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Oct 15, 2013

Onion Chicken Fry / Onion Chicken Dry Masala

Chicken is my husband favorite dish. Specially if it is fried chicken, he will be praising me the whole day for it. But i stay away from fried dishes due to health reasons. But how i could stay away and not make a dish which is my husbands favorite..So I have found a new method of making chicken taste like fried but actually it is not fried. Confusing huh?

The cooking method is so simple. Actually you add very little oil in a nonstick pan. Add the masala and whatever stuff you want to, then add in the chicken. The chicken should be with a little fat. Now stir it well in the masala and cover the pan with a tight fitting lid. Reduce the flame to a very low, you dont have to add any water. The chicken will leach out lots of it own juices, and the chicken cooks in its juices. Once the chicken is cooked. Increase the flame to a high and start browning the chicken. The water will evaporate and the chicken will roast and dry up in the oil which we added and the oil leached from the chicken. This chicken dish will taste like fried one. You have to trust me in this.

Give this a try and let me know what you think..

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 1 hour
Serves - 3 to 4


Chicken - 1/2 kg on the bone

For Marinating:
Chilli powder - 1 tblspn
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 2 tblspn
Garam Masala Powder - 2 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Masala:
Oil - 3 tblspn
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Onion - 4 large finely chopped
Green Chilli - 3 pricked with a knife
Ginger Garlic Paste - 3 tblspn

Coriander Leaves / Cilantro - 1/2 cup finely chopped
Lemon Juice - 2 tblspn or to taste


Marinate chicken with the listed ingredients and leave it to marinate for 30 mins.

Now heat oil in a nonstick kadai. Crackle in some cumin seeds and fry for a min.

Now add in onions and green chilli. Fry them for 5 mins. Till it turns light golden.

Now add in ginger garlic paste and fry till the onion is well browned. Make sure the onion is golden, because that what gives good colour to the curry.

Now add in the marinated chicken and mix well.

Cover with a tight lid and cook on a very low flame for a good 30 mins to 40 mins stiring inbetween as you go.

Now open the lid and increase the heat. Dry up the chicken, this will make the masala stick to the chicken and get fried.

Add in tons of coriander leaves and lemon juice to taste.

Mix well and serve.

Take all your ingredients

Finely chop up a ton of onions
Take cleaned chicken in abowl
Add in salt and all the spice powders

Mix well and let it marinate
Heat oil

Add in some cumin seeds
Now add in onions

green chilli

Saute it well

Add a good amount of ginger garlic paste

Fry till it turns golden
Add in marinated chicken
saute well

Cover and cook on a very low flame
till chicken is done

The water will leach out and cook the chicken
Now increase the heat and dry up the chicken
Add lots of coriander leaves

Add in lemon juice
Mix well



  1. Incredible and terrific dish,cant resist.

  2. My husband's also a big fan of Chicken fry and I also use the same technique of drying up the gravy :-). I tried your particular recipe with lots of onions and it was a hit!

  3. This looks so delicious Aarthi, I can't wait to try it! What other foods would you serve this dish with?

  4. This looks so delicious Aarthi, I can't wait to try it! What other foods would you serve this dish with?

  5. @ktsue I serve it with plain rice and rasam or biryani..

  6. I tried the recipe n it turned out awesome!!! I did reduce the quantity of coriander pwd and gg paste though..

  7. Dear Arathi...
    I tried it by replacing onions with shallots for a greater kick. and it was awesome... thanku so much for great recipes.. can you please share the recipe for making arabic masala powder

  8. Aarthi, for marination the list should include turmeric powder. You showed it in the picture but not listed.

  9. Super .... Tried today .... Came very well... :)

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  11. They call this Andhra chricken roast.

  12. Hi Aarthi,
    I tried onion chicken fry.
    This was my first ever chicken dish :)
    It turned out very yummy and everyone liked it too.
    Your presentation and description is clear and easy to understand....

  13. I tried this today.
    its AWESOME

  14. Hi Aarthi
    Thank u for the lovely recpice tried it today came out very nice. Liked by Husband and son very spl thank u from my husband one.thing is very easy and tasty

  15. Very nice recipe.Tried and turned out excellent. As of now, it has become my signature dish in our family. The credit goes surely to the great Arthi "The lady with magic wand". Keep rocking....
    Thanks again

  16. Aarthi, as a Malayalee girl living in NY it has been so difficult to learn how to cook Kerala dishes. This is because my mother doesn't measure anything and many recipes don't list measurements in teaspoons and tablespoons like you do. Your website complete with pictorials and measurements has been extremely helpful to me. I tried many recipes and although they don't always come out perfect, it has made me feel more comfortable in the kitchen. Thank you for all that you do and please know your efforts are very much appreciated.

  17. Hi Aarthi,
    Really loved this recipe. Its awesome. Tried it today. Everyone at home simply loved it:)

  18. Hi aarthi,

    I tried this recipe for lunch. It tasted teally good. Its simple. Keep sharing all the good recipes dear.

  19. Hi aarthi,

    I tried this recipe for lunch. It tasted teally good. Its simple. Keep sharing all the good recipes dear.

  20. Hi dear,

    Tried this recipe today and it was awesome. Continue posting simple and delicious recipes. I am sure you are naking complicated food easy..


  21. for 1.25 kilos should i put 9 large onions? isn't that tooo much??

  22. @niku can add lots of onions, it gives nice taste

  23. Hi Aarthi, tried this recipe yesterday. It came out awesome... Just Loved it.
    Shall be repeating it often now...Thanks for sharing...

  24. Hi Aarti, I tried this recipe and it came out very well.My family just loved it :) Thanks for your efforts in sharing such wonderful recipes :)

  25. really wonderful recipe! didn't have any leftovers :)

  26. I tried this recipe.... Very tasty and easy....


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