Garlic Chicken Recipe

by Natasha Hegde last updated -

This is a simple Indian style Garlic Chicken recipe for an easy weekday dinner. It can be served as a starter or a side dish or can be simply made into a full meal with a salad and crusty bread. I enjoy using chicken drumsticks because the flavor is more succulent. Additionally, it’s close to impossible to overcook a chicken leg/thigh. They are much more forgiving! But if you prefer white meat, use chicken breast and reduce the cooking time by 3-4 minutes. You can further reduce the preparation time by using store-bought garlic paste instead of making it at home. Enjoy!

Spice-coated chicken on a bed of tomato onion salad garnished with lemon

Garlic Chicken Recipe

Simple Indian style Garlic Chicken recipe for an easy weekday dinner. Can be served as a starter or a side. Make it a full meal with a green salad and crusty bread.
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Course: Dinner, Mains, Starters, Side, Supper, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Author: Natasha Hegde


Ingredients for Marinade:



  • Remove the skin of the chicken and make deep gashes in it
  • Now marinate the chicken with all the ingredients. Make sure to massage the chicken with the spices well. Rub the spices evenly.
  • Let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours preferably overnight
  • In a non stick pan, heat some oil. Lay the chicken in the pan ensuring there is enough space between each drumstick. If the pan is overcrowded the chicken will steam. Do it in batches if needed.
  • Sear each side on high for 3 minutes until browned. Now cover and cook for another 10-12 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked
    Sear each side of the chicken legs on high for 3 minutes until browned.
  • Serve immediately on a bed of tomato onion salad garnished with lemon.
    Spice-coated chicken on a bed of tomato onion salad garnished with lemon


Leftover chicken can be shredded and used for salads or sautéed with vegetables the next day for a quick stir fry.

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Natasha Hegde is a financial services executive specializing in data analytics & strategy. She graduated from Purdue University, Illinois, US with an MBA degree. She has spent the past 15 years living in Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco & London working in Fortune 500 companies like Barclays, Wells Fargo & Capital One. In her free time, she loves to cook and experiment with different cuisines. Out of her love for cooking was born her Instagram account @londonlunchista. She is currently on a short sabbatical in her hometown Mumbai, India.

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