Adraki Murg: Ginger Chicken

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  • Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
481 Calories
25g Fat
16g Carbs
48g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 481
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 48g
Calcium 117mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Adraki murg (ginger chicken) is a classic North Indian recipe of ginger-flavored chicken. This recipe combines a variety of spices, some of which you toast while whole and then grind into a fine powder. A spice grinder is ideal for this, but if you don't have one you can use a clean coffee grinder or food processor. 

The flavors of India, such as cardamom, star anise, coriander, and turmeric, are mixed into a cooling yogurt, used to marinate the chicken, which is then stir-fried with onions and tomatoes. Afterward, the ginger is added, creating a comforting and creamy dish with an aroma sure to lure the whole family to the table. 

Serve this seriously tasty dish with hot chapatis (soft Indian flatbread) or parathas (pan-fried Indian flatbread) and a green salad.


  • 1-inch stick of cinnamon
  • 5 cloves
  • 4 pods green cardamom, seeds removed
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 2 tbsp. coriander
  • 2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. mace
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 1/4 lbs. chicken pieces of your choice (with or without bones and skin)
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, (finely chopped)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4-inch piece of ginger (julienned)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro to garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat a shallow frying pan over medium heat and gently roast the whole spices until aromatic. Stir often to prevent scorching. When done, remove from heat and allow to cool.

  2. Grind the spices into a fine powder and mix with the other powdered spices. Put aside.

  3. Put the yogurt in a large mixing bowl and add the powdered spice mix. Blend all ingredients to a smooth paste with a whisk. Add the chicken to this marinade and mix to coat on all sides. Cover and put aside for 30 minutes.

  4. About 10 minutes before the marinating time is up, heat the oil in a deep pan on medium heat. Add the onions and fry until they are pale golden in color. Now add the tomatoes and fry until they are pulpy.

  5. Add the chicken and marinade and stir-fry for 10 minutes until the chicken is browned on all sides.

  6. Add the 1/2 cup water, stir, and cover the pan. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the chicken is almost done, about 10 minutes.

  7. Remove the cover, add the ginger (keep a little aside for garnishing), stir and increase the heat to medium. Stir every 2 to 3 minutes until most of the sauce has reduced.

  8. Turn off heat and garnish with the remaining ginger and chopped cilantro.