Dhaba Style Chicken

This is a popular and widely available north Indian chicken dish. As the name suggests, you can definitely find this on the menu card of the numerous Dhabas dotted along the highways. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this dish is not loaded with cream, spices, nuts etc. which tend to make the north Indian chicken recipes quite rich and heavy on the stomach. I strongly recommend using chicken with the bones as that adds a distinct flavour to the dish. One suggestion on the ingredients. Instead of directly adding the spices, I would recommend hand grinding the spices in a mortar and pestle and adding the bruised spice mix into the dish. Ideal marination time for the chicken is thirty minutes and that helps put this dish together in a reasonably short time. For vegetarians, this recipe works equally well with paneer or gobi. The dhaba style chicken is best served with Indian bread such as naan, paratha or simply phulkas accompanied by raita or salad. Happy Fooding Around!


Dhaba Style Chicken

  • Author: Reetika Mitra
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins


Yaba Dhaba Doo



Ingredients for the Marination:

  • 1 kg bone-in-chicken
  • 1 Tsp Garlic paste
  • 1 Tsp Ginger paste
  • 2 Tbsp Lime juice
  • 2 Tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ Tsp Garam Masala powder
  • 1 ½2 Tsp Salt (according to taste)

Ingredients  :

  • 5 Tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 cup grated Onion
  • 1 cup grated (pureed) Tomato
  • 1 cup Yoghurt
  • 67 whole Black Peppercorns
  • 1 inch piece Cinnamon
  • 4 whole Cloves
  • 34 whole dry Red chillies (Stalk Removed)
  • 1 ½ Tsp finely chopped Garlic
  • 1 ½ Tsp finely chopped Ginger
  • 1 Tsp finely chopped Green Chillies (Optional according to spice intake)
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander powder
  • 2 Tbsp crushed Kasoori Methi (Dried Fenugreek leaves)
  • ½ Tsp Garam Masala powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash, clean and pat dry the bone-in-chicken pieces. In a large bowl, mix the chicken pieces along with 1 tsp garlic paste, 1 tsp ginger paste, 2 tbsp lime juice, 2 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder, ½ tsp garam masala powder and salt. Mix the ingredients for the marination well, coating each of the chicken piece well with the marinade. Cover and keep aside for 15 – 20 mins.
  2. To make the curry, with the help of a mortar and pestle gently crush 6-7 whole black peppercorns, 1 inch cinnamon, 4 whole cloves. Keep aside.
  3. Heat mustard oil in a deep bottom pan over medium high flame. Once hot add the crushed spices along with 3 – 4 whole dry red chillies. Let them crackle for a few seconds.
  4. Next add 1 cup grated onion and keep stirring to saute over medium-high flame till they are light brown. Stirring at regular intervals will help to brown evenly.
  5. Add 1 ½ Tsp chopped garlic, 1 ½ Tsp ginger and 1 Tsp chopped green chillies (if you are using any). Keep stirring and cooking till the onions are nicely browned and has reduced in volume (5 -7 mins).
  6. Next add the marinated chicken along with the marinate to the pan. Cook over high heat for 5 mins, stirring frequently.
  7. Add 1 cup of grated or pureed tomatoes to the pan of chicken. Keep stirring and cook for another 4 – 5 mins. Pour 1 cup of yoghurt whisked together with 2 Tsp all purpose flour. The all purpose flour will prevent the yoghurt from splitting while cooking.
  8. Lastly add 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tbsp coriander powder, salt to taste. Mix thoroughly well.
  9. Cover pan with a lid and cook over low heat till chicken is tender ( 15 -20 mins).
  10. Before taking off the flame, add ½ tsp garam masala, 2 tbsp crushed kasoori methi and 1 thickly sliced onion. Stir to mix well. Add some more water if you feel the curry is too thick. Bring the curry to boil before switching off the heat.
  11. Serve hot coupled with parathas, rotis or naan. Can be served with some green salad or raita.


  • Serving Size: 4-5

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