Indian-style chicken is always a crowd favorite when you find yourself craving something savory, spicy, and filling all wrapped into one. And the cool thing about Indian chicken is that it is so versatile and easy to adjust to your personal tastes.
There are so many different ways to cook Indian chicken that there is no reason to try the same recipe twice!
Below are some of the best Indian chicken recipes on the internet that will surely have your taste buds begging for more.
The 20 Most Delicious Indian Chicken Recipes Of All Time
1. Easy Indian Chicken Curry
For those that are new to the Indian cooking style, this first recipe from Baked Bree is a great place to start. Looking at the ingredient list, you might feel intimidated to see there are 25 ingredients in this curry, but don’t fret because most of these are spices, which you will need to get used to using a lot of when cooking Indian chicken. Although this recipe is easy, it certainly isn’t quick, and will take a full 80 minutes to make. But once it was done, you’ll agree it was time well spent for this delicious dinner!
2. Kerala Chicken Roast
If the above recipe sounded like a bit much for you both in time spent cooking and the massive ingredient list, then maybe you should try this roast Indian chicken recipe from Cooking and Me instead. It only has 17 ingredients (lots of spices still) and will only take you 30 minutes to cook, but will still leave you with some absolutely delicious tasting chicken! Just be cautious because this recipe can pack a spicy punch!
3. Kadai Chicken
When it comes to Indian chicken, many people picture a dish that is drenched in sauce, and they aren’t wrong, but there is much more than just sauce when it comes to Indian style chicken! Just take a look at this recipe for Kadai chicken from All Recipes. The chicken is left mostly plain, with just some oil and few veggies to make it more of a salad. This is a great option when you are looking for a quinoa or rice topper that is a breeze to make!
4. Spicy Southern Indian Chicken Curry
This next chicken recipe from Crave Cook Click certainly should be skipped by those who are faint of heart when it comes to spicy food because it has a powerful kick! You can try to lower the spice level by upping the milk content, but it is still spicier than most of the recipes on this list. Do note that although this recipe is a breeze to make, you do need to marinate the chicken in advance, so be sure to plan ahead when you want to give this tasty meal a try.
5. Chicken Biriyani
Marinating chicken is a great way to bring extra flavor, as well as enhance the tenderness of chicken. And when making this Indian chicken Biriyani recipe from Amy Cakes, you will need to marinate the chicken for a full 8 hours to maximize the flavor of this amazing dish. Beyond the marination process, this dish doesn’t take long to make, and it is chock full of spices to make the perfect pairing for that pot of basmati rice.
6. Indian Chicken Meatballs
Although meatballs are frequently thought of as belonging to Italian culture, Indians have been enjoying making them for years as well. In this recipe for Indian chicken meatballs from Sprinkles and Sprouts, you’ll be using a wonderful mixture of coriander, turmeric, marsala, and curry powder in your meatballs to pack each bite full of flavor. They will be so flavorful in fact, that you will probably find they don’t need any sauce to accent them and can be eaten on their own, as a meal or a protein packed snack!
7. Indian Chicken Skewers
No list of Indian chicken recipes would be complete without the chicken skewers that can be purchased from street carts all over the country. And when it comes to grilling season, this recipe from Taste and Tell will fit in much better at your summer BBQ than a curry will. This recipe is simple to prepare ahead of time to toss on the grill, you’ll just need to cube the chicken, then roll it in the yogurt and spice mixture and you are ready to go!
8. North India Chicken Curry
India is a large country, so it should come as no surprise that the style of curries change as you move north or south. This next curry from Valerie’s Keepers is from the northern part of the country and is a great reason to use your Dutch oven to cook some Indian chicken. Like the majority of the recipes on this list, this one calls for some spicy serrano peppers, but if you are spice adverse, you can leave out one, or both, of the peppers called for in the ingredient list. One of the cool things about this recipe is that it calls for yogurt instead of heavy cream, giving it a much different consistency than other Indian curries.
9. Indian Chicken Korma
When eating at an Indian restaurant, you may not always know the names of all the foods you are trying. But chances are, you’ve had chicken korma at some point because this dish is almost as popular as butter chicken. You can find the full recipe on The Wanderlust Kitchen, but basically you will need a myriad of spices, along with some yogurt and coconut milk. If there is someone with a dairy allergy in your home, it’s quite easy to swap out the yogurt for a dairy free yogurt instead, just be sure you get one that isn’t flavored.
10. Indian Chicken Samosa
Do you want an Indian chicken recipe that is a little easier to eat on the go? Then you have to make these Indian chicken samosas by Just a Pinch. These pockets of flavor are stuffed with spicy chicken, peas, onions, and bell peppers, but feel free to add in additional vegetables like carrots or potatoes as you please. It might take some practice to get the folding process of these unique shaped pastries down, but whether they are perfect triangles or not, they will still taste delicious!
11. Indian Chicken Stew
Nothing says comfort quite like a bowl of soup on a cold or rainy day, and this recipe by Easy Cooking With Molly is the Indian equivalent! This recipe calls for many of the same spices of a traditional curry recipe but pairs it with some chicken broth and tomato to make a comforting soup-like consistency. Because there aren’t any fresh peppers in this dish, it isn’t near as spicy as some other Indian chicken recipes and an excellent choice for someone who wants something with spice, but not something that will burn their mouth off.
12. Indian Style Butter Chicken
Of course, this list must include the favorite Indian chicken dish of butter chicken. Although this dish technically originated in Ireland, Indian restaurants around the world now delight in carrying this amazingly savory dish that can easily be spiced up or down. This recipe from All Recipes, specifically deals with making butter chicken when starting from frozen chicken using an Instant Pot! Even if your chicken isn’t frozen, you can still make this deliciously easy meal next time you are craving Indian style chicken.
13. Dahaba Style Chicken Curry
If you are looking for an Indian curry recipe that is more authentic, then you should consider making this one from Yummly. Dahaba curry is common all over India, especially in those little stands on the side of the road. And it’s no surprise because this curry is absolutely delicious! It is tomato paste and onion based, and it skips the heavy cream, giving you a much lighter alternative to several similar Indian chicken recipes.
14. Chicken Tikki Masala Casserole
Making Indian style chicken into a casserole feels a bit like culture mixing, but this dish really is much easier to bring to a potluck or BBQ than a traditional curry. The recipe can be found on Tablespoon, and it mixes chicken, rice, curry spices, and vegetables in a pan that is placed in the oven and cooked for an hour and a half. This makes it an easy meal to prepare a day or two ahead of time, and then just toss it in the oven when you get home from work for a hot, complete, meal that is ready when you are!
15. West Indian Curried Chicken Roti
Most people who enjoy Indian food are familiar with the Indian flat bread known as naan. But they may not be as familiar with its equally as tasty cousin, Roti. The cool thing about Roti is that it is very easy to make gluten free for someone with a gluten allergy, you just need to swap the all-purpose flour with a gluten free alternative. Once you get the hang of rolling the chicken curry filling into these tortilla-like breads, you will love pulling out this recipe from the Food Network to make an easy lunch or impressive dinner when you have guests!
16. Dairy Free Chicken Curry
When you have a dairy allergy, it can be difficult to find an Indian chicken curry recipe that doesn’t contain heavy cream, yogurt, or both. But this recipe by Rasa Malaysia is just as easy to make as any other curry on this list and it skips all dairy products! Instead, you will be using hot water and a plethora of spices and pastes to get your curry to the consistency that you desire.
17. Tandoori Chicken
Tandoori chicken is one of the most popular appetizers when it comes to Indian cooking, yet many foreigners are afraid that it will be too difficult to make on their own. In reality, making tandoori chicken is as easy as marinating the chicken, then sauteing it until it is cooked! You can also smoke your tandoor chicken if you would like, and you can find the instructions for this on Indian Healthy Recipes. However, when you don’t have a smoker on hand, it might just be easier to stick to a simple sauté.
18. Chicken Pakora
Everyone loves fried chicken, even in India! Follow this chicken pakora recipe by Kitchen Sanctuary and you will see just how tasty Indian style fried chicken can be! This recipe does require marinating the chicken, and the instructions say to do so for 30 minutes. But it is probably best to leave the chicken marinating longer, as this recipe really relies on flavoring the chicken itself rather than a flavorful breading like an American style fried chicken!
19. Kolhapuri Chicken
Kolhapuri chicken is a favorite among those who enjoy spicy food but dislike a curry. You can find the full recipe on Indian Healthy Recipes. The results include whole pieces of chicken that you will get to pick up and bite off of when you are finished. You can serve this dish with rice, quinoa, cous cous, or naan, but when are feeling really brave, you can also just serve it on its own. You should consider having a glass of something cooling nearby though because this dish will be hot!
20. Curry Puffs
You probably didn’t realize that Indian chicken could be made into a delicious snack food for your next party, but it absolutely can! Check out this curry puff recipe from Tablespoon. This recipe actually has less ingredients than most of the others on this list, and they only take about an hour to make. You’ll be using crescent rolls to make the casing for the curried chicken, but you could also experiment with other wrappers like egg roll wrap or puff pastry dough.
When you embark on a journey to discover the wonders of Indian cooking, you can’t go wrong when you select any of the Indian chicken recipes on this list! You should, however, be familiar with your own spice tolerance, as well as that of anyone you will be preparing this dish for, before you begin. This way you will be able to avoid any spicy surprises! But don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, you never know when you may just discover your new favorite Indian chicken recipe!