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5 Exciting Indian Chicken Dishes + 3 honorable mentions

Looking for something different to spice up your chicken repertoire? Check out these five Indian chicken dishes, each one with its own unique flavor profile. From mild and creamy to fiery and aromatic, there's something here for everyone. Whether you are a food enthusiast or simply enjoy cooking at home, you will love these 5 Indian chicken dishes. From Tandoori Chicken to Vindaloo, we guarantee these dishes will surely please you.

Here are our top picks:

Indian food, chicken curry, 5 Exciting Indian Chicken Dishes to Try

Each of the Indian chicken dishes below is flavorful and unique in its own way. Tandoori Chicken is juicy, succulent and a perfect appetizer, while Vindaloo is spicy and aromatic and pairs really well with basmati rice or naan. With spices and flavors that are unique to Indian cuisine, you'll be sure to impress your family and friends with your culinary skills.

So why not give them all a try? Who knows, you might just find a new favorite.

1. Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is a popular Indian dish in which chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices and then cooked in a tandoor, or clay oven. The dish is thought to have originated in the Punjab region of India and is typically made with cumin, coriander, paprika, and garam masala. Tandoori chicken is often served as an appetizer and is accompanied by sour and spicy cilantro chutney and vinegar-soaked onions.

The popularity of tandoori chicken is due in part to its delicious and complex flavor profile. The chicken is juicy and succulent because it is marinated in yogurt, and an accompanying sauce in the form of cilantro chutney gives the dish a nice sour touch. If you are fan of chicken, you HAVE to try this delicious tandoori chicken recipe. Originating in India and Pakistan, tandoori chicken is traditionally made in clay ovens.

Changing the recipe to fit the modern lifestyle, Honest Cooks brings you easy-to-follow, delicious tandoori chicken in your home oven.

2. Butter Chicken

In 1947, Butter Chicken was an accidental invention by an Indian Chef from Delhi when he wanted to use up leftover tandoori chicken. A dish that is just as heavenly with basmati rice, roti, or naan; is humble in its origins but is packed full of flavor! Butter chicken is made with chicken that is cooked in a creamy, buttery tomato sauce. The sauce is typically made with spices like cumin, coriander, and chili powder, as well as fresh ginger and garlic. The chicken is cooked in the sauce until it is tender and flavorful.

Ideally, Butter Chicken uses leftover tandoori chicken, but if you don't have any leftovers (because it is difficult to not eat the whole pan by yourself), you can make this dish with thigh meat as well. Chicken breast meat is not the best fit for this recipe because you want the chicken to be soft and juicy, but if breast meat is all you have, go for it and make sure to not overcook the chicken so it stays juicy and succulent.

Honest Cooks brings you an authentic yet simple recipe of a dish that now represents the cuisine of India to many people.

3. Vindaloo

Vindaloo, an Indo-Portuguese dish from the 16th century is often misrepresented in the present times. Contrary to popular belief, there are no potatoes in this dish. The confusion may have risen from the phonetic similarity between Vindaloo and "aloo" which is the Hindi word for potatoes. In actuality, however, the name "Vindaloo" is derived from the Portuguese term: Carne de vinho e alhos. Translated, it means "meat cooked in wine and garlic". 'Vin' plus 'alhos' became Vindaloo. In this video, we unravel some origin facts about this gorgeous bright red curry and talk about the correct ingredients and procedures to cook this dish.

And, with that Honest Cooks brings you yet another traditional recipe, curated for a modern kitchen.

Chicken vindaloo is a popular dish in India today, but it has also become popular in other parts of the world. The dish can be found in restaurants throughout the United States, and it is also a favorite among expats living in other countries. Chicken vindaloo is a delicious and spicy dish that is sure to please everyone who tries it.

On a side note, our Vindaloo recipe was also featured on, so make sure you try it and see what the buzz is all about!

4. Coconut Chicken Curry

Coconut chicken curry is thought to have originated in southern India. It is a popular dish in many parts of the country, as well as in neighboring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In recent years, it has also become popular in Western countries. This dish is made by simmering chicken in a coconut milk-based sauce. A variety of spices are used to flavor the curry, including cumin, turmeric, coriander, and chili peppers. The exact ingredients and proportions vary depending on the region where the dish is prepared. The one that Honest Cooks recommends uses curry leaves, ginger paste, mustard seeds, bayleaf, fennel seeds, and black cardamom to flavor the dishes.

Honest Cooks' recipe is a lip-smacking coconut chicken curry that is #glutenfree, #dairyfree and makes for a great #ketofriendly, #whole30 and #paleo compliant meal when you pair it with riced cauliflower!

If you are looking for a new dish to try, Coconut Chicken Curry is a great option. It is flavorful and relatively easy to make. Give it a try the next time you are in the mood for Indian food.

5. Kadai Chicken

Kadai Chicken is a delicious, spicy, and flavorful dish made with chicken, onions, tomatoes, ginger, and bell peppers. The dish also uses freshly ground spices known as Kadai Masala. The work 'kadai' translates to 'wok'. Kadai is the Indian version of a wok used to prepare everyday food in Indian kitchens across the world. Any recipe made in 'kadai' can be named after kadai, like Kadai Chicken or Kadai Paneer. Another popular Kadai dish is Kadai Mushroom which uses similar ingredients and replaces chicken with mushrooms.

Kadai Chicken is a spicy curry that is made with chicken, peppers, and onions. The dish is often served with rice or naan bread. Kadai chicken is a popular choice for those who enjoy spicy food. This dish is thought to have originated in the north of India. It gets its name from the Kadai, which is a type of Indian wok. The Kadai is traditionally used to cook this dish, but you can also use a regular wok or skillet.

Indian cuisine is some of the most flavorful and delicious in the world. The dishes are diverse, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. In this article, we have listed our top 5, most favorite Indian Chicken dishes: Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Vindaloo, Coconut Chicken Curry, and Kadai Masala.

We hope you will give them all a try! And, if you ever have recipe related questions, please leave a comment on any of our blogs or YouTube videos. We usually get back within a few hours.

And, now it is time for our honorable mentions!

Honorable Mentions:


Kibti, a regal dish from the royal kitchens of Patiala, is a flavorful appetizer dish that is made with chicken, yogurt, some spices, and is garnished with almonds. Invented in the royal courts of Patiala, under Maharaja Bhupinder Singh's reign, Kibti has exquisitely layered flavors.

Murg Mussalam

One-pot Chicken Curry

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