Chicken Karahi
Chicken Karahi
5 from 35 votes
Chicken karahi or chicken kadai is a spicy chicken curry recipe made with fragrant spices and fresh ginger. With this authentic chicken karahi recipe, you will be guaranteed to impress all your friends and families.

This chicken kadai recipe is delicious, spicy, and flavourful. Made with bone-in chicken, onions, tomatoes and spices this chicken curry tastes too good to be true. On almost every Indian restaurant menu this karahi curry is guaranteed to be a people pleaser without having to spend a fortune.

A true show-stopper curry that will be the star of any Indian buffet!

This karahi chicken recipe can be prepared in under an hour with simple steps and ends up tasting exactly like Indian street food.

Chicken karahi, or kadai chicken, is one of the most popular curries all over India and Pakistan. Chicken karahi is named after the pan it is cooked in – a heavy, round-bottomed pan similar to a wok.

I have lots of chicken curries on my website and this is another one of my favourites. These recipes include my traditional chicken curry, chicken jalfrezi, and Peshawari chicken karahi. There are subtle differences in the chicken curry recipes, but I promise you that they are all full of flavour.

A chicken karahi is called that because of the utensil that you cook the chicken curry in is called a karahi. Chicken karahis have a thick and spicy masala sauce that makes it the perfect combination with naan bread. I like to serve it with chapatti, but it’s up to you.

I have another karahi recipe called my Peshawari chicken karahi. That is an authentic take on a karahi recipe from the Peshawari Mountain tribe that doesn’t use any onions.

This karahi recipe uses onions, so is slightly different. Both are just as delicious! This chicken karahi is delicious and packed full of flavour so try it and you will be sure to love it!

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Chicken Karahi

by Nabeela Kauser
Chicken karahi or chicken kadai is a spicy chicken curry recipe made with fragrant spices and fresh ginger. With this authentic chicken karahi recipe, you will be guaranteed to impress all your friends and families.
5 from 35 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 291 kcal


  • 50 ml Oil
  • 1 kg Chicken
  • 2 Onions
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • 100 g Yoghurt
  • Coriander
  • Ginger Julienned
  • 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek Leaves Methi
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 1 Green Chillies


  • In a karahi pot or round-bottomed wok heat up the oil on low heat until hot
  • Add the finely diced onions and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes until lightly browned but be careful not to burn
  • Add the ginger paste and the garlic paste then cook for 2-3 minutes mixing thoroughly to ensure that the pastes evenly distribute through the curry
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft
  • Add the chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes until the chicken has changed colour and there is no sign of any pinkness on the outside of the chicken
  • Add the salt, chilli powder, black pepper, turmeric powder and garam masala then cook the spices for 3-4 minutes stirring to ensure that the spices do not stick to the pan
  • Add the yoghurt then stir immediately to prevent the yoghurt from curdling and cook for 8-10 minutes
  • Add the finely diced rocket chillies, julienned ginger, cumin seeds, dried fenugreek leaves and coriander then mix until combined
  • Serve immediately with homemade naan then enjoy!



Calories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 17gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 489mgPotassium: 415mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 792IUVitamin C: 14mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Curry, Karahi, Spicy
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6 months ago

5 stars
Great recipe Highly rated!! Thank you!

30 days ago

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When do I add the cumin seeds?

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