Before cooking, marinate the chicken in these spice mixes for the best flavour

Chicken curry is an ultimate crowd pleaser. Whether the chicken in the curry is butter chicken, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala or dhaba-style chicken, the distinct flavours of each chicken curry variation cater to different taste buds. A bowl of steamed rice paired with chicken curry is a comfort food for many. The distinct flavours in the hearty chicken curry come from regional differences and it all depends on the spices used while making the chicken recipe. Chicken is known to be a spice-friendly meat considering it soaks in and brings out the flavours beautifully. Experiment with the following spice mix combinations and you will have a new chicken dish to savour every day!

Also Read: Chicken recipes for dinner that take less than an hour!

Tandoori Chicken Spice Mix

40 grams garlic paste
30 grams ginger paste
200 grams Kashmiri chili paste
12 grams green chili paste
A pinch of garam masala
A pinch of coriander powder
13 grams cumin powder
Little bit of kasuri methi
Some tandoori chicken masala
Black salt for taste
140 ml mustard oil
300 grams hung curd 

Marinate the chicken in this spice mix and then proceed with cooking the tandoori chicken recipe. Follow these tips to make tandoori chicken at home without a tandoor. And when you have leftover tandoori chicken, here is what you can do with it.

Butter Chicken Spice Mix

4 grams of kasuri methi
14 grams butter
A pinch of garam masala
A pinch of coriander powder
Salt as per tase
Half cup fresh cream
A pinch of cumin seed powder
Red chili powder as required

To use this butter chicken spice mix, learn how to make restaurant-style butter chicken in less than an hour

Dhaba-style Chicken Spice Mix

1 bay leaf
Salt as per taste
Some coriander powder
A pinch of cumin powder 
Some cumin seeds 
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped tomatoes
A pinch of chilli powder
Some ginger garlic paste

A dhaba-style chicken curry is something that everyone looks forward to on a road trip. The delicious chicken curry, commonly found at highway dhabas, is spicy and has a thick gravy. With this spice mix you can prepare a lip-smacking dhaba-style chicken recipe at home. Serve the dhaba-style chicken curry with naan, chapatis or jeera rice for a delicious meal.

Chicken Tikka Masala Spice Mix

½ cup curd
30 grams ginger garlic paste
4 grams garam masala powder
Pinch of chaat masala
Salt as per taste
20 grams red chilli paste
Some mustard oil

Chicken tikka masala is a hit not just in India but is the most sought-after chicken dish on international menus as well. Hollywood actor Will Smith and pop singer Justin Bieber also swear by this chicken dish. Chikken tikka masala is made with grilled chicken coated in a creamy and spicy tomato gravy. Learn how to make restaurant-style chicken tikka masala at home.

Murg Reshmi Masala Spice Mix

3 to 4 pods of garlic
2 onions 
2 tomatoes
10 grams butter
Half cup of cream
A pinch of coriander powder
A pinch of cumin seed powder
Salt as per taste

Looking for a rich and creamy-based chicken preparation to dish up at your dinner party? Murgh reshmi masala should be the go-to dish. This chicken recipe is made by cooking chicken reshmi kebabs in a creamy curry base. This chicken dish is served as a main course alongside parathas, pulao or plain chapatis.

With inputs from head chef Munawar Taher Peerzade, BKC Dive and chef Mikhail Shahani, Charcoal Eats
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