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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.