Chicken Rogan Josh

Chicken Rogan Josh

5 from 32 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.

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. A simple chicken curry made in under an hour.

One of my favourite curries is a rogan josh. Typically cooked with lamb, rogan josh is a medium-heat curry.

Although lamb rogan josh is wonderfully delicious, it also requires more time to prepare and has more calories.

In this recipe, I will be making it with chicken. My version of a rogan josh is quick and simple to make.

Rogan Josh is a traditional lamb-based North Indian dish from the Kashmir region.

This chicken curry has medium heat, but for those who want their curry milder, you can reduce the chilli and easily add more chilli, if you like it spicy.

Although the ingredient list appears lengthy, you will most likely have most ingredients in your pantry. The difficult aspect of the recipe is getting the spices, so don’t let that scare you off.

If you enjoy cooking, I would recommend having a fully stocked spice cupboard.

If you don’t like using whole spices, you could alternatively ground the whole spices and add tomatoes and make a paste but I wanted to make something quick and easy. Sometimes I get lazy.

This chicken rogan josh recipe is not that spicy because there is not much chilli used. The whole Kashmiri chilli and powder have no heat on them. However, all those great spices give it a tremendous depth of flavour.

For children who don’t mind a little heat, the chilli level is perfect.

Traditionally, rogan josh was served as the main entrée during Eid and other special occasions like weddings.

However, nowadays it is one of the most widely consumed Indian curries, and you can get it from any restaurant serving Indian food.

This curry is almost as quick to prepare as ordering takeout from your local Indian restaurant and I can guarantee you, that it will be tastier.

I love homemade curries a lot, especially because they’re flavourful, simple to make and feel like a better alternative to takeout.

We regularly have curry nights at our house, and this simple chicken rogan josh is a favourite, even the kids enjoy it.

Serve this chicken rogan josh with a side of plain rice or naan bread.

Do I have to use whole spices?

Absolutely not. Sometimes what I do is put all the whole spices in a grinder and make my own spice mixture. However, in this recipe, I used both whole spices and ground spices.

Also, keep in mind that whole spices tend to keep their flavour more than ground spices.

How spicy is a rogan josh?

Rogan Josh is unquestionably a medium-spiced curry. There is a little spice in this curry but a very small amount. Kashmiri chillies don’t have any heat.

Where does rogan josh originate from?

Rogan Josh is a traditional lamb-based North Indian dish from the Kashmir region. One of the main dishes of a Kashmiri meal and a staple of Kashmiri cuisine is rogan josh.

The Mughals, whose food was influenced by Persian cuisine, were the ones who first introduced the dish to Kashmir.

Can rogan josh be made with chicken?

Yes, rogan josh is a medium curry that typically contains lamb or chicken and is cooked with tomatoes. Traditionally, a rogan josh is cooked with lamb but making it with chicken is quick and easy.

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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 32 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 437 kcal



  • 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: 541mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2332IUVitamin C: 54mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 76mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chicken, Cooking, Curry, Food, Recipe, Rogan Josh
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1 month ago

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I made this for the first time and it was a hit! I added a bit of yoghurt in the end just to give it that creamy texture 😀 Will keep this recipe in rotation! Thanks!

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