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Kadhai Chicken (Stir-fried Chicken with Peppers)

We had showers pouring in non-stop yesterday. All that drowsy weather left us blue and craving for some soul food. One quick look into my fridge and I just knew the peppers I bought over a week ago were going to go bad soon. Another quick peek into the freezer and pantry, and the ball was set to roll. Hubby Dear was all too happy to hear what was on the menu – his favourite Kadhai Chicken!

Recipe for Kadhai Chicken (Stir-fried Chicken with Peppers) taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

A quick few minutes later, we had a hearty lunch waiting to be devoured!! On a day like this when all I want to do is lounge around and relish good ‘ol home-cooking, I need something quick and simple. But what if you crave something that’s not quite so simple in taste, but just as easy to prepare? Well, then I just take out some chicken and get cooking!

When I say quick and easy chicken in minutes, I mean something delicious like this classic Kadhai Chicken!

But wait, what is that you say? Chicken? Quick? Simple? Well, yes! And I’m not talking throwing in a batch of carelessly chopped onions and can of diced tomatoes and waiting for it to brew into a delicious curry. Oh no! Take out that kadhai (Indian wok) and let’s get working on that age-old oh-so-famous deliciously-mouth-watering-finger-lickin’-good Kadhai Chicken!! Yup, you heard me! It IS that easy!!

Kadhai Chicken is probably one of the simplest dishes I can add to my credit.

I have made this recipe so many times that I can easily find my way blindfolded! Loaded with crisp peppers and onions, and a simple blend of spices, this dish is definitely a mouthful and an easy contender to my ever-growing list of everyday comfort foods.

Kadhai Chicken (Stir-fried Chicken with Peppers)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 large boneless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large-sized onion sliced
  • 1 medium-sized green pepper sliced
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes cut into wedges
  • salt to taste
  • roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
  • squeeze of lemon


  • Heat oil in a large non-stick wok and fry cumin seeds, ginger and garlic for a few seconds till fragrant. Add in spices and tomato paste, and mix well.
  • Add in chicken pieces, and stir-fry with the spices for 2-3 minutes till lightly browned along the edges.
  • Add in the onions and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes till the onions start to soften. Now add in the peppers and tomatoes, season with salt, and mix well. Let it cook covered for 5-6 minutes till the chicken is completely cooked through.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and serve warm.


To make a vegetarian version like Kadhai Paneer, simply substitute chicken pieces with cubes of paneer. 

This post was originally published in January 2006 and has been recently updated.

If you enjoyed this recipe, you will surely love my Chilli Chicken – Hakka-style, Dahiwali Chicken Curry and  Homestyle Chicken Curry as well.

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  • Reply
    July 2, 2020

    5 stars
    I love Indian food but always found it daunting and thought I couldn’t cook it at home. That’s until I found your blog and your straightforward recipes. Everything I’ve tried has been easy and delicious. I am so happy that I can finally cook Indian food at home! I’ve always love Kadhai Chicken at Indian restaurants and never thought it was something I could so easily make for myself at home. This has become a new family favourite now!

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    June 30, 2020

    5 stars
    Love this recipe!! Made this for a quick dinner last night with some Basmati rice and it was so amazing – just like takeout. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe, I’m going to make it regularly from now on.

  • Reply
    June 27, 2020

    5 stars
    This looks incredibly hearty and delicious. And I love all the spices in it! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Reply
    June 24, 2020

    5 stars
    Yummy, this kadai chicken looks so delicious, I can’t wait to try it. You explained the recipe so well. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Reply
    Bernice Hill
    June 23, 2020

    5 stars
    How delicious! Everyone should have a favourite ‘go-to’ dish they can make with their eyes closed on busy nights. Especially one as tasty as this!

  • Reply
    June 23, 2020

    5 stars
    Quick, easy and full of FLAVOUR! Perfect simple, healthy meal that is on repeat. Thank you!

  • Reply
    February 13, 2006

    5 stars
    Folks at home loved this dish and I did too as it was fast and easy to make.

  • Reply
    February 1, 2006

    5 stars
    Can u suggest anything vegetarian other than paneer??? Mushrooms are one, but somehow the masala doesn’t seep into the mushrooms.

    • Reply
      February 2, 2006

      Hi Anomi! You can surely try a medley of veggies together, like beans, carrots, mushrooms and peppers. Mushrooms on its own may not absorb the flavours all that well, but mixed in with other veggies, would taste awesome!

      Potatoes would do great as well.

    • Reply
      June 25, 2020

      5 stars
      Thanks for this! I am always looking for quick and easy recipes – this one looks delicious!

  • Reply
    February 1, 2006

    5 stars
    woow looks yummy, shall try it soon.recipe looks easy too. Thanx for the recipe meena

  • Reply
    January 31, 2006

    5 stars
    now that’s an easy- spicy-tease:)

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