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Garlic Chicken

Bite size pieces of chicken marinated with crushed garlic, dry chillies, salt and vinegar; cooked with onion and tomatoes, and finished off with green chillies for an extra kick; this is a wonderfully balanced blend of flavours. Simple ingredients, honest plate of food - this is finger-lickin' good! This is the sort of food that's a sure shot party hit!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Marination30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 helping


  • 500 grams chicken small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons garlic finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dry chillies
  • 2 green chillies thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • to taste salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • spring onions optional


  • Finely chop onions, tomato, and garlic.
  • Lightly crush the garlic. Marinate the chicken pieces with the crushed dry chillies, vinegar, garlic and salt.
  • Mix well, and let it sit for an hour. You can skip the marination, but to get all the great flavours of garlic, you SHOULD marinate.
  • Heat some oil in a thick-bottomed pan. Add chopped onions and cook on a medium flame while stirring occasionally.
    Garlic Chicken Steps - Sauteing onions
  • Sweat the onions till they are tender and cooked well. When the onions start turning brown, add the chopped tomatoes, and cook further.
    Garlic Chicken Steps - Adding chopped tomato
  • Cook on a low flame till the onion and tomato mix reach a thick paste like consistency. Add salt, sugar, and 3 tablespoons of water.
    Garlic Chicken Steps - Adding salt, sugar, and water
  • Combine well. Switch off when the water start to disappear.
    Garlic Chicken Steps - Cooking till the water disappears
  • Transfer the contents to a bowl.
    Garlic Chicken Steps - Onion-tomato mix transferred to a bowl
  • Use the same pan, add a little oil, and braise the marinated chicken on a high flame.
    Garlic Chicken Steps - Flash-frying the chicken in the same pan
  • Stir occasionally and fry for a couple of minutes. Lower the flame, and cook with the lid closed for about 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid, add the onion-tomato paste back to the pan, mix well, and cook on a low flame.
    Garlic Chicken Steps - Onion-tomato mix added to the chicken
  • Add salt if required. Cook till chicken pieces is evenly coated. Add the chopped green chillies, and a tablespoon of finely chopped spring onions.
    Garlic Chicken Steps - Adding green chillies and spring onions
  • Combine well. Cook for a couple of minutes, and switch off.
    Garlic Chicken Steps - Combine well before switching off the stove
  • Garnish with spring onions, and serve hot.
  • You can enjoy this garlic chicken on its own, or with some fragrant rice.
  • Recommendation: For best results, serve 4-5 hours after cooking. This will help the flavours to develop further. Heat it up in a pan just before serving.