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Jamie Oliver inspired chicken and spinach oven baked biryani

I normally make biryani often but when I saw Jamie Oliver’s incredible lamb biryani using left over lamb, it inspired me to do a biryani with spinach. I guess it is very healthy as it has spinach and it tasted yummy too.

Serves : 6



  • 400g cooked basmati rice
  • 300 gm chicken breast fillet, sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 x thumb-sized pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and crushed
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 4 tablespoon biryani masala (use curry powder if not available)
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon red chilli powder
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 450g frozen spinach


  • Cook the rice and rinse under cold water and drain.
  • Add the olive oil to a large frying pan and gently cook the garlic, ginger, onions and chilli until soft and divide between two large pans.


  • In one, add frozen spinach. Two tablespoons of salt, 1 table spoon of chilli powder and splash of water and cook for 10 minutes stirring regularly until it is dark. Add extra water if it starts to dry.

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  • In another pan, add the biryani masala, remaining chili powder and stir through for 1 min.


  • Add chicken and cook until the meat is cooked. Increase the heat and gradually add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 mins, until the sauce has reduced slightly.


  • Greased a deep baking dish, add half of the cooked rice and make a layer of it, followed by all the spinach and the chicken stew. Add the rest of the rice as the final layer on top. Cover the dish with foil.

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  • Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4 and cook the biryani for 30 mins until piping hot.


  • Plate up the biryani and serve with raita.


Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian