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Spicy Chicken Masala

Spicy Chicken Masala

There is no dearth of chicken recipes out there….the web world is swarming with so many poultry recipes that you can almost hear the clucking of numerous chickens!! And how can it not be, since it is one of the easiest, most delicious, accessible and affordable meats on the market. Not to mention the versatility of chicken, and the fact that you can hardly go wrong with it (unless you have never entered a kitchen before).

It is exactly this versatility of chicken that encourages me to try something different every time. Rarely do I follow the exact same recipe. There are almost always minor or major tweaks to tried and tested recipes, or sometimes my hands lead the way and cook up something completely new.

This is one such recipe that came out of one of the experimentation sessions. The marinated chicken is shallow fried first and then simmered in spicy sauce. As it is fried, I don’t make it very often, but when I do make it, it is guaranteed to vanish pretty soon! So here is another contribution to the web world clucking!

I marinate the chicken with a paste of ginger, powdered fennel seeds, chili & turmeric powders, lime juice and salt.

K800_IMG_6119Let it sit for atleast 2 hours and then shallow fry it on medium heat till brown on all sides.

K800_IMG_6122At this point, normally, the fried chicken starts to disappear in my kitchen with my husband smuggling out pieces. If you plan to serve this chicken as a starter, you can stop right here (probably fry the chicken for a bit longer).

K800_IMG_6123Or you can continue to spice it up a bit more. So start making the thick spicy sauce by stir frying onion, garlic, green chilies and curry leaves.

K800_IMG_6124Then add the spice powders – turmeric, chili, coriander and garam masala. Normally in our family, we like this dish very spicy. You can adjust the spice level to your preference.

K800_IMG_6125I use Tomato ketchup in this recipe instead of raw tomatoes. It gives a hint of sweet, tangy taste in this rather spicy dish. Add the fried chicken and very little water.

K800_IMG_6126Sprinkle the fresh coriander leaves and bring it to a boil. Cook on high flame for a couple of minutes till semi-dry. Be sure to stir to avoid burning.

K800_IMG_6127Serve as side dish with rotis, parathas or fried rice.


Spicy Chicken Masala


For the Marinade
1’ Ginger
1 ½ tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp chili powder
½  tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp lime juice
Salt to taste
1 kg Chicken – chopped to medium pieces

For the masala
3 medium Onion – roughly chopped
3-4 Green chilies – sliced
6-7 Garlic – roughly chopped
4 – 5 Curry leaves
1 tsp Chili powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tblsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Garam masala powder
5-6 tblsp Tomato ketchup
5-6 tblsp Coriander leaves – chopped (extra for garnish)
3-4 tblsp oil for frying chicken
2-3 tblsp oil for cooking


  1. Grind the ingredients listed under marinade and marinate the chicken. Let it sit for atleast 2 hours.
  2. In a non stick pan, heat the oil and fry the marinated chicken on medium heat in batches till it turns brown on both sides and is cooked. Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add the onions, green chilies, garlic, curry leaves and let it fry for around 5 minutes till it just begins to turn brown.
  4. Add the dry spice powders, ketchup, salt and fry for around 3 minutes.
  5. Now add the fried chicken and add little water. Sprinkle the coriander leaves and let the water come to a boil. Cook on high flame for 2-3 minutes stirring till it is semi-dry consistency

Garnish the chicken with onion rings and coriander leaves. 

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