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Masala Fried Chicken

The Good Parsi Hubby requested some pan fried chicken with lots of masala, chilli and whole cumin seeds. I normally make this with wings or leg pieces, but you can use a whole chicken cut up or only thighs too. Please note the cooking time may slightly vary with different sized pieces.

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 5 minutes + overnight marination / Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes


  • 1.3kg chicken pieces, with skin
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 ½ tsp fine salt
  • 1 hot green chilli, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbl olive oil, for marinating
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder (you can substituted with ½ tsp minced garlic)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 3 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup ghee or coconut oil, for frying


  1. Place the chicken in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the lemon into quarters, remove seeds and squeeze each quarter over the chicken.
  3. Sprinkle on salt and chilli. Rub in well. Leave for 10 minutes.
  4. Add olive oil and coat chicken evenly.
  5. Mix all powdered masalas together in a small bowl, and then add to the chicken. Mix and rub in well to coat the chicken evenly and thoroughly.
  6. Add the whole cumin seeds and ensure even coverage on all chicken pieces.
  7. Leave to marinate overnight. NOTE – If you don’t have all night to marinade, 2 hours will be sufficient.
  8. Remove chicken from refrigerator 1 hour before frying to bring to room temperature.
  9. Heat a large non-stick pan on medium heat and add oil. Leave to heat up for a minute or two.
  10. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes until starting to get golden brown. Turn and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  11. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, turning every 5 – 10 minutes or so to ensure chicken is thoroughly cooked through.
  12. Remove from pan and rest for 5 minutes before eating.

Whatever you do, don’t through away the oil left in the pan! It’s great to mix in with plain rice, or dip with bread for a terribly delicious, and terribly naughty masala treat!

Enjoy! GPW