There are dishes that make me swoon a little, a great masalaicious tikka, a karahi that has all the flavours, the homemade chicken biryani that you can eat for days. You feel me right? We love chicken for how quick and convenient it is and with our transformative spices and techniques there is so much that you can do with it. From the Basic (in the best way possible) curry to a fun riff like the Chicken Tikka Braided Bread here are 20 Pakistani Chicken Recipes that will help you have an extra delicious week!
Let me know if I missed any of your favourites! Would love to add them to this round up of Pakistani Chicken Recipes!
This chicken dish is one that I have personally tried and liked, the mellow sweet coconut milk perfumed with our spices is edible loveliness. It is also a kid friendly dish, which is always a win!
It is one of those things you just have to know how to make and what I love about Shazia is the calm way she explains it. Her instagram stories and YouTube videos are practically soothing to learn from! If you want a printable recipe then you can find one right here.
It astounds me that as a child who would not so politely move the ginger off every dish I now really like its pungency in dishes like Chicken Ginger. This easy classic made with boneless chicken here is one of my favourite dishes to cook - and "try" from the pot. Shhhhh.
You need these in your freezer, you know it, I know it. They are a cinch to put together and perfect as a side dish with your daal chawal or a chai time snack!
Instant Pot fans did you think I had forgotten you? Thanks to the IP this scrumptious looking Chicken Tikka Masala is ready in under 30 minutes. If you are a pot in pot champion like Hafsa you can probably double down and make other things in it at the same time too!
Chicken Biryani - Pakistan Eats
No discussion of Pakistani dishes is complete without a Chicken Biryani. This Chicken Biryani from the Saveur award winning blog Pakistan Eats hits all the right flavour notes!
Becky is my Pakora soul sister. It's a funny thing to say I know, but when she writes about the perfect Pakora (crispy) I know we are on the same page!
Yakhni Pulao is just one of those good for the soul dishes. The Chicken gets cooked with some whole spices to create a healthy flavorful homemade broth which is then used to flavour the rice. Urdu Mom's suggested recipe is also super kid friendly which we all know is a huge bonus!
Chicken Jalfrezi is one of my favourite dishes! There is something about the lovely perfume of green peppers and chicken together that makes my day. Fatima's quick IP version is a must try!
Afsheen with her vivacious keep it real (and hilarious) personality is someone I discovered through instagram and she regularly makes me hungry with her recipes. This Mughal Darbar Chicken Handi is a must try and can I just say how fancy I feel just saying it?
Moment of apprecation for the fabulous dish that is the Karahi please. Bright, punchy, quick to cook, this is one of my favourites be it at home or out. Shayma of Spice Spoon's Karahi has all the elements of a good Karahi, chicken and tomatoes cooked just so, simple vibrant spices and that end garnish which brings it all together.
Summer is coming which means BARBECUE!!!!!!! For those of you who live in parts of the world where summer is essentially all year round my excitement levels may be weird. But trust me when I say n Canada each day of summer feels like a GIFT. What better way to celebrate than to fire up the grill and make this delish Bihari Boti. Leftovers (lol as if you'll have any) are absolutely awesome with some onions and chutney in Bihari Boti rolls!
Chicken Manchurian - Mirchi Tales
We all know that Pakistani-Chinese is as much as part of Pakistani food culture as many of the dishes above. This drool worthy Chicken Manchurian from Mirchi Tales looks like perfection! Bonus: this is a lightened up version so you can eat guilt free!
Kofta making is an Art. This much I surmised when as a young child I would see my nani (grandmother) ruthlessly discarding subpar koftas back into the mix. While this is a dish you can get in restaurants on occasion nothing beats a good homemade Kofta. Fatima's Chicken Kofta Curry sounds like it would be nani approved!
A chicken curry that hails from Punjab, it is one of this former Karachiites favourites. I love the flavour, the extra boost of protein and the joy I get from eating it!
Tandoori Cheesy Braided Chicken Bread with Veggies - Nutrition by Naz
Ok so I know this isn't a traditional Pakistani dish, but somewhere between Tandoori and Cheesy I fell a little in love. Spicy Tandoori Chicken is such a classic Pakistani dish and I love how Naz uses it in this recipe to make a beautiful dish for your next dinner (or lunch!)
Every desi mama has a Chow Mein recipe in her back pocket and Chai and Churro's Chow Mein looks like it would get wolfed down by all kids (and adults!)
Achari Chicken Karahi - A Big Fat Yum
Noveen from A Big Fat Yum is one of those people who knows food. A former Master Chef contestant her blog has so many delicious recipes including this Achari Chicken Karahi. It is made from scratch and the step by step recipes make it super easy to follow along and cook!
Chicken Malai Boti Pulao - Glittery and Gluttony
Chicken Malai Boti is a Pakistani classic with it's super tender marinated chicken. Here Wajiha adds a fun twist by transforming it in to a pulao and that looks absolutely AMAZING.
I often think about how Butter Chicken as a dish I wasn't familiar with as a child, but somehow over time it has become part and parcel of Pakistani cuisine! There's something about this spiced creamy curry scented with kasuri methi that is positively irresistible. Sumaira Z's recipe is easy to follow and perfect for impressing your guests!
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