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Leftover Chicken Biryani – Easy

 Easy Chicken Biryani 

So you have loads of left-over chicken? Try this lovely quick and simple Leftover  Chicken Biryani recipe – yum.

I usually have loads left after a Sunday roast, do you?

I love chicken and eat it more than any other meat 

So with your left over chicken you can create another perfect delicious and flavour packed easy supper for the family! and it’s so quick and easy 

Perfect hey! AND it’s super healthy and fit the Slimming programme perfectly! 


What is Chicken Biryani?  I guess it’s the paella of Indian food

Traditionally, it’s baked in a clay pot for hours, but my easy one-pot wonder allows you to create this tasty dinner at speed!

And it’s super super easy. You can substitute the chicken for lamb  if you like

For me it works sooooo well with either chicken or lamb, I also add mushrooms in my recipe as I think its perfect and a little different.

Not that traditional I know, but hey why not? For me it’s whatever works well



How to cook your Leftover Chicken Biryani? 

I make mine all in one large casserole dish.

I use a Le Cruset dish and fry off on the top of the hob and then just bang it in the oven, jobs a good ‘un! 


One pot wonder dinner Chicken dinner 

I’m all about easy one pot wonders! It really is so very easy.

So create your very own show stopper when you lift the lid at the dinner table 🙂 

After frying of your spices, chicken, mushrooms & onions. You simply add your rice and stock and bang it in the oven! 


Remove your Chicken Biryani from the Oven 

Remove from the oven – give it a stir, pop the lid back on and leave for 10 minutes and viola there you go! 

Chicken Biryani - Easy - finished dish


What to serve your Easy Leftover Chicken biryani 

Well to be honest I just add a table spoon of fat free yoghurt and some fresh coriander leaves sprinkled on top.

If you’re looking for a bigger meal how about Easy Naan Breads my mate Jenny has a really easy recipe – go check it out 

Look at them 🙂 

Or why not try my lovely and free 

Healthy Onion Bhajis 

Packed full of veggies & spices – onion bhaji’s are a great accompaniment to your Chicken biryani 

Healthy Onion Bhaji - served


Another Biryani recipe?  

And if you love the chicken Biryani then I also think you’ll love my Easy Lamb Biryani too – very similar and equally as delicious 

Lamb Biriyani - served


Other Chicken Ideas 

And if you like this dish I have many other Healthy Dinners, both mid week and weekend.

One of my faves is my Easy Peasy Slimming Chicken Curry, a family fave.

Go have a look! 

Slimming World Easy Chicken Curry


The Slimming Group

I also have a Facebook Closed Group called Easy Peasy Slimming Style Recipes

Come over and join this great honest community Facebook for Slimming Style Recipes if you’re interested.

Just use the join button if you like real home cooked tasty easy food!!

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Loads of tips and tricks – I promise

Big Love Clare x



3-4 servings

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil / or Fry Light
  • 1 Medium Onion, peeled & finely chopped
  • Thumb sized piece of Ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 200g – 300g  left over chicken, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 – 1  teaspoon Chilli Powder (depending on what heat you like)
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Marsala
  • 100g Mushrooms halved or quartered
  • 200g Basmati Rice
  • 400ml Chicken stock or water
  • Handful of Fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt & black Pepper
  • Coriander leaves
  • Plain Yoghurt for serving

Preparation Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 160C fan/ 325F / Gas4
  2. In your heavy bottomed casserole dish (hob proof) put your olive oil and turn on the heat to medium
  3. Next add your onion, ginger, garlic, chicken and fry for 5 minutes, stirring
  4. Next add your Chilli Powder, Turmeric, Garam Marsala and mushrooms, stir and fry for a further 5 minutes, stiring
  5. Then add your rice and stock and  coriander leaves give it all a good stir and season with salt and pepper
  6. Pop the  lid on your casserole dish (or cover tightly with foil) and place in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes
  7. After 30 minutes, remove and stir, making sure your rice is tender. If it looks a bit dry add a splash more water
  8. Return the lid and leave to stand for a further 10 minutes (do not put it back in the oven)
  9. Then simply serve with a dollop of yoghurt and fresh coriander leaves – yum!


Katerina says:
Sheila says:
How many serving is this
    Clare x says:
    3-4 servings - thank you
Maurice says:
Great recipe all the family loved it, I think I will be making it again. So easy to make.
Fiona Cowan says:
Made it tonight absolutely yummy!!!!
    Clare x says:
    Great to hear and thanks x