Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The daring cooks challenge: Chicken tika biryani

Grace, one of our talented non-blogging Daring Kitchen members, was our Daring Cooks’ August hostess who shared with us some of her family’s tried and true Bengali Biryani recipes – all of them delicious and all of them prepared fresh from our own kitchens!

As you might know I'm a participant in the daring kitchen. Why, because we are challenged every month to make, in my case, two recipes which, most of the times we usually don't make. And sometimes even don't heard of. And that's a lot of fun and quite surprising and gave me quite a bit new recipes which I make more often. 

This month was another time something I didn't heard of before. Chicken tika biryani. Yes I've heard about chicken tika marsala, but not of tika biryani. 
But I'm a big fan of Indian food (too bad I'm the only one in my family) so I had a good excuse to put Indian on the table.

The end result. My family still didn't like Indian (because of the spices). However I still liked it. I thought the recipe tasted quite well. So for that matter, nothing really changed.

Chicken Tika Biryani


  • 1 lb (½ kg) boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon (20 ml) tandoori masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¾ teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3 tablespoon (45 ml) (1 ½ oz) (45 gm) yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 inch (5 cm) ginger, peeled and minced fine
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) (½ oz) (15 ml) ghee
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil
  • 3 cups (750 ml) (550 gm) (19½ oz) basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes and drained
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Fresh coriander, chopped


Mix together 1 tablespoon of the tandoori masala powder, ½ teaspoon each of turmeric, curry powder, garam masala, cumin, and coriander powder with the yogurt, lemon juice, half of the minced ginger and garlic, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Cover the chicken with the marinade, cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour or preferably overnight.
Roast the chicken at hot 230°C/450°F/gas mark 8 for 15 minutes
Melt the ghee with the oil. Add the onions, and the rest of the minced garlic and ginger. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, 1 teaspoon tandoori masala, ½ teaspoon turmeric, ¼ teaspoon each garam masala, coriander powder, and cumin, and 1½ teaspoon salt. Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes, cover the pan, and cook on low heat for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add the chilies, if using, and the cooked chicken. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes, then cover the pan and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Stir in the coriander and remove from heat.
Drain and rinse the rice. Boil the rice with 6 cups (1½ l ) of water, then cover and lower the heat to a simmer for 5 minutes or until the rice is half cooked. Drain any remaining water.
Alternate layers of rice and chicken in a large saucepan, starting and ending with rice. Cover the pan and cook over very low heat for 10-13 minutes until the rice is cooked.

4Pure: Daring cooks challenge august 2013 Chicken tika biryani


Aisha said...

It looks and sounds very yummy :)

Cher Rockwell said...

This one took my family outside of their comfort level, but I was surprised at how much they ended up liking it.

Yours looks great!

shelley c. said...

Your chicken tika biryani looks delicious! My kids still aren't real Indian food fans, either, but I am certainly becoming one! Great job.

Claudia said...

I try to push my limits with food too, and sometimes it does work, other times, well at least we like the meal :)

4pure said...

Thank you all for your comments! I love to read you are going to the Same with your families! One day when they are adults (hopefully that takes another while) they might like it and are thankfull we gave them such à variation of Food to taste :-).

yummychunklet said...

Looks like it was a successful dish!