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Just saying the words makes me happy … Butter Chicken Biriyani. Butter Chicken is beloved by everyone, I like to BBQ the Chicken before adding it to a delicate and creamy gravy. I had this idea a while ago to turn this into a Biriyani, but I wasn’t sure if it would work … I’m so glad that I did give it a shot as this is a marriage made in heaven.

My sons who love both Butter Chicken and Biriyani gave this fusion dish a big thumbs up!

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Butter Chicken Biriyani


  • 2 cups long grained Basmati rice
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thigh ( approx 500 gms )
  • 1 cup Tandoori marinade
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 2 cups sliced Onions
  • 8 whole Cashews
  • 1 tbsp chopped dry Coriander
  • 1 tsp sliced green Chillies
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Pav Bhaji
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups of blanched and pureed Tomato
  • 1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • Add 4 cups of water 1 tbsp Salt and bring to the boil
  • Pinch of Saffron strands
  • 1/2 cup hot Milk
  • 1 - 2 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 2 black Cardamoms
  • 5 green Cardamoms
  • 8 Cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup melted Ghee or Butter
  • Pinch Food colouring


  1. Marinate the Chicken in the tandoori marinade, preferably overnight
  2. Start by soaking the rice at least for an hour and then wash and drain
  3. Skewer the Chicken and half cook on the BBQ – you can also use the oven or pan fry the pieces
  4. In a pot add the oil and fry the onions
  5. When the onions are brown but still soft, remove half and keep aside
  6. Continue cooking the second half and add the cashews and remove when the onions are darker and crispy(but not burnt) and keep aside
  7. In the same pot add the coriander and the green chillies
  8. Add the soft onions back in followed by all the powdered spices
  9. Add in the Chicken and follow with the tomato puree and stir well
  10. Add salt to taste and cook for a few minutes so the chicken is completely cooked
  11. Add the cream and mix
  12. Cook the rice in the water and salt till half cooked
  13. Add saffron threads to hot milk and allow to steep
  14. Remove and drain any extra water
  15. Layer the rice over the gravy
  16. Add the melted ghee
  17. Add the fried onions and cashews and the saffron milk
  18. Seal with foil, cover and cook for 20 – 25 mins
  19. Gently stir with a fork and serve with fresh mint and coriander