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Kadai Chicken

Kadai Chicken is a delicious spicy gravy made by cooking chicken with spices, tomato, onions and herbs. Kadai Chicken is a scintillating side dish for both flatbread & rice meal and is liked by all for its taste. Kadai Chicken Recipe is explained in this post with step by step pictures.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings2 people
AuthorSharmilee J


  • 200 grams chicken
  • 1 big onion finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp green capsicum chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 generous pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 big tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
  • salt to taste

To temper:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 2 nos cloves
  • 1 no cardamom

To roast and grind to a dry powder

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp pepper corns
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 nos red chillies
  • 1/4 inch cinnamon


  • Dry roast the ingredients listed under 'to roast & grind' to golden brown then grind it to a semi coarse powder, Set aside.
  • Heat a pan  add a tsp of oil and toast capsicum until crispy(this step is purely optional)...dont let it brown, set aside.
  • Clean chicken , wash it well then add half of roasted powder along with ginger garlic paste, salt, lemon juice turmeric powder and marinate it and set aside.
  • Heat a kadai / pan with oil - add the items listed under 'to temper' then add onion, ginger garlic paste let it slightly brown. Then add tomato puree along with remaining roasted powder.
  • Mix well and let it cook till raw smell of tomato and masalas leave. Add required salt...
  • Then add chicken pieces and saute for 3mins until the raw texture of chicken changes.
  • Add little water say 1/2 cup , cook covered for 10-12 mins until chicken pieces turn soft or pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
  • Allow water to reduce and let oil sepearate, at this stage add toasted capsicum give a quick stir.
  • Let it cook in medium flame for 3mins for capsicum and chicken to blend well and the masala to coat well.
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
  • Serve Kadai Chicken hot with steamed rice or with rotis!


  • You can pressure cook chicken for 4-5 whistles along with masala else cook it just by keeping covered as per your preference.
  • I did not add extra red chili powder - if you want you can add a tsp if you want more spicy gravy.
  • Adding lemon juice to marinade chicken will make the chicken soft.
  • You can use a iron kadai for a nice flavor...I used my pressure pan as I chose to pressure cook  my chicken as its quicker.
  • Toasting capsicum is just optional...you can add it to the gravy as such too. I toasted it to make it crispy and added it only at the last stage to retain its crispness.
Nutrition Facts
Kadai Chicken
Amount Per Serving (100 g)
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 1980mg86%
Potassium 299mg9%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 178IU4%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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