Masala Chicken

"Another of my Indian cooking class tutor's recipes. I have a grinder so grind the seeds to make powder as stated, otherwise using store-brought powder is fine. With the chicken, you can easily substitute boneless."
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  • Heat oil in a large pan and saute garlic, onion, ginger and cumin seeds for about 2 or 3 minutes, taking care that nothing burns.
  • Add chicken, mix well and fry for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric and chili powder (if using) and saute for about 3 minutes. Cover and leave for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the curry powder and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add water if needed. This depends on how much gravy you want. Cover and let the chicken cook, stirring occasionally.
  • When done, stir in chopped coriander leaves and serve with rice or naan.

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  1. Dr. Jenny
    We enjoyed the masala chicken recipe. It had nice flavor and came out and tender and juciy. I used bone-in chicken breasts and trimmed away the skin. The bone in really does add to the flavor. We served over basmati rice and with Recipe #24856 as a side dish. Thanks!
  2. Gerry
    YES! With all those wonderful spices which have become favourites at our house - just knew it was going to be extra good! Not having the coriander leaves on hand I used some flat leaf parsley. Amazed how easily this made up. Used chicken thighs - think I would love this cutting a whole chicken - the bone in makes for flavor - and I could sneak off to the kitchen with the best parts! Delicious served over rice. A belated July review for AUZ/NZ swap.
  3. sassafrasnanc
    We made this for dinner and the only thing I would change is to use boneless chicken next time. VERY authentic tasting and I made is with 4 chili peppers...YUMMY!! Thank you.
  4. Engrossed
    WONDERFUL! SPICY FLAVORFUL not spicy hot. I made this as directed with frozen boneless skinless chicken breast tenders. I did use the optional chili powder. Freddy Cat says thanks for the Chicken! Made for ZWT4.



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