Coriander Chicken Curry (Dhaniya Chicken Curry)

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Coriander Chicken Curry (Dhaniya Chicken Curry) is a delicious North Indian style curry made using chicken pieces, cilantro, mint, dried nuts, and a few spices. Use my easy recipe to make it.

Here are some more chicken curries: Tomato Chicken Curry, Achari Chicken Curry, Coconut Curry Chicken, and Kadai Chicken.

Coriander chicken curry served in a bowl.
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My little kitchen garden gave me a lot of coriander today. I made a batch of my green chutney and updated this coriander chicken curry recipe I posted on the blog a few years ago. This curry came out so good when I first made it that I have been making it very often.

It is creamy, rich, and very different from the regular onion-tomato masala-based curries. Try it!

About Coriander Chicken Curry

This Coriander Chicken Curry (Dhaniya Chicken Curry) is a delicious North Indian-style curry made with fresh cilantro (coriander), mint, dried nuts, and spices.

Serve it with Indian bread like naan, lachha paratha, or lightly spiced rice dishes like jeera rice or veg pulao.

Ingredients

To Marinate The Chicken

Chicken – For the best result, use bone-in, skinless chicken. Bones add a lot of flavor to the curry. If not, you can use boneless chicken cut into small pieces.

Cilantro (Fresh Coriander Leaves) is the star ingredient of this recipe.

Nuts – Almonds and cashew nuts make the curry rich and creamy.

Spice Powders – You will need black pepper powder, cardamom powder, garam masala powder, and coriander powder.

Others – You will also need mint leaves, green chilies, fried onions, ginger-garlic paste, lime juice, plain yogurt (dahi, curd), and salt.

For The Gravy

Spices – You will need cloves, cinnamon, green cardamoms, and bay leaves.

Others – You will also need oil, ghee, red onions, and Kasuri methi.

How To Make Dhaniya Chicken Curry

Marinate The Chicken

Wash 1 kg bone-in skinless chicken (cut into 1 and ½ inch pieces) and keep aside.

Add the following ingredients to a blender and blend to make a smooth paste.

  • 1 cup cilantro (coriander leaves)
  • ¼ cup mint
  • 2- 3 green chilies
  • ½ cup crispy fried onions
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts, soaked in water for 20 minutes
  • ¼ cup almonds, soaked in water for 30 minutes and then peeled
  • ½ cup water
Coriander, mint, green chilies, fried onions, cashew nuts, almonds, and water added to a blender.
Smooth paste made.

Mix the following ingredients in a bowl.

  • Chicken
  • Green paste
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (dahi, curd)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cover the bowl and refrigerate the chicken for 1-2 hours.

Chicken, green paste and remaining marination ingredients added to a bowl.
Marinated chicken.

Make The Curry

Heat 2 tablespoon oil and 2 tablespoon ghee in a pan over medium-high heat.

Once the oil is hot, add 2-3 cloves, 1-inch piece of cinnamon, 2-3 green cardamom, and 2 bay leaves, and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.

Whole spices added to hot oil and ghee in a pan.

Add 1 cup sliced onions and cook until onions are lightly browned, stirring frequently.

Onions added to the pan.

Now add the marinated chicken and ½ cup of water and cook for 5 minutes.

Marinated chicken and water added to the pan.

Reduce the heat to low. 

Cover the pan and cook for 40-45 minutes until the chicken is tender.

Check for salt and add more if required.

Pan covered with a lid.

Add 1 tablespoon Kauri methi and mix well. Serve hot.

Kasuri methi added to the pan.
Ready coriander chicken curry.

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Coriander Chicken Curry (Dhaniya Chicken Curry) is a delicious North Indian style curry made using chicken pieces, cilantro, mint, dried nuts, and a few spices. Use my easy recipe to make it.
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Coriander Chicken Curry Recipe (Dhaniya Chicken Curry)

Coriander Chicken Curry (Dhaniya Chicken Curry) is a delicious North Indian style curry made using chicken pieces, cilantro, mint, dried nuts, and a few spices. Use my easy recipe to make it.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Marination Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

To Marinate The Chicken

  • 1 kilogram skinless bone-in chicken
  • 1 cup cilantro (fresh coriander leaves)
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • 2-3 green chilies
  • ½ cup crispy fried onions
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (dahi, curd)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

For The Curry

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2-3 cloves (laung)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2-3 green cardamoms (hari elaichi)
  • 2 bay leaves (tejpatta)
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1 tablespoon Kasuri methi
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Instructions 

Marinate The Chicken

  • Wash chicken and keep aside.
  • Add coriander, mint, green chilies, fried onion, cashew nuts, almonds, and ½ cup water to a blender and blend to make a smooth paste.
  • Mix chicken, green paste, and the remaining marination ingredients in a bowl.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate the chicken for 1-2 hours.

Make The Curry

  • Heat oil and ghee in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom, and bay leaf, and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.
  • Add onions and cook until onions are lightly browned, stirring frequently.
  • Now add the marinated chicken and ½ cup of water and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low. 
  • Cover the pan and cook for 40-45 minutes until the chicken is tender.
  • Check for salt and add more if required.
  • Add kauri methi and mix well. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 170mg, Sodium: 885mg, Potassium: 721mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 503IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 154mg, Iron: 3mg
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18 Comments

  1. congrats on the feature. love this chicken recipe. very refreshing flavours and nice spice combination.