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Palak Chicken – Tender Chicken in Spinach Gravy


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Palak Chicken – Tender Chicken in Spinach Gravy

This Palak Chicken is deliciously cooked chicken in a creamy, spinach based gravy. Adding the spinach makes it a healthy dish thats finger licking good to boost! Perfect to eat with steamed rice or roti.  Scroll down for video.

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Recipe Type: Curry
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Total time: 35 min
Yield: 4-5 servings

Palak Chicken – Tender Chicken in Spinach Gravy


  • 500 gms chicken, cut into small pieces (You can use bone-in or boneless)Palak
  • 250-300 gms palak (indian green spinach)
  • ½- ¾ tsp salt (according to taste)
  • 5 Tbsp oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh pouring cream (to taste)

To marinate the chicken:

  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp  garam masala
  • ½ ts salt

For ground paste:

  • 1 large onion


    spice powders

  • 1 large tomato
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 generous Tbsp ginger


  •  ½ Tbsp cumin powder
  •  ½ Tbsp chili powder
  •  ½ Tbsp coriander powder
  •  ½ tsp pepper
  •  ½ tsp garam masala
  • ¹/8 tsp turmeric powder


  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Marinate with lime juice, turmeric, garam masala and salt. Set aside while you prepare remaining ingredients.
  • Palak Chicken 7 marinated chicken
  • Rinse the palak well. Chop.
  • Palak Chicken 1 chopped palak
  • Bring water to boil in a saucepan. Add the  palak and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Palak Chicken 2 boiled palak
  • Drain the palak.
  • Palak Chicken 3 cooked palak
  • Blend to a puree without water.
  • Palak Chicken 4 pureed palak
  • Add the chopped onion, tomato, ginger and garlic to a small blender/ mixer and blend to a paste without water.
  • Palak Chicken 6 blended ingredients

    Blended Ingredients

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add the marinated chicken.
  • Palak Chicken 8 fry chicken
  • Fry for just a minute or two till the chicken turns white all over.
  • Palak Chicken 8 just white
  • Remove from the oil and set aside.Cover tightly with foil paper to prevent drying out.
  • Palak Chicken 9 remove chicken
  • To the oil left in the pan, add the ground onion-tomato paste.
  • Palak Chicken 10 add ground paste
  • Stir and cook for 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Palak Chicken 11 cook 5 minutes
  • The mixture should become thick.
  • Palak Chicken 12 till thick
  • Next add the spice powders, and stir for 1 minute till aromatic.
  • Palak Chicken 14 add spices
  • Now add the spinach puree.
  • Palak Chicken 15, add spinach puree
  • Stir into the mixture.
  • Palak Chicken 16 stir puree
  • Wash out the blender with some water (½ cup).  Add salt now.
  • Palak Chicken 17 add water
  • Cook for 2 minutes on low heat. Then add the chicken. Also add any liquid that has accumulated in the plate in which we set aside our chicken.
  • Palak Chicken 17 add chicken
  • Stir and cook, covered on low for 10 minutes.
  • Palak Chicken 18 cover cook 10 minutes
  • Lastly, stir in the cream and remove from heat.
  • Palak Chicken 20 add cream
  • Serve hot with rice or roti! 🙂 Enjoy!
  • palak chicken step by step recipe

Palak Chicken – Tender Chicken in Spinach Gravy

  • You could also pop the dish in the oven. Cook down the tomato onion paste. Add the spice powders and cook briefly Then add the spinach pure and water , cook for a while. Add the chicken, and move to a preheated 200 °c oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and stir in the cream. This gives the top of the curry a lovely finish.
  • For an easier version, skip the marinade and the frying of chicken. Add the rinsed chicken directly to the spinach puree. Cook a few extra minutes.
  • Add a little more of each of the spices for a spicier version.

Key Ingredients: Chicken, Spinach(Palak), Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Ginger, Spices, Salt, Oil, Cream, Lime.

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