Recipe For Biryani Chicken

We are very fortunate to have a chicken farm close to where we live. The chickens are free range and taste amazing. I have lived in Gordons Bay for a long time now, but only recently found out that I can purchase directly from Lazena Farm. Their chickens are available in our local Spar, but I am not sure how far their distribution is. The chickens are happy ones, and free from antibiotics and brine. If I call and place my order before midday, I can collect my freshly slaughtered chicken pieces on the way home the following day. They only accept cash but for the prices I am paying, it is well worth not earning air miles. I love that I can support local, and it means maintaining the ethos of my blog which is about regional and seasonal produce. As we are only a family of two I portion up what I have purchased. I order breasts, thighs, and quarters for our meals and I save the whole chickens for when we have guests and roast chicken is on the menu. I also make sure that I order chicken livers, as these make a quick supper for the nights I don’t feel like cooking, or they make the best ever chicken liver pâté. For this meal I used the Biryani blend I had made as I wanted to adapt a curry recipe that my friend Gill had sent me. The chicken is the star of this dish, just as it should be.

do you buy locally farmed chickens?

Biryani Chicken
Biryani Chicken

Biryani Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 15mls olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5mls crushed ginger
  • 10 mls biryani
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt to season
  • 100g tomatoes, chopped
  • 125mls stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10mls arrow root
Method
  1. Heat the olive oil in a lidded casserole dish / tagine
  2. Sauté the onion until soft and then add the garlic, ginger and biryani
  3. Cook until you can smell the spices
  4. Season the chicken and brown
  5. Add the tomatoes, the stock and the bay leaf
  6. Cover and simmer for 1 hour - check the liquid after 30 minutes and add water if necessary
  7. Remove the lid and add the arrow root to allow the sauce to thicken, which will take 10 minutes

 

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26 thoughts on “Recipe For Biryani Chicken

  1. TANDY!! Can I invite myself over and have this? lol! I absolutely love this dish, especially when it’s homemade! Great job! And I’m going to check out your post for the blend now. 🙂
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    1. anytime, my door is always open 🙂

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  2. How lovely to be able to purchase locally like this Tandy. Glorious recipe too.
    🙂 Mandy
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    1. we are very lucky 🙂

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  3. It’s a bit hard to get locally farmed chickens here in Sydney but that would be wonderful if we could 😀
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    1. that is such a pity Lorraine 🙂

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  4. This looks and sounds really delicious, Tandy. How nice to be able to get chicken fresh from the farm. 🙂
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    1. we are very lucky AD 🙂

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  5. Ooh, I’ve never used arrow root before. This dish looks great.
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    1. I use it quite often as a thickener as it has no flavour 🙂

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  6. Biryani Chicken sounds good, the perfect Friday night dinner! Here in London, I buy chicken from supermarkets, but in Italy we buy locally farmed chicken. The quality is amazing and you really taste the difference.

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    1. You can indeed taste the difference 🙂

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  7. I never tasted this chicken dish before but I must make it soon! It looks tasty! I only buy locally or grown a lot myself ( veggies ) . I also buy 2x/week organic meat, at our local bio-planet from Belgian raised & fed animals, that roam outside.

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    1. That is so good Sophie – I love locally farmed over anything else 🙂

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  8. I’m with Roger and would love to know what spice you used 🙂
    and how lovely that you have such a great resource nearby, nothing best happy chooks !
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    1. Hi Claire, here is the link http://tandysinclair.com/biryani/ We are very lucky to have a happy farm near us 🙂

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  9. Your Biryani looks so perfectly spiced and seasoned!!!
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    1. Thank you Squishy 🙂

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  10. Tandy this chicken dish looks delish! Perfect for our Fall weather here in the states.
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    1. Thank you so much Karista 🙂

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  11. Biryani is one of my favorite comfort foods! What a great recipe!
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    1. thank you Joanne 🙂

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  12. Oh I wish my local Spar sold free range chicken! You are very lucky to have such great produce on your doorstep. I generally end up buying my meat from Woolworths as they are the only shop near me that has a good range of clearly labelled free range products.
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    1. I have yet to find better meat than at Woolworths, other than the venison which I get from my local Pick N Pay 🙂

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  13. I’m interested in knowing the combination of spices you use in your Biryani blend.
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    1. Here is the post for the blend Roger 🙂 http://tandysinclair.com/biryani/

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