Here is a collection of the BEST Indian chicken recipes that are flavorful and easy to make. These family favorites include recipes for hearty soups, finger-licking appetizers, curries, one-pot biryani, and pulao - there is something for everyone.
Do you enjoy chicken in your meals? You will love these healthy, tried, and tested recipes. We mostly eat white meat and so chicken and seafood are in frequent rotation in our home. I love that there are so many amazing Indian recipes that use chicken. This collection includes recipes that I grew up eating in India as well as some popular dishes from Indian restaurants.
Chicken is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. The lean proteins in the chicken are a source of amino acids that help with healthier bones and muscle mass.
This list includes popular recipes such as Instant Pot Chicken Biryani, Chicken Karahi as well as fusion recipes like the Pulled Butter Chicken. All of these recipes are naturally gluten-free. If you are on a low-carb diet, simply serve them with low-carb sides or one of my cauliflower rice recipes. And don't forget to check out the keto-friendly cauliflower rice chicken biryani and tandoori lettuce wraps.
Some of these are stovetop, air fryer, and oven recipes. Although most of them are Instant Pot recipes I have also started to include stovetop instructions. Let me know if there is any recipe where I am missing the alternate cooking method. I will be happy to work on them.
26 Best Indian Chicken Recipes
Air Fryer Tandoori Chicken
EASY recipe for tandoori chicken using the Air Fryer. These spicy chicken legs are perfectly juicy with a nice crisp char on the outside sealing in all of that flavor. The best part is they cook in only 15 minutes in the Air Fryer—less than half the time it takes in a conventional oven.
Chilli Chicken | Air Fryer & Stovetop Recipe
Chilli Chicken is one of the most popular dishes in restaurants. Crispy juicy chicken in a tangy spicy sauce with crunchy blistered peppers and onions. Just thinking about a full steaming plate whisked to the table in a cloud of delicious aromas makes my mouth water.
Tandoori chicken wings | Oven Recipe
Boldy spiced tandoori chicken wings are a game-night staple in our home. Served with cooling coriander-cumin spiced yogurt or tangy blue cheese dressing these wings are a crowd-pleaser.
Chicken Tikka Kebab | Air Fryer & Oven Recipe
Chicken Tikka Kebab is tender cooked chunks of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices that are cooked to perfection with mixed peppers and onions. Great as an appetizer or a meal, these flavorful Kebabs, served with the spicy cilantro-mint chutney will be a sure hit for your next family dinner, potluck, or entertaining.
Spicy Masala Chicken Burgers
Spicy Indian Style Masala Chicken Burgers with garam masala, ginger, garlic, and cilantro are flavor-packed and easy enough to make for a weekday quick meal or hosting parties.
Chicken Kathi Rolls
Succulent pieces of spicy chicken cooked with freshly chopped onions and peppers, drizzled with a tangy cilantro mint chutney, and rolled in soft flaky parathas make for one of India’s most epic street food – the Chicken Kathi Rolls. These visually delightful chicken rolls pack in so many complex flavors and freshness in every bite, I bet this will be a repeat on your dinner menu.
Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Butter Chicken! Is it possible to enjoy “healthy” butter chicken without compromising on the authentic flavors? Yes!! Read on for an EASY authentic tasting butter chicken recipe in your Instant Pot that is ready in 30 minutes with an option to cook rice at the same time.
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala, a restaurant favorite, is a rich-creamy tomato-based curry with chicken marinated in yogurt, red chili powder, turmeric, and garam masala.
Achari Chicken - Instant Pot & Stove Top Recipe
Achari Chicken which literally means “pickled” chicken is made with pickling spices. This North Indian curry uses an unbelievably flavorful combination of spices such as fennel seeds, nigella seeds, and fenugreek seeds for a warm, rich, pickle-flavored curry with smokey aromas.
Chicken Karahi | Instant Pot & Stove Top Recipe
Chicken Karahi or Chicken Kadai is a spicy, homestyle chicken curry with fragrant spices and fresh ginger. My recipe explains how to make this flavor-packed and authentic tasting chicken curry in just a few simple steps using Instant Pot or a stovetop skillet.
Mom's Chicken Curry | Instant Pot Recipe
Mom’s chicken curry that I grew up eating. A homestyle curry with an earthy onion and coconut-based curry with warm flavors of fresh ginger, garlic, turmeric, and garam masala cooked in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
Instant Pot Kheema Pav
Popular street food in India, Kheema or Keema Pav is a robust, peppery curry dish made with minced chicken or lamb cooked with onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and earthy spices! Served with lightly toasted buns or pav laden with butter or homemade ghee on the griddle makes a blissful meal!
Instant Pot Chicken Korma
Chicken Korma is a mildly spiced Indian chicken curry made with whole aromatic spices like cardamom, cloves, black pepper, and cumin that are simmered in a light and flavorful yogurt-based sauce. This healthy curry along with pot in pot rice makes a delicious and healthy Indian Instant Pot Dinner in under 30 minutes.
Instant Pot Shahi Chicken Korma
Shahi Chicken Korma – A “royal” Mughlai dish made with chicken cooked in a creamy spicy sauce and garnished with golden fried nuts and raisins that add subtle sweetness to the curry.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
This is going to be your favorite EASY slow cooker chicken tikka masala recipe! Tender-cooked chicken in a flavor-bursting tomato-based sauce and warm spices like turmeric, red chili powder, and garam masala served over hot basmati rice with authentic flavors that take only half the effort!
Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken
Too hot or too cold to grill outside? Try this Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken recipe. Tender, cooked to perfection chicken with a finger-licking marinade. You can finish off the cooking by optionally broiling the chicken for 5 mins.
Instant Pot Whole Tandoori Chicken
Here is a flavor-packed whole Chicken marinated in a spicy tandoori masala that will impress your family and friends. Try this recipe for Thanksgiving and make flavorful gravy at the same time.
Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Spicy Tandoori Chicken served on crispy lettuce and drizzled with cooling cucumber raita and crunchy red onions. In addition, this makes for a delightful and healthy holiday entertaining option.
Instant Pot Chicken Cilantro Soup
Bright and spicy ginger and aromatic cilantro stand out in this Indian twist on traditional chicken soup. Filled with just-cooked fresh, crunchy cabbage and carrots, this one-dish meal is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Look to the variations for a vegan option, and add whichever veggies you like.
Instant Pot Chicken Mulligatawny Soup
Here is a low-carb recipe for the restaurant favorite Chicken Mulligatawny Soup! This South Indian soup is cooked in an Instant Pot with creamy coconut milk and warming spices that leaves the taste buds longing for more.
Pulled Butter Chicken Sandwiches | Instant Pot Recipe
EASY pulled butter chicken sandwiches topped with cool, crunchy cucumber raita. This Indian-inspired pulled chicken sandwich recipe is made in the Instant Pot and is perfect for feeding a crowd for your next potluck, BBQ, or gathering!
Instant Pot Chicken Biryani
My family’s treasured recipe transforms biryani into a quick, accessible dish using Instant Pot. This meal is made of fragrant basmati rice, tender spiced chicken, and caramelized onions, and it can be cooked in less than an hour while maintaining the same authentic flavor and texture as traditional versions.
Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani | Stove Top Recipe
Here is a low-carb chicken biryani recipe using cauliflower rice instead of basmati rice with delicious warm, authentic flavors. Other than the Marinating time, this keto-friendly recipe can be ready in half an hour and makes a great weeknight meal option.
Instant Pot Brown Rice Chicken Biryani
This Brown Rice Chicken Biryani is a healthier version of my popular Chicken Biryani. It is cooked with brown basmati rice, chicken breasts, fresh herbs, and warm aromatic spices. Served with cooling raita this my favorite feel-good comfort food!
Instant Pot Kheema Pulao
Kheema Pulao is a flavor-packed one-pot meal with fragrant long grain basmati rice cooked in ground chicken and aromatic warm whole spices like black pepper, cumin seeds, and cinnamon.
Chicken Kofta Curry | Stovetop Recipe
Chicken kofta curry is a delicious dish made with ground chicken, ginger, garlic, cilantro, red chili powder, turmeric, and then steam cooked in a spicy curry. This tasty curry is hearty and has a perfect blend of warming spices.
Hope you enjoy these chicken recipes as much as we do. I often serve chicken curries with turmeric cauliflower rice or lemon cauliflower rice for a low-carb meal. Also, do check out this collection of 50+ Low Carb Indian Recipes.
Is there a chicken recipe you would like to try? Comment on this post and let me know. I will be happy to share the recipe.
Don’t forget to share this delicious collection of Indian chicken recipes with your family and friends. Happy Cooking!
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