This chicken biryani rice is an aromatic, spice-filled, one pot rice and meat dish with a healthy-ish spin. It is light on the rice and heavy on the spices, nuts and Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs! Pair it with a raita or salad and enjoy it with family and friends on those special occasions.
When I make biryani, I like to decrease the amount of rice used – sometimes, I even use quinoa instead. I also increase the amount of chicken and veggies. And, in this recipe, I also added in a hefty dose of pecans and plump and juicy California Figs!
Chicken Biryani Rice with Figs and Nuts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 pound chicken breast, cut into cubes
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed and diced
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 cup white rice
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 2 cups salted chicken broth
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup Sun-Maid or Blue RIbbon Orchard Choice California Figs
- 1/4 cup pecans
- Parsley, for garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add oil to a pan over medium heat and sauté the onion for 5 minutes.
Then add in the chicken and sauté till chicken is lightly browned on one side. Flip chicken pieces over, add garlic and ginger and cook another 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, in another pan, over low heat, roast the coriander and cumin for about a couple of minutes stirring frequently as you don’t want the spices to burn. They will change color and become a tad bit darker during the roasting process. Set aside.
To the chicken, add the rice, the roasted coriander and cumin, chili powder (if using), turmeric, cloves, cardamom, and chicken broth and stir. Cover and let cook about 15 minutes.
Uncover and add in the carrots, frozen peas, California Figs and pecans (no need to mix at this point) and let cook about another 5-7 minutes, or till rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed.
Using a fork, fluff and mix the veggies, nuts and California Figs with the lower layers of spiced rice and chicken.
Sprinkle some parsley, season with salt and pepper (if needed) and enjoy with a cold salad or raita.
Recipe and photo by Shashi Charles