Kadai Chicken

Kadai Chicken

Kadai Chicken

Kadai Chicken is a very delicious chicken curry dish usually served in restaurants. This easy to prepare curry dish is popular for its simplicity and hence a favorite with all. Chicken pieces are cooked in a thick bottomed ‘Kadhai’. No additional water is added while cooking. Chicken pieces are being cooked in its own steam and from the onions added. The distinct aroma of capsicum and the mild spicy flavored gravy of Kadai Chicken are simply enticing. Kadai Chicken goes well with naan, roti, chappathi and almost all rice based dishes. The juicy, soft, chicken pieces simmering in a mildly spiced broth is a non vegetarian delight. Our Kadai Chicken recipe is well illustrated in simple sentences.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine North Indian
Servings 3 people


  • 500 gm Chicken pieces boneless preferably
  • 3/4 cup Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds Jeerakam
  • 2 Bay leaves Karuga/Vazhana ela
  • 2 nos Dried red chilly Kollamulaku
  • 2 nos Onion medium size
  • 1 heaped Ginger garlic paste
  • Salt As reqd
  • 1 litre Water
  • 2 tbsp Desi ghee
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped

For the Powdered masala:


  • Wash the chicken thoroughly.
  • Heat oil in a non stick pan or a kadai.
  • Add jeera, bay leaves and dried red chilly.
  • When the jeera begins to splutter, add garam masala, onion and saute for sometime over medium flame for 2 minutes.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, powdered masalas, chicken, salt and saute everything for 2 minutes. Put the flame on minimum.
  • Add desi ghee and cover the lid of the vessel.
  • Open the vessel after every 10 minutes, saute and cover again.
  • After 30 minutes, check if the chicken is cooked or not. It usually takes 30- 45 minutes to cook chicken this way as we are not putting water. It is cooking in its own steam and the water provided by cooking onion with it.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Add 1 tbsp of desi ghee when chicken is cooked.
  • :- Serve Kadai Chicken warm with pulaao or garma garam pooris/ parathas/roti
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Response (33)
  1. s
    sheeja July 25, 2005

    not good

  2. S
    Surya August 11, 2005

    I tried this recipe and it tasted like any other chicken curry…Nothing special..

  3. s
    sara August 12, 2005

    Tried this out..Tasted like an ordinary chicken curry,no where near the Kadai chicken which we get from hotel…

  4. s
    surya August 11, 2005

    Just an ordinary chicken curry…didnt taste like kadai chicken!

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