Yogurt chicken

Chicken has become a very rare sight at my home. But whenever I cook it, I make sure to cook a new dish with it, so that I have enough recipes when I need them. This is one such dish I cooked a while ago.

Frying chicken in ghee/butter before adding it to a dish gives it a very unique taste, something I learnt very recently. I love the sweetness from onions, yogurt and spicy taste from chili powder in this. Fresh ginger and garlic gives it a strong taste. A very simple, yet tasty dish.

One thing I need to learn yet is, I can’t remember the measurements in weight. When I am buying chicken, I go for the smallest pack and make more than one dish with it :(.

8-10 chicken pieces
1/2 tea spn garlic
1/2 tea spn ginger
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 tea spn coriander powder
1/2 tea spn cumin powder
1/2 tea spn chili powder
1/2 tea spn garam masala

Heat ghee and fry chicken pieces till they get slightly brownish. Take them out.

Heat remaining ghee and add garlic, ginger, onions and fry till onions turn slightly brownish. Now add coriander powder, cumin powder, chili powder and fry for 30secs. Add the tomato pieces, salt and cook till tomato is slightly tender. Now add chicken pieces, yogurt and cook till the chicken is tender and all the water evaporates. Sprinkle garam masala, mix well for around 1mins. Serve hot.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins

29 thoughts on “Yogurt chicken”

  1. Hey Shilpa,
    very simple and quick chicken recipe…..ya I agree that frying chicken in ghee gives a nice flavor to the recipe.

  2. I had heard of Fish in yogurt gravy (common Oriya/Bengali dish), but Chicken in yogurt is something new. Another one innovative dish from your bounty! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Btw, it’s raining your date cake in blogosphere 🙂

  3. I’ve never fried chicken in ghee! I do brown it in oil though… I can just have those fried chicken pieces as such… 🙂
    Can’t believe you don’t like chicken, and are churning out one mouthwatering chicken recipe after the other!

    Shilpa: I like them Sig. But my upper limit is 2-3 pieces and V does not touch them most of the time(unless it is his favorite dish). So I prefer eating out than cooking it at home. Can’t finish. So I try these when I have guests :). I make more than one new types of chicken dishes for all my nonveg friends. This was cooked last year when my bro was here, luckily for me, I had typed down the recipe.

  4. I love adding yogurt to chicken, probably add it most of the time:-)

    …your curry looks delish…love the idea of browning the chicken….btw, I’m the same regarding the weight of chicken 😀

  5. hi shilpa
    i keep going thru ur receipes all the time
    but this is the first time im leaving a comment
    i think u have put up a great site,especially for north canara style dishes.
    im basically from shirali near bhatkal.
    but i never got to learn much cooking at home,so now after getting married i cook from ur site quite a bit! thank u so much!
    i just wanted to say here is that, generally kashmiris fry their chicken/meat before putting it into any sorta curry..learnt this when i was in hostel with kashmiri roomies! dnt knw if this can be generalized!

  6. Hi Shilpa,

    I found this receipy very mouthwatering and yet so simple to prepare.. I started my Non Veg coocking with this receipy..It become very delicious..
    one more thing i would like to suggest that, if we marinate the chicken and then prepare it, it will definately add a different test.

    Thanks !

  7. Hi Shilpa,

    I found this recipe very mouthwatering and yet so simple to prepare.. I started my Non Veg cooking with this recipe .It become very delicious..
    one more thing i would like to suggest that, if we marinate the chicken and then prepare it, it will definitely add a different test.

    Thanks !

  8. I , appreciate your recipes but no goat or lamb recipes.

    Shilpa: I don’t eat/cook goat/lamb. So I won’t post any recipes with them.

  9. hi shilpa,,
    hey i tried this recipe with boneless chicken and it turned out amazing….i guess i added too much yoghurt so there was a lil gravy …i just needed to add a bit of tomato puree to give it color…
    u r too good man…

  10. hi, i was jus wondering can i use whole chicken instead of boneless chicken.
    and if i want a bit more gravy what shall i do??

    i would appreciate if u wud get back to me asap, coz i wana make it 2mo.


    Shilpa: Yes you can use chicken with bones. I haven’t tried it with gravy. Probably you can increase the onions and yogurt.

    1. Shilpa this recipe was absolutely delicious.. I tried it to introduce my guy to Indian food and it worked so well. As for more gravy here is what to do: Marinate the raw chicken in yogurt (about 1/4 cup) with salt and spices for about an hour. Reserve marinade. After browning the chicken on medium heat ( use a regular pan not non stick) deglaze the pan with 1/3 cup warm water, add the mixture to the reserve marinade and set aside. After browning onions, garlic and ginger, add the reserve and cook as shilpa suggested.

  11. This was very good and easy to prepare and cook.
    I added a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to it just before I served the dish. It enhanced all the flavours. Try it, you like it.

  12. hi!I`m a Goan. I`vejust come accross ur site. I love your recepies and the picture`s looks very tempting too. I`ll surely tru out ur recepies.

  13. I have made this dish half a dozen times. Everytime is tastes a little different, depending on how much tomatoe or onion I add. I have lots of ripe Romas
    from my garden to use up.
    It is a quick and easy dish to
    prepare. I serve it to my guests. Thanks for the receipe.


  14. I tried this today for Dinner Shilpa!! Has Cme out very well. Had been bored o the same 2-3 chcikn dishes i had learnt to cook,Simple and Amazing ths dish is.. Mst say u very innvatve ideas…

  15. hi shilpa..nice recepies u ve here. my boyfriend is kannada n im north indian so this site really helped me in winning his heart..ur site is very nicely put n is too through. can u pls add some details about ur cluture n traditions..thanks n cheers

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