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Pakistani Chicken Ginger

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14th August. Fluttering flags, endless patriotic songs, skits in school, shalwar qameez for even the most ‘burger’ of us. Those are my happy memories of Pakistan’s Independence Day.  As I look back at my life, my parent’s lives, and my grandparents’ lives, I think we are so fortunate to carve out the lives we had in the country my family chose. I am proud to be from Pakistan and my hope is that as my girls get older they too will be proud of their Pakistani heritage.

If nothing, I really hope they like Chicken Ginger 😉Pakistani Chicken Ginger

Usmania’s Chicken Ginger

This recipe for Chicken Ginger comes to me from a scanned newspaper clipping I found on the web a long time ago. It claims to be a copycat of the famous Chicken Ginger from Usmania which is one of Karachi’s older family restaurants. The fare is mostly Pakistani and mostly delicious, but when we went – usually with a large group of people – this Chicken Ginger is what everyone reached for first.

I have not been to Usmania in a long time now, but I still think fondly of those happy times.  Companionable laughter in the background as I scoop up the chicken ginger with some hot naan straight into my mouth and relish the pungent taste of the fiery tomato based masala. This recipe brings back all those feelings and for that I will continue to make it over and over again.

Pakistani Chicken Ginger

Odd Ingredients Make this Dish

Some of the ingredients, namely the soy sauce and ketchup, are admittedly a little odd. However when I skip them this dish seems incomplete so please try not to. Also my tolerance for sliced green chillies is a little low so I am happy with 2,  but usually put 4 for my far braver husband and in laws. Put as many as you can comfortably eat!

Azadi Mubarak to my fellow Pakistanis, stay safe Pakistan.

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Pakistani Chicken Ginger
Chicken Ginger
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A quick karhai style chicken dish, with a base of tomatoes and loads of julienned ginger1

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Pakistani
Keyword: Chicken Ginger
Servings: 4
Author: Sarah - Flour & Spice
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless chicken use more for bone in
  • 3-4 Tomatoes chopped
  • 1 heaped tsp ginger paste
  • 1 heaped tsp garlic paste
  • 1 heaped tsp red chilli powder
  • 3/4 - 1 tsp salt start w 3/4
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Soy Sauce
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3-4 sliced Green Chillies
  • ¼ cup julienned ginger – approx 2 inch piece
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • Cilantro for garnish optional
Instructions
  1. Slice your chicken into 1 inch strips and set aside

  2. Now whisk your yogurt and leave it out near the stove to come to room temperature.

  3. Put a wok on high heat

  4. Add your chicken, ginger paste, garlic paste, and tomatoes to the pan

  5. Cook until the water dries up and the chicken is cooked through

  6. Then add the soy sauce, salt, red chillies, black pepper, turmeric, butter, and oil

  7. Cook until the masala turns out a bright red hue and the oil rises above it.

  8. Now gently mix in the yoghurt, green chillies, ketchup, chopped ginger (reserving some for garnish) and garam masala. 

  9.  Reduce the heat to low and cook covered for 3-5 minutes.

  10. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve with hot naan or roti

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55 Comments

  • Reply
    forgetherest
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    Do you think this could be done with shrimp?

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      That would be delicious – I would cook it a little differently though just because shrimp overcooks so quickly. Here’s how (I think) – season the shrimp w salt and a pinch of turmeric and then when the masala is cooked all the way through add the shrimp with the ginger, yoghurt, etc. Let me know if you give it a shot!

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    Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies
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    OMG…for even the most “Burger” of us 🙂 I never knew of the term “burger” until I got married….I thought it was hilarious…

    I have a recipe for ginger chicken which is okay. For some reason when my mom makes the same recipe it turns out awesome. I’m going to try your version soon. I wasn’t using ketchup or soy sauce so that is probably where I was going wrong.

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      hahaha I was actually going to go into the burger vs bun kabab thing (I am clearly a bun kabab in a burger world lol) but decided to skip it.

      the original recipe calls for ajinomoto but I find soy sauce works well. let me know how it goes

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        Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies
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        What is bun kabob??? My husband always talks about it…is it just a burger???

        • Reply
          sarahjmir
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          Asiya it is essentially a burger with more desi condiments – hari chutney, imli ki chutney etc. You get two kinds – one made with a meat kabab in the chapli or shami style and another made with chana daal cooked and made into patties. Ever since I had typhoid in my teens there was an embargo on my street food consumption so I actually haven’t had one in aeons

  • Reply
    mysimpledelights
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    Looks amazing!!! Love all the flavours and ingredients!!?❤️

  • Reply
    Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy & Harried
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    Happy Independence Day, Sarah! And what a lovely way to celebrate 🙂

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Thanks Anjana 🙂

    • Reply
      Zeenat Aftab
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      Hi Sarah! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! I tried this tonight and I feel like I ended up with a little too much ‘sauce’ towards the end. Maybe I should reduce the amount of yogurt in the last step? Wanting my chicken to look more on the dry end like your picture but ended up much saucier. Any recommendations?

      • Reply
        sarahjmir@gmail.com
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        Hi Zeenat!!! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and taking the time to share your feedback! You’ve totally hit the nail on the head that if you want a drier dish you’re good with half the yogurt, i.e. a quarter cup! I am positive I used the half cup when I photographed it but I suspect that a lot of the masala settled to the bottom of the dish!

  • Reply
    radhikasethi
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    Happy Independence Day Sarah. Ginger chicken looks smashing. Hope you’re having a good time 🙂

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Thank you!!!

    • Reply
      Sana
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      Just made this tonight… Absolutely scrumptious!!!

      • Reply
        sarahjmir@gmail.com
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        wonderful thank you so so much!!!!

  • Reply
    MyNinjaNaan
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    Sarahhhhhhhh! LOL at the “burger”! I also didn’t know what a burger was until I got married hehe.
    Sooo this looks flipping phenomenal and I cannot wait to try this! Also, have you been to the Usmania is Chicago? They have this amazing dish called Frontier Chicken and Frontier Chicken Rice. I’ve been trying to hunt down a recipe for ages, but can never seem to find it. Do you think you can come up with a copycat? 😉

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      frontier who what where?!?! no I haven’t. like most decent Karachiites I use all my Chicago eating out on Sabri Nihari. lol jk I didn’t know there was an Usmania there!

      • Reply
        Amna S
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        Sabri Nihari has a frontier chicken, as well! Usmania’s is better…you can actually taste the flavors instead of just spiciness. I found my way to your blog because I was looking up a copycat frontier chicken recipe like how Usmania does it. None of the very few recipes online are at all similar to it. 🙁

        • Reply
          sarahjmir
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          well I am glad you came here, even if by mistake hehe I am off to Karachi in a few weeks and I will try this frontier chicken and get back to you!

  • Reply
    My Kitchen Moments
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    I do not eat chicken. So i missed this post of yours!! 🙁 My bad! But just now read through and i agree, the memories associated with celebrating Independence day is so special! (Belated) Happy Independence Day to you too my Pakistani blogger friend 🙂

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Thank you for coming by and your kind words 🙂 I love that our blogs bring us all together in one way or another!

  • Reply
    spiceinthecity
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    The dish looks delicious, hope you had a lovely independence day celebration 🙂

  • Reply
    Deepa
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    Yum…..I LOVE ginger so this is perfect for me! Yes, food is a good start to having pride in one’s heritage 🙂

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      It also doesn’t hurt that I have two girls and glittery clothes on my side 🙂 not to mention the jewellery hehe

  • Reply
    Farah.F
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    Looks delicious. Will be trying it out soon 🙂

  • Reply
    Sadaf F K.
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    Perfect recipe for Azaadi. I can feel you Sarah how it feel to be far away from the land where we grow up. I do badly miss my old city at every Occasions to count. Your chicken look tempting, I’ve never been to usmania. Where’s it btw?

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      There are two I believe, the one I have been to is close to China Town in Clifton. One day we should get together and celebrate 🙂

  • Reply
    Chitra Jagadish
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    Lovely captures Sarah , well can’t say anything about dish as I don’t eat chicken….well said about the great day and memories are what remains throughout…..happy independence day (belated) to you my friend…

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Thank you Chitra – I have some vegetarian things in the pipeline, hopefully you will like those 🙂

  • Reply
    Salma
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    I don’t think I’ve ever said this before, but that chicken looks beautiful!

  • Reply
    Amira
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    This looks so lovely and tempting to try. Mentioning good old times always bring tears to my eyes, so I can very much relate to what you feel. What really breaks my heart is that mu kids will not share the same memories and experiences as I am, but anyways they sure will have their own.

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      I hear you Amira, I feel some things will be so utterly foreign (no pun intended) for my kids. They will never get the joys of playing in monsoon rains and then coming inside for garam pakoras but I try my best to create other memories similar to those ones … of course then people think I am crazy for letting my daughter get wet in the rain!

  • Reply
    Carrie
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    Happy (belated) Independence Day! Looks delicious – I love ginger so much. And I bet the secret ingredients give it that je ne sais quoi 🙂

  • Reply
    Teresa Blackburn
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    You are singing my culinary song with all that fresh ginger! This is so tasty looking and I thank you and wish you a late, but better late than never, Independence Day.

  • Reply
    dedy oktavianus pardede
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    Lovely dish !!!
    my Indonesian licking really love any spicy food like this chicken ginger
    i really craving over it not…..

  • Reply
    Lubna Karim
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    This sounds quite droolicious to me….the zing from ginger and taste of chicken….wow…..Will try this soon….

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  • Reply
    Lala Rukh
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    Recipe looks so yummy ! I made it too but with slight variations…. results were amazing !

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      awesome!!! I am doing my happy dance… good thing you can’t see it, it’s pretty dorky lol 🙂

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    Mariam
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    Scrumptious! We enjoyed it a lot. Many thanks dear.

    • Reply
      sarahjmir@gmail.com
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      That is fantastic to hear! Thanks for trying it out!

  • Reply
    sana
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    My husband and I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for the recipe. I have a question, do you know any tips for perfect cooked chicken sometimes, chicken gets hard and rubbery. Do you have any tips to get juicy and tender chicken? Thanks

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      sarahjmir@gmail.com
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      Sana that is great to hear! thanks for letting me know. Generally chicken gets rubbery when we overcook it – so I would suggest watching your cook time closely. When I do overcook it the I tend to add water and simmer it on low for another fifteen-twenty minutes. It does change the masala if it is a dry dish but at least my chicken is edible then! Hope this helps 🙂

  • Reply
    Sumaiyah
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    Do you use chicken breast or boneless thigh for this recipe?

    • Reply
      sarahjmir@gmail.com
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      Hi Sumaiyah! I usually use chicken breast, but you can use boneless thigh too, it definitely is more moist! DO let me know how it turns out!

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    Amir
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    Just made this. It was both simple and delicious!

    • Reply
      sarahjmir@gmail.com
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      Yay!!!!!

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