Bhuna Chicken




Ingredients: Serves 4

1 lb of chicken tenders or 2 large chicken breasts (diced into 1 inch pieces)

3 medium sized onions

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1.5 inch piece fresh root ginger, peeled and crushed/grated

2 ripe tomatoes

Spices: 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 level tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp Patak’s Original Mild Curry Paste (found in most grocery stores, especially Indian).

Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped.

2 green chillies (optional)

Cooking oil


How to:

1. Heat up a non-stick pan up and add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. Finely dice up 3 onions and fry on high heat.


2. Add 1 level tsp of salt (to help soften the onions) and then add the garlic and ginger prepared as above. Turn down the heat to the lowest setting, and cover. Onions should be softened and browned. Add enough boiling water (preferably from a kettle) to soften the onions further, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. 


3. When all the water has evaporated from the onion paste, add all the spices and cook on high heat for 5 minutes to make sure the spices are cooked through and not still raw and powdery. Add 2 green chillies sliced in half sideways.


4. Stir in the diced tomatoes, cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.


5. Stir in the chicken pieces making sure they are coated evenly with the onion and spices. Cook on high for 5-8 minutes making sure the chicken browns all over.


6. Add 1 tsp of Patak’s Original Mild Curry Paste and stir in well.  Reduce the heat, cover and cook for a further 5 minutes, adding a little more hot water if need be.  If you prefer it with a little more sauce, add half to one cup of hot water and cook on a medium heat until the sauce thickens. (If at any point during the bhuna process you feel the sauce is getting too dry, add 1/2 cup of water).


7. Remove from heat and sprinkle finely chopped coriander leaves all over.



Recommendations:  Serve with a rice dish of your choice and a leafy side salad. 




Recipe & image by Sabina Huq

5 Responses to “Bhuna Chicken”

  1. hi, I am new to cooking and am sylheti bangladeshi, born and brought up in the UK. I do not have the packet curry paste, and is it ok to leave this out as I don’t like using packet things unless absolutely essential. Thanks for your wonderful recipes. Keep up the good work.
    p.s. I have eaten something that’s made from rice flour/ground rice, salt, onion, ginger,water, and its called yellow pita I think. Can you please give details of how to make it please?

  2. Hi Asma, my apologies for the late response. Regarding your question on the packet curry paste – feel free to leave it out. It’ll taste just as good without it. Regarding your question about yellow pita’s – unfortunately I don’t have the recipe for it. Pita’s take a while to make and my site is really geared towards quick easy recipes. I’m sorry…try googling it. Having said that, do check out the pakoras and dhal bora recipes on the ‘Starter’ section of my website. Could be close to what you’re looking for. Good luck!

  3. Cooked this tonight for my girlfriend and I, and it was amazing. Tasted the same as eating out, but somehow healthier. Thank you for this.

    Next time I’ll leave out the curry paste as I don’t think it added anything.

  4. Thank you sooo much sabina huq!!!
    It was soo lovely to do this with my doughter!
    But my grandoughter dident have so much fun reading all of this to us…
    But she kinda helped us,by reading all of this to us…..idk….
    She also neally cryed thanks to the onions…lol ?
    But my grandoughter sayed”good thing i explained this to u”
    She sayed for one reason….cause it was dilicious!!!!!
    Please i say please post more recapies they are fantastic!!!
    Thank you for everithing sabina huq!!!
    Yours truley hosnera moobin

  5. This is yummy! Your tip about adding salt to the onions to help soften them is amazing.

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