Chicken Keema Masala

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Chicken Keema Masala is a hot and spicy Indian dish made using minced chicken, onions, tomatoes, and spices. It is super easy to make and tastes great with Indian bread. Here is how to make it in a pan over the stovetop or in an instant pot.

Here are some more minced meat recipes that you may like: Mutton Keema Kaleji, Methi Keema, Keema Paratha, Keema Naan, and Mutton Keema Kofta.

Chicken keema masala served in a bowl.
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What Is Chicken Keema

Chicken Keema is chicken mince (ground chicken) in Hindi. You can use it to make dishes like Chicken Kofta, Chicken Seekh Kabab, Chapli Kabab, Chicken Samosa, Chicken Keema Curry, or Chicken Keema Masala.

You can also stuff it inside parathas, make sandwiches or rolls, or make a delicious chicken keema biryani.

About Chicken Keema Masala

Chicken Keema Masala (Chicken Kheema Masala, Chicken Qeema) is a hot, spicy, and flavorful Indian dish made using chicken mince (ground chicken), red onions, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and earthy spices.

This one-pot dish is easy to make and comes together in under 30 minutes. I like to make it semi-dry, as it tastes the best this way, but you can also make it gravy-style.

Serve it on the side with Indian bread or fill samosas, rolls, sandwiches, or wraps.

In the post below, I share the method for making the chicken keema recipe in a pan over the stovetop or in an instant pot.

Ingredients

Ground Chicken (Chicken Mince) is the star ingredient of this dish. You can buy packaged mince or make homemade chicken using boneless chicken in a food processor.

You can also replace minced chicken with ground turkey.

Onions, Tomatoes, and Yogurt (Dahi) make the chicken qeema masala curry base.

Spice Powders and Whole Spices – This recipe uses everyday spice powders such as turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, roasted cumin powder, garam masala powder, and black pepper powder.

Green cardamoms (hari elaichi), cinnamon (dalchini), and cloves (laung) are the main spices used in the dish. Add black cardamoms (badi elaichi) and bay leaves (tejpatta) for extra flavor.

Other Ingredients – You will also need fresh ginger, freshly squeezed lime juice, cilantro (fresh coriander leaves), oil, ghee, green chilies, crushed coriander seeds, ginger-garlic paste, mint leaves, Kasuri methi, salt, and green onions (scallions).

How To Make Chicken Keema Masala

In A Pot Over Stovetop

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

Oil and ghee heating in a pan.

Once the oil is hot, add the following whole spices and saute for 3-4 seconds.

  • 2 whole green cardamoms
  • 1-inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cloves
Whole spices added to hot ghee.

Add 1 cup chopped onions and cook until they turn golden brown (6-8 minutes). Stir frequently while frying.

Onions added to the pan.

Now add 2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste and cook until the onions turn dark brown (4-5 minutes), stirring frequently.

Ginger garlic paste added to the pan.
Onions fried until dark brown in color.

Add 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes and ½ cup whisked yogurt (dahi) and cook for 2-3 minutes until the tomatoes are mushy. While cooking, keep mashing the tomatoes with the back of the ladle.

Tomatoes and yogurt added to the pan.
Cooked well.

Now add the following ingredients and cook until the oil separates from the sides of the pan (3-4 minutes). Stir continuously while cooking.

  • 5-6 green chilies (slit into half)
  • 2 tablespoon coarsely ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
Green chilies and spice powders added to the pan.
Spices fried well.

Add 1 pound (500 g) chicken mince and 2 teaspoon salt and mix well.

Note – I buy mince chicken from a local butcher and hence rinse it in a fine-mesh strainer. If you are buying the packaged mince, there is no need to rinse it.

Chicken mince and salt added to the pan.
Mixed well.

Reduce the heat to low.

Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 18-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked well. Stir 2-3 times while cooking. If the mince is drying, add some water.

pan covered with a lid.
Cooked chicken mince.

Add the following ingredients and mix well.

  • ½ cup chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoon Kasuri methi
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 2-inch piece of ginger (julienned)
  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala

Add more water if you want a thinner curry, and bring it to a boil.

Check for salt and add more if needed.

Herbs, ginger, lime juice and garam masala added to the pan.

Garnish with 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Ready chicken keema masala garnished with cilantro.

In An Instant Pot

Press the SAUTE button on the instant pot.

Follow the recipe until chicken mince, water, and salt are added.

Close the instant pot lid and set the valve to the sealing position.

Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 6 minutes at high pressure.

Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.

Release the remaining pressure manually and open the lid of the pot.

Press the SAUTE button once again.

Add mint leaves, Kasuri methi, green onions, ginger, lime juice, and garam masala, and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Check for salt and add more if needed.

Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make chicken mince at home?

Add boneless chicken breast or things (cut into small pieces) to a food processor and pulse until it resembles ground beef. You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your food processor. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Please DO NOT use a blender to mince the chicken; otherwise, it will become pasty.

Is chicken mince healthy?

As chicken is lean meat, it doesn’t have a lot of fat and is also high in protein, therefore it is very healthy to include it in your meals. You can control the ghee/oil and spices if you are making it for your weight loss diet. 

How to use leftover chicken keema masala?

You can use the leftover chicken qeema to make biryani or pulav. My favorite way of using it is to make chicken qeema sliders or sloppy joe, where you stuff the leftover keema between mini pavs. 

You can also make a roll or sandwich using the leftover mince. It can also be used to make samosas and cutlets.

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Chicken Keema Masala is a hot and spicy Indian curry made using minced chicken, onions, tomatoes, and spices. It is super easy to make and tastes great with Indian bread. Here is how to make it in a pan over the stovetop or in an instant pot.
4.22 from 28 votes

Chicken Keema Masala Recipe

Chicken Keema Masala is a hot and spicy Indian dish made using minced chicken, onions, tomatoes, and a few spices. It is super easy to make and tastes great with Indian bread. Here is how to make it in a pan over the stovetop or in an instant pot.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 whole green cardamoms (hari elaichi)
  • 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 2-3 clove (laung)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup plain yogurt (dahi, curd) (whisked)
  • 5-6 green chilies (slit Into half)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1 pound chicken mince (500 g)
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • ½ cup chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Kasuri methi
  • ½ cup chopped green onions (scallions)
  • 2 inch piece of ginger (julienned)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (fresh coriander leaves)
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Instructions 

  • Heat oil and ghee in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add green cardamoms, cinnamon, and cloves and saute for 3-4 seconds.
  • Add onions and cook until they turn golden brown in color (6-8 minutes). Stir frequently while frying.
  • Now add ginger garlic paste and cook until the onions turn dark brown in color (4-5 minutes), stirring frequently.
  • Add tomatoes and yogurt and cook for 2-3 minutes until the tomatoes are mushy. Keep mashing the tomatoes from the back of the ladle while cooking.
  • Now add green chilies, coriander seeds, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, black pepper powder, and cumin powder and cook until the oil separates from the sides of the pan (3-4 minutes). Stir continuously while cooking.
  • Add chicken mince and salt and mix well.
  • Note – I buy chicken mince from a local butcher and hence rinse it in a fine-mesh strainer. If you are buying the packaged mince, there is no need to rinse it.
  • Reduce the heat to low.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 18-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked well. Stir 2-3 times while cooking. You can add some water if the mince is drying.
  • Finally, add mint leaves, Kasuri methi, green onions, ginger, lime juice, and garam masala and mix well.
  • Add more water if you want a thinner curry and bring it to a boil.
  • Check for salt and add more if needed.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

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Notes

Check for the instant pot recipe in the post. 
You can also replace minced chicken with ground turkey.

Nutrition

Calories: 293kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 103mg, Sodium: 1536mg, Potassium: 802mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 834IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 107mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I have had this recipe saved for a while and finally made it last night. It was delicious! I had to make a couple of minor substitutions because I didn’t realize I was out of some things so I know it will be even better next time I make it, but it was still soooo good. I look forward to trying some of your other recipes.