Saudi Chicken Biryani Recipe | MAGGI® Arabia

Saudi Chicken Biryani

This Middle East inspired biryani can be part of your main course or the meal itself. The Saudi Chicken Biryani recipe is made with fragrant spices, rice and juicy chicken making it an all-in-one family meal and is perfect for a weekend lunch or dinner with the family.


  • 1200 g whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 dried limes
  • 2 cubes MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon
  • 2½ cups basmati rice washed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 3 medium onions sliced
  • 1 cup yoghurt or 250 g
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground saffron, soaked in ¼ cup hot water

How to Prepare

  1. Place chicken pieces and water in a large pot, bring to boil and remove froth as it appears. Add the dried limes and MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon cubes. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30-40 mins or until chicken is tender.
  2. Remove chicken pieces from the stock, add rice to the chicken stock (around 6 cups) and boil the rice for 10 mins or until almost cooked. Drain the rice and set aside.
  3. Heat the ghee in a large pot, add and cook the onions, stirring for 5-7 mins or until golden brown. Add the cooked chicken pieces to the onions and stir to combine.
  4. Combine the yogurt with the spices and the garlic and pour over the chicken. Add half the quantity of the cooked rice to cover the chicken in the pot.
  5. Sprinkle half the quantity of saffron water over the rice, cover with the rest of the rice and then sprinkle with the rest of saffron water.
  6. Cover and cook over low heat for 25–30 mins or until the rice is cooked.
  7. Serve the Saudi Chicken Biryani on a large serving dish and garnish with fried nuts.

Nutritional Info

Energy: 844.00 Kcal
Protein: 46.00 g
Carbohydrate: 80.00 g
Fats: 37.00 g

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