Chicken Pathia
Chicken Pathia
5 from 1 vote
This vibrant and tangy chicken dish is a perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors. With succulent pieces of meat in a rich and aromatic sauce, it offers a delicious combination of sweet and heat that will tantalize your taste buds. Try it for a delightful culinary experience!
Chicken Pathia

Have you ever found yourself craving a dish that perfectly balances sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors all at once? If so, Chicken Pathia might just be the culinary masterpiece you’ve been searching for. This delectable Indian dish has a long and colorful history, originating from the Parsi community in India.

The word “Pathia” is said to come from the Persian word “Pateeta,” which means “a small piece of meat.”

The Parsi immigrants who settled in India brought with them their rich culinary traditions, including the recipe for Chicken Pathia. This unique dish has since become a staple in Indian cuisine, beloved for its vibrant flavors and fiery kick.

While Chicken Pathia may sound intimidating with its exotic name and complex blend of spices, fear not!

This recipe is actually quite simple to make, requiring only common ingredients that can be found in most well-stocked pantries. By following a few easy steps, you can recreate this flavorful dish in the comfort of your own kitchen.

So, if you’re ready to tantalize your taste buds with a dish that will transport you to the bustling streets of Mumbai, look no further than Chicken Pathia.

With its rich history, bold flavors, and manageable recipe difficulty, this dish is sure to become a new favorite in your culinary repertoire.


Chicken Thighs: Chicken thighs are used in this recipe for their tender and juicy meat, which pairs well with the spicy and tangy flavors of the dish. The dark meat also adds depth of flavor to the curry.

Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil is used for sautéing the onions, garlic, and ginger, as well as for cooking the chicken thighs. It helps to prevent sticking and ensures even cooking of the ingredients.

Onions: Onions are a main aromatic base for the curry, adding sweetness and depth of flavor to the dish. They are sautéed until caramelized to bring out their natural sweetness.

Garlic: Garlic is a pungent ingredient that adds a rich and savory flavor to the curry. It is minced and sautéed along with the onions for a fragrant base.

Ginger: Fresh ginger adds a warm and spicy flavor to the curry, enhancing the overall taste of the dish. It is grated or minced and sautéed with the garlic and onions.

Red Chillies: Red chilies provide heat and spice to the dish, depending on how many are used and whether the seeds are included. They add a fiery kick to the curry.

Turmeric: Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that adds color and a subtle earthy flavor to the curry. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is commonly used in Indian cooking.

Paprika: Paprika is a mild spice that adds a rich, smoky flavor and a deep red color to the curry. It complements the other spices and enhances the overall taste of the dish.

Tomato Puree: Tomato puree adds a tangy and slightly sweet flavor to the curry, as well as a thick and smooth texture. It helps to balance the heat from the red chilies.

White Wine Vinegar: White wine vinegar contributes a tangy and acidic flavor to the curry, balancing the richness of the other ingredients. It adds a bright and refreshing note to the dish.

Sugar: Sugar is used to balance out the heat and acidity in the curry, adding a touch of sweetness to round out the flavors. It helps to mellow out the spiciness of the dish.

Salt: Salt is an essential seasoning that helps to enhance the flavors of the other ingredients in the curry. It is added to taste to bring out the full range of flavors in the dish.

Fresh Coriander Leaves: Fresh coriander leaves, also known as cilantro, are used as a garnish for the curry. They add a fresh and herbaceous flavor, as well as a pop of bright green color to the dish.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

Serving Suggestions:

  • Chicken Pathia pairs well with steamed basmati rice or naan bread for a complete meal.
  • You can also serve it with some cucumber raita or mango chutney on the side for added flavor.
  • Garnish the dish with fresh coriander leaves just before serving to enhance the visual appeal.


  • You can add vegetables like bell peppers, peas, or potatoes to the Chicken Pathia for extra color and nutrients.
  • To make it spicier, increase the amount of red chillies or add a dash of cayenne pepper or chili powder.
  • For a richer flavor, you can substitute the vegetable oil with ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil.
  • If you prefer a milder version, use less red chillies or replace them with a milder variety.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chicken Pathia?

Chicken Pathia is a popular Indian dish made with tender pieces of chicken cooked in a sweet, spicy and tangy sauce. It is typically served with rice or naan bread.

Is Chicken Pathia spicy?

Yes, Chicken Pathia is known for its spicy kick. However, the level of spiciness can be adjusted to suit your preferences by adding more or less chili powder.

What ingredients are typically used in Chicken Pathia?

The key ingredients in Chicken Pathia include boneless chicken, onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, green chilies, tamarind paste, sugar, and a blend of spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chili powder.

Can Chicken Pathia be made vegetarian?

Yes, Chicken Pathia can easily be made vegetarian by substituting the chicken with vegetables such as potatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, or paneer (Indian cottage cheese).

How long does it take to prepare Chicken Pathia?

On average, it takes about 45 minutes to prepare Chicken Pathia from start to finish. This includes marinating the chicken, sautéing the ingredients, and simmering the sauce until the chicken is cooked through.

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Chicken Pathia

Chicken Pathia

by Nabeela Kauser
This vibrant and tangy chicken dish is a perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors. With succulent pieces of meat in a rich and aromatic sauce, it offers a delicious combination of sweet and heat that will tantalize your taste buds.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 402 kcal


  • 500 g Chicken Thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Onions finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1- inch Ginger grated
  • 2 Chillies finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 200 ml Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander chopped, for garnish


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onions and cook until they start to soften and turn golden brown.
  • Stir in the minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped red chillies. Cook for another minute.
  • Add the turmeric and paprika to the pan, stirring well to coat the onions and spices.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the pan and cook until they start to brown on all sides.
  • Stir in the tomato puree, white wine vinegar, and sugar. Mix well to combine.
  • Pour in the water and season with salt to taste. Stir everything together.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves before serving.


Chicken Pathia is a sweet and spicy Parsi dish with a tangy flavour profile. Adjust the amount of chillies and sugar based on your preference for heat and sweetness.
Serve this dish hot with steamed rice or naan bread for a delicious meal.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 22gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 481mgFibre: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 431IUVitamin C: 42mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Chicken Curry, Chicken pathia, Cooking, Food, Indian Food, Recipe
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