Every other week I roast a chicken either for a meal or to keep the family going in lunches and sandwiches.
Nothing goes to waste, right down to the carcass which is either used immediately to make stock or it goes into the freezer to be used later.
Occasionally, there’s enough leftover meat for a meal and when that happens one of my favourite ‘go to’ recipes is this easy chicken biryani. If you’re really well organised you can use the homemade stock from the carcass and add to the biryani!
This is a much simpler version than some of the elaborate Indian and Persian recipes for biryani which is very often served as a special dish at celebrations. Being simple doesn’t mean it’s less tasty and the addition of the roasted cauliflower adds an extra layer of delicious flavour and also packs in some extra health giving goodness. Traditionally chilli is not part of a biryani and the flavours in this recipe are not overly hot. For an extra kick, feel free to add some fresh chilli.
There’s very little prep involved and don’t forget if you’re short of time, get the veg prepped the night before to save time later.
This is the kind of dish I like for a quick mid week meal although I would also be happy to serve this up as part of a more special or elaborate meal. Elevate it to another level by sprinkling with toasted almonds and serving with mango or hot banana chutney and a raita.