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How to Make an Easy and Healthy Indian Chicken Dish


healthy Indian chicken dish

So easy and so good!

This healthy Indian chicken dish always goes down a treat!


When I show people how to cook Indian food, I always emphasise the advantages of using freshly roasted and ground spices. Put simply, they make any Indian dish taste better. That said, we don’t all have time to be roasting and grinding spices after a long hard day at work. Sometimes we just want healthy food full of flavour with a minimum effort. That’s where recipes like this healthy Indian Chicken dish come in.

This recipe is so easy and good for you. Removing the chicken skin gets rid of loads of fat and calories. Fatty chicken skin may taste great but with this simple and tasty marinade, you just don’t need it. It’s what make this healthy Indian chicken dish healthy.

In this recipe I recommend shallow frying the chicken in ghee or vegetable oil. This is the easiest cooking method. If you want an excellent recipe for your summer barbecues, however, this could be the one! Removing the fatty skin makes the meat easier to grill without flare ups.


INGREDIENTS for this outstanding healthy Indian chicken dish


12 chicken thighs
5 cloves garlic
1 Tablespoon coriander powder
1 Tablespoon cumin powder
Juice of two lemons
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 teaspoon red chilly powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 Tablespoon garam masala (preferably homemade)
3 Tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 additional lemon

Serves 4

Preparation time : – 10 minutes plus marinading time
Cooking time: 15 minutes


Remove the skin from the chicken thigh and discard.

Make three slices into the flesh of each chicken thigh.

Blend the coriander powder, cumin powder, lemon juice, green chilli, red chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala to a smooth paste. Then add the chicken to the marinade.

Rub the marinade into the slits and all over the chicken pieces. For best results, really press the spice mixture into the meat with your fingers.

Allow to marinade for 2 hours or overnight – the longer the better. This may be a healthy Indian chicken dish but it doesn’t have to taste healthy!

When you are ready to cook the chicken, melt the ghee in a heavy bottomed frying pan over medium heat. Then fry the chicken thighs until they are browned on all sides and cooked through. This should take about eight minutes. You may which to fry the chicken thighs in batches.


This healthy Indian chicken dish is a favourite around my house!


Sprinkle with lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot with a green salad.

Voila! You have prepared an easy and healthy chicken dinner that is packed with flavour.

I hope you enjoy this Indian chicken recipe. Be sure to come back and let me know how you got on! I am always interested in reading comments and also suggestions as to how my healthy Indian chicken dish can be improved or changed.

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