Chicken Rogan Josh
Chicken Rogan Josh
5 from 75 votes
This chicken rogan josh recipe is a quick and simple Kashmiri chicken curry that is bursting with flavour and has a restaurant-quality flavour.
Chicken Rogan Josh

Chicken Rogan Josh is a classic dish known for its rich flavors and vibrant colors. Originating from the beautiful region of Kashmir in India, this dish has a long history and is loved by many for its spicy and aromatic taste.

Despite its exotic name, Chicken Rogan Josh is surprisingly easy to make, even for beginners in the kitchen.

The recipe requires simple ingredients that are readily available in most kitchens, such as tender chicken pieces, onions, tomatoes, and a blend of aromatic spices.

These ingredients come together to create a dish that is both comforting and indulgent, perfect for a cozy dinner at home.

While the list of spices may seem daunting at first, each one plays a crucial role in enhancing the flavor profile of the dish. From the earthy aroma of cumin seeds to the subtle heat of Kashmiri chili powder, every ingredient adds depth and complexity to the Chicken Rogan Josh.

Despite its bold flavors, Chicken Rogan Josh can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. Whether you prefer it mild or spicy, this versatile dish can be easily customized to your liking.

Expert Tip: Adjust the spiciness of the dish to suit your taste preferences by varying the amount of chili powder and green chilies


Chicken: Chicken adds protein and substance. It absorbs the flavors of the spices and becomes tender and succulent during cooking, making each bite satisfying and flavorful.

Oil: Used for sautéing the spices and vegetables, oil adds richness and helps to evenly cook the ingredients, ensuring they are well-coated with the flavorful spices.

Onions: Red onions, when sliced and cooked, add sweetness and depth to the dish. They provide a savory base and enhance the overall flavor profile.

Tomatoes: Diced tomatoes lend a tangy sweetness and help create a luscious gravy. They add freshness to the dish and balance out the spices with their acidity.

Bell Pepper: Red bell pepper adds color and sweetness to the dish. It complements the spices and adds a subtle crunch, enhancing the texture of the dish.

Kashmiri Chili Whole: These chilies provide a vibrant red color and a mild heat to the dish without overwhelming it. They contribute to the authentic flavor of Chicken Rogan Josh.

Green Cardamoms: These aromatic pods add a distinct flavor and fragrance to the dish. They have a citrusy and floral aroma that elevates the overall taste.

Cumin Seeds: Cumin seeds have a warm and earthy flavor that enhances the savory notes of the dish. They add depth and complexity to the spice blend.

Cinnamon Sticks: These sticks impart a sweet and woody aroma to the dish. They add warmth and depth to the flavor profile without being overpowering.

Salt: Essential for seasoning, salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients and brings out their natural taste.

Turmeric Powder: Turmeric powder adds a vibrant yellow color to the dish and a subtle earthy flavor. It also offers health benefits and balances the overall flavor profile.

Cumin Powder: Similar to cumin seeds, cumin powder adds a warm and earthy flavor to the dish. It enhances the savory notes and complements the other spices.

Garam Masala: This aromatic spice blend adds warmth and complexity to the dish. It typically contains a mix of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, adding depth of flavor.

Kashmiri Chili Powder: Kashmiri chili powder provides a vibrant red color and a mild heat to the dish. It adds a distinct flavor without overwhelming the palate.

Paprika: Paprika adds a mild heat and a rich, smoky flavor to the dish. It enhances the overall spice blend and adds depth to the gravy.

Butter Unsalted: Butter adds richness and creaminess to the dish. It helps to balance out the spices and adds a luxurious finish to the gravy.

Coriander: Fresh coriander, finely chopped, adds a burst of freshness and color to the dish. It adds a bright herbal note that complements the spices.

Expert Tip: Toasting whole spices like cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks, and cardamoms before adding them to the dish enhances their aroma and flavor.

Serving Suggestions

  • Steamed Basmati Rice: Serve the Chicken Rogan Josh with fluffy, aromatic basmati rice. The fragrant rice pairs perfectly with the flavorful gravy, creating a harmonious balance of textures and tastes.
  • Naan Bread: Freshly baked naan bread is an excellent choice for soaking up the rich and spicy gravy of Chicken Rogan Josh. Its soft and pillowy texture complements the tender chicken and adds a delightful contrast to each bite.
  • Cucumber Raita: Cool and refreshing cucumber raita is the perfect side dish to balance out the heat of the Chicken Rogan Josh. Made with yogurt, cucumber, and a hint of spices, it adds a creamy and cooling element to the meal.
  • Pulao: For a more elaborate meal, serve the Chicken Rogan Josh with fragrant pulao, a rice dish cooked with aromatic spices, vegetables, and nuts. The flavorful pulao enhances the overall dining experience and adds depth to the meal.
  • Mixed Vegetable Salad: A simple mixed vegetable salad with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions dressed with lemon juice and olive oil provides a refreshing and crunchy contrast to the rich and spicy Chicken Rogan Josh.
  • Mango Chutney: Sweet and tangy mango chutney adds a burst of flavor to the meal. Its fruity notes complement the spices in the Chicken Rogan Josh and provide a delightful contrast of flavors.
  • Lemon Wedges: Serve lemon wedges on the side to add a zesty kick to the dish. Squeezing fresh lemon juice over the Chicken Rogan Josh just before serving enhances the flavors and adds brightness to each bite.
  • Sliced Onions and Green Chilies: For those who enjoy extra heat and crunch, serve thinly sliced onions and green chilies on the side. These add a spicy kick and a refreshing crunch to the meal.

Expert Tip: For richer flavor, marinate the chicken in yogurt and a blend of spices for at least 30 minutes before cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use boneless chicken instead of bone-in chicken for Chicken Rogan Josh?

Yes, you can use boneless chicken if you prefer. However, bone-in chicken adds more flavor to the dish due to the bones releasing their essence during cooking. If using boneless chicken, adjust the cooking time accordingly as it may cook faster than bone-in chicken.

Is Kashmiri chili powder necessary for Chicken Rogan Josh?

Kashmiri chili powder adds a distinct flavor and vibrant color to the dish, but if you don’t have it on hand, you can substitute it with a combination of regular chili powder and paprika. Keep in mind that Kashmiri chili powder is milder than regular chili powder, so adjust the quantity to suit your spice preference.

Can I make Chicken Rogan Josh ahead of time?

Yes, Chicken Rogan Josh actually tastes better when made ahead of time as the flavors have more time to develop and meld together. You can prepare it a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Simply reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

How spicy is Chicken Rogan Josh?

The spiciness of Chicken Rogan Josh can vary depending on the amount of chili powder and green chilies used. Kashmiri chili powder typically adds color without too much heat, but if you prefer a milder version, you can reduce the amount of chili powder or omit the green chilies altogether.

Can I freeze Chicken Rogan Josh?

Yes, Chicken Rogan Josh freezes well. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating it on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through.

Check Out These Other Recipes

Here are some more recipes for you to enjoy! If you my recipes don’t forget to rate and leave a comment.

If you have any recipe suggestions, please do not hesitate to ask me. A great way to stay in contact with me is through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Don’t forget to tag me @CookwithNabeela in your recipe photos!

Chicken Rogan Josh

Chicken Rogan Josh

by Nabeela Kauser
For busy weeknights, make this delicious chicken rogan josh recipe prepared in the Kashmiri style that is so popular in Indian restaurants and curry houses.
5 from 75 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 437 kcal


  • 700 g Chicken
  • 50 ml Oil
  • 2 Onions Red
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Bell Pepper Red
  • 5 Kashmiri Chilli Whole
  • 4 Green Cardamoms
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 50 g Butter Unsalted
  • 1 handful Coriander
  • 300 ml Water


  • In a pan heat up the oil on medium heat
  • Then add the whole spices and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant
    5 Kashmiri Chilli, 4 Green Cardamoms, 1 tsp Cumin Seeds, 2 Cinnamon
  • Finely slice the onions then add into the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened
  • As the onions are cooking finely slice the bell pepper and dice the tomatoes then add into the pan and cook for another 3-4 minutes
  • Add the spices and cook for 3-4 minutes (See Note 1)
    1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp Turmeric Powder, 1 tsp Cumin Powder, 1/2 tsp Garam Masala, 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli, 1 tsp Paprika, 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • Once the spices are cooked add 2 tablespoons of water and cook for another 3-4 minutes (See Note 2)
  • Add the chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes until the chicken changes colour
  • Add 300ml water and stir before covering and cook for 20 minutes on medium heat (See Note 3)
  • Add the butter then gently stir and allow the butter to melt completely. (See Note 4)
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander.
  • Serve with homemade rice or naan bread and enjoy!



Note 1 – Traditionally, a rogan josh tends to be spicy. However, in my recipe, I have not made it as spicy. If you want to have it spicy, I suggest adding a few green chillies.
Note 2 – Adding water at this point will release all the colours from the spices.
Note 3 – Ensure that you stir every few minutes so that nothing sticks to the pan.
Note 4 – You can either use unsalted butter or ghee, which is unclarified butter.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 437kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 18gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 752mgPotassium: 541mgFibre: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2332IUVitamin C: 54mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 76mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chicken, Cooking, Curry, Food, Meat, Recipe, Rogan Josh
Tried this recipe?Mention @CookwithNabeela or tag #CookwithNabeela!



Subscribe now to receive my latest recipes directly in your inbox. Stay up-to-date and never miss out!

Latest comments (3)

Cook with Nabeela

Hi, I'm Nabeela!

I love to cook! I want to share with you my favourite, delicious family-friendly recipes. I want to inspire you to create fantastic food for your family every day.

More Recipes

Tomato Chicken Curry

Tomato Chicken Curry

Chicken Hariyali

Chicken Hariyali

Chicken Changezi

Chicken Changezi

Chicken Pathia

Chicken Pathia

Black Pepper Chicken Wings

Black Pepper Chicken Wings

Chicken Balti

Chicken Balti