Servings: 4 · Prep Time: 7 mins · Cooking Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 52 mins


This low carb biryani is simple to prepare yet loaded with flavour from aromatic spices. Tasty as cold as it is hot, this is a great option for lunchtime leftovers!


Chicken Biryani

  • chicken thighs (4 large, skinless, diced)
  • cardamom pods (4 lightly crushed)
  • cauliflower rice (4 cups)
  • olive oil (3 tbsp)
  • chicken stock (2 1/2 cups)
  • garlic (2 clove minced)
  • ground cinnamon (1 tsp)
  • ground coriander (1 tsp)
  • ground cumin (1 tsp)
  • fresh ginger (1 grated)
  • white onion (1 medium finely sliced)
  • fresh coriander (1 tbsp chopped)
  • ground cloves (1/4 tsp)

To Serve

  • natural yoghurt (4 tbsp)
  • spring onion (1 large finely slice)
  • ground cumin (1 tsp)
  • coriander (1/4 cup finely chopped)
  • salt (1 pinch)
  • pepper (1 pinch)


Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a small pan over a low/medium heat and add the sliced onion. Cook the onion gently until translucent and the edges begin to crisp and caramelise. Set to one side.

Whilst the onion is cooking, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the chicken pieces, cooking until browned all over. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set to one side.

Heat the remaining oil in the pan used for the chicken and reduce the heat. Add the grated ginger and the minced garlic cloves, sweating gently until tender and fragrant.

Stir in the ground spices and cardamom pods, warming them through.

Return the chicken to the pan and stir to coat in the spices.

Add the stock and bring to a gentle boil then gently simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the cauliflower rice and half the onions. Stir well to combine.

Continue to simmer for a further 5-10 minutes allowing the rice to absorb all the stock and seasoning.

Whilst the rice is cooking, add the yoghurt to a serving dish with the cumin, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Stir through fresh coriander and top with the sliced scallions.

Scatter the remaining onions and coriander over the biryani to serve.


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