Here’s a compilation easy-to-follow and authentic Pakistani & North Indian chicken recipes. This roundup includes popular main dishes like chicken curries, rice dishes, baked recipes, and more. All of these recipes are tested, perfected, and adored by thousands!

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Chicken in South Asian Cuisine

Guess what the number one search is on Tea for Turmeric blog?

Chicken!

Makes sense. Chicken is mild in taste, easy-to-cook, affordable, and widely available. In South Asian cuisine, chicken lives its best life – it’s juicy, succulent, and so flavorful.

Chicken Parts

Most homestyle curry recipes are made using a whole, skinless chicken that’s pre-cut into small pieces, sometimes called a curry cut. While not widely available in U.S. supermarkets, bone-in, skinless chicken is the most popular chicken cut at Halal meat markets. You can also use cut up leg quarters (a blend of bone-in thighs & drumsticks) for many curries and rice dishes.

The second most popular chicken parts are boneless chicken breast or thighs, which are especially popular at restaurants and in Indo-Chinese cuisine.

Some recipes will use a whole chicken or leg quarters (like Tandoori Chicken or Peri Peri Chicken).

Pakistani and Indian chickens are generally smaller, and Halal meat markets tend to have smaller-sized chickens. They weigh around 2.5 lb per chicken as opposed to the 3-4 lb chickens you’ll see at supermarkets.

Skinless vs Skin-on Chicken

In Indian and Pakistani cooking, there is no concept of skin-on chicken. Chicken is almost always consumed without the skin.

Pakistani and Indian Chicken Recipes

Simple Bone-in Chicken Recipe

Ovens weren’t the norm in South Asia, so most chicken recipes are made on the stovetop. A stand-in for the oven was a Tandoor, which yielded chicken kabab recipes like Chicken Malai Boti, Chicken Tikka, and of course, Tandoori Chicken.

Bone-in Chicken Thighs Recipe

Bone-in Chicken Thigh Recipe (Stovetop)

5 (11 ratings)
This easy Bone-in Chicken Thigh Recipe requires 30 minutes, one pan, and 5 pantry ingredients if you don't count good old salt & pepper.
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Chicken Curry Recipes

It’s a wonder how many creative ways you can cook chicken in a curry. Here are some of the most popular chicken curries in South Asian cuisine.

Holding Chicken Karahi in a karahi

Pakistani Chicken Karahi

5 (110 ratings)
This is a restaurant-style Pakistani Chicken Karahi recipe that can be prepared quickly and easily with no finicky steps.
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Authentic Chicken Curry in a dutch oven garnished with cilantro

Authentic Chicken Curry (Easy Chicken Salan)

5 (24 ratings)
Here’s an Easy and Authentic Chicken Curry recipe made in the traditional Pakistani and North Indian style. This is a simple, approachable curry recipe that you can make at home in under an hour. Unfussy, easy-to-follow, and tested to perfection!
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Chicken Curry with potatoes on a plate with rice and vegetables with a glass of water on the side

Instant Pot Pakistani Chicken Curry

5 (20 ratings)
This Pakistani-style Instant Pot Chicken Curry includes bone-in chicken and potatoes and requires just 30 minutes of *total* prep time! This is an easy recipe with simple ingredients, minimal chopping, and no complicated steps!
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Achari Chicken in a white pot

Easy Achari Chicken

5 (17 ratings)
This is an easy, fuss-free, yet flavorful recipe for Achari Chicken, or Indian and Pakistani chicken curry made with pickling spices.
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A bowl of Coconut Chicken Curry with Potatoes with a golden spoon.

Coconut Chicken Curry with Potatoes

5 (26 ratings)
This coconut chicken curry with potatoes is made from scratch in the Pakistani & North Indian style and uses coconut milk to give it a korma-like finish. This recipe uses clean, wholesome ingredients and good-for-you spices that you likely have on hand!
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Chicken Korma in a large pot with a wooden spoon.

The BEST Authentic Chicken Korma

4.93 (70 ratings)
This is a warm, deeply flavorful Chicken Korma recipe that has all the authentic flavor with simple, easy-to-follow instructions. Tested & perfected!!
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Instant Pot Butter Chicken Side

Instant Pot Butter Chicken (Easy and Authentic)

5 (33 ratings)
This tried-and-tested restaurant-style Instant Pot Butter Chicken recipe is easy to prepare yet yields authentic, deep flavor and tender chicken!
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Indo-Chinese Recipes

Chicken is the meat of choice for the majority of Indo-Chinese dishes.

Close up of Chicken Manchurian in pot with a wooden spoon.

Chicken Manchurian (Crispy with Gravy!)

5 (7 ratings)
Chicken Manchurian is so popular that it's practically synonymous with Indo-Chinese cuisine. Crispy chicken enveloped in a spicy, tangy, sweet sauce…everything we love! This quick & easy recipe makes truly crispy chicken with an ample amount of sauce. Tested to perfection!!
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Spicy Cashew Chicken in a bowl with rice with chopsticks and sesame seeds on the side

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry (Indo-Chinese Style)

4.96 (21 ratings)
Here's a quick and easy 25-minute Cashew Chicken Stir Fry recipe with an Indo-Chinese twist. This recipe includes tips on how to get tender chicken and gives intense, yet balanced flavor! Gluten-free adaptable!
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Chicken Jalfrezi in a black skillet with a silver spoon

Chicken Jalfrezi (Easy and Authentic)

5 (32 ratings)
Chicken Jalfrezi is a tomato-based curry made with boneless chicken, bell peppers, and onion. This recipe is easy, authentic, and brimming with flavor! Tested and perfected!
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Saucy Chicken Shashlik with bell peppers and onions in a black skillet with a white napkin underneath

Chicken Shashlik (Saucy with Gravy) – Indo-Chinese Recipe

5 (23 ratings)
Chicken Shashlik is an Indo-Chinese recipe that's made with boneless chicken, bell peppers, and onion. Similar to Chicken Manchurian, this dish is coated in a sweet and spicy gravy that's bursting with flavor. This is an easy, kid-friendly weeknight dinner that can be made quickly and easily with pantry staples.
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Baked Chicken Recipes

Though not traditional, these fusion recipes make use of ovens while delivering on South Asian flavors.

Baked Tandoori Chicken Curry

Baked Tandoori Chicken Curry (Easy & Authentic)

4.91 (33 ratings)
This Oven-Baked Tandoori Chicken curry recipe is so simple, but tastes like you spent hours on it. 20 minutes of prep time only! Easy and authentic, with no finicky steps.
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Homemade Peri Peri Chicken Recipe (with Sauce)

5 (5 ratings)
Here's an easy homemade Peri Peri Chicken recipe (with sauce!) that gives the most tender, juicy results. This recipe requires just 10 simple ingredients and any cut of bone-in chicken (leg quarters, thighs, or even a cut up whole chicken). 
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Rice Recipes

What’s better than chicken served with rice? Chicken and rice infused together!

Chicken Biryani on a gold-trimmed platter with a silver rice spoon resting on the side

Pakistani Chicken Biryani (The BEST!)

4.97 (155 ratings)
An uncomplicated yet authentic Chicken Biryani recipe with simple, easy-to-follow instructions (no curveballs!) and mouthwatering, traditional Pakistani and Indian flavor. Tested to perfection!
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Chicken pulao on a platter with a golden spoon and raita on the side.

Pakistani Chicken Pulao (Yakhni Pulao)

5 (7 ratings)
Here's a classic Yakhni Chicken Pulao recipe that's truly hard to mess up. This recipe promises deep flavor, tender chicken, and fluffy rice. It's also easy to double so you can serve it to guests with confidence. Tested to perfection!
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Instant Pot Chicken Pulao in a bowl garnished with cilantro.

Instant Pot Chicken Pulao

4.92 (45 ratings)
This quick and easy Instant Pot Chicken Pulao recipe requires just 25 minutes of prep time and results in tender boneless chicken and perfectly cooked rice.
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Bone-in Chicken Thighs Recipe
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15+ Pakistani and Indian Chicken Recipes, including this simple Bone-in Chicken Chicken Thighs (Stovetop)

This easy Bone-in Chicken Thigh Recipe requires 30 minutes, one pan, and 5 pantry ingredients if you don't count good old salt & pepper. And don't miss 15+ authentic and easy-to-follow Pakistani and Indian Chicken recipes!

Ingredients 

  • 2 lb bone-in, skinless chicken thighs, See Note 1
  • 2 ½ tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or neutral oil, such as grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt, or 1 ¼ tsp fine sea salt or table salt
  • 1 tsp crushed red chili flakes, plus more to taste
  • ¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp ketchup

Equipment

  • wide pan or Dutch oven with lid

Instructions 

  • Optional (but optimal) marination: Place the chicken in a medium bowl and toss with everything but the ketchup. Cover the bowl and let it marinate at room temperature for up to 2 hours; or in the refrigerator up to 12 hours. If skipping the marinade, start with the next step.
  • Heat a large, wide pan or Dutch oven with lid over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken and its juices (if you didn’t marinate, add all of the ingredients except the ketchup to the pan). Mix well to combine, then and spread out the chicken pieces into a single layer.
  • Reduce the heat to low or low-medium to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Cover the pan and cook, tossing halfway through, until the chicken is fully cooked, about 25 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to high. Bring the remaining liquid in the pan to a boil and cook until most of it has evaporated (~5-6 minutes). Stir in the ketchup. Sauté, stirring only as necessary to allow the chicken to lightly sear (~2 min). Once the moisture has completely evaporated, turn off the heat. Serve immediately.

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Notes

Note 1 – You can use any cut of skinless, bone-in chicken such as thighs, drumsticks or cut up whole chicken pieces (the breast pieces will still remain tender!).
  • I’ve used thighs in the pictures and split leg quarters (drumsticks and thighs) in the video.
  • If you can, try to use small chicken thighs (typically 2-3 oz each). Smaller cuts of chicken cook faster and soak up more flavor.
  • See post for notes on skin-on vs skinless chicken.
Calories: 349kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 159mg, Sodium: 1126mg, Potassium: 582mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 326IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 3mg