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Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

Learn how to cook Instant Pot Chicken Biryani (Pressure Cooker Chicken Biryani)! This popular Indian Chicken and Rice is so tasty, flavorful & comforting to eat. Quick & easy one pot meal you can make even on a busy night!
Servings 6 - 8
Total Time 50 mins



  • Chopped cilantro


  • Brown Chicken in Instant Pot: Press “Saute” button to “Sauté More” function to heat up Instant Pot. Wait until it says “HOT” on the screen (~8 mins). Add 2 tbsp (30g) ghee or unsalted butter in Instant Pot.
    Pat dry chicken with paper towel, then season one side of chicken with kosher salt and black pepper. Place the chicken in Instant Pot (seasoned side face down), then brown for 5 minutes. Season the other side of chicken with salt and black pepper, then flip & brown this side for 5 minutes. Set aside the browned chicken.
  • Saute Onions & Spices: Add sliced onions in Instant Pot, then saute for 3 minutes. Add in 2 tsp (9g) garam masala, 1 tsp (3g) turmeric, 3 cloves, 3 (0.75g) bay leaves, 1 (1.5g) star anise, 6 (1.8g) green cardamom pods, and garlic, then saute for another minute.
    *Optional: add in ¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper to add spiciness.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot & Add Soy Sauce: Pour in ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot.
    *Pro Tip: Ensure to deglaze really well for this recipe.
    Add in ½ teaspoon (3g) fine salt and 1.5 tbsp (22.5ml) regular soy sauce. Give it a quick mix.
  • Pressure Cook Chicken Biryani: Add the browned chicken with all its juice back to the Instant Pot, then add in the well drained rice.
    *Pro Tip: Ensure to add in the chicken first, then the rice on top to avoid the "Burn" error.
    Pour in 1½ cup (375ml) unsalted chicken stock. Ensure all the rice is fully submerged in the stock.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.
    -Chicken Thighs: Pressure Cook at High Pressure 7 minutes + Natural Release 10 minutes
    -Chicken Drumsticks: Pressure Cook at High Pressure 8 minutes + Natural Release 10 minutes
    After 10 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position. Open the lid carefully.
  • Fluff & Season: Fluff the chicken and rice with a wooden spoon. Taste the chicken biryani, then adjust the seasoning accordingly.
    *Pro Tip: For reference, add roughly 1 - 2 pinches of salt to open up the flavors & season the dish properly.
  • Serve: Garnish biryani with chopped cilantro, and serve it steaming hot. Enjoy this tasty Chicken Biryani~


1) Spiciness: This chicken biryani recipe is developed as a non-spicy dish, so adjust the level of spiciness accordingly with cayenne pepper.
2) Soy Sauce: Soy Sauce is not a traditional ingredient in an Indian Chicken Biryani recipe. But it's a classic in Amy + Jacky’s recipes! A small amount will add umami-savory flavor to the biryani, and enhance the overall flavor profile. Give it a shot!
3) Spatula: You may want to use a cheap wooden spoon or silicone spatula for this recipe because the turmeric will naturally dye it yellow.
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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 458kcal


Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg