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Theekha green chicken

Aayi does not cook chicken very frequently. She makes it only 3-4 times in a year. She always cooks chicken gravy, because we all love that. But due to her immense interest in cooking, she has a big treasure of chicken recipes. This recipe was shown in a TV show(Khana Khazana by Sanjeev Kapoor). Last time when we cooked chicken in Bangalore, I prepared this and the chicken gravy with her guidance (I never enter kitchen when she is around, but since she had a fracture due to car accident, my sister-in-law and I took the complete responsibility of cooking). Since it was a huge hit, I prepared the same for the party on Sunday.

I used same ingredients but tweaked the procedure a bit. In the original recipe, the chilies were put at a later stage, but I included them during grinding. This increased the taste of the dish. I even baked it after cooking, this step helped in getting a uniform thick coating on the chicken.

Chicken pieces(big) 6-8
Green chilies 5-6
Onion(chopped) 3/4 cup
Coriander leaves 8-10 strands
Ginger-garlic paste 2 tea spns
Cumin seeds(jeera) 1 tea spn
Turmeric a pinch
Coriander powder 1/2 tea spn
Cumin powder 1/2 tea spn
Garam masala 1/2 tea spn

Grind onions, coriander leaves, ginger-garlic paste(use ginger and garlic instead of store bought paste for better taste), green chilies into a smooth paste.
Apply the paste to chicken pieces and leave it for around 30mins.
Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When they start popping, add the chicken and turmeric pieces. Add 1/2 cup water and cook till chicken is almost done. Add salt, coriander powder, cumin powder and garam masala. Cook till chicken becomes tender.
Lineup an oven proof dish with a parchment paper or grease with oil. Keep the chicken pieces on it. Pour the masala (which would have accumulated at the bottom of vessel) evenly on top of the pieces. Bake it in a preheated oven for around 10mins at 350F.
Serve hot.

Original method:
Grind onions, coriander leaves, ginger-garlic paste(use ginger and garlic instead of store bought paste for better taste), 2-3 green chilies into a smooth paste. Apply to chicken and leave for around 30mins.
Heat oil, add cumin seeds. When they start popping, add turmeric and chicken. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, salt, 8-10 green chilies, 1/2 cup water. Cover the lid and cook till done.

Serves : 4-5
Preparation time : 30mins (excluding marination time)

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{ 23 comments… add one }

  • Aruna Pai September 12, 2006, 8:09 am

    Hey Shilpa….I was looking for this coriander chicken recipe. Although your Aayis version is a little simpler, than the baked one. Now i have two recipes to try. Thanks for sharing.

  • Asha September 12, 2006, 8:46 am

    Looks good, does grilling with masala on it work to get crunchy texture? Just wondering…

  • Bhargavi September 12, 2006, 9:13 am

    Hi Shilpa!
    Ur recipe sounds wonderful,….will try it soon.

  • sudhavinodh September 12, 2006, 2:18 pm

    Shilpa,my to do list of chicken varities are increasing..thanks for sharing..

  • prema September 12, 2006, 2:26 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I visited ur blog today morning and wrote a comment on yellow flavoured rice.. now in the evening u have posted another one.. wish I was ur neighbour..

  • shaheen September 12, 2006, 6:50 pm

    wonderful herb chicken.:). i make this but in bite sized pieces as an appetiser.

  • Sury September 12, 2006, 10:12 pm

    Shilpa, the chicken looks yummy! I will surely make it, using your original recipe, since I don’t have an oven. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Varsha September 13, 2006, 4:59 am

    yummy and easy enough for me to try!!

  • Shilpa September 13, 2006, 7:27 am

    Yes Asha, I baked it to give a bit crunchy texture, but I am not very comfortable with baking for too long. I feel the chicken becomes too dry if baked for a long time. So I cooked it completely and baked for 10mins or so.

    Aruna, Bhargavi, Sudha, Sury, Varsha let me know if you like it.

    Shaheen, I too loved it as appetiser. May be next time I will try this with boneless chicken :).

    Prema, Few more days and then I don’t know whether I will continue blogging or stop it. So I am utilizing the free time on AR to post as many recipes as possible :).

  • rakhi September 14, 2006, 6:54 pm

    was going thru ur recipes.nice n easy.
    i also make green chicken somewhat similar, but in the end add ground puthina(mint leaves) too.

  • sabita March 28, 2007, 1:32 pm

    Thanks Shilpa will let you know after i try it. I dont know if i mentioned it earlier but your shrimp was THE BEST! My husband loved it.

  • Shilpa March 28, 2007, 5:30 pm

    Thanks a lot Rakhi. Let me know if you try anything else from this site/blog.

  • Archana June 18, 2007, 5:43 pm

    I tried this recipe last week .Turned out awesome ! Thanks Shilpa for all your efforts in creating & managing such a wonderful website.You have really inspired me to fall in love with cooking.

  • reema September 12, 2007, 10:00 am

    this is really easy and nice recipy

  • Ganesh Mallya September 18, 2007, 10:18 pm

    Hi ,
    I am Ganesh Mallya from Mangalore. Currently working at TCS, Kochi. Staying away from home, with friends and with lots of work….always keeps me on the edge of what to cook for dinner.??? I was really lucky to visit your site aayirecipes and its wonderful to find a great collection of my favorite dishes available just a click away. I tried out Theeka Green Chicken and it came out really good. My friends loved it very much. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Next on my agenda is dry chicken sukka….
    Thanks again,

  • Gillian October 22, 2007, 3:05 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Tried this out and it was yummy. Think I made a mistake and didn’t put enough coriander though because mine was not as green as yours. Thanks for the recipe.


  • celeen February 27, 2008, 2:29 pm

    Good Recipe.
    Pls mention quntities of oil and what oil tobe used for better taste and health.
    Thank you.

    Shilpa: It hardly needs about 1 tbl spoon(or less) oil. I use peanut oil. You can even use olive oil.

  • Mita November 9, 2008, 3:59 pm

    Hey Shilpa…awesome recipe. was a big hit at my party, guests just couldnt have enough.

  • Sony January 19, 2009, 3:37 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this recipe yesterday. It’s yummy! I had cooked somewhat similar before but had not added jeera for seasoning. I had always cooked it like a gravy (by adding coconut milk). Yesterday, After the chicken was completely dry I just shallow fried it. It was tasting sooooo good.
    Thanks for the recipe.


  • Snehal September 11, 2012, 2:14 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe Shilpa. I tried it today and it’s simply delicious! :) I just chanced upon your website and will definitely try a lot of recipes that you’ve posted. I must say that your instructions are really easy to follow and the pictures just add to the motivation to cook!

  • Taiyab February 4, 2013, 7:47 am

    Yaar koi hindi me method bata sakte ho kya????

  • Priyanka December 18, 2013, 8:26 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    My list of chicken recipes seem to be getting longer day by day :) Thnx to ur blog, I’ve fallen in love with cooking. I never cooked non veg until marriage and I must say Im glad I tried :) Of all the dishes,the chicken Vindaloo and The above seem to be a mega hit in all my parties :) Ur blog has truly made me confident in cooking anything :)

    • Shilpa December 19, 2013, 9:10 am

      Thanks for kind words Priyanka. I am so happy to read this site is helping you.

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