Kadai Chicken - Kadai Chicken Gravy / Curry Recipe

Kadai Chicken Recipe
Kadai Chicken / Kadai Chicken Masala / Curry is one of the popular chicken recipes served at restaurants.This is a north indian delight where chicken is cooked along with freshly ground spices and distinct flavour of capsicum which is the specialty if this dish.  For vegetarians you can check out my kadai paneer recipe.
Kadai Chicken Recipe

Kadai Chicken Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Chicken - 10 small pieces
Big Onion - 1 finely chopped
Green Capsicum - 3 tbsp chopped into bite sized pieces
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Tomatoes - 2 big or pureed
Fresh Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp chopped finely
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 1 tbsp
Bayleaf - 1/2
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 1

To roast and grind to a dry powder:

Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Pepper corns - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chilli -3
Cinnamon - 1.4 inch piece


  1. Dry roast the ingredients listed under 'to roast & grind' to golden brown then grind it to a semi coarse powder,Set aside.Kadai Chicken Recipe - Step1
  2. Heat a pan  add a tsp of oil and toast capsicum until crispy(this step is purely optional)...dont let it brown, set aside. Clean chicken , wash it well then add half of roasted powder along with ginger garlic paste,salt, lemon juice turmeric powder and marinate it and set aside.Kadai Chicken Recipe - Step2
  3. Heat a kadai / pan with oil - add the items listed under 'to temper' then add onion,ginger garlic paste let it slightly brown.Then add tomato puree along with remaining roasted powder.Kadai Chicken Recipe - Step3
  4. Mix well and let it cook till raw smell of tomato and masalas leave.Add required salt...Then add chicken pieces and saute for 3mins until the raw texture of chicken changes.Add little water say 1/2 cup , cook covered for 10-12 mins until chicken pieces turn soft or pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.Kadai Chicken Recipe - Step4
  5. Allow water to reduce and let oil sepearate, at this stage add toasted capsicum give a quick stir. Let it cook in medium flame for 3mins for capsicum and chicken to blend well and the masala to coat well.Finally garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    Kadai Chicken Recipe - Step5
Serve hot with steamed rice or with rotis! Kadai Chicken Recipe

My Notes:

Kadai Chicken Recipe
I always have to push myself to cook non-veg dishes...finally I made this kadai chicken last weekend which I had been postponing for months......I am sure if this space is not there am sure I would luxury myself and will not learn cooking nonveg at all as both hubby and mittu are not very fond of nonveg and thats an ad on for my escapism too... ;) Now am waiting to hear your feedback...Keep it pouring :)
Kadai Chicken Recipe

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