Chicken bhuna masala recipe with step by step photos & video recipe. Chicken bhuna masala is basically a chicken curry that is cooked in spicy onion-tomato masala. This popular North Indian chicken curry is easy to make at home.

Chicken bhuna masala is spicy!!! But there is a perfect balance of sweet & sour flavors coming from the onion and tomatoes. This bhuna chicken recipe is now added to our family’s favorite dishes.

If you love spicy food, like me, then you should try this super delicious chicken bhuna masala recipe at home. It’s so delicious that you will love to make it again. You can reduce the spice level if you prefer less spicy.

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What is Bhuna?

Bhuna is a “Hindi” word that means “roasted”. This term comes from a cooking technique where the spices, onion & tomatoes are roasted in oil until they release their flavor into the dish.

What is chicken bhuna masala?

Chicken bhuna masala gets its name from the cooking technique used to make this chicken curry.

“Bhuna” means roasting the spices, onion & tomatoes in oil (traditionally in clarified butter) until the oil is released from the spices. It brings out the exotic flavors from each ingredient of bhuna chicken.

The chicken is cooked on high heat with the spicy onion-tomato masala. Later, the chicken is simmered in the masala until the chicken pieces are tender & reach a semi-dry or dry consistency.

What does a Bhuna masala taste like?

Bhuna masala is spicy, with a slight tinge of sweetness coming from the caramelized onions and sourness from the tomatoes.

Although bhuna masala is spicy there is a perfect blend of a sweet and sour taste in the curry. When you are making this bhuna chicken recipe at home, you can balance the level of spiciness as per your liking. 

What to serve with chicken bhuna masala?

You can serve chicken bhuna masala with Roti/Naan or steamed rice. You can also pair it up with Jeera rice or Fried rice as a side dish.

Tips to make perfect chicken bhuna masala:

  1. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes or overnight. The longer it marinates the better it tastes.
  2. Use a heavy bottom pan to make chicken bhuna masala. You have to cook onion-tomato on a high flame, stirring frequently & the chances are it may stick to the bottom.
  3. Cook it stirring occasionally, to avoid burnt bottom.
  4. Chop the onions and tomatoes as fine as possible. You can use a food processor too. This will reduce the cooking time.
  5. Do not use onion puree for making this recipe. This is not buttery soft gravy. Finely chopped onions and tomatoes add texture to the gravy.
  6. Cook the onion-tomato masala until it reduces and becomes thick & oil starts to release from it. This is an indication that the onion-tomato masala is cooked perfectly.
  7. Use clarified butter for making bhuna masala. It will increase the flavor of the chicken masala.
  8. You can skip adding the green chilies and chicken masala powder in the recipe to reduce the spiciness.
  9. You can adjust the consistency of the gravy as per your liking. Make chicken gravy or completely dry chicken.
  10. Use Kashmiri red chili powder that gives a bright red color to the dish and is less spicy too.

Chicken bhuna masala recipe with step by step photos:

Preparation to be done.

  1. Finely chop the onion & tomatoes. Keep it aside.
  2. Marinate the chicken with curd, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder & salt. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.

Making the chicken bhuna masala:

  1. Heat a Kadhai/Indian Wok over medium heat. Add oil & clarified butter to it.
  2. Add the whole spices and sauté it for a minute.
  3. Next, add onions and sauté until translucent.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook until raw smell from ginger & garlic leaves.step by step collage of addition of whole spices, onion & ginger garlic paste to make bhuna chicken
  5. Now lower the flame, add red chili powder, coriander powder & cumin powder. Sauté until oil starts to release from the spices. Keep stirring continuously to avoid burning of spices.
  6. Add tomatoes and salt. Mix it well. Keep the flame on medium.addition of tomatoes & salt Cover & cook until tomatoes is soft & pulpy. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Be careful while adding the salt. We have already added salt while marinating the chicken.
  7. Keep the flame on high & add the marinated chicken. Mix it with the masala. Cook, it uncovered for 5 minutes.step by step collage of addition of marinated chicken with the bhuna masala
  8. Now add 1 cup water, green chilies & chicken masala powder. Cover & cook for 15 minutes on medium flame, stirring occasionally until the chicken is tender.addition of water, green chilies & chicken masala powder to make bhuna chicken masala
  9. Lower the flame and add lemon juice, kasuri methi & coriander leaves. Cover & cook for 10 minutes.addition of lime juice, kasuri methi & coriander leaves
  10. Chicken bhuna masala is ready to serve. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  11. Serve it hot with Roti/Naan/Parathas.
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Chicken Bhuna Masala | Bhuna Chicken | Spicy Indian Chicken Curry

Chicken bhuna masala recipe – spicy chicken coated with delicious bhuna masala. Chicken is cooked on high heat with spice roasted onion-tomato masala.
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 390kcal
Author Preeti Nayak

Ingredients

To marinate the chicken:

  • 500 gm chicken
  • 1/4 cup curd/yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • Salt to taste

To make chicken bhuna masala

  • 2 tsp clarified butter, ghee
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 3 onions, medium size, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Kashmir red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 6 tomatoes medium size, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp chicken masala powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Kasoori methi roasted & crushed
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves

Whole spices:

  • 1 dried red chili, sukhi lal mirch
  • 1 tsp cumin, jeera
  • 1- inch cinnamon, dalchini
  • 5 cloves, laung
  • 3 green cardamom, choti elaichi
  • 10 peppercorns, kali mirchi
  • 1 black cardamom, badi elaichi
  • 2 bay leaf, small, tej patta

Instructions

Preparation to be done:

  • Finely chop the onion & tomatoes. Keep it aside.
  • Marinate the chicken with curd, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder & salt. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.

Making the chicken bhuna masala:

  • Heat a Kadhai/Indian Wok over medium heat. Add oil & clarified butter to it.
  • Add the whole spices and sauté it for a minute.
  • Next, add onions and sauté until translucent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook until raw smell from ginger & garlic leaves.
  • Now lower the flame, add red chili powder, coriander powder & cumin powder. Sauté until oil starts to release from the spices. Keep stirring continuously to avoid burning of spices.
  • Add tomatoes and salt. Mix it well. Keep the flame on medium. Cover & cook until tomatoes is soft & pulpy. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Be careful while adding the salt. We have already added salt while marinating the chicken.
  • Keep the flame on high & add the marinated chicken. Mix it with the masala. Cook, it uncovered for 5 minutes.
  • Now add 1 cup water, green chilies & chicken masala powder. Cover & cook for 15 minutes on medium flame, stirring occasionally until the chicken is tender.
  • Lower the flame and add lemon juice, kasuri methi & coriander leaves. Cover & cook for 10 minutes.
  • Chicken bhuna masala is ready to serve. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve it hot with Roti/Naan/Parathas.

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Notes

  1. Use a heavy bottom pan to make bhuna chicken.
  2. Keep stirring it as required to avoid the burning of spices.
  3. You can skip adding green chilies and chicken masala powder to reduce the spiciness of the dish.
  4. Use Kashmiri red chili powder to give bright red color to the bhuna masala. It is less spicy too.

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