These roasted biryani chicken legs are packed with so much flavour, it’s hard to believe they’re so easy to make.

Taken from new book, Ramadan Express by award-winning cookbook author Lina Saad, which brings together more than 85 recipes in a practical guide for those wishing to cook imaginatively during Ramadan, but with little fuss.

Check out the recipe below and don’t forget to let us know your thoughts.


Serves 6-8



8-10 chicken legs washed and cleaned with lemon and salt

5tbsp biryani spices

5tbsp natural yoghurt

1tsp salt or to taste

Couple of cloves of garlic peeled and crushed

20ml vegetable oil


For the Biryani Rice

2 mugs basmati rice rinsed with warm water quickly just before cooking

1 onion, peeled and fined diced

1 red pepper, washed and finely diced

1 green pepper, washed and finely diced

Salt to taste

1 cube of stock

1tbsp biryani spice

1tsp turmeric

Pinch of saffron – diluted in 20ml rose water

Drizzles of oil for cooking



Step 1. Marinade the chicken with the salt, yoghurt and the biryani spice preferably the night before.

Step 2. Place in a roasting tray with the vegetable oil and cook for about 40 minutes at 180C.

Method of Biryani Rice

Step 3. Meanwhile, drizzle the vegetable oil into the hot pan and sauté all the finely diced vegetables, this process should take no more than 10-12 minutes. Start on high heat then reduce to medium with occasional stirring.

Add the rice and give it a stir, then add all the seasoning with the stock cube.

Step 4. Add the 4 mugs of boiling water and give it a quick stir, then reduce the heat to lowest possible.

Step 5. Pour the 20ml of the rose water and saffron into the pot and leave to simmer for about 30 minutes with the lid on or until the rice is completely mature.

Step 6. Serve this with handful of roughly chopped coriander, chicken and top with the yoghurt and biryani salad.


To see Lina cooking her delicious recipes live, head to the London Halal Food Festival this August. Early Bird tickets available now!

Ramadan Express is available now from Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith and other major retailers.