This is a variation on two of my favorite biryani recipes, adjusted to fit my family's preferences and time limitations. Biryani can be a time-consuming dish, but this is an easy way to make it from scratch. The end result is packed full of flavor and can be spicy. Best eaten with yogurt or Indian raita.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place basmati rice in a large container and cover with several inches of cool water. Let soak, about 30 minutes. Drain.

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  • Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cinnamon sticks, 8 cloves, and 4 black cardamom pods; fry until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onions; cook and stir until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in ginger-garlic paste; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Sprinkle mint and cilantro on top; cook 1 minute more.

  • Stir chicken into the skillet; season with 1 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir until chicken is browned, about 20 minutes. Stir in yogurt, green chile peppers, lemon juice, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, chile pepper, and turmeric. Cook until oil begins to separate from the sauce, 10 to 20 minutes. Reduce heat to low.

  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 teaspoon salt, cumin, 2 green cardamom pods, 2 cloves, and bay leaves; boil for 1 minute. Add drained rice. Bring water back up to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and drain, reserving whole spices in the rice.

  • Spoon chicken mixture into a slow cooker. Top with partially cooked rice; mix together.

  • Cook on High until rice is tender, about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If your slow cooked has vents, cover them with aluminum foil.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

416 calories; 9.6 g total fat; 44 mg cholesterol; 1361 mg sodium. 57.6 g carbohydrates; 23.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2017
Based on the other reviewer's comments about the rice drying out I made a few changes. I used 1 c of yogurt instead of 3/4 cup. I pre-cooked the rice for 4 minutes instead of 2. I put everything in the crockpot as directed but 45 minutes later I stirred it all together and changed the setting to low for the last 45 minutes. Turned out well. Flavor was delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2016
This was very tasty while cooking but once combined in the slow cooker it dried out. I even cooked it on low. Next time I would double the sauce and cook the rice more. Also I wasn't sure if I was suppose to leave the pods in the dish or remove them. There is a lot of steps but they aren't difficult and it's nice to cook from scratch. I will try it again with a few modifications. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2017
Based on the other reviewer's comments about the rice drying out I made a few changes. I used 1 c of yogurt instead of 3/4 cup. I pre-cooked the rice for 4 minutes instead of 2. I put everything in the crockpot as directed but 45 minutes later I stirred it all together and changed the setting to low for the last 45 minutes. Turned out well. Flavor was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2017
Based on the other reviewer's comments about the rice drying out I made a few changes. I used 1 c of yogurt instead of 3/4 cup. I pre-cooked the rice for 4 minutes instead of 2. I put everything in the crockpot as directed but 45 minutes later I stirred it all together and changed the setting to low for the last 45 minutes. Turned out well. Flavor was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2016
This was very tasty while cooking but once combined in the slow cooker it dried out. I even cooked it on low. Next time I would double the sauce and cook the rice more. Also I wasn't sure if I was suppose to leave the pods in the dish or remove them. There is a lot of steps but they aren't difficult and it's nice to cook from scratch. I will try it again with a few modifications. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2018
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