Bhuna Chicken Recipe

Bhuna Chicken

Bhuna Chicken is the famous Indian chicken dish and considered as a lighter version of takeaway favorites. Boneless chicken pieces are smeared in tomato based gravy and cooked in fresh fragrance of ginger, garlic and bhuna masala. Chicken Bhuna is a popular dish all around the world and can be seen almost in every Indian restaurant’s menu.

Bhuna Chicken

In good old days there was no food processors available to our chefs and hence they use to cut everything with knife.  It is very important that you cut onion, tomatoes and other ingredients with knife to get authentic flavors in your dish.

Bhuna chicken is often served with Indian Tandoori Roti or Naan / Butter Naan. Bhuna Chicken is also served in Indian wedding and parties.    Learn how to make Restaurant style bhuna chicken recipe at home.

Bhuna Chicken with Naan

Bhuna Chicken with Butter Naan

How to make Bhuna Chicken Recipe :

Bhuna Chicken Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 350

Fat per serving: 18g

Bhuna Chicken Recipe

Bhuna Chicken Recipe is the famous Indian chicken dish, cooked in fresh fragrance of ginger, garlic and Bhuna Masala.


  • 500gm chicken on bone
  • 2 big onions finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cashew nuts paste
  • 8 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 inch ginger minced
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 star aniseeds
  • 1 clove
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek)
  • 2 tablespoon ghee /oil
  • A pinch of red food color
  • Salt to taste


  1. Clean the chicken pieces in tap water and apply salt and lemon juice all over on chicken pieces. Cover and Keep aside.
  2. Melt the ghee in a non-stick pan and add bay leaf, clove, cumin seeds, cardamoms and aniseed.
  3. Saute altogether for few seconds. Add finely chopped onion and keep stirring. Add green chillies, ginger and garlic and continue saute till oil begins to separate. Now add fine chopped tomatoes, salt and spices.
  4. Reduce the flame and cover the pan for 2 minutes. Uncover and keep stirring until the onion-tomato mixture softened and seems like a bhuna paste. This procedure, we could have done through the chopper, but I deliberately needed finely chopped onion, ginger, garlic and tomatoes with the hands, because you can really feel the bhuna taste in this way, so keep stirring and trust me your time is worth for everything here. After few minutes of cooking on low flame, add chicken pieces and saute well with bhuna mixture.
  5. Add 2 cups of water, cover the pan, simmer the flame and leave to cook until chicken is well done. In between, put a drop of food color, mix very well by adding dried fenugreek as well.
  6. After 8-10 minutes, mix the cashew nuts paste very well in chicken pieces. Finally garnish the dish with fine chopped coriander leaves.


Serve hot with naan or roti.


  1. Suchitra

    February 8, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Fantastic recipe. I liked your photo it looks amazing.
    I often visit your web site for the recipes and find explanation very useful.

    If not too much can I ask you for some more recipes?

    It would be great to hear from you 🙂

    • Priya

      February 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Suchitra, thank you for liking my recipes.
      I really like it allot when someone appreciate my hard work. 🙂
      Please feel free to contact us through contact us link bellow with your recipe requirements.
      Take Care.

  2. Aditi

    February 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Can I use boneless chicken for making this dish.

    • Priya

      February 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Yes, you can use boneless chicken. But Chicken on bone really tastes very good, just like Dhaba style bhuna chicken.

  3. nirmala

    February 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Bhuna Chicken is my family’s favorite chicken dish and I really love the way you made it.

    • Priya

      February 28, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Thanks nirmala

  4. Kamal

    March 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    very nice recipe. thank you.

  5. Munilal

    April 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    thanks, mera bhuna chicken bahut svadisht bana.

  6. dilip

    June 3, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    look yummy

  7. Sohel

    June 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Mouth Watering Chicken !

  8. Charlie Sharkey

    July 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    hello, i tried this recipe and it was a blinder, lovely stuff. may i request to be allowed to make a (pedantic spelling) suggestion, in your description text you mention that this dish is often served at indian ‘weeding parties’. I am sure you mean ‘wedding parties’, not that indian people hold parties in their gardens where they together get rid of weeds 🙂 thanks and keep up the good work! apologies once again for the pedantry 🙂

    • Priya

      July 3, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Hi Charlie,
      Thank you for pointing out spelling mistake. Yes, I definitely meant Wedding Parties =) Also, thank you for appreciating my work! Its a huge encouragement for me to work harder and publish more recipes.

    • Priya

      July 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Hi Charlie,
      Thank you for pointing out spelling mistake. Yes, I definitely meant Wedding Parties =) Also, thank you for appreciating my work! Its a huge encouragement for me to work harder and publish more recipes.


  9. Prakash

    July 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Wow !! I love bhuna chicken, i tried making it as per your instructions and it came out good after 2-3 tries. i will keep trying.. thankssssss

    • Priya

      July 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Thanks for appreciation

    • Priya

      July 3, 2014 at 9:21 am


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