6 Unbeatable Chicken Recipes for Dinner

Winner! Winner! Chicken dinner!

Annabelle D’Costa

Chicken is not only one of the most versatile meats that can be taken from breakfast to dinner, but also a good source of proteins, and other nutritional benefits. Whether you've never cooked a chicken before, or you're looking for a new spicy twist on the same old bird, we’ve got you covered. From butter chicken to chilli chicken, here are ways to help you set up your dinner table with these effortless chicken recipes that take less than an hour!

Chicken 65

Whether it has 65 chillies or a total of 65 ingredients or the most established story of being a dish introduced in Madras’ AM Buhari restaurant in 1965, Chicken 65 is a staple dish on restaurant menus. Chicken 65 (Click here for a step by step guide to make restaurant style-chicken 65) traditionally made by frying batter-coated pieces of chicken and then tossing it in a chilli-tomato sauce, which can be dry or runny based on your preference. Using the exact same recipe, vegetarians can substitute the chicken with paneer or cauliflower to make the equally classic Paneer 65 or Gobhi 65.

Butter Chicken

The first love of any chicken lover, butter chicken, also known as murg makhani, has been the reason why strictest diet plans have collapsed. Marinated overnight, the chicken is roasted and cooked in tomato puree, cream, yoghurt and other Indian masalas and spices, all of which comes together, in the end, to give us what we call the butter chicken. As the name suggests, the key to this recipe lies in the butter, therefore, be as generous as you can with it. Watch this step-by-step video to make butter chicken at home that tastes as delicious, creamy and rich as you would find at any restaurant. Serve your butter chicken with naan/roti or rice, and top with some fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

Chicken Biryani

Blame it on the fluffy, long-grained and flavourful Basmati rice, tender chicken and the heady aroma of spices and herbs: Chicken Biryani takes top spot as a comfort food! However, choosing a favourite is a dicey affair—from the fragrant Lucknowi biryani, spicy Hyderabadi to the Kolkata one—emotions will run high. Your accompaniment with chicken biryani, whether it is raita, shorba, salan, pickle or papad, can also be a cause for a debacle. There are no short-cuts when preparing a chicken biryani and it is a time-consuming task. However, if you don’t have the luxury of time and yet would want to attempt this classic dish, here’s a step-by-step guide for a quick-fix biryani.

Chicken Tikka

Even Justin Bieber is a fan of Chicken Tikka Masala! You don’t have to be a Belieber to enjoy Chicken Tikka Masala. Typically paired with naan or kulcha, chicken tikka masala (Click here to read how you can make restaurant-style chicken tikka masala at home) is quite simple to prepare in the comfort of your kitchen. You can tweak the ingredients according to you and come up with a healthier version of the dish devoid of food colouring and minimal use of oil. If you’d like to get a bit more experimental, you could give this Chicken Tikka Calzone recipe by Chef Rakhee Vaswani or Chicken Tikka Kebab Recipe by  Gurdip Kohli Punj a try.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken needs no introduction. Chicken soaks in a marinade of yoghurt, garlic, ginger, chillies, turmeric and other spices and roasted in an open fire of a tandoor. This dish can easily be replicated at home in an oven, here’s how. We also have Chef Rakhee Vaswani who will help you fix yourself a plate of tandoori chicken, in the comfort of your home. If you want to jazz up your dinner a bit further, you should give this chicken tandoori lollipop recipe by Chef Gurdip Kohli Punj a try. Enjoy with naan, roti or a bowl of rice!

Chilli Chicken

There’s no denying that the chilli chicken is an evergreen Chindian or desi Chinese dish that deserves a special mention. Blame it on its versatility – boneless, bone-in, dry or gravy-based—or the mere fact that the tender juicy batter-fried chicken is tossed with stir-fried veggies, coated with an array of sauces makes it a winner! Whether served as an appetiser, side dish or main course, a generous serving of chilli chicken always brings a smile to your face. (Click here to learn to make restaurant-style chilli chicken at home) Or watch this video to help nail this classic desi Chinese dish. 

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