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Chicken Chaap Recipe

Kolkata style Chicken Chaap is a Mughlai exemplary where the Chicken full leg pieces marinated first with sweet-smelling flavors and zest glue then it cooked further. The final product is a rich, flavourful, complex curry with delicate chicken which tastes incredible with parotta, roti, biryani, or pulao.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Chicken, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine Mughlai/ Bengali
Servings 4 people
Calories 610 kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • ½ tsp Saffron Strands Dry roasted in a pan on low for 1 minute
  • 5 tbsp Oil, 4 large Onions Sliced (Red or White)
  • 750 g Plain Yoghurt, 10 cloves Garlic Crushed
  • 40 g Cashews Soaked for 30 minutes and then blended with the soaking water
  • 10 cloves Garlic Crushed, 2 tbsp Ginger Crushed
  • 1 heaped tsp Red or Kashmiri Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper, 1 tbsp Garam Masala Powder
  • ¼ tsp Ground Mace, ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Roasted Gram Flour Dry roast Gram Flour in a pan for 1 - 2 minutes on low
  • 1 tbsp Ground Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Flakes Optional ,Salt To Taste
  • 3 tbsp Ghee, 1 - 2 tsp Sugar
  • 8 Chicken Thighs/Legs Skinless, Bone in, slashed across the top
  • 2 tbsp Flaked Almonds Toasted in a dry pan for 30 seconds (Optional)


  • Add Saffron to some warm water. Put away.
    Warmth oil, when hot add Onion, and fry covered on low for 30 minutes until a profound brilliant brown. Channel the onions in a colander and permit to cool a bit.
    To Yogurt add depleted Onions, Cashew Paste, Garlic, Ginger, Chili, Black Pepper, Garam Masala, Mace, Nutmeg, Lemon Juice, Roast Gram Flour, Ground Coriander, Chili Flakes, and Salt.
  • Add Ghee to the dish and when hot add Chicken. Cook on high for 5 minutes. Lower warmth and add Yogurt and mix through.
    Cook on low (covered) for 45 – 50 minutes.
    Add dry dish-chipped Almonds.


  • Garam Masala – Store brought Garam Masala fluctuates a ton between brands. It is ideal to add a little and afterward taste and change on a case-by-case basis.
  • Slow-Cooked Onions – Slow cooking and caramelizing onions make this dish somewhat sweet.
  • Ghee – Use homemade or great quality Ghee.
  • Lighter form – Use Chicken Breast and cook for 20 minutes all things being equal.
  • Sugar – Add 1 tsp Sugar, permit to cook, taste, and afterward add more if necessary.
Keyword Chicken Chaap