Chicken Masala
Chicken Masala
5 from 16 votes
Dive into a cultural experience as we whip up a delightful chicken masala, a recipe with an impressive blend of spices that will take your taste buds on an exotic journey. Enhance your culinary skills and bring a piece of India into your kitchen today.
Chicken Masala

Originating from the heart of Indian kitchens, this recipe has been perfected over generations, making it a cherished favorite among food enthusiasts worldwide. Despite its exotic name, Chicken Masala is surprisingly easy to prepare, even for beginners in the kitchen.

With just a few simple ingredients and straightforward steps, you can recreate the authentic taste of this classic dish right in your own home.

Whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or simply craving a satisfying meal, Chicken Masala is sure to impress with its rich blend of spices and tender chicken drumsticks.

Get ready to elevate your cooking game as we dive into the world of Chicken Masala, where every bite is a burst of flavor and every meal is a celebration of good food and good company.

Expert Tip: Feel free to customize the spice level and ingredients according to your taste preferences. If you like it extra spicy, add more chili powder and green chilies.


Olive Oil: Olive oil provides a rich and smooth texture to the masala while also imparting a subtle fruity flavor. Its high smoke point makes it ideal for sautéing onions and tomatoes without burning, ensuring a perfectly balanced base for the dish.

Onions: Onions add a sweet and savory depth to the Chicken Masala, complementing the spices with their natural sweetness. When cooked until golden brown, they release their natural sugars, adding a caramelized richness to the dish.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes lend a vibrant color and tangy flavor to the masala, balancing the heat of the spices with their acidity. As they cook down, they create a luscious sauce that coats the chicken drumsticks, infusing them with irresistible flavor.

Chicken Drumsticks: Chicken drumsticks provide succulent and juicy meat that absorbs the flavors of the masala beautifully. Whether you’re using bone-in or boneless drumsticks, they add a hearty texture to the dish, making each bite a satisfying experience.

Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Garam Masala, Salt: Chilli powder adds a fiery kick, turmeric powder offers a vibrant hue, garam masala brings a fragrant aroma, and salt enhances the overall flavor, ensuring a well-balanced and aromatic Chicken Masala.

Garlic Paste: Garlic adds a pungent and robust flavor to the masala, infusing it with its distinctive aroma. The paste form ensures even distribution of garlic flavor throughout the dish, enhancing its overall taste profile.

Green Chillies: Green chillies provide a fresh and spicy kick to the Chicken Masala, adding brightness and heat to the dish. Finely chopped, they contribute to the masala’s bold and zesty flavor profile, making it a memorable culinary experience.

Cumin Seeds: Cumin seeds offer a nutty and earthy flavor to the masala, complementing the other spices with their warm and aromatic notes. When crushed and added to the dish, they release their essential oils, intensifying the overall taste and aroma.

Dried Fenugreek Leaves: Also known as methi, dried fenugreek leaves add a subtle bitterness and herbaceous aroma to the masala, balancing the richness of the other ingredients. When crushed and sprinkled over the dish, they impart a distinctive flavor that elevates the Chicken Masala to new heights.

Coriander: Fresh coriander leaves, also known as cilantro, add a burst of freshness and color to the Chicken Masala, enhancing its visual appeal and flavor profile. Chopped and sprinkled as a garnish, they provide a refreshing contrast to the rich and spicy masala, making each bite a delight for the senses.

Expert Tip: Don’t rush the cooking process. Allow the onions and tomatoes to cook down until they are soft and caramelized, as this will create a rich and flavorful base for the masala.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair Chicken Masala with fluffy basmati rice for a classic Indian meal that is both comforting and satisfying. The fragrant aroma of the rice perfectly complements the bold flavors of the masala, creating a harmonious balance of taste and texture.
  • For a complete dining experience, serve Chicken Masala alongside freshly baked naan bread. The soft and pillowy texture of the naan is perfect for soaking up the flavorful sauce, allowing you to savor every last bit of the delicious masala.
  • For a lighter option, serve Chicken Masala with steamed vegetables or a crisp green salad. The vibrant colors and fresh flavors of the vegetables provide a refreshing contrast to the rich and spicy masala, creating a well-rounded and nutritious meal.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, try using Chicken Masala as a filling for wraps or sandwiches. Simply shred the cooked chicken drumsticks and place them in a warm tortilla or sandwich bun along with your favorite toppings for a delicious and portable meal on the go.
  • To add an extra touch of indulgence, garnish Chicken Masala with a dollop of creamy yogurt or a sprinkle of toasted almonds. The creamy texture of the yogurt and the crunchy texture of the almonds complement the masala beautifully, adding a luxurious finishing touch to the dish.

Expert Tip: For an extra depth of flavor, marinate the chicken drumsticks in yogurt and a blend of spices such as ginger, garlic, and lemon juice for at least 30 minutes before cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use boneless chicken instead of drumsticks?

Yes, you can definitely use boneless chicken pieces such as thighs or breast for this recipe. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly as boneless chicken tends to cook faster than drumsticks.

Can I make Chicken Masala ahead of time?

Absolutely! Chicken Masala actually tastes even better when the flavors have had time to meld together. You can make it ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Simply reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Is Chicken Masala spicy?

The level of spiciness in Chicken Masala can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. If you prefer a milder version, you can reduce the amount of chili powder and green chilies used in the recipe. Conversely, if you like it extra spicy, feel free to increase the amount of chili powder and green chilies.

Can I freeze Chicken Masala?

Yes, you can freeze Chicken Masala for longer storage. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

What can I serve with Chicken Masala besides rice and naan?

While rice and naan are classic accompaniments to Chicken Masala, you can also serve it with other grains such as quinoa or couscous for a healthy twist. Additionally, roasted vegetables or a side salad make excellent options for a lighter meal. Get creative and experiment with different side dishes to find your perfect pairing!

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Chicken Masala

Chicken Masala

by Nabeela Kauser
Dive into a cultural experience as we whip up a delightful chicken masala, a recipe with an impressive blend of spices that will take your taste buds on an exotic journey.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 6
Calories 342 kcal


  • 100 ml Olive Oil
  • 2 Onions
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1 kg Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek Leaves Methi
  • Coriander


  • In a pan add the olive oil and heat up for 1-2 minutes on medium heat until hot
  • Add the finely sliced onions and cook the onions for 3-4 minutes until lightly browned – make sure that the oil is hot before the onions are added as this will allow the onions to soften properly
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the tomatoes are soft
  • Add the salt, garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and the finely chopped green chillies then cook the spices for 5 minutes ensuring that you add some water so that the spices do not burn
  • Add the chicken drumsticks and coat with the masala before covering with a lid and allowing to cook for 20-30 minutes – you can use whole chicken or other parts of the chicken if you prefer
  • Add the crushed cumin seeds, dried fenugreek leaves and freshly chopped coriander then cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Serve with naan bread and enjoy!



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


Calories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 16gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 480mgPotassium: 382mgFibre: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 773IUVitamin C: 14mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Coconut Chicken Curry, Cooking, Curry, Food, Masala, Recipe
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