When you think of India, what do you think about? If your thoughts are anything like mine then it’s probably the food. There is so much to try in India and chicken dishes are no exception. Whether you’re looking for something spicy or sweet, there is a dish out there that will satisfy your taste buds! In this blog post we’ll talk about 20 delicious chicken dishes from all over India that I recommend trying when you visit the country. Don’t forget to share with friends too!
One of my personal favorite dishes is Tandoori Chicken and it’s easy to see why. The chicken absorbs all of that delicious marinade flavor after being cooked in a tandoor (traditional Indian oven) resulting in a tender piece of meat with some crispy edges! I usually pair mine with something like rice or naan bread and a piece of lemon to add some tanginess.
Another chicken dish that is very common in India and around the world is Butter Chicken. This flavorful dish is cooked with tomatoes, butter, cream, yogurt and spices which results in a sauce so rich you’ll want to drink it! It’s usually served with rice or naan bread too so you can soak up all of that delicious sauce with some bread.
A dish you can find in any restaurant around India is Kadai Chicken. This flavorful chicken dish has a lot of green chilies, ginger and garlic which means it’s going to be spicy but not overwhelmingly. Its usually served with something like roti (flatbread) or naan bread and some rice to balance out the heat.
The best way to describe the taste of Chicken Tawa is ‘savory’. This dish has a lot of spices like coriander, cumin and garam masala which results in an explosion of flavor. It’s made by coating the chicken with spices and then cooked in Tawa. The name “tawa” means flat iron skillet so you can imagine how this would be cooked!
This is one of the most popular dishes in India and it’s easy to understand why once you taste it. Chicken Biryani has layers upon layers of flavor starting with some delicious spices like cinnamon, clove, mint leaves and bay leaf! This rice dish is usually made by cooking the meat (chicken) in spices and then layering it with cooked rice. The steam from the cooked rice makes sure that every single grain is packed with flavor!
Chicken Kolhapuri is one of the spicier chicken dishes I’ve tried which means you’ll definitely want to make sure to order some cooling dishes like raita (yogurt with cucumber) or kachumbar (cucumbers, onions and tomatoes mixed together). The heat comes from green chili peppers so if spiciness isn’t your thing then I’d recommend that you stay away!
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala is a dish that has gained popularity around the world and for good reason. It’s made by cooking chicken tikka which means it starts out as small pieces of meat cooked on skewers over an open fire. These little morsels are then added to a creamy spiced tomato sauce making every bite melt in your mouth!
Murgh Musallam literally translates to “Whole Chicken” and it’s exactly what this dish is. This flavorful chicken dish consists of a whole chicken which has been marinated in cardamom, cumin seeds, mace, and other Indian spices so the meat absorbs all of those delicious flavors! This dish can also come with egg which makes for an extra tasty meal.
A dish that has won the hearts of many people in India is Chicken Saagwala. Although saag can refer to any kind of leafy vegetable this particular recipe uses spinach which gives it that nice green color. The chicken itself is cooked with ginger, garlic and onion paste so you know it’s going to be delicious!
A dish that every street in India has is the Chicken Roll. This crispy breaded chicken roll consists of slices of boneless chicken that are filled with different flavorings like cheese, onions, fresh herbs, and spices! I usually order this for a snack but some people will eat it as their main meal.
This delicious chicken dish is cooked in a spicy onion tomato sauce that will make any Indian food lover want to order it! The onions and tomatoes are mixed with spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric and red chili powder which results in an explosion of flavors. This dish can be served with some rice or roti (flatbread) for an extra tasty meal.
Chicken Handi is a dish that has been popular in India for quite some time. The best way to describe this dish is ‘spicy and tangy’. This flavorful chicken curry consists of a yogurt based sauce with strong flavors from garlic, ginger and garam masala which makes it both spicy and delicious.
For a dish that’s not as spicy as some of the other ones on this list, I recommend trying Chicken Sultani. Although it looks like a simple chicken curry there are many different spices and herbs used to make sure every bite is bursting with flavor! I usually order this dish because of the cashews and golden raisins it comes with which makes every bite even more tasty!
For all of you chicken curry lovers out there, I recommend trying Chicken Malvani. This flavorful dish originates from the coastal state of Maharashtra and it has a creamy tomato based sauce which makes every bite tasty! The best part about this dish is that it contains coconut milk so you’ll get some extra flavor with each bite.
If you’re looking for a dish that’s not as spicy as some of the other ones on this list then Murgh Malaiwala is perfect. This delicious chicken dish consists of pieces of chicken marinated in malai and some Indian spices then cooked in milk gravy which gives it an extra tasty flavor. This dish is very popular in the northern part of India and it’s also served with cream so you’ll have some extra flavor and creaminess.
This dish often serves as a starter at a lot of restaurants in India and one bite will make you want to order it again. The ingredients for Chicken Banjara are boneless chicken marinated with yogurt, herbs and spices then cooked on skewers over an open fire which gives the meat that nice smoky flavor!
This flavorful dish consists of a gravy sauce with strong flavors from ginger, garlic and garam masala which makes it both spicy and delicious. The chicken in this dish is usually cooked in yogurt so every bite will be bursting with flavor!
Chicken Seekh Kebab
For a dish that’s crispy and packed with flavor, I recommend ordering the Chicken Seekh Kebab. This delicious kebab is made from ground chicken which is shaped around a skewer then grilled over an open flame to give it some extra crispiness! The best part about this dish is that it’s served with onion slices so every bite is bursting with flavor!
This flavorful chicken dish is made from ground meat that consists of spices like ginger, garlic and garam masala which makes it both spicy and delicious. The best part about this dish is the texture since there are no bones in the meat so every bite feels smooth and soft.
Chicken Korma is a dish which consists of yogurt and cashews. This dish has a creamy sauce that’s balanced with a blend of spices including green cardamom, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds and red pepper. This dish is very popular in the northern part of India and it’s usually served with rice or roti (flatbread).
Chicken dishes are a delicacy in India and typically come with a range of spices and herbs. The variety of flavors makes it difficult to choose just one so I recommend trying as many different chicken dishes as you can! However, if you have trouble deciding which dish is best for you then don’t worry because they’re all delicious no matter what the flavor profile may be. In this article, we’ve included 20 favorite Indian chicken dishes that are delicious and easy to try at your favorite Indian restaurant!