garlic chicken recipe, indian style

Garlic chicken recipe

By Swasthi on August 28, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Garlic chicken recipe in 20 minutes – This Indian style garlic chicken has been one of the favorites at home. Hot, spicy, flavorful & absolutely delicious – all without deep frying the chicken. This goes well with plain rice – rasam, Fried rice and Hakka noodles.

indian garlic chicken recipe

However you can also have this with chilli garlic noodles or chilli garlic fried rice and you may also save sometime since the noodles & fried rice I mentioned also use the same spice base.

My new found trick to tenderize the chicken which I learnt from my chicken majestic, works well for this recipe too. I soaked the chicken strips overnight in buttermilk along with salt and pepper.

I was surprised at this soft, tasty and tender chicken, all without deep frying and it is egg free too. I am yet to try baking this. This is not any restaurant style chicken starter but it tastes awesome and is ideal for a home preparation. It is one of our favorites during the monsoon and winters.

To make the spice paste, you can tweak it a bit to suit your taste. For me this turns out perfect.

Note for those who cannot blend and make a paste: mix red chili powder, chopped and crushed garlic, vinegar, sugar, salt and 1 tbsp. water. Use this paste for marinating.

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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time6 hours
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time6 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )


  • 300 grams chicken strips or boneless cubes
  • 4 tbsp Yogurt / dahi / curd (do not use sour yogurt)
  • Salt very little
  • 1 pinch pepper


  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 1 onions chopped finely

Ingredients for Chili garlic sauce

  • 5 red chilies or 3/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 5 garlic cloves crushed
  • ¾ tbsp Vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sugar (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 15 to 30 ml Water (lesser, better) to make a paste


  • Coriander leaves few
  • Onion wedges or rings
  • Lemon



  • Mix yogurt, salt and pepper with ½ to ¾ cup water. Beat well and set aside.
  • Wash chicken and soak it in the above prepared butter milk for 2 hours to overnight in the refrigerator. Soaking for at least 6 hours is recommended to get soft chicken.
  • Blend and Make a paste of the ingredients mentioned for chili garlic sauce.
  • Drain up the buttermilk and add the prepared sauce. Mix well and leave it for 5 minutes. If you want to prepare it at a later time, you can put it back in the refrigerator.

Making garlic chicken

  • Heat a pan with oil, add cumin and curry leaves, sauté till the cumin begins to splutter.
  • Transfer the onions and fry till golden.
  • Add the chicken and fry on a high heat for 2 to 3 mins. When you see the chicken turning white, cover it with a lid and lower the heat and cook till the chicken turns tender. This barely takes 5 mins if you are using strips
  • Remove the lid and fry till the moisture evaporates and the sauce begins to cling to the chicken. The longer it is roasted, the sauce becomes more aromatic and tastier but the chicken tends to lose its tenderness. So take off from the heat when it is of your liking. Take care not to burn, garlic burns faster.
  • Serve garlic chicken hot or warm.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Garlic chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 400mg11%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 90.3mg109%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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1 star
Tried garlic chicken recipe but end product does not look like tours. It is watery and whitish in colour as there was no mention of turmeric in tour recipe 🙁

Mine doesn’t look anything like yours, maybe I didn’t add the chilies (we don’t eat spicy food)and it’s a little watery, not sticky.

Your Gobi Manchurian recipe is a hit in my family! I do not have to buy it from restaurants anymore. Thank you very much!

I am trying out your Garlic Chicken todak for lunch.

5 stars
Mouth watering recipe. We tried and everyone loved it.

5 stars
I loved going through your recipes Swathi. It’s a must try . The little tricks you add inbetween are awesome

Hi Swasthi..
I’ve tried many recipes of yours.. most of them turned out to be good..♥️
It would be helpful of u put step by step photos for this garlic chicken recipe too..

Quick and yummy…. This is purely a toddler and new mom recipe if you add less chilli (I added 3chillies instead of 5) and my 16 months old son loved it…. And my sister is a mother to 20 days old baby girl and she loved it too…. Thankyou so much dear…. I love your recipes swasthi…

5 stars
Though I cook a lot of variety and tasty dishes I still refer ur page for non vegetarian recipes. I really like ur recipes it’s S really too Gud as u share many andhra recipes thank u

5 stars
Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe. Turned out very well.

5 stars
Though i am vegetarian, Looks very tasty. I sd try preparing for my husband, daughter and maid.? thanks for the easy recipie

Hi swasthi when cumin is required in curry recipes etc , is this cumin seeds or ground cumin? Clarity would be appreciated. Thank you!

Thanks for that Swasthi that helps alot….

Cooking non veg for very first time. With the help of ur recipe it was too tasty. Exact measurements. My frnds loved it.

4 stars
Hi Swasthi

Thanks for posting the Garlic chicken recipe.

Where have you mentioned when to add the chilli garlic paste. I can’t find it.

Hi Swasthi,

Thanks for the reply.
So as I understand, take the marinated chicken from the fridge and then “Drain up the buttermilk” means from the marinated chicken and then add the sauce to the chicken and again keep for few hours. Right?


5 stars
I tried chicken65 and chicken korma. My family loved it every time I make it. They turned out just delicious.Thank you for sharing such easy to make restaurant style recipes.

4 stars
I tried this and it worked very well. I put more garlic paste and also added some red capsicum because the amount was too less for my mixer. Subbed honey for sugar. I added the remaining curd as well as I felt guilty for throwing it. Really good recipe, deceptively delicious for something so simple.

5 stars
l normally make my chicken curry with borne is there any problem?

5 stars
i am a vegetarian but cook non veg for my family so not very much aware about the meat parts s, can u kindly explain me which part of chicken is called “chicken strips?

5 stars
I love ur recipes..I have tried many of them n they r simply wowww!!! Thank u so much for sharing ur recipes.

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Hi, loved this recipe. One request ? Could you please send me Lemon Chicken Recipe as well.

5 stars
I have tried most of the recipes and love them
Can you please make phirni and post the recipe I have tried it but failed

5 stars
its awesome. can u ppl mail me the daily recepies of chicken?

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