Chicken Dopiaza
Chicken Dopiaza
5 from 45 votes
Immerse yourself in a flavourful journey with chicken dopiaza, an exquisite blend of aromatic spices and tender chicken. Discover the art of cooking this time-honoured Indian cuisine, renowned for its mesmerizing layers of flavours.
Chicken Dopiaza

Chicken Dopiaza is a classic dish with roots tracing back to Persian cuisine, eventually finding its way into the heart of South Asian cooking.

The name “Dopiaza” itself translates to “two onions,” hinting at the generous use of this aromatic ingredient in the dish. While the origins of Chicken Dopiaza might be ancient, its appeal remains timeless, offering a symphony of flavors and textures that tantalize the taste buds.

This recipe, though rich in taste, is surprisingly simple to prepare, making it an excellent choice for both novice and seasoned cooks alike.

With a few basic ingredients and straightforward steps, you can whip up a Chicken Dopiaza that rivals any restaurant version.

Expert Tip: Experiment with different varieties of chili powder to adjust the level of spiciness according to your taste preferences.


Chicken: The protein star of this dish, chicken adds substance and texture to the curry. Marinating the chicken ensures it remains juicy and tender while absorbing the flavors of the spices.

Yogurt: Yogurt not only tenderizes the chicken but also adds a creamy texture to the curry. It helps balance the heat from the spices and adds a hint of tanginess to the dish.

Spices: A blend of turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and Kashmiri chili lends depth and warmth to the curry. These spices infuse the dish with aromatic flavors and a vibrant hue.

Onions: Dopiaza translates to “two onions,” underscoring the significance of onions in this recipe. Caramelized onions add sweetness and depth to the curry, while the additional onion squares provide texture and flavor contrast.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes contribute acidity and freshness to the curry, balancing the richness of the other ingredients. They also help thicken the sauce and add complexity to the flavor profile.

Garlic and Ginger: These aromatic ingredients form the flavor base of the curry, infusing it with pungent and spicy notes. They complement the other spices and add depth to the overall taste.

Green Chilies: Green chilies add a subtle heat to the dish, enhancing its flavor without overpowering the palate. Adjust the quantity according to your preference for spice.

Coriander and Dried Fenugreek Leaves: Fresh coriander adds a burst of freshness and color to the finished dish, while dried fenugreek leaves impart a unique, slightly bitter flavor that elevates the curry’s taste.

Expert Tip: For extra depth of flavor, toast the whole spices such as cumin seeds and coriander seeds before grinding them for the marinade.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve Chicken Dopiaza hot with fluffy basmati rice or warm chapattis for a complete meal.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice for added freshness.
  • Pair with a cooling cucumber raita or a side of tangy mango chutney to balance out the flavors.

Expert Tip: For a creamier texture, add a splash of heavy cream or coconut milk to the curry towards the end of cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

Yes, boneless chicken works perfectly for Chicken Dopiaza. Simply adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the chicken is cooked through.

I don’t have Kashmiri chili powder. Can I substitute it with regular chili powder?

Yes, you can substitute Kashmiri chili powder with regular chili powder, but be mindful of the difference in heat levels. Adjust the quantity according to your preference for spiciness.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, Chicken Dopiaza reheats well and can be made ahead of time. Simply store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Can I freeze leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze leftovers of Chicken Dopiaza for up to three months. Allow the curry to cool completely before transferring it to freezer-safe containers. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

What can I serve with Chicken Dopiaza besides rice or chapattis?

Besides rice or chapattis, you can serve Chicken Dopiaza with naan bread, parathas, or even mashed potatoes for a delicious twist.

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Chicken Dopiaza

Chicken Dopiaza

by Nabeela Kauser
Immerse yourself in a flavourful journey with chicken dopiaza, an exquisite blend of aromatic spices and tender chicken. Discover the art of cooking this time-honoured Indian cuisine.
5 from 45 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Marination Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 347 kcal



  • 600 g Chicken
  • 100 g Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli


  • 50 ml Oil
  • 2 +1 Onions 1 cut into petals
  • 2 +2 Tomatoes 2 cut into large chunks
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 200 ml Water
  • Coriander
  • 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek Leaves Methi


  • In a large bowl add the marination ingredients to the chicken then mix until well combined before setting aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes
  • As the chicken is marinating heat up the oil in a pot before adding two finely diced onions and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat until golden brown and caramelised
  • Add the ginger paste and garlic then cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add two finely diced tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add the marinated chicken then cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Add the water then give it a quick stir before covering and cook for 15 minutes
  • As the chicken is cooking cut the remaining onion into squares and the tomatoes into chunks then add into the pan along with the green chilli before cooking for 3-4 minutes
  • Add the finely chopped coriander and dried fenugreek leaves then cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Serve immediately with chapatti and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 347kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 17gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 749mgPotassium: 645mgFibre: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1522IUVitamin C: 28mgVitamin D: 0.2ยตgCalcium: 87mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Curry, Food, Homemade, Indian, Onion, Recipe, Spicy
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Latest comments (4)

Nabeela Kauser

5 stars
Hi Amy,
In this recipe, I have added onions and tomatoes twice. Once in the beginning and once towards the end. If you prefer not to have the onion and tomato chunks left over in your curry then you can exclude them towards the ends. You can also take a look at the video. Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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