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Pakistani Ginger Chicken Recipe

Pakistani ginger chicken is a classic dish that is perfect for an easy and flavorful weeknight dinner, and sharing with friends.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Pakistani Cuisine
Servings 4


  • ½ cup neutral oil
  • 2 medium-sized onions roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoon crushed ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 4 roma tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 1- inch knob ginger julienned
  • 1 bird's eye chilies + extra for garnish
  • ½ cup full-fat yogurt brought to room temperature


  • Heat oil on medium heat in a non-stick saucepan. Once it begins to shimmer, add chopped onions and fry until soft.
  • Lower heat, and add crused ginger and garlic paste. Fry for roughly 2 minutes, taking care to not burn them.
  • Increase heat to high, and add chicken and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Fry on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Add red chili powder and turmeric powder, and stir for a few seconds until fragrant.
  • Add diced tomatoes, and remainder of the salt. Cook on high heat until the sauce is reduced to a jammy mixture.
  • Add julienned ginger and green chili.
  • Lower heat, stir in the yogurt, and let the chicken cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Place in serving bowl and garnish with julienned ginger, cilantro and green chilies.
Keyword gluten free