March 20, 2012

Chinese 'Biryani'

After 3 week nights of pasta dinner, my foodie husband wanted to eat something 'nice', which usually means either Chinese fried rice or chicken biryani. Chinese prevailed. I was not in the mood to cut vegetables and make fried rice from scratch. So I decided to use frozen mix vegetables. After a lot of improvising, the outcome was what my husband called 'Chinese Chicken Biryani'. Here it goes.

Serves: 2-3 persons
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
1 cup rice (I used Sona Masoori)
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables(thawed)
1 chicken breast (cleaned and cut in 1 inch strips).*
1 egg**
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp white vinegar
1-2 tsp Sriracha sauce or any hot sauce
2 tsp vegetarian Hoisin sauce (or any tangy-sweet sauce)
1 tbsp Toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup Onions (finely chopped)
2 tbsp Garlic (minced)
1 bunch spring onions (only the greens, chopped)
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp pepper

  • Cook rice till almost done, and strain. Let it cool.
  • Marinade - In a medium bowl, mix egg, vinegar, soy sauce, hot sauce, Chinese all spice powder and salt. Add the chicken strips and gently toss. Let the chicken marinate for 30 mins.
  • In a wok, heat sesame oil to medium high. Add chopped onions and fry for a minute or two. Add garlic, thawed mix vegetables. Add salt and pepper. Fry till vegetables are soft (about 4-5 minutes)
  • Add marinated chicken, and continue to stir fry till chicken is done. 
  • Add rice and hoisin sauce. Fry for 2-4 minutes.
  • Garnish with spring onions and serve. 
Chinese Chicken 'Biryani'
*   Chicken can be substituted by Tofu or Paneer
** Egg is optional if making a vegetarian version.
PS. Was not sure if this recipe would make it to the blog, so did not click pictures of each stage. :( I hope the description is clear enough.

Bon Apetit!
Hetal from Houston


  1. Hey Hetal,
    I tried this recipe...loved it...Thank you.


    1. Thats wonderful. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Send me a picture if you clicked any. Bon Apetit! :)