A quick easy recipe to make a Kadai Chicken

A quick easy recipe to make a Kadai Chicken

Kadai chicken or Karahi chicken is one of the very popular dishes in Indian cuisine. It is seen on the menu of most restaurants that serve North Indian cuisine. The Chicken kadai recipe is equally popular as the butter chicken or chicken tikka masala.

Have you ever wanted to make your favourite Kadai chicken at home? If yes, here is the recipe you need to make this tasty dish at home today. Simple and made even more tasty with our farm fresh Zorabian Chicken, here is a recipe you will make often. 

Where does the Kadai Chicken get its name?

The Kadai chicken gets its name from the kitchen utensil the Kadai (or a wok) in which the dish is cooked and in many restaurants, it is served. A delicious dish, it is both spicy and tangy. The Kadai chicken is a potpourri of flavours that promises to create magic with every bite. 

What chicken should you use to make the tasty Kadai Chicken Recipe?

The Kadai chicken or the Karahi chicken with its mix of spices and the onion tomato base is full of flavours. Although it has a slightly longer list of ingredients, it is an easy dish to make once you follow the instructions. The Zorabian pre-cut chicken with the bones will really add to the taste of the chicken kadai with the juices adding to the flavours. However, if you like boneless pieces of chicken then the Zorabian boneless chicken breast is what you need. You could also use the Zorabian chicken cubes to make this chicken karahi recipe. 

With Zorabian chicken delivery online now you can order the chicken cuts you wish to cook straight on the website and have it delivered to your doorstep. Cooking chicken dishes and enjoying them with family and friends has never been this easy. 

Zorabian chicken, being antibiotic-free, our farm fresh chicken is both tasty and healthy. Chicken being a lean meat and high in protein is your best choice even if you are on a weight loss program. A daily diet with a good portion of protein like chicken is what you need for a healthy lifestyle. Zorabian Chicken online ensures that you have the chicken cuts you need and when you need them. Now you can add a tasty chicken dish you love to your daily meal planning menu.

How to make the Kadai chicken


  • 250 gms of Zorabian’s Pre-Cut Chicken Skinless
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Kashmiri chilli powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – ¼ tsp
  • Kasuri methi – 1 tsp (crushed)
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee or butter- 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf -1 
  • Green chilli – 1 or 2 slits into 2
  • Onion – Cube half and cut the other half finely
  • Tomato – 1 big (pureed)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp (fresh)
  • Cream – 1 tbsp
  • A piece of coal – if you wish to have the smoky flavour, and taste

For the Kadai Masala (dry roast all the ingredients, cool, and powder coarsely)

  • Coriander seeds 2 tbsp
  • Cummin seeds 1 tbsp
  • Black Peppercorns – 1 tbsp
  • Whole red chillies 3 to 4 (you can increase the quantity if you like spicy)

Method for Making Kadai Chicken Recipe

  1. Take a Kadai or wok and add in the oil and butter. Add the bay leaf, finely chopped onion, slit green chillies, and ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell of the garlic disappears and the onions are translucent. Now add in the cubed onions and capsicum and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add in the tomato puree, turmeric powder, and Kashmiri chili powder, salt to taste, and cook till the tomato puree is well cooked
  3. Add in the chicken pieces and mix well till they turn white from pink. Add the roasted and coarsely ground kadai masala. Mix well. Add in ½ cup water and cover and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Open and adjust salt and spices. Add in the crushed kasuri methi. Cook till done. Mix in the cream. The cream gives it a rich taste and a creamy texture (but is optional). Switch off the gas. Cover and keep for 10 minutes till all the flavours are soaked in. Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot.

Cooking Tips

  1. Ensure that the tomatoes and all masalas are well cooked to avoid any raw taste and to get the perfect Kadai Chicken
  2. You can decide to dry out the complete water and keep the gravy in a coating consistency. If you wish to have a more watery consistency gravy, add in a little more water as desired.
  3. If you want to add a smoky taste to your kadai chicken, once the dish is done transfer to a serving dish. Take a small bowl and add to it a piece of coal after heating it on an open flame. Keep the bowl with the coal in the centre of the kadai chicken dish and pour some ghee over the coal. It will start smoking. Now cover and keep for 3 to 5 minutes for a smoked karahi chicken.
  4. Serve with parathas, naan, roti, phulkas, or with ghee rice or jeera rice and refreshing raita. You have a meal ready in a jiffy with this Kadai chicken recipe. You can now make your favourite kadai chicken at home itself.  

Do try this Kadai Chicken Recipe share your pictures tag Zorabian Chicken on Instagram. Buy your Zorabian chicken boneless or the pre-cut chicken of your choice from our online store or general trade partners and enjoy your favourite chicken dishes with friends and family. We bring you a number of melt-in-your-mouth chicken recipes, do check the Zorabian blog for more recipes that you will love cooking. Here are more chicken recipes you can try 

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