Chicken Palak
Chicken Palak
5 from 16 votes
This palak chicken or spinach chicken recipe is made with tender pieces of chicken and spinach simmered in an onion-tomato masala. This fantastic combination of spinach, chicken, and aromatic spices bursts with flavour. Serve with homemade chapatti for a quick and easy dinner. Busy weeknights just got better!

Chicken palak is a classic Indian dish made with chicken and spinach. With this recipe, you can make chicken saag that is healthy and nutritious without comprising on flavour. Packed with spices, onions and the most important ingredient, spinach, this spinach curry is perfect for all those curry nights.

This traditional chicken palak recipe is authentic and sure to impress all your friends and families. This spinach curry is one of the healthier forms of Indian curries. The spices in this curry add a little heat combined with the spinach gravy and tender chicken to help you bring the takeout home.

Chicken is one of the most popular dinner options in my family. Chicken is just so versatile. It pairs well with pretty much everything and the best thing is that everyone in my family loves it. No one complains! One way of using chicken is in this palak and chicken curry. Every desi household is guaranteed to have its own recipe for this classic Indian meal.

For a vegetarian alternative, you can remove the chicken and make spinach and potato curry instead. Check out my saag aloo recipe for how to make my version. This chicken and spinach curry are much-loved in takeaways and now you can make it at home. Completely irresistible and a definite one for your Indian recipe book!

A lot of people blanch their spinach. However, I wouldn’t really recommend it as it does take away a lot of the nutrients of the spinach. The main purpose of blanching spinach is to preserve the colour and flavour when you freeze it. But you don’t need to blanch it unless you are going to freeze it for a prolonged period of time. Otherwise, it is best to just freeze as it is or even better just use it fresh!

This is one of the healthier curries out there. Due to the double power combination of spinach and chicken, it is packed with protein. Chicken has its own array of benefits and spinach has its own. Both combined are an absolute dream of a combination in this delicious curry recipe.

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Chicken Palak

by Nabeela Kauser
This palak chicken or spinach chicken recipe is made with tender pieces of chicken and spinach simmer in an onion-tomato masala. This fantastic combination of spinach, chicken, and aromatic spices bursts with flavour.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 203 kcal


  • 500 g Chicken
  • 500 g Spinach Palak
  • 50 ml Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Crushed Chillies
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek Leaves Methi


  • Heat the olive oil in the pan on medium heat until hot
  • Finely chop the garlic cloves then add to the pan and sauté for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant
  • Add the cumin seeds and crushed chillies then sauté for a further 1-2 minutes until fragrant
  • Add the finely diced onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened
  • As the onions are cooking chop the tomatoes then add into the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Finely chop the spinach up then add the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes until the water is released – spinach decreases in volume significantly so it may seem like a large amount, but it will become much less as the water is released
  • Add the chilli powder, salt, coriander powder and turmeric powder then cook the spices for 5 minutes
  • Add the chicken then cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through
  • Add the chopped green chillies and dried fenugreek seeds
  • Serve with basmati rice and enjoy!



Calories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 11gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 522mgPotassium: 727mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 8414IUVitamin C: 34mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 110mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chicken, Curry, Indian, Spicy, Spinach
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28 days ago

5 stars
We have cooked.this dish numerous times and it is definitely one of our favourites.

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