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Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani is a delicious, flavorful and immensely satisfying Indian dish made with chicken and rice. Make it in the Instant Pot in under 1 hour.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Chicken Biryani, Instant Pot
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Author Shinta



  • 2 cups Basmati rice 1 cup=250ml
  • Water for soaking the rice
  • 300 grams Chicken legs and thighs 5 pieces, bone-in

For the chicken marinade:

  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 green chilli chopped, optional
  • 1 teaspoon fennel
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1.5 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 cup coriander and mint finely chopped
  • Juice of 1/4 lime
  • 1 tablespoon ghee

For the chicken masala:

  • 2 onions sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • A few strands saffron
  • 1/4 cup warm milk


  • Start by combining all the marinade ingredients along with the chicken, in a large bowl. Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
  • Let the rice soak in water for 20-30 minutes.
  • Turn on the Instant Pot to 'Saute' mode. One warm, add the ghee, bay leaves and the onions into the IP. Saute for around 6-7 minutes, untill onions are caramelised.
  • Take out half the caramelized onions and keep aside for later.
  • Hit 'Cancel' and add 3-4 tablespoons of water. Deglaze with a ladle or spatula, ensure that no residue is stuck to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  • Add the marinated chicken to the Instant Pot.
  • Pressure Cook for 4 minutes, followed by a quick release of pressure.
  • Add the soaked rice, drained of all water.
  • Now add 1.5 cups of water, and make sure that water level covers the contents of the Instant Pot.
  • Pressure Cook for 5 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, followed by quick release of pressure.
  • Add saffron-soaked milk, fresh chopped coriander and reserved onions. Mix gently before serving.
  • Serve with a side of yogurt or raita (lightly seasoned yogurt).