Chicken Biryani With Coconut Milk

During Christmas holidays we visited our cousins in Boston. My cousin’s place, we had delicious and comfort vegetarian food, something I was craving a lot. At V’s cousin’s place, we had all non vegetarian meals. I was in a foodie’s heaven, amazing food at both places and we had a very relaxing time.

This dish was prepared for us by V’s cousin’s wife Poornima Vaini. She made all-chicken dinner and lunch for us. Since I am a big Biryani lover, I really enjoyed this Biryani with coconut milk in it. She shared her recipe with me. I might have missed one or more steps, but this came out really well when I came back and made this. It is extremely easy one to make (I don’t know why it is called Biryani, because rice is not cooked separately here. Everything is mixed and cooked at once, but I will still stick to the name).

Make a big batch of it, as it is just out of this world and it disappears in no time.

1/2 kg (17oz approx) chicken
2 cups basmati rice
2 cups(1 can) light coconut milk
3/4 cup onion slices
1/2 cup tomato
4-5 strands coriander leaves
1 tea spn coriander powder
1-2 tea spns chilli powder
3 green chillies
1 tea spn ginger paste
1 tea spn garlic paste
Whole Spices :
4-5 cloves
2″ cinnamon
4 green cardamom
2 bay leaves

Add ginger paste, garlic paste, green chilies (chopped finely or made into paste), chilli powder, coriander powder and salt to chicken pieces. Mix well and keep aside for about 30mins.
Heat ghee/oil (I add both ghee and oil) and add all whole spices. Now add onion and fry till they are brownish.
Add chicken along with all marinade and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add rice, tomato and fry for few more minutes.
Now pour in the coconut milk and about 1 and 1/2 cups water, salt, mix well. Cover the lid and cook on a medium heat till done. Garnish with coriander leaves. Switch off heat and leave it as it is for about 15-20mins. Serve hot.
Serve with cold raita.

Serves : 4-5
Preparation time : 45mins

37 Comments for “Chicken Biryani With Coconut Milk”



Such a lovely looking biryani
Nice recipe and lovely click……
I love biryanis so looking at the click is making me really hungry :))
And adding coconut milk to chicken biryani is a great idea



Hi Mrs.Shilpa,

I have gone through most of your recipes, its really wonderful job you have done, you know……. I took almost 4 files of print of our recipes :-). Anyway I want to try one by one :-)




Hi Shilpa,

My friends sugegsted this website and I have been hooked ever since. I have tried few of your recipies and have come out really well.

I have one question regarding the cocunut milk in this recipie.Do you add the canned cocunut milk used in the Thai foods here or the homemade coconut milk?

I have noticed that the Thai coconut milk tastes different from the ones which we get in India. I had used it in a payasam recipie once and it tasted very different.




Hi Shilpa!
I think it’s time I write to you, finally, after being silent for almost a year! Im a young french Canadian, living in Quebec city who LOVE your blog. Since a looooonng time, I follow it every single day! Im a huge fan of indian cuisine, from every region, and I try to stay as traditional as I can in this field, so your blog, with so many recipes help a lot!
MERCI beaucoup!! Can’t wait to try this biryani recipe!



for that x factor just add i star aniseed to the rice while cooking, and dum it sealed tight with a 50 ml milk flavored with saffron(few strands), i bet you get a divine dish to enthrall ur guest.



I am vegetarian…but my children are not. I tried the receipe today and my children simply loved it.

thank you Shilpa.



Tried this Biryani today. It was very very delicious. The coconut milk just gives it such an amazing flavour and aroma. So many Thanks to you and your Poornima vaini!!



hi shilpa
i am great fan of ur recipes.Today i prepared this chicken briyani. It came out really well. its rich in taste and aroma. Hats off to u for sharing it with us



Hi…All your recipes look great…very simple and the ingrediants are easily available..Gonna try “Dates Cake” first and then this Biryani..I am sure it will be great…Thanks Shilpa..a



Hi Shilpa,
I really want to try your recipe, but I have one question, after frying the spices and chicken, can we add it to the rice with the coconut milk in a rice cooker?
Thanks. It sure looks delicious though



Sounds delish….I wanna try it out soon but before that have a quick question – did you pressure cook the whole thing or just let it cook in a kadai. I usually pressure cook my pulao’s but see many videos that even make it in pans just covered well.

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