Pahadi Chicken – Gluten Free

Published on Jun 29, 2015

  by   Kristina Stosek

25 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 4
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This Pahadi Chicken dish is an aromatic Indian dish. This gluten-free chicken recipe is a modern version, sometimes called Pahari chicken, simplified but still keeping authentic flavors.

pahadi chicken with sauce in a skillet, gluten free

The term Pahadi originates from pahad, meaning mountain. Food in India is made with many spices and varies depending on the region. Therefore, this chicken recipe is unique – different from your typical curry recipe.

Why does Pahadi chicken have so much flavor?

This gluten-free Indian recipe is all about marinade. The chicken is marinated in a thick spiced yogurt paste and then cooked in the marinade.

ingredients in Pahadi marinade

This chicken marinade is made primarily with yogurt, fresh mint, and fresh cilantro. Then there are the Indian spices: cardamom, garam masala, turmeric, nutmeg, black pepper and cumin seeds. As with most Indian curry recipes, there are also onions and ginger. 



more flavor

I added fresh green chili peppers for some spiciness, some zesty flavor with fresh lime juice and mildly sweetened them with honey.

I know it sounds like many ingredients, and you are right. However, most are in the marinade, and everything is processed in a food processor. So, the steps are straightforward and quick.

Marinate the chicken overnight

To give the chicken the most intense flavor, you should marinate the chicken overnight. But, if you are short on time, you can marinate the chicken for two hours before cooking.

Since the marinade is so flavourful, the chicken is then cooked in the same sauce it was marinated in. I can’t tell you how delicious and aromatic the Pahadi sauce is — it’s sooo good!


chicken thighs with pahadi sauce in a skillet

ingredients for Pahadi chicken recipe

Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you from making this low-carb Pahadi chicken recipe. It is primarily spices and herbs. The recipe itself is super easy, with exceptional results.

If you like Indian spices, you will love this chicken dinner. Serve this warming Pahadi Indian chicken dish with simple Indian lemon rice or plain white rice. Enjoy!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx

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John Ninan

Made the Pahadi chicken today. A savory dish with roti. I added three serrano pepper with seeds to get the sting. Recommend this chicken curry strongly for everyone who likes a spicy chicken dish.


very tasty!

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