
  • For dum:
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 5-6 cashewnuts
  • 7-8 raisins
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • A pinch of saffron soaked in 3 tbsp hot milk
  • 3 tbsp garam masala
  • 4 tbsp chopped coriander and mint leaves


  • Combine the ingredients for the chicken in a bowl into a paste. Nicely cover the whole chicken well with the masala, inside and outside.
  • Cover with cling film and marinate the chicken at least for an hour.
  • Roast the chicken as per your oven's instructions till well done. The liquid will ooze out from the breast portion when cooked. Normally, a chicken can be baked in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 30-40 minutes on one side and another 30-40 minutes on the other side.
  • While the chicken is being roasted, let us proceed with the masala. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add the whole spice and fry for a couple of minutes till a nice aroma comes.
  • Add in the sliced onions and the green chillies and saute till the onions becomes soft.
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste and cook for around 5 minutes or till the raw smell of the pastes are gone.
  • Finally add the tomatoes in and cook till the tomato gets all mashed up and the masala is well cooked.
  • Add in the masala powders and cook for another five minutes.
  • Finally add in the yogurt, adjust the salt and the coriander-mint leaves and cook till only hot, don't cook further with the yogurt in it. Switch off and reserve.
  • Side by side, you can prepare the dum ingredients. Heat a frying pan with the ghee in it.
  • Fry the onions, sprinkled with some salt on top till it turns crisp. Drain onto a kitchen towel.
  • Then fry the cashew nuts till brown and the raisins till puffed up. Drain into the fried onions and reserve the ghee in the pan.
  • To cook the rice, add the rice to lots of hot water and switch on the flame.
  • Add all the ingredients into the water and let it boil. Lower the flame and let the rice cook till 90% done. Immediately drain the rice and reserve. Discard the mint leaves from the rice.
  • Now that all our preparations are ready, we can go ahead with the dum. One thing is to ensure that everything is warm while preparing the dum, as it will bring out the best taste in the biriyani. As the first step, you can start by heating your chapathi tawa on medium flame.
  • In the saucepan that has the masala, carefully place the whole chicken in the middle and drizzle all the stock into the masala.
  • Sprinkle half of the fried dum ingredients, half the garam masala and half the coriander-mint leaves over the chicken.
  • Slowly spread all the rice on top of chicken and level the top.
  • Sprinkle all the remaining dum ingredients on the top of the rice. Drizzle the ghee that was used for the dum frying on top along with the saffron infused milk.
  • Tightly wrap with aluminium foil, close the lid tight. Keep it on top of the chapathi tawa, lower the flame to bare minimum and leave it on 25-30 minutes.
  • Serve warm with raita, pickle and maybe some thenga chammanthi and pappadam!!! Slurp!


1. You can very well make this biriyani with roasted cut pieces of chicken. I made the same biriyani that way for my colleagues last week, and Alhamdulillah, it was appreciated!
2. The saffron infused milk and the rosewater are optional. But the difference it gives to the taste and smell is enormous.
3. You can just make plain rice, instead of with the whole masalas and turmeric as you require.


Ah… that was an exhaustive post I must say! Cooking a biriyani is much easier than typing out its recipe! πŸ˜‰

Join the Conversation

  1. Hi Rafeeda, I sure love your this briyani rice. It look really good and mouthwatering. Mind if I request for a big plate. :))

    Have a lovely weekend, regards.

    1. thank u so much amelia… πŸ™‚

  2. This is Mashallah so good. So well pprepared and explained. Full of spices and flavors.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. thank u so much dear…

  3. looks delicious rafee, i too made biryani today..:)

    1. thank u so much razina… πŸ™‚

  4. hi rafi,tempting post and picture,love to try this sometime.quite laborious but outcome is fantastic.

    1. thank u so much meena… blv me, it only looks laborious but actually quite simple to make…

  5. Awesome and delicious looking briyani dear…

    1. thank u so much rumana…

  6. My God..You made me hungry.And I am salivating seriously looking your click there Rafee,,Nice recipe.

    1. thank u so much dhyuthi…

  7. Rafee you really made me hungry…too good. aa plate kitiyirunnenkil eppo kaliyakiyene:)

    1. thank u so much resna… πŸ™‚

  8. Ur killing me..basmati rice abstract in pantry.send me sum rafee"

    1. thank u so much usha…

  9. looks delicious… really spicy…

    1. thank u so much femi… it was just mild in spice…

    1. thank u so much akka…

  10. Rafee the biriyani looks yummy. Read the recipe top to bottom it is very much doable..:)
    So when u serve this for a crowd someone has to stand beside it to cut and serve the pieces right!

    1. thank u so much meena… it is doable. just like u said, i made this only when only our family was there… the other time i made it for my colleague, i roasted pcs and served, otherwise it would be kind of messy… πŸ™‚

  11. You are becoming biriyani expert πŸ˜€ Mouth watering recipe πŸ™‚

    1. haha aara… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  12. wow delicious Biryani n u made it very well with homemade masala n fried onion!!!

    1. thank u so much sangeetha…

  13. I also sometimes wonder why people are in awe of preparing the biryani. Me things maybe long list of ingredients.
    The biryani looks yummy. One more additions to my weekly list.

    1. exactly! i always read the whole recipe b4 i try, so that i feel at ease… thanks a lot dear…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  14. looks delicious…whole roasted Chicken Biryani sounds interesting

    1. thank u so much gloria…

  15. That resemble with my mom's recipe.. just love with baryani no matter its BombaySindhi or wt soever chicken or mutton… try to visit my place when time permits love to have you feedback.. happy blogging dear πŸ™‚ Recipes Passion
    Love ~ Monu Teena

    1. thank u so much monu for coming by… will definitely come by ur page… πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much…

  16. Nice flavourful biryani, I want some now

    1. thank u so much rashida…

  17. Wow the biriyani looks delish.. I don't get intimated of making a biriyani but doing the post yes… penning the long list of ingredients and cooking process tires me up;-)

    1. haha… just like me rekha… thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚

  18. Ha ha … I agree with that cooking a biriyani is much easier than writing out its recipe !! Ur biriyani looks delicious.

    1. thank u so much shaami… glad to know u liked the joke! πŸ˜‰

  19. Wow! this biryani looks delicious. Flavourful biryani.

    1. thank u so much nandoo…

  20. One mind blowing biryani dear, awesome very flavorful and delicious….

    1. thank u so much priya…

  21. ahh this is so tempting… we used to make biriyanis atleast once a month but not anymore cause my husband is on a diet… next time I make it(which is gonna be soon since ur post has left me mouthwatering), this is the one that I am gonna try for sure πŸ™‚

    1. once a month??? we make it almost every weekend… hehe… thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚

  22. I am one of those who is afraid of biriyani!! And with the rice indifferent hubby at home i wasn't motivated to try it out. But after seeing that you can do it in one hour flat i am tempted to give it a try!!

    1. it's just a matter of practise… u' l get used to it!! πŸ™‚ do give it a try and let me know, just cook in small quantity… πŸ™‚

  23. oww πŸ™‚ am drooling here on looking at ur pics… awesome ..

    1. thank u so much parvathy… πŸ™‚

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