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Chicken hariyali kabab

When I was in Bangalore, I had a habit of ordering chicken hariyali whenever we went out for lunch/dinner. I loved this kabab so much that, my brother and husband were tired of eating this dish. I would order this every single time. Chicken biryani and this kabab was my staple every time. My brother finally decided not to go out with me because I would never agree to eat anything else, and since I could never eat it all alone, they had to share these with me.

After coming to US, this is one of the dishes that I missed a lot. I tried making it couple of times, but was never satisfied with the results. Finally I can proudly say, I have learned to make the perfect hariyali kabab. I also made a yogurt-mint dip(grind some mint with yogurt and salt) that is usually served in the restaurants in Bangalore. The dip was not exactly same as the restaurant version, but was quite good and went very well with kababs.

Few years ago, V’s uncle owned a kabab center in Bangalore. Once we went there to talk to him and he offered us their specialties. While V was chatting with uncle, I was totally immersed in devouring the kababs. Finally I asked him the recipe for this kabab. I don’t remember his exact recipe, but this is what I could recollect. Now that it came out so well, I am going to stick to this.

I think my pappa(dad) would have loved this. So I am dedicating this recipe to him.

1 lb (0.45kg) boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
3 tbl spn chopped mint
3 green chillies
1 tea spn ginger pieces
1 tea spn garlic pieces
4 cloves
1″ cinnamon
1/4 tea spn pepper
2 tbl spn very thick yogurt
1 tea spn lemon juice
Chaat masala

All the ingredient quantities are approximate only. So increase/decrease to get a thick coating on chicken.

Make a paste of coriander-mint leaves, ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, lemon, chillies to a paste. Do not add water.
Cut chicken into 2″x2″ pieces. Add the paste, salt, yogurt to the pieces and mix well. Keep it refrigerated for atleast 4hrs (I left it overnight).
Preheat the oven at 300F for about 10mins.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Arrange the chicken pieces on skewers. Keep the pieces on the sheet.
Cover the sheet with another foil(this is very important, otherwise the pieces get dry). Bake in oven at 300F for about 20mins or till chicken is cooked.
Take them out. Remove the covering foil. Bake it again for 2mins. Flip the pieces and then bake again for another 2mins (this helps to get the dry thick coating on top).
While serving, sprinkle chaat masala on top. Serve hot.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 40mins

PS: If you don’t have oven, shallow fry the pieces on tava.

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{ 55 comments… add one }

  • Savitha February 17, 2009, 10:11 pm

    This looks delicious,have to try this .
    My mouth is watering looking at the pics

    • Areebah April 2, 2013, 3:23 pm

      Thanks Shilpa…. Hope it turns out to be good… Am trying it for the first time…

  • Lisette February 18, 2009, 12:04 am

    Wow! This looks seriously YUMMY.

  • Smita February 18, 2009, 12:05 am

    The chicken looks delicious…
    Can u provide more info on baking it in the oven…
    I had tried grlling/baking chicken but it became very hard and dry… do u place the chicken in foil on the grill and then bake it… this might be too silly… am a novice on oven based cooking …

    Shilpa: Smitha, please read the recipe. I have specifically mentioned what to do to avoid drying out.

  • Poonam February 18, 2009, 12:43 am

    I have tried this but as u said never used to cover it with a foil, great idea!!! thanks

  • Aruna February 18, 2009, 2:11 am

    Your pictures looks gr8. Liked the color, hariyali indeed. I am trying this for my chicken lover guests the coming Friday. Thanks. Your recipe comes just in time.

  • Happy Cook February 18, 2009, 3:45 am

    So beautiful green with the marination.
    I love this chicken too. But hubby and daugther don’t like it as they say there is too much corriander in it, so maybe we both can have this :-)

  • Michelle February 18, 2009, 4:45 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Could you advise which overn you use, as I am planning to purchase one, but am confused with all the different varities one gets in the market.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Many thanks,


    Shilpa: I don’t know much about ovens. Our oven came with the apartment. It is a oven by Hotpoint.

  • Anunaya February 18, 2009, 4:58 am

    “Chicken Hariyali kabab” – my fav too. Will try ur version of the recipe soon.

  • Priya February 18, 2009, 5:20 am

    Wowowww, just drooling over those green delicious chicken kebabs..

  • Shubha February 18, 2009, 5:54 am

    this looks amazing!! Ur photos r great! always tempting us to try the dish! sure gonna try this and tell u the result!!

  • Soma February 18, 2009, 8:12 am

    just the sound of it is making me hungry. delicious recipe.

  • swethaskitchen.com February 18, 2009, 10:24 am

    hi shilpa
    kabab looks yummy,will try this recipe on weekend.

  • Nusrat February 18, 2009, 11:47 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    This dish looks very tempting….my hubby will love it….i must try….


  • Cynthia February 18, 2009, 12:41 pm

    The paste for this chicken has me drooling.

  • Deepa February 18, 2009, 12:50 pm

    me too love chicken hariyali kebabs:)Those kebabs are mouthwatering.

  • moon February 18, 2009, 2:41 pm

    yummy its looks so grt i will try to make it 2morrow
    thks for this recepie , can u help me this same masala
    can make something in vegetarian

    thks for the grt recepie

    Shilpa: Try with paneer. I am sure that will be yummy too

  • Usha February 18, 2009, 4:20 pm

    I am a vegetarian and I know I will not be making these.But the pictures are so awesome,I had to leave the comments.

    Shilpa: :) Try with paneer. I am sure that will be yummy too.

  • Mamatha February 18, 2009, 9:44 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious Shilpa. I’ll have to try it some time.

  • Bindu February 19, 2009, 1:28 am

    Hey Shilpa…. gr8 looking kababs…. i was wondering if we could drizzle some melted butter on it for that extra glaze!! say what!!

  • fauzia February 19, 2009, 11:21 am

    very nice n easy recipe..will try it one day!!!

  • Gauri February 19, 2009, 7:59 pm


    I love kebabs! :D
    Will try out this one for sure and let u know of the outcome!

  • Sheetal February 20, 2009, 4:56 am

    Hello Shilpa,

    If you use the same recipie and remove the yoghurt ,mint, chatmasala from the list and add little turmeric, tamarind,coriander seeds and cumin to it you can get a nice green curry. It tastes better with chicken with bones.

    I will defintaly try this one out.


  • Jessi February 21, 2009, 11:33 am

    I love your website! I am looking for a great hariyali chicken recipe because I love it, and the only place I can find it is in a restaurant in Chicago – and I live in Cleveland! I have found several variations, and the kind I get is not in kebab form – which is how I would want to make it. The other recipes I found call for besan, garam masala, cumin, and cilantro. What are your thoughts on using/not using these ingredients, as I see they are not in your recipe?

    The hariyali chicken I get in Chicago has cilantro in it, according to the menu; so I know I want to include it in my dish, but I have no idea about the other ingredients.

    Thank you so much!! I look forward to trying your naan recipe!


    Shilpa: Jessi, I have not see besan being used in hariyali chicken anywhere. But I know for sure that there are many variations to the recipe. So it is your choice if you want to use it or not. You can use garam masala instead of cloves, cinnamon and pepper. I just love home made fresh masalas, so I use these. coriander and cumin seeds are used very frequently in many recipes, I wanted to keep this one simple, so i did not include them. So you can use them if you want.

  • Anushri February 21, 2009, 12:15 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried Chicken Hariyali with chicken drumsticks and baked in the oven for 45 mins..They came out perfect and very tasty..i made the Yogurt dip as well, but added green chilli, chat masala, 1 garlic clove while grinding it..It came out yummy as well..Did not add mint to both as i did not have it..The combo was fantastic and served it with fried onions..Thanks a lot for this recipe.. A perfect satisfaction to the tastebuds.. :)

  • Shubha February 22, 2009, 1:47 am

    hi! shilpa !
    I tried this and it was simply superb!Only drawback was i never got the perfect beautiful green that u achieved!! Neverthless this recipe is for keeps !The kebabs were juicy soft and tasty!
    thank you so much!

  • Veena February 23, 2009, 12:14 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    This awesome recipe was a superhit in my house! My 2 year old daughter gobbled all of it and my 4 year old loved the “green nuggets on the stick”!
    This was shockingly easy and turned out great!!! Many Thanks!


  • mugdha February 23, 2009, 9:02 pm

    Do we have to use baking sheet or regular foil.I used the regular foil and the liquid started dripping from the kababs,the taste was good but they were not roasted properly.Do I need to keep the temp more than 300F?

    Shilpa: You can use any baking dish lined with foil – foil is used only to help in easy cleaning. 300F is the temperature at which I made them and they were baked perfectly

  • varsha February 23, 2009, 10:16 pm

    Wow..I cant wait to try n taste this..looks so delicious..:)
    Thanks for this..:)

  • Minakkshi February 25, 2009, 11:24 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    Your recipes are really informative…and I feel proud that all our GSB recipes are liked by all..
    Anyways could you post a recipe on Batatache Soung…my friend’s mom used to make it really yummy…

    I am GSB from Goa settled in Dubai, just love ur recipes…


    Shilpa: It is already on this site under side dishes.

  • Arun Shanbhag February 26, 2009, 8:08 pm

    This looks so tempting! I will try this on our outdoor grill!
    Yumm Yumm!

  • Alka March 2, 2009, 7:12 pm


    I have to admit, I have been one of those silent viewers of your blog for the longest time, so why come out and leave a comment now?

    Well, it’s thanks to this wonderful recipe! I have NEVER EVER cooked chicken, but my husband and daughter were on my case to make it at home so I finally gave in and made this kabab. It was simply delicious and devoured by the family in no time! Thank you!

  • Jessi March 21, 2009, 9:52 am

    I made it using a store bought masala, and I just wanted you to know it was fantastic!! Thank you for your help :-)

  • Zafar April 30, 2009, 6:26 pm

    Just by reading your recipe, i can sday you’ve covered the bases and i am sure it’s pretty good.

  • Priya May 6, 2009, 1:46 pm

    Shilpa, Your website is in my favorites list. Yesterday, I tried your recipe for Hariyale Kabab. It came out very well and was yummy.. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us.

  • Sam May 14, 2009, 12:32 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Even I love haryali chicken kabab. Your recipe is superb n I’m goin to try cooking this on weekend.
    TIP for the mint dip: grind mint leaves, lil corriander leaves, small piece of ginger, green chillies, one or two peper corn and black salt and then mix it with thick yogurt if you wan you can add few drops of lemon juice to the dip. This dip kind of tastes similar to the dip they serve with the Kababs.

  • Nazim May 23, 2009, 4:20 pm

    I prepared the Hriyali kebabs in a barbeque kebab party arranged by me on a beach last friday and they were super hit (i used boneless thigh & legs).other items were Malai kebab & Chicken Tandoori
    All thanks to u 4 the great receipe.
    Plz send me Mutton Seekh kebab receipe.

  • Ani June 4, 2009, 2:27 pm

    Simply the best kababs I have had…

    I am an avid collector of good recipes and ur recipes r simply the best I have come across in a long time!

  • sama. July 4, 2009, 5:40 am

    good recipee

  • MySchizoBuddy August 24, 2009, 3:27 pm

    Can I barbecue this on coal? have you ever tried that

    • Shilpa August 24, 2009, 4:28 pm

      No, I haven’t tried. But you can barbecue on coal

  • Nikita Shet January 31, 2010, 7:38 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried this chicken last week and it turned out to be Superb.I never thought that cooking would be so intersting before visiting your website.

    I vist your website daily specially for the Konkani dishes.I have tried many of your recipies and all have turned well.My husband awaits dinner time very eagerly each day to check wht special is in store for him.

    Am waiting to go for vacation to India and treat my folks with the splendid food which I have learned from your site.

    Thanks a lot again and keep up the good work.

  • Mr. Happy July 31, 2010, 10:42 am

    Your measurements are off. 1/2 lb is not 0.45 kgs.
    1 lb is about 0.45 kgs.

    • Shilpa July 31, 2010, 9:55 pm

      Thanks for pointing out. Corrected

  • rhona March 17, 2011, 12:13 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I live in Bangalore and I have just taken your recipe for Hariyali kabab. I love
    this dish like you do. Looks good and thanks for this. Will try it and let you



  • louie March 18, 2011, 4:39 am

    Hi shilpi,
    Ur recipe was super hit on my birthday party .
    all thanks to u.:)

  • Vincent July 8, 2011, 12:03 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I usually fry chicken in larger peices, like drumstick, thigh, breast in 2 halves.
    Would the marinade work on larger peices ? did try it, but did not get much
    of a spicy effect while eating the meat. It was as if the marinade had not penetrated.
    Would I need to marinate for a longer time, or just reduce the size of the peices ?

    • Shilpa July 8, 2011, 11:14 am

      I think reducing size of the pieces will give better results

    • rakshitha October 12, 2011, 6:57 am

      you know something ………you r so very awesommmmmmmmmmme:)

  • Shanna March 26, 2012, 11:05 am

    Looking at the pictures, I cannot wait trying this recipe.
    But i have a microwave oven in which i cannot set any temperature.
    I have the “micro” and ” grill” option.
    Can I prepare these kababs in this type of oven?
    Please help.
    Thank You in advance.
    Tried many of your recipes and all turned out superb.
    Thank You for this website.

    • Shilpa March 26, 2012, 1:47 pm

      I think you should use grill option.

  • sana June 26, 2012, 7:11 am

    i like this kabab recipe ..and try at my home .

  • anitha March 14, 2013, 5:48 am

    i have no oven then what can i do

    • Shilpa March 14, 2013, 10:11 am

      You can use a grill pan or just shallow fry on tava

  • Evert July 11, 2013, 4:48 pm

    Just tried this recipe yesterday for an evening with friends. Wonderful flavors and everybody enjoyed it fresh off the grill (yes, we grilled these babies)! Thank u for a great recipe!

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