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Hariyali Chicken

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Adjust Servings:
1 lb. chicken – cut into pieces
1 tbsp ghee or olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 Bay leaf
1/2 tsp salt
For marinade
1 cup yogurt
1 tsp garlic – minced
1 tsp ginger – grated
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt
For hariyali paste
1 tbsp green chili
1 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
2 cups spinach chopped
1/2 cup onions – chopped
1 tbsp cashew nuts - chopped

Nutritional information

30.04 g
107.41 g
39.85 g
4273 mg
327 mg

Hariyali Chicken

  • Non Veg
  • 1 hr 10 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy


  • For marinade

  • For hariyali paste


Hariyali chicken is a tasty green chicken curry cooked in spinach and herbs sauce, richly flavored with aromatic spices. This is a uniquely flavored curry which is creamy, nutritious, and delicious. Hariyali chicken is an authentic Punjabi dish wherein chicken is cooked in a luxurious sauce made from spinach, mint, cilantro, green chilies, and cashew nuts.  It has layers of flavors and a tinge of freshness like no other. This vibrant green curry cooked in desi ghee pairs best with naan or roti.

Health Benefits

Spinach is rich in calcium and iron which help in maintaining hemoglobin levels and prevent anemia. Chicken is a low-fat source of protein and vitamins. Chicken is good for the heart, improves immunity, and makes the bones strong.

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How to make Hariyali Chicken

  • Mix yogurt, salt, red chili powder, ginger, garlic, coriander powder, and garam masala in a bowl. Marinate the chicken pieces for 45 minutes.
  • Boil spinach leaves in 1 cup water for 5 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Grind mint, cilantro, boiled spinach, onion, cashew nuts, and green chili in a blender to a smooth, green paste.
  • Heat ghee in a pan. Add bay leaf and cumin seeds. Transfer the green paste to the pan.
  • Fry for 5 minutes on a medium flame. Add the marinated chicken to the pan.
  • Stir-fry on a medium flame for 5 minutes. Lower the flame, cover the pan and cook till the chicken is tender. Serve hot with naan or roti.


Spinach is a superfood since it is rich in minerals. In the famous Popeye cartoon, whenever Popeye needed strength, he ate a can of spinach. This depiction led to an increase in the consumption of spinach in the U.S. by 33%. Crystal City, Texas, a town which grows spinach, erected a statue in honor of Popeye in 1937!

Spinach originated in Persia. From there, it traveled to China. Spinach is still commonly known in China as ‘The Persian Green’.

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