Making chicken biryani in rice cooker is not a big deal especially if you have previous experience of cooking biryani. But what if you have zero knowledge about cooking biryani? Well, this rice cooker chicken biryani is one of the easiest electric rice cooker chicken biryani recipes. So anyone with zero knowledge can make biryani following this simple chicken biryani recipe.

Chicken Biryani in Rice Cooker

Biryani is one of the most popular and royal Indian sub-continental dishes. People love to have biryani on special occasions or even on a holiday. But preparing biryani on the stovetop is a little bit tricky and you must have some knowledge or experience. So that’s why I’m going to show you how to make chicken biryani in rice cooker without having zero knowledge or experience.

Chicken Biryani in Rice Cooker, Is It Practical?

Yes, it’s practical and can be made easily using different types of rice cookers.

When I search on the web for rice cooker chicken biryani recipes, I have found most of the recipes use both stovetop and rice cooker. They used a stovetop to cook chicken and rice cooker to cook rice as well as making the biryani.

But assume you are in a situation where you have no access to any stovetop except a rice cooker. Like in the college dorm, no electric or gas supply in the home kitchen or travel with a portable/mini rice cooker. And considering the above situation, I have only used my rice cooker to make this chicken biryani recipe.

So How Actually It can be made?

In the first step, you need to marinate the chicken using curd/yogurt and other essential spices and ingredients. Then wash the rice and soak for 30 minutes. Here I have used long-grain Basmati rice (Indian). But you can use any type of long or short-grain white rice. And depending on the rice, the amount of water and cooking time will vary.

However, in the second step, you need to cook the marinated chicken. For this, you can use any type of cooking oil or clarified butter (ghee). The cooking time of the chicken will depend on the type of chicken and the power/capacity/type of the rice cooker. I’ve used my Panasonic 730W Rice Cooker and it takes almost 30 minutes to cook the chicken.

Cooking chicken for biryani

Remember that, if you are using a close-lid type rice cooker, you may face obstruction to cook the chicken. Because most of the modern electric rice cooker comes with advance safety feature and they stopped working automatically when it’s get heated too much. So double check your rice cooker features and functions before start cooking.

Well, in the 3rd step, you need to add the soaked rice and enough water to make the biryani.

But you can also follow a different way to finish the cooking that I’m followed while cooking beef and mutton biryani in the rice cooker. And the different way is, you can remove the cooked chicken from the rice cooker. And then boil the biryani rice and also remove the rice. After that, just layer both cooked chicken and boiled rice in the rice cooker, add other ingredients like clarified butter, coriander leaves, etc. whatever you want to add in your biryani to make it flavorful.

Rice cooker chicken biryani

And finally, cook the biryani for few minutes and keep it in the “Warm Mode” for few minutes. This is also one of the most effective methods for me to make perfect biryani in my rice cooker.

Final Words

Following the above method, you can make the rice cooker chicken biryani only using a single rice cooker. But it will take a little more time than the traditional cooking method depending on how much you want to cook and the power/capacity of the rice cooker.

Also, if you want to cook chicken and rice separately and finally steam them to make the biryani, then it will be somehow troublesome. Because you need to clean the rice cooker pot after cooking chicken and boiling rice. Also, you will need a bowl/dish to keep cooked chicken and boiled rice that will be cleaned later. So to make the process hassle-free, follow my instruction.

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Chicken Biryani in Rice Cooker
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How to Make Chicken Biryani in Rice Cooker?

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Simple Rice Cooker Biryani Recipe that anyone can make at home.


  • Chicken: 850gm
  • Onion: 2 Medium
  • Ginger paste: 1 tbsp
  • Garlic paste: 2 tbsp
  • Red chili powder: 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder: 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Cinnamon stick: 2 pcs
  • Bay leaf: 1 large
  • Cardamom: 4 pcs
  • Clove: 4 pcs
  • Sour yogurt: ¼ cups
  • Biryani masala: 3 tbsp
  • Cooking oil: ¼ cup
  • Lemon juice: 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves: ½ cup
  • Green chili: 5-6 pcs
  • Ghee: 2 tsp
  • Basmati rice: 2 cups
  • Water: 3 cups


  1. Mix chicken in a bowl with onion,
    ginger paste, garlic paste, chili powder, cumin, coriander powder, salt,
    cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, clove, yogurt, biryani masala, oil, lemon juice,
    coriander leaves and green chili.
  2. Marinate the chicken for 30
  3. Wash basmati rice and soaked it in
    the water for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn on the rice cooker and add
  5. Wait 1 minute and add the
    marinated chicken.
  6. Mix well and cook for 15 minutes.
    (Stir 3-5 times in these 15 minutes to avoid sticking.)
  7. After 15 minutes, add water and
  8. Now cook for 20 minutes or until
    your rice cooker goes to the “Keep Warm” mode automatically.


* Use at least ½ cup of less water than regular measured water while cooking
chicken biryani together. Suppose, you are using Indian Basmati rice that
required 2 cups of water
to cook 1 cup of rice. So while cooking the biryani,
you must add 1 and ½ cups of water instead of 2 cups of water. Because chicken
will leave some moisture that will help to cook the rice and make the biryani

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 9/9/2021

Asma Sheikh

Hello, This is Asma Sheikh. Founder and Editor of Cookware Ninja. I'm a passionate cooker, recipe maker and writer. I love to try new recipes every day. And the interesting facts about my kitchen is, I have more than 10 different cookware sets and more than 15 individual frying pans, pots, skillets, Dutch ovens, etc. Follow Me On Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. To know more about me, please check about me section.

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