This delish chicken biryani will satiate the foodie in you without burdening you with calories

Updated on:26 December 2019, 12:21pm IST
Don the chef’s hat and get set to please your taste buds without adding extra calories.
Sonakshi Kohli
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Relish this chicken biryani without any guilt. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The hardest part about weight loss/maintenance is to control your diet. Because obviously, until you keep your calories in check, no amount of exercise can fetch you the desired results.

If you’re a foodie, especially a biryani-lover, turning a blind eye to every biryani plate that passes by and making do with just its tempting smell can be particularly difficult.

Not anymore, though. This chicken biryani recipe is easy AF, is nutritionally packed, and is super-low in calories. 

All you need is immense love for biryani and the following ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
½ cup of curd
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
1 capsicum, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
A handful of green beans, finely chopped
1 cup broccoli, chopped
½ glass of brown rice
1 pinch turmeric
4 elaichi pods
4 cloves
1 tsp jeera
2 tsp ghee/olive oil
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder to taste

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Preparation:
1. Start by marinating the chicken breasts in a mixture of ½ cup of curd, 1 tsp garlic paste, 1 tsp ginger paste, salt to taste, chilli powder, and turmeric—for at least 30 minutes. The longer you marinate, the better the taste.

2. Simultaneously, boil ½ a glass of brown rice in a separate vessel and strain out the water.

3. Sauté’ the marinated chicken pieces on a non-stick pan until the chicken is properly cooked. 

chicken biryani
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4. In a separate kadhai, add some ghee/olive oil, 4 elaichi pods, 4 cloves, 1 tsp jeera, and 1 tsp garlic paste.

5. Once the garlic turns red, add finely chopped onions and cook them until they’re red too. Then, add tomatoes, salt, chilli powder, a pinch of turmeric powder and wait till these ingredients turn into a puree of sorts. Keep stirring at regular intervals.

6. Once the puree is nice and brown, add the sautéed chicken along with the remaining veggies—capsicum, carrot, beans, and broccoli. Let them all mix up together for 5-7 minutes.

7. Finally, add the boiled brown rice and mix it all together. Your super-healthy, low-cal chicken biryani is ready.

Not only is this biryani going to please your taste buds, it’ll give you a generous dose of protein from the chicken, beans, and broccoli along with the good carbohydrates and the satiating fibre from rice and all the vegetables.

In fact, a controlled portion of this biryani, say 1-2 servings will have no more than 250 calories. Plus, you won’t feel hungry for a long, long time after eating it. A win, win, situation, we say.

Also, try: This low-calorie butter chicken recipe will make you fall in love all over again

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Sonakshi Kohli Sonakshi Kohli

Twenty kilos down and struggling to maintain the weight loss by preaching healthy eating, while eating unhealthy every now and then.