I guess this was supposed to be some sort of biryani. The flavors themselves were good, but the rice was not even close to being cooked in the time specified. If this was meant to be pre-cooked rice, it would have been helpful to have that mentioned in the ingredients list. Would not make this particular recipe again.
This meal is gross. Maybe I missed the memo about pre-cooking the rice, but when it was done cooking, the rice was still crunchy. It was also very runny, and looked like it was full of chicken fat. This doesn't even resemble anything I have ever eaten that was 'Indian.' Very disappointed: waste of time, money and food.
808 calories for one serving?? Use breasts, not thighs, and non-fat Greek yogurt instead of full-fat. Seems to me, that if you are going to cook the rice IN the dish, you might want to sauté it with the onion mixture. Otherwise it would just get gooey in the dish while baking. Me, I'm definitely adding lots more spice as per the comments, AND. will serve the yogurt on the side blended lightly with cucumber in case it is too picante for some eaters instead of inside the dish. Sounds like it might be tasty that way! Wish me luck!
Really disappointed in this one. I've never put so much seasoning in a dish to so little return. I've eaten Real Simple's meals for years, but this one had no character, no edge, no appeal. Sorry, guys.
I tried this recipe and it was super! Because of the comments here, I modified the spices and it turned out well. I used 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of curry powder and 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper. It had plenty of flavor without being overly spicy. I had to leave out the raisins but I doubled the almonds and added homemade ginger syrup (simple syrup + ginger) and that helped replace the sweetness of the raisins. I used pre-cooked microwave jasmine rice, minced garlic (3 generous spoonfuls), fully cooked chicken and plain (not toasted) almond slivers to save time. The only issue was that the carrots did not cook fully, but it was fine with us, because we enjoyed the added texture. I froze some individual servings and thawed/reheated them later on, and that worked well too. The crunchy almonds really add great texture, so don't leave them out unless you must. I am not a great cook, and we just finished up the leftovers of this, but my husband is already asking me to make it again.