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Easy Chicken Biryani

Easy Chicken Biryani

A quick, easy and healthy version of this traditional East Indian dish! Canola oil’s neutral taste allows the spices to shine through.


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil 30 mL
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion 250 mL
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger 30 mL
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin 7 mL
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric 4 mL
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 2 mL
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 2/3 cup basmati rice, well rinsed 400 mL
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into strips 500 g
  • 1/3 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt 75 mL
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth 750 mL
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. In saucepan, heat canola oil over medium-high heat and sauté onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon for 2 minutes to bring out flavors.
  2. Stirring constantly, add rice, chicken, yogurt, tomato and broth; cover and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes or until rice is tender, chicken is cooked through and liquid is absorbed.
  3. Remove from stove and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Yield: 8 servings

Nutritional Analysis Serving size: 3/4 cup (175 mL) Per Serving: Calories 280 Total Fat 8g Saturated Fat 1.5g Cholesterol 50mg Sodium 75mg Carbohydrates 31g Fibre 3g Protein 22g

Source: Julie DesGroseilliers, Dt.P

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