Chicken Zafrani
Chicken Zafrani
5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Unleash the culinary artist in you with Chicken Zafrani, a dish that embodies the epitome of royal Indian cuisine. This sumptuous recipe is a delightful blend of aromatic spices and succulent chicken, all elevated by a touch of saffron.

Nutrition: per serving



  • 800 g Chicken
  • 1 Onion Finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 100 g Yogurt
  • 50 ml Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Saffron Strands
  • 3-4 Cardamom Pods
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • Salt Adjust to taste
  • Coriander Chopped (for garnish)


  • Add saffron strands in 2 tbsp of warm water in a small bowl for infusion. Set aside.
  • In a spacious mixing bowl, blend yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, red chili powder, and salt to form a marinade.
  • Coat the chicken pieces with the marinade thoroughly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Over medium heat, warm cooking oil or ghee in a sturdy pan. Sauté chopped onion until it achieves a golden brown hue.
  • Add green cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, and cloves to the pan. Sauté for another minute to release their aromatic essences.
  • Place the marinated chicken, along with its marinade, into the pan. Stir intermittently and cook on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Lower the heat, cover the pan, and allow the chicken to simmer for roughly 20-25 minutes, or until it reaches tenderness and thorough cooking. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • As the chicken simmers, incorporate the soaked saffron, including the soaking water, into the pan. Gently mix to distribute the saffron’s colour and aroma.
  • After cooking the chicken, assess seasoning and adjust salt and spice levels if necessary.
  • Adorn the Chicken Zafrani with chopped cilantro leaves.
  • Present the hot Chicken Zafrani alongside naan, rice, or your chosen bread.

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