Hey hey! Where are my "I always have boneless chicken friends at?" For many of us it's what we always have in the freezer even if our rational brain tells us bone in is the way to go. Convenience and ease, am I right? When I asked my instagram friends whether they wanted a boneless or bone in Chicken Masala the majority went with boneless so here we are!
For a quick step by step visual and answers to questions I get A LOT keep reading otherwise...Jump to the Chicken Masala Recipe
What is Chicken Masala? (How is it different from a Chicken Karahi)
A Chicken Masala is a flavorful Chicken Dish that has some eminently scoopable with a roti gravy or masala. Not watery like a salan (curry) and not drier like a karahi dish. While there are 1000 different ways to make it they also typically take less tomatoes than a Chicken Karahi. Also while Chicken Karahi's often start with you cooking the chicken first and then adding the oil or ghee, in this dish it is oil first!
What makes a Chicken Masala recipe sing?
We make a variation of this dish often. Quite frequently I find myself reaching for the ginger/garlic paste or the passata or garam masala in lieu of roasted coriander and cumin. However when I have the time and the ginger/garlic and tomatoes are fresh this dish is at it's very best. Add in some home roasted coarsely ground coriander and cumin and the effect is positively lip smacking.
What is the quickest way to make fresh crushed Ginger and Garlic
Unless you have the world's most mini blender or are a speedy demon with a mortar and pestle I recommend a garlic press for the garlic and the fine holes in the box grater for the ginger. Want to make grating ginger even easier? keep it in the freezer! Trust me!
How do I stop my Yoghurt from Splitting or Becoming Grainy
Despite conventional wisdom yogurt doesn't split because it is not well whipped, although whipping it can help and it is just a nice thing to do. Yoghurt splits because of the temperature difference between that cold dairy and your piping hot curry. Solve the problem by doing things
- make the yoghurt warmer. whipping your yoghurt first and keeping it near where you are cooking. If you forget then whip it and gently heat it in the microwave in 15 second increments till just warmed through.
- cooling down the curry: take your curry off the stove, stir a little and slowly add the yoghurt in.
Making Chicken Masala: Step by Step
Step One: Gather your Ingredients
Step Two: Saute your Onion and Chilies
Step Three: Create a masala by adding ginger, garlic and tomatoes
Step Four: Stir in the Chicken and Spices, cook till done.
Step Five: Add Yoghurt
Step Six: Finishing touches and DIG IN!
Want more Pakistani Boneless Chicken Recipes? Check these out!
- A No Tomato Smoky Highway Karahi
- Chicken Karahi (quick, easy, weekday friendly!)
- Chicken Ginger (the MOST popular chicken recipe on my blog!)
A chicken dish with a little gravy and a whole lot of flavour!
- 1.5 lb chicken, cut into roughly one inch pieces
- 6 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 2 onions, diced
- 1 inch ginger, grated
- 1 minced green chili
- 2-3 tomatoes, diced
- 1 tsp salt
- ⅓ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- ¾ tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp kashmiri chili powder (if you don't have it simply increase the cayenne/red chili to 1 tsp)
- ½ tsp garama masala powder
- ¼ cup yoghurt, whip well and keep it near where you are cooking to warm up.
- 1 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
- 3 tbsp chopped cilantro (a must!)
- 2-3 green chilies sliced lengthwise
- 1 tbsp butter or ghee
- 1 heaped spoon roasted and coarsely ground coriander and cumin powder
Heat oil in a saucepan or pot and add your onions and minced green chili
Saute on medium heat till the onions edges are a golden colour, 6-7 minutes
Add a splash of water and your crushed ginger and garlic, cook for a minute
Stir in your tomatoes, turn the heat up and cover to rapdily soften them to save time. After a minute or so open the lid and saute on medium high heat till the moisture is gone and the masala looks lovely and cooked (oil rises to the top).
Now stir in the chicken and spices and cook stirring frequently until the chicken changes colour.
Cover and cook on low heat until the chicken is cooked through (breaks easily), add a little water if necessary.
Tip: If this is a make ahead dish and you want to avoid any funky smells cook on low heat with a splash of water for about half an hour and then proceed to the next step.
When the chicken is done then take the pot off the heat and gently mix in your well whipped room temperature yogurt.
Now taste and adjust seasoning and consistency of the gravy with water. Bring to a boil to make the gravy cohesive.
Add your favourite things from the finishing touches section, cover with a lid and turn the heat off. So much YUM!
No time, no problem - here are some tips for quick and easy subs!
ginger and garlic - use a heaped tsp of each
roasted cumin and coriander - use a cracking of fresh pepper or a little extra garam masala
yoghurt - if you don't have any no worries, add a splash of cream at the end or a little milk!