Quick & Lighter Chicken Biryani

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Quick & Lighter Chicken Biryani: aromatic, flavorful and extremely easy biryani recipe that’s made using oil, brown rice, and yogurt. This Quick & Lighter Chicken Biryani s a perfect ‘Guiltfree’ version of your traditional biryani recipe. easy-chicken-biryani-brown-rice

‘Chicken Biryani’ is one of our all-time favorite recipes! Friends, family, neighbors, you name it and everyone loves it but there’s just one catch, we don’t get to devour it as frequently because first of all, it takes really long to make it and secondly it’s too heavy to eat on a regular basis (all that ghee, rice, and cream).

Until we found Mazola® Corn Oil . A clinical study showed reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com. That exactly what I started using and turned the traditional biryani into a Quick and Lighter Chicken Biryani a.k.a ‘ “Better-For-You” version – which also means a more frequent appearance in weekly meals.

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Now, here are the 3 Ingredients we swapped in our Lighter Chicken Biryani from the Traditional Biryani –

  • Mazola® Corn Oil instead of ghee.
  • Yogurt instead of cream+butter.
  • Brown Rice instead of regular rice

Once we made that switch to Mazola® Corn Oil, we have not looked back and I’ve been using it in my everyday cooking. It also has a smoke point (450°F) higher than most cooking oils and hence can be used for multiple types of cooking like stir-frying, sautéing, grilling or even baking.

Also, one very important factor for me using Mazola® Corn Oil is that it has a neutral taste and doesn’t impact the taste of any other ingredients used together, hence I get the best flavors out of every recipe and it can be used in both sweet or savory recipes which is such a relief.

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Now, coming back to our Quick & Lighter Chicken Biryani, it’s extremely easy to make and tastes so flavorful, that you won’t miss swapping the brown rice. Now Biryani can be made in many different ways and here I’m discussing two very simple methods, however, the ‘Chicken Mix/Curry’ part remains the same in both.

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So once the Chicken curry/spice mix is read, then you follow either of the methods:

 

Method 1:  – Layering –

  • This is pretty simple, you take the cooked chicken mix and add a layer of it in a deep pan.
  • Then you layer some cooked rice over this chicken mix and sprinkle some nuts too (optional).
  • Then you layer the chicken again and then layer the rice again till you reach the top.
  • Finally, sprinkle some nuts, sautéed onions, fresh mint leaves and keep it covered for 10 minutes.
  • Serve & Enjoy.

 


Method 2:  – Sauteeing –

  • This is the easiest of the two and all you have to do is take a large pan and add the cooked chicken.
  • Then, add the cooked rice, nuts, sautéed onions, mint leaves and saute everything until its mixed evenly.
  • You NEED to remember that this has to be done very lightly as you don’t want to break the rice or the chicken.
  • Saute everything for 5-6 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  • Serve & Enjoy.

 

 

Sides to Serve with Biryani: (Optional)
As Biryani is a complete meal, you don’t want any heavy sides with it, but any of these would do:

  • Light Salad
  • Indian Raita (Yogurt Dip)
  • Mint / Coriander Chutney
  • Papad / Poppadoms
  • Pickles

 

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No matter which method you pick or choose, the results are going to be Fingerlicking Good everytime!

So go ahead, make this Quick & Lighter Chicken Biryani using the Mazola Corn Oil, which is a 100% pure oil with no additives. I’d also recommend using it for your day to day cooking as it brings out the great flavors of your food. You can visit Mazola Facebook page for recipes, product details and much more.

You Can Also Try Some of These Other Family Favorite Recipes:

 

Thai Fried Riceeasy-15-minutes-thai-fried-rice

 


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Quick & Lighter Chicken Biryani

5 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

For Cooking the Rice:

2 Cups Brown Rice - you may use any other rice too

4 Cups Water - to make the rice

Pinch of Turmeric

Few Strands of Saffron

3 Tbsp Milk - to soak the saffron

4 Cloves

For Preparing the Chicken:

1/3 Cup Mazola® Corn Oil

1/2 lb Chicken - cleaned and cut into bite size pieces

1 Cup Onion - thinly sliced

1 Tbsp Ginger Paste

1 Tbsp Garlic Paste

1 Cup Plain Yogurt

‘1/2 Cup Water

Spices:

1/8 Tsp Black Pepper Powder

1 Tbsp Coriander Powder

1 Tbsp Cumin Powder

1 Tbsp Garam Masala

1/2 Tsp Turmeric - optional

1 Tsp Red Chili Powder - optional

1/8 Tsp Crushed Saffron - optional

Salt - as per taste

10 Fresh Mint Leaves

Instructions

    Cooking the Rice:
  1. In a large pot, add water, rice, turmeric, cloves and place on burner on high heat.
  2. Let this boil on high heat for 2 minutes, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, heat 3 tbsp oil and add the saffron strands, keep aside.
  4. Check rice after 15 minutes, it should have cooked 90% hence turn off the heat.
  5. Strain the rice of water and keep aside.
  6. Add the saffron mixture and fluff the rice (to evenly mix saffron).
  7. Cooking the Chicken **
  8. In a large non-stick pan, heat 1/3 cup Mazola Corn Oil
  9. Add onions and saute till they are cooked and light golden in color.
  10. Remove the cooked onions.
  11. Add ginger + garlic paste and saute on medium heat till they turn golden in color (about 2 minutes).
  12. Add turmeric, salt, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, red chili powder and saute everything together.
  13. Add chicken and saute for a minute.
  14. Cover and cook this mixture for 5 minutes on low heat.
  15. Add yogurt, water, mint leaves and cover cook for another 5 minutes.
  16. Once the chicken is cooked, turn off the heat.
  17. Making the Biryani:
  18. Use the same pan in which chicken is cooked.
  19. Add the cooked rice to the cooked chicken.
  20. Saute on low heat for 5-6 minutes (lightly mix to prevent rice from breaking).
  21. Once everything is evenly mixed, cover the lid and cook for 2 minutes on low heat.
  22. Turn off the heat.
  23. Transfer the light chicken biryani in the serving bowl.
  24. Decorate with sauteed onions or other topping of choice (nuts/mint leaves/cilantro leaves).
  25. Serve hot with choice of side (salad/raita/pickle).

Nutrition

Calories

817 cal

Fat

36 g

Carbs

182 g

Protein

22 g
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    Jenni LeBaron February 26, 2018 (1:12 pm)
    This looks wonderful. I love that it's lightened up but still hearty and flavorful!
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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy February 21, 2018 (2:41 pm)
    Wow!!!! Brown rice biriyani. I am officially impressed. Making these (but with vegetables) this weekend!
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      Molly Kumar February 21, 2018 (5:22 pm)
      Thanks Tina and can;t wait for you to try the vegetarian version. This is really yummy :)
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    Sandra Shaffer February 20, 2018 (2:21 am)
    What a delicious meal and I bet you can't tell that this is lightened up a bit. Such flavorful spices in this dish too. Adding this to my menu this week.
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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane February 20, 2018 (2:13 am)
    Hi Molly, back in the day I always used to order biryani when I went to an Indian restaurant. How wonderful to have so many shortcuts, tips and tricks all in one place!
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    Sandi February 20, 2018 (12:42 am)
    I can't wait to try this lighter chicken biryani recipe!
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    Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze February 19, 2018 (10:02 pm)
    That biryani looks sooooo tasty. I love a good biryani but I never make it at home. Now you have me craving it so I might have to!
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    Jill February 19, 2018 (9:40 pm)
    I've never tried a Chicken Biryani but the ingredients sound wonderful. I'm a fan of Mazola oil too!
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    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen February 19, 2018 (9:12 pm)
    I've been loving flavors like this lately, looks delicious!
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    Adriana Lopez Martin February 19, 2018 (8:57 pm)
    Your Chicken Biryani looks incredible so colorful and full of flavor. This is one of my favorites from the Indian cuisine I hope to make it soon. Thanks for yoru participation on this shop.
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    Dannii February 19, 2018 (8:08 pm)
    This is one of my favourite comfort food dishes and I love that you have lightened it up.

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