The 28 Best Indian Chicken Recipes

If you’re planning a meal and want to make it a bit more interesting, why not try Indian chicken, which can offer you bountiful amounts of flavor and spice if that’s what you like.

We know that not everyone likes spice in their meals, which might cause some to throw away the idea of Indian chicken.

The 28 Best Indian Chicken Recipies

We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way.

In this article, we’ll show you the various ways you can use this type of chicken that can be optimized to match the needs of your palette.

Read on if you want to find out the array of recipes you can achieve with Indian chicken (see also ‘28 Delicious Diced Chicken Recipes‘).

28 Indian Chicken Recipes You Can Try Today

1. Chicken Kurma

We start with a simple kurma that is different from a korma as they both use different sauces, but with a kurma, you can spice things up with some turmeric, red chili powder, and garam masala.

The coconut milk and yogurt that are used in this recipe can also balance out the spices, so you can make substitutions to get a flavor that is just right for you.

2. Chili Chicken 

This recipe is an everyday staple among Indo-Chinese starters that is known for its crispiness with the addition of bell peppers, garlic, chili sauce, and soya sauce.

Once all the ingredients are deep fried, you have a hot, sweet, and sour flavor, which will please those looking for variety.

3. Indian Butter Chicken

Here, you have a recipe with the chicken simmering in a buttery tomato sauce and a lift in taste with the addition of Kasuri methi, Kashmiri Lal Mirch, garam masala, and some cumin.

You’ll find that the flavor is absorbed with each bite, so the aftertaste will leave you wanting more.

4. Chicken Kebab

Here is an idea that is great for those parties where you want some variety in your appetizers, which only take 30 minutes to make.

These kebabs are made with aromatic spices such as capsicum, chili powder, cumin powder, and green chili and can be served with mint chutney for a nice twist to this recipe.

5. Chicken Seekh

These are simple to make finger bite kebabs that make a great evening snack that can be baked with your own mix of ingredients to make a healthier option.

They use chili powder and green chilis, but the seekh kebab masala gives these a mild flavor that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. 

6. Chicken Badaam Rolls

This recipe brings the juiciness of the chicken to a whole new level and includes a stuffing that contains almonds and chili powder for a spicy flavor with a great texture as a bonus.

Great if you just want a snack or a non-veggie starter that is bound to go down well at parties.

7. Chicken Nimbu Dhaniya Shorba 

Here’s a recipe that includes a soup with a high level of taste and fragrance, which is a delicious proposition in those winter months when you want to make something simple to keep warm.

Adding lemon, coriander, garlic paste, turmeric flour, and cream give this a smooth and mild flavor that only takes 35 minutes to make.

8. Chicken Potli

Here is an appetizer you can make to your liking as you can use all manners of aromatic spices and sauces that you can put into these lovely bite-sized pouches.

To heighten the flavor, you could include a chili garlic dip or maybe something milder for the perfect snack or side.

9. Chicken Wings

Whoever said you were restricted with what is possible with Indian chicken?

You start with cleaned chicken wings that are marinated with red chili powder and black pepper and are coated in masala chips, which is a much-needed twist to the traditional fried chicken recipe.

10. Chicken Dabba Gosht

Here is a milder option that will likely shroud you in glee as it combines the tender and aromatic chicken mixed with a creamy macaroni with some coriander and chili flakes.

This has a rich flavor that could become your next favorite dish. 

11. Achaari Chicken

If you want more options for your next barbeque, why not try a sandwich (see also ‘23 Incredible Chicken Sandwich Recipes‘) or roll that has crispy bites of chicken with some chili-pickle sauce on top?

Not only do you get a mixture of flavors, but you can also include cucumber and onion pieces for a taste that is going to be memorable.

12. Chicken Korma

This recipe is probably the most recognized on this list, but we’ve decided to go with a creamier variety which makes it a good starting point for those who want to try different types of these fine cuisines.

You can add almonds, cashews, Chironjee, ghee, cardamom, and even saffron, and it works well with some naan bread on the side. 

13. Teekha Murgh

We’re going to kick things up in spice for those who want something a bit different from a chicken vindaloo and has dry roasted curry leaves, green and red chilies, and black pepper that make this recipe truly special.

You can simmer all the ingredients together to let it all blend well together with a side of naan bread or boondi raita for a lovely meal.

14. Tandoori Chicken 

You have here an option that has your chicken legs marinated in an excellent blend of yogurt, lemon juice, and the spicy aromas from cayenne and turmeric that can penetrate deep into the chicken.

You can serve these up with pilau rice and maybe some raita on the side.

15. Chicken 65

We like this recipe as not only do you have lovely-looking appetizers that can go down well at parties, but you can bake or air-fry them for a healthier option.

You have crispy chicken with Kashmiri red chili powder and a nice coating of cornstarch and rice flour that can be experimented with to get a nice balance of flavors.

16. Chicken Manchurian 

Here you have a recipe that has influences from Chinese and Indian cooking styles that has a slightly sweet but hot and sour mix of the Manchurian sauce that can be soaked up by the delicious fried chicken bites (see also ‘28 Amazingly Delicious Asian Chicken Recipes!‘).

You can make these vegetarian by using cauliflower, cornflower, soya sauce, vinegar, chili sauce, ginger, and garlic, for an alternative.

17. Chicken Cutlet

These patties are crispy and tasty and can be made in 40 minutes, which can work well as an appetizer, evening snack, or part of a bigger meal.

You can add all of your herbs and spices to the dough and deep fry them to get a nice golden brown to make them crunchy, and you can serve these with some dipping sauce and some onion wedges. 

18. Chicken Roast

This recipe is great for those who are looking for an authentic restaurant-style experience that is quick to make and is a healthier option as it requires less oil to get that consistency that doesn’t affect the taste.

You can serve this up with any flavored rice and some raita to make it a more substantial meal.

19. Chicken Pasta

How about a recipe with a twist as this one uses fresh chicken, and tomatoes, with a puree that you can add some chili flakes and garlic cloves to.

You want to make sure that you mix and cook the sauce until it reaches a thick consistency, which is going to complement the pasta even more.

20. Chicken Noodles

Add a bit of a twist to this traditional Chinese recipe that you can use ramen, soba, udon, and rice stick noodles (see also ‘18 Surprisingly Healthy Rice Noodle Recipes‘) to get a combo with the marinated chicken that suits your requirements.

Add some veggies in there as well if you like, but to give this an Indian twist, you might want to add more pepper and chili powder.

21. Ambur Biryani

This recipe is great for those who want a dish that is light on the spices so they can appreciate the individual tastes of all the added components.

You can add some seeraga rice, cinnamon sticks, green cardamoms, garlic paste, and some coriander leaves for something that is lighter on the stomach.

22. Chicken Iguru

This is a simple chicken curry that has a thick consistency with a thick gravy that evaporates the moisture to achieve a unique taste.

This has enough spice, which can be modified by adding in some tomatoes, yogurt, and garam masala so you can get a good balance of flavor that isn’t too overpowering.

23. Grilled Chicken Sandwich 

Here is a simple recipe that uses tandoori chicken that you can grill on the pan and are ideal as a snack or a starter to a dinner course.

You can smear mayonnaise, green chutney, or kebab chutney, and the combination of veggies that is full of flavor, and you can use any bread of your choice.

24. Chicken Pakora 

Here we have another appetizer idea that creates tasty and flavorful bites that are made with gram flour, ginger garlic, spice powders, and herbs.

You can fry the pieces to make them extra crispy, and to achieve this.

You want to monitor each element in the cooking process to ensure that they are cooked to perfection 

25. Chicken Spring Rolls

Here’s a recipe that a lot of people are going to love, as you can make these quickly if you already have spring roll sheets premade.

Add in your veggies like cabbage and carrot with some spice powder to elevate this recipe’s flavor even further.

The great thing about these is that you can serve these up on practically any occasion, and they will be a welcome addition to any platter. 

26. Kadai Chicken

This recipe works best if you combine your chicken, onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and fresh ground spices into a wok which can ensure that the chicken absorbs the flavor better over an even spread.

If you don’t have cream, you could use a fine paste made from cashews that you want to ensure is smooth before adding it to the chicken pieces.

27. Lemon Chicken 

This recipe yields a succulent and dominant flavor of lemon juice, which can make it slightly tangy and mildly hot.

This is a good example of a fusion food as it pairs well with schezwan fried rice, egg noodles, Hakka noodles, and even egg fried rice if you’re looking for something easy to prepare to serve with these tasty bites.

If you’re more daring, you could add some lemon zest towards the end to create a unique flavor, but the spices will balance out the sourness of the dish, so the taste isn’t too overpowering.

28. Hariyali Chicken

We finish with a green chicken Indian dish that uses fresh herbs with a green paste that is made from green chili, coriander, and mint leaves (see also ‘28 Amazing Indian Recipes You Can Make In Your Instant Pot‘).

Once you prepare the paste, you can use it with the sauteed chicken, and you can simmer this with coconut or cashew milk to widen the palette of flavors that are on offer here.

You can even saute some bell peppers and curry leaves in oil and add this towards the end of the process to give you even more flavor.


As you can see from these recipes, you have a lot of options for your Indian chicken that doesn’t have to be reserved for weeknight dinners (see also ‘29 Super Fun Weeknight Dinner Recipes‘) or snacks.

They are also great for barbeques and even new years eve celebrations as they can offer so many different flavors that go beyond throwing heaps of spice, as there are a lot of discreet flavors in the mix that is likely to liven up your meals.

You can even make your dishes healthier with a side of grains that are likely a good matchup with the protein that comes from these dishes, so you can mix it up to get an option that you’re happy with.

Not everyone likes the spicy aroma that comes with some of these recipes, so you can reduce the spices and peppers you use and opt for some cream or yogurt that is bound to go down well with all your dinner and party guests.

Don’t feel that you’re limited here, though, as you can add any household spices and herbs you own, as well as try out different blends to see which ones work best for you. Thank you for reading.

The 28 Best Indian Chicken Recipes

The 28 Best Indian Chicken Recipes

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