I’ve created this (100% inauthentic!) easy Chicken Biryani recipe to be so quick and simple to throw together that it’s ready and on the table in just 20 minutes!
Mid-week meal, or one-pot camping recipe, sorted!
I’ve been making weekly one-pot camping recipes for Youtube for around two years now.
I love the challenge of scaling everything down in terms of washing up, having limited space to cook in and time that food takes from start to finish.
It definitely brings up some issues, and causes me to strategically modify traditional recipes to fit my campervan cooking style.
Take this chicken biryani for example.
An authentic biryani recipe would have you marinating the chicken in the yogurt and spices overnight.
Firstly, I don’t have a fridge in my camper.
And even though it’s currently winter, I can’t recommend people leave chicken unrefrigerated, whatever the outside temperature.
Food safety comes first (especially when camping!).
Secondly, unless you’re sat round a campfire with good friends and all the time in the world, camping food needs to be quick.
So, the biryani marinating time got slashed.
As did the bay leaf and a few other spices that the biryani experts use.
Also, I used my homemade garam masala spice blend mix, rather than making a separate biyani masala blend.
They use very similar ingredients after all, just in different amounts.
Does this mean this chicken biryani is horribly inauthentic?
Yep, ‘fraid so.
Does it mean this is a still a damn tasty & makes the perfect camping biryani?
Quite frankly, it’s the nuts!
What are the Ingredients for a Chicken Biryani?
- Basmati rice is the main ingredient of a biryani
- Chicken thighs, although chicken breast would be fine too
- Indian spices, I keep it simple with a homemade garam masala, although you could use individual spices if you prefer
- Vegetables, and quick cooking veggies would be fine
WATCH TODAY’S RECIPE VIDEO HERE!
If you’d like some more one-pot inspirations, check out my archives here: One-Pot Stovetop Recipes.
So why not give this fab one-pot chicken biryani a go next time you’re camping. And feel free to tag me in any pics you share online. You can find me pretty much everywhere as @hedgecomber.
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 onion sliced
- 350 g chicken thighs (skinless & boneless)
- 2 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- 500 g cooked rice (or 2 x pouches microwaveable rice)
- 1 bunch coriander
- 20 cashew nuts
Heat a large saute pan up and add the oil.
Cook the onion for a few minutes, then add in the chicken and cook for 3 or 4 minutes.
Add the garlic, salt, garam masala, tomato puree and yogurt. Stir well.
Sprinkle over the rice, spread into an even layer. Pop on the lid and let cook for around 5 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the rice is hot.
Mix the chicken layer and rice layer together, then sprinkle with the coriander and cashew nuts. Serve and enjoy!
Amy | The Cook Report says
I love biryani, it’s such good comfort food and it’s so nice that you can make it so easily!
What a great quick and easy dinner for a hectic weeknight. This looks authentic enough for me and I think it would go over very well with my hubby. Love how the cleanup is kept to the bare minimum – my kind of meal!
This is the perfect weeknight dinner! Quick, tasty and made in one pan!
Kelly Anthony says
I’ve never had biryani but it sounds delicious! I’m excited to try something new!
So much flavor in this dish! I’m always looking for new recipes and I can’t wait to try this one.
Corrina Confarreo says
Oooohh I love chicken biryani so will have to try this speedy version. It looks and sounds delicious!
The ideal midweek meal, I’m loving all of those shortcuts so donnner is on the table really quickly – perfect for me!!
Biryani was the first proper curry I ever had at a restaurant and I still love it. This looks totally delicious.
I’m so impressed with all your one pot camper van cooking. Having a small amount of washing up sounds soooooooo appealing. I seem to spend my life at the kitchen sink. And if it tastes good, who gives a stuff whether it’s authentic or not?
Kate Hackworthy says
Such a tasty looking biryani! Lovely to see you cooking it in Myrtle :)
Jane Sarchet says
Camilla Hawkins says
Do you know, I love Biryani but I think I’ve only ever made it once! Tusk, tusk, seeing your lush creation has inspired me to fix this!
Jane Sarchet says
To be fair this is the least authentic version you’ll ever find Camilla, but it’s tasty nonetheless!
Kavita Favelle says
I think it looks fabulous, and much more interesting than a lot of what passes as camper food in some circles. Really good, simple, full of flavour, warming, filling…
Jane Sarchet says