Keto Recipes

Keto Chicken Biryani

The king of rice dishes – The Biryani, now made Keto

It’s no-guilt biryani time! Say hello to cauliflower rice Keto Biryani. If you are a desi boy or a desi girl then you’ve probably had a craving for biryani and been saving it up for one of your cheat days. I’ve got this slamming recipe for Keto chicken biryani which will save you a cheat day and satisfy all your rice cravings.

Kacchi Biryani and Pakki Biryani

When it comes to Biryani, I personally prefer mutton over chicken. I’m not sure why I made chicken but it might have something to do with the cooking time. Now Biryani can be made the way I’ve shown you, everything in one pot which is known as Kacchi Biryani. It can also be made separately, where the meat is cooked on it’s own, the rice separately as well and then it’s assembled together.  This is called Pakki Biryani. In a carb filled world I would only choose Kachi Biryani. On keto, especially if cooking mutton, I’d go with Pakki. The reason being mutton needs to be cooked for 45-60 minutes on average and cauliflower rice needs all of 15 minutes or maybe 20 at best to cook. Hence the choice. Anyway enjough jibber jabber, enjoy the recipe.

Keto Chicken Biryani

 

Nutrition Info (Per serving)

  • Calories: 427
  • Net Carbs: 6g
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Protein: 59g
  • Fiber: 3g

Recipe makes 4 servings. Get this recipe on myfitnesspal.

Keto Chicken Biryani
Keto Chicken Biryani
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A delicious flavoured cauliflower rice with a curry style chicken.
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 20 minutes
Keto Chicken Biryani
Keto Chicken Biryani
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Votes: 10
Rating: 3.9
You:
Rate this recipe!
A delicious flavoured cauliflower rice with a curry style chicken.
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 Chicken cut curry style
  • 500 grams Cauliflower (Riced)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee I recommend this one
  • 100 grams Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Paste
  • 1 tbsp Handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp Tumeric
  • 1/2 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Garam Masala I recommend this one
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Lime juice
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • Onion Fried
  • Pinch of Saffron
  • a few drops of Kewra Optional: Kewra, keora or kewda is an extract distilled from the flower of the pandanus plant.
  • a few drops of Shahi Biryani liquid Optional
  • Melted Butter
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Instructions
  1. Marinate the chicken overnight with 1 tbsp ghee, yorghurt, coriander paste, fresh mint leaves, salt, ginger garlic paste and all the spices.
  2. Pour some ghee into the biryani handi.
  3. Layer the chicken and then the rice.
  4. Top with the fried onions, saffron soaked in warm water, fresh mint and coriander, kewra and shahhi biryani liquid.
  5. Cook on a low flame for 20-25 minutes till the chicken is cooked through
  6. Serve with a tablespoon of butter to up the fat content 🙂

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Salima
    January 10, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Oh have had such a craving for biryani!! Quick question to make it dairy free can coconut milk be substituted for the yogurt?

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      January 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

      Yes you can do that, it will have a slightly different flavour but that will also work for sure.

      • Reply
        Salima
        January 13, 2018 at 12:44 am

        Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Farhana Sultana Karim
    January 11, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Really a simple but a delicious recipe!!! Will give it a try on coming weekend!!

  • Reply
    Salima
    January 26, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Hi Sahil. Made this today and the taste was delicious. The only thing that there was a lot of liquid after the biryani was cooked. I boiled it off, but any suggestions on why this happened? Thx 🙂

    • mm
      Reply
      Sahil Makhija
      January 26, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Water in the meat, perhaps the yoghurt itself.

      • Reply
        Salima
        January 26, 2018 at 11:32 pm

        Thanks for the reply 🙂

  • Reply
    Walosi
    February 25, 2018 at 2:46 am

    I just discovered your blog. FINALLY REAL FOOD I CAN EAT! Thank you so much, Chef Makhija! Rock on!

    • mm
      Reply
      Sahil Makhija
      February 26, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Thanks, you are too kind 🙂

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    February 28, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Sahil,

    Thanks for all the great recipes. My husband has just been diagnosed with stage 3 lymphoma and he wanted to try the keto diet along with chemo. Your recipes are a savior for me who only knew how to make basic Indian food. You have been an angel in disguise.

    Thanks again for your efforts and keep posting new recipes.

  • Reply
    Vanessa V
    March 7, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Just wanted to say… we made this tonight, and it was… AMAZING. My boyfriend and I both took our first bite and said “oh yea.. this is Biryani!”
    We had missed Biryani so much, but we won’t miss it after trying and your recipe. We even made a keto Raita with yogurt, cucumber, mint, coriander, and a little curry powder.

    Pleas continue doing what you do!

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      March 7, 2018 at 7:05 am

      So glad to hear that, thank you!

  • Reply
    Gaurav Sinha
    May 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Sahil, what do you suggest on the water that the chicken creates under the rice? I just kept cooking after popping the lid open after 30 min for an additional 30 min.

    • mm
      Reply
      Sahil Makhija
      May 29, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Just keep it open from the start then or remove the rice and cook the gravy down. Or you could cook the chicken and add the rice half way through the cooking.

  • Reply
    Kyme
    July 26, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    If I just cook the chicken first, and then add the cauliflower halfway through cooking, when do I add the saffron, mint and coriander leaves, kewra, and fried onions? Would I add that when I add the cauliflower?

    • mm
      Reply
      Sahil Makhija
      July 27, 2018 at 2:33 am

      Yes I would add that to the cauliflower.

  • Reply
    Margaret
    August 6, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    I’m sorry, but I don’t understand the instruction: Pour some ghee into the biryani handi. Is it pan? I think so. Thanks

    • mm
      Reply
      Sahil Makhija
      August 8, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Yes it is.

  • Reply
    Margaret
    August 6, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Suggestions for cooking in instant pot?

  • Reply
    Sherry
    August 24, 2018 at 3:40 am

    Where can I find the specialty products? Kewra for example and shahi biryani? Can’t find them and dying to make this

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      August 27, 2018 at 8:33 am

      I’ve linked them in the recipe box to the purchase links on amazon

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    Bahisht
    August 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Hi- please clarify if yogurt is ok in keto? It’s been a month I hv been on keto n since day one I hv been told yogurt is a big no! Also tell about tamarind paste 1Tbsp is ok in keto? Please reply both queries.

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      September 5, 2018 at 10:39 am

      Yogurt outside India normally refers to these flavoured ones which are full of sugar. In India normal DAHI is fine in limited quantities. If you live outside Indian you want full fat Greek yogurt. Tamrind is best avoided on Keto. Maybe 1 Tsp in a curry that serves 4 people will not be an issue but if you can skip it, then do that.

  • Reply
    alex
    November 18, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Recipe looks good , but based on the nutrition info provided by you ,this is not Keto as its high in protein and low in Fats .

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      November 19, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Alex, I think you are a bit confused about this because a dish doesn’t need to have a high fat content to be Keto. Your fat can come from adding a tablespoon of olive oil over your serving, drinking a bullet proof coffee in the morning or even having a fat bomb after this meal. Your body will remain in Ketosis after eating this dish, that is what makes it Keto. If you consume more protein through the day and possible go way way way over your daily macros then perhaps you will see an issue with remaining in Ketosis. When your body finds itself short on fat, then it turns to body fat for energy.

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