bhuna chicken recipe

Bhuna Chicken

Bhuna Chicken is the famous Indian chicken dish cooked in tomato based gravy with fresh fragrance of ginger, garlic and  masala. This gets its name because the spices are fried long enough. 

Whilst the process is divided into two parts, it is still a very easy to cook and less cumbersome. I always propagate to marinade non-vegetarian dishes, as it lets the spices permeate into the chicken/ lamb, etc. to offer an enhanced flavour. In this recipe I have followed the same, however one may choose to marinate for less duration or not do it at all.

 Preparation time : 20 minutes

Cooking time : 30 minutes

Ingredients : 

For marinade:

  • Chicken with bones – 500gm (You may use boneless if you prefer boneless)
  • Yogurt – 1.5 tablespoon
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1.5 tablespoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chicken curry powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) – 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste

For Gravy:

  • Onions – 2 big(finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes –  3(finely chopped)
  • Green chillies –  1(finely chopped)
  • Kashmiri chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon( this give nice colour to gravy)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Bay leaf – 2
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Big cardamoms -1
  • Oil – 2 tablespoon
  • Chopped coriander leaves – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Chilli and ginger juliennes for garnish


1. Wash  the chicken pieces and keep it aside. Now mix all the ingredients for marinade in a mixing bowl and add the chicken pieces to it. Cover and keep it in fridge for 2-3 hours. (You can keep it over night for best results)

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2. Now put oil in a pan/kadhai and add bay leaf, cumin seeds, and cardamom.

3. Once they turned brown, add finely chopped onion. Once the onion are fried add fine chopped tomatoes, salt and spices.

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4. Reduce the flame and cover the pan for few minutes. Once the mixture is pulpy open the lid and roast the paste until it starts leaving oil. This way you get the perfect bhuna paste.

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5.  Now add marinated chicken with 2 cups of water  and cover the pan. Simmer the flame and cook it until chicken is well done. Open the lid and roast it for 5 more minutes and switch off the flame.

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Garnish with coriander leaves and ginger chilli julienne and serve hot and enjoy with Butter Naan or rice.

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2 thoughts on “Bhuna Chicken

  1. Did u grinded onion and tomatoes after it was bhunoed

    1. Hi Priyanka, I didn’t grind the paste. I chopped both the things finely and then roasted them on slow flame, so the paste came smooth and fine without grinding.

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