Biriyani is a baked Indian dish of spiced rice combined with chicken, seafood, or other meats. The best chicken biryani recipes place long-grain basmati at center stage, enriching it with butter, saffron, and a variety of fresh herbs and pungent spices. Whole-milk yogurt keeps its creamy texture when cooked; don't substitute low-fat yogurt, which will curdle. This version omits the baking step while maintaining the authentic flavors.