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.

55 thoughts on “Chicken hariyali kabab”

  1. Shilpa,
    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.


  9. 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.

  10. 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.. 🙂

  11. 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!

  12. 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!


  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Shipa:

    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!

  16. I made it using a store bought masala, and I just wanted you to know it was fantastic!! Thank you for your help 🙂

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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



  23. 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 ?

  24. Hi
    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.

  25. 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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