Degi Chicken

Hands up if you love a ‘dump everything and forget out it’ recipe. I know I do! This is a one step recipe where you put everything together, and just let it do its thing. Keep an eye so nothing is burning of course, but other than that, no input needed. You don’t even have to use a separate pan. Just one pan is enough @sarchakra

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 1 hour 30 mins



  • Chicken (bone in) 5 pieces
  • Oil ½ cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Garlic paste 2 tbsp
  • Ginger paste 1 tbsp
  • Greek yogurt 3 tbsp
  • Red chili powder 1 tbsp
  • Kashmiri chili powder 1 tbsp
  • Tomato 1 can
  • Mint Chutney 2 tbsp
  • Green cardamom 3
  • Black cardamom 1
  • Cinnamon 2 inches
  • Cumin seeds 1 tbsp
  • Black pepper 1 tbsp
  • Cloves 4-5
  • Green chilies 5-6
  • Garam masala powder 2 tsp
  • Nutmeg powder 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 tbsp
  • Fried onions (beresta) ½ cup


  • In a large bowl or pan add Greek yogurt, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom, black cardamom, turmeric, red chili powder, Kashmiri chili powder, salt, black pepper, Garam masala powder, nutmeg powder, garlic paste, ginger paste, mint chutney and green chilies. Mix.
  • Pour in a can of tomatoes. Mix to combine.
  • In the pan add oil. Put in the chicken pieces. Pour the spice mixture into the pan. Add the fried onions.
  • Put in some more red chili (optional step). Keep the heat to low.
  • Cover and cool for 1 hour to 1 ½ hours till chicken is tender. Five minutes before turning the heat off, add the sugar. Mix to combine.


If you don’t have mint chutney use fresh mint leaves.

I’m all about taking short cuts especially in everyday cooking. One of my favorite items to keep in hand are fried onions (beresta). it has a multitude of uses in Indian cooking. It gives a wonderful color and flavor to any Curry and makes your guests think you’ve labored for hours getting that flavor. In reality, nope, you didn’t. You can get vegetarian fried onions in your local Indian grocery. The ones available in places like Target is usually cooked in lard. Of course, if you have the time or want to make the effort, you can fry the onions at home too.

If you have the time, marinate the chicken with the spice mix for an hour. If you don’t that’s ok too!

Love chicken? Check out these dishes Chicken Changezi, Chicken Tawook, Pudina Murgh Keema Fry (Ground Chicken with Mint) and Tandoori Chicken.

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Degi Chicken served with Sesame Chicken, Fish Cutlet, Sona Masoori Rice and Potato Fry

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