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Easy Skillet Chicken Biryani

A riff on the classic Indian Chicken Biryani, this Easy Skillet Chicken Biryani recipe has all the flavor of a traditional Biryani. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Calories: 261kcal


  • Pam olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 small onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 10 oz. can Ro*Tel tomatoes mild or spicy
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup long grain white rice preferable Basmati
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro


  • Liberally coat a large skillet with Pam olive oil spray.
  • Over medium high heat, add the onion and saute for 2 minutes
  • Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the spices and cook for another minute.
  • Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes, until the chicken is browned but not cooked through.
  • Add the Ro*Tel tomatoes,raisins, lime juice and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Add the rice and water. Stir to combine.
  • Bring mixture to a boil and cover.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove lid and stir. If water remains, remove lid, increase the heat, and cook for another minute.
  • Stir in minced cilantro and serve!


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.2mg