Dry Chicken

I do not eat chicken or mutton dishes. But since my husband and children like chicken, I cook it at home occasionally. My sister gave me this recipe. She makes this dish with mutton, but as we don’t cook or eat mutton at home, I prepared it with chicken. It came out really well and all liked it. Since then am making this everytime I cook chicken at home. This goes well as a side dish with chapati/rice. It can also be served as a starter.

1/2 kg (1 lb approx) Chicken pieces
1 cup chopped onion
2 tea spn coriander seeds
5 cloves
3″ cinnamon
4 tea spn poppy seeds (khus khus)
2 tea spns ginger garlic paste
3 tbl spns red chilly powder
1/4 tbl spn turmeric powder
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves

Heat oil in a pan and fry onion pieces till they turn translucent. Add chicken pieces and salt. Sprinkle some water over this. Close the pan and cook till the chicken is done. Add ginger garlic paste. Powder the coriander seeds, cloves, cinnamon and poppy seeds and add to already boiled chicken. Add chilly powder and turmeric powder to it and mix well. Add finelly chopped coriander leaves and continue heating for two more minutes. Serve with chapatis or a side dish with rice or as a starter.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 20mins


23 Comments for “Dry Chicken”

padmaja ravindranath


hi shilpa,
same like you,myself also vegetarian.i cook always chicken to my husband
and my daughter.my daughter likes chicken very much.i cook chicken fry
but not this type.i think this is very easy to do.today only i will
try.thank you for the recipe. bye



I always prepare dishes from ur website. As i m living in Japan….
We can not often go to Indian restaurant. I try every recipe from ur site….. My family enjoy them very much….. 1 request : Post some special dishes (Non-veg specially) for X’mas holidays n New year too….
Also post some delicious soup recipes as now Winter is on…..
Wishing every happiness to u n ur family in life…..


Hey Shilpa,

This recipe looks extremely delicious and I cannot wait to try it out. But I have never cooked chicken before and would like to know if you have any tips for safe handling of chicken or if they are mentioned elsewhere in your blog. Also, it might be a trivial question, but how do you know when the chicken is done?

Thanks a lot!



hi shilpa,
tnx for an awwesum cooking.. its vry tempting and an easy receipe. first as i say the chicken in the photo i thought it would a similar receipe lyk buriyani. bt pretty gud kids would love it. once again tnx



@Natasha:yes i think u r right.. u should add masalas before adding chicken to onions. this tastes better than the as mentioned above.And no need of adding water too… bcoz chicken leaves the oil and it tastes better when chicken is cooked in its oil and masalas.



Shilpa, tried this recipe today & it’s come out really yummy…I have tried several recipes from this site & they have all come out well, thank you so much…

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