Karahi Chicken II~Stir Fried Chicken with Tomatoes
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian/Pakistani
Tender pieces of chicken sautéed with tomatoes and topped with fresh ginger, chillies and cilantro.
  • 2 lbs/1kg boneless chicken breast or chicken thighs, medium size strips or cubes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin, ground
  • 2 teaspoons coriander, ground
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne chilli powder
  • ½ cup oil, for frying
  • 1-2 green bell peppers, large strips or dice
  • 2 cups tomatoes, crushed or diced tinned or fresh
  • 1-2 Serrano or jalapeño chillies, cut lengthwise
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek powder
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  1. In a large bowl, marinate the chicken with the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric and red cayenne powder. Leave for about 20-30 minutes.
  2. In a large karahi, wok or frying pan, heat the oil on medium hot.
  3. Brown the chicken pieces, in batches if necessary.
  4. You want colour on the chicken with a bit of crispness.
  5. Once all the chicken pieces are browned, add the green bell peppers in the empty pan.
  6. Stir fry till they are softened a bit and the "raw" flavour is cooked out.
  7. There should be enough oil in the pan after browning, but if there's more than ¼ cup remove a little or add if the pan looks too dry.
  8. Add the browned chicken pieces back into the pan with the bell peppers.
  9. Add the 2 cups of tomatoes.
  10. Stir fry until the tomatoes are softened and the chicken is cooked through.
  11. Taste the sauce for seasoning, add salt and if you want more spice, add more cumin, coriander, and chilli powder.
  12. Add the green chillies, and the fenugreek powder.
  13. The sauce should be a little dry just coating the chicken and the oil should be separated from the "tomato masala"
  14. Stir through the cilantro and serve with hot rice, naan or fresh rotis.
  15. Thin slivers of fresh garlic, sliced green chilles and lime wedges can be served alongside if desired. They add a nice punch of fresh flavour.
Recipe by Coffee and Crumpets at https://www.coffeeandcrumpets.com/karahi-chicken-iistir-fried-chicken-tomatoes/