Lucknowi Chicken Curry Recipe

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Last Updated on May 19, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Lucknowi Chicken Curry Recipe – Discover one of the many regional varieties of Indian Chicken Curry from the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Lucknowi Chicken Curry - Indian Chicken Curry Recipes

Chicken Curries

There are so many varieties of Chicken Curry from India to Thailand to Trinidad. Not only is their variety from country to country, but also from region to region within each country.

In India, each state has many varieties of curry chicken from thick and luscious curries thickened with coconut milk or cashew nut paste to thin tomato based curries and from wet curries to dry curries. I could probably make Chicken Curry every day for a year and still not try all the varieties available in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean.

If you are as keen as I am on trying all the different Chicken Curry Recipes, try some of my other Chicken Curry Recipes.

Chicken Curry Recipes


A thali is a traditional way of serving meals in India. Served with rice and flatbread, a variety of small dishes are served to accompany them. India is not the only country that has these. In Indonesia, it is caleld a rijstafel, which translated is a Rice Table, as rice serves the center of the meal. Each state of India has its own dishes that are included in a thali. For special occasions, thali’s can include as many as 20 or more dishes. As you finish eat, the little silver vessels are replaced with others. My thali for Uttar Pradesh was a very simple one, but even this mini thali including Locknowi Chicken Curry was delicious.

Uttar Pradesh Thali

Chicken Curry

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Lucknowi Chicken Curry – Indian Chicken Curry Recipes

Chicken Curry from the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh Thali.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Chicken Recipes
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 457.83kcal


  • Marinade Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. chicken
  • 4 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon red chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • Masala Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon white poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 ” cinnamon stick
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 4 cloves
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 medium onions thinly sliced
  • Chicken Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 to matoes pureed
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro


  • Toss chicken with ginger garlic paste, turmeric, red chile powder and yogurt. Mix well and leave to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • To make the masala, in a dry skillet, toast poppy seeds and sesame seeds until golden brown. Remove to a bowl.
  • Add cinnamon, peppercorns and cloves. Toast until it becomes fragrant. Remove to the bowl with the seeds.
  • Add all of these toasted spices and seeds to a coffee/spice grinder. Grind until you have a fine powder. Transfer to a food processor.
  • Add garlic to the dry skillet. Toast until the garlic is browned. Add this to the food processor.
  • Heat oil in a skillet.
  • Add onion and sauté over medium-low heat until the onions are well browned and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add this to the food processor. Let it cool for a few minutes. Process until you have a thick masala paste.
  • In a deep skillet or pot, heat oil. Add bay leaves. After 30 seconds, add masala paste. Fry for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add chicken and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and 1 cup water. Simmer until chicken is cooked through.
  • Add salt and cilantro. Stir to combine.


Calories: 457.83kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.81g | Protein: 24.51g | Fat: 33.97g | Saturated Fat: 6.58g | Sodium: 711.6mg | Fiber: 3.72g | Sugar: 5.68g
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  1. The UP Thali looks awesome ! Nice selection of dishes and it’s so interesting to know that such Thalis are served in other countries .
    and that chicken curry – it definitely has a long list of ingredients , coconut milk and cashews always lend a awesome flavour and creaminess to the dishes .

  2. The UP Thali looks fantastic, and yes I always learn something new when I read your posts, good to know the name of thalis in other countries, will check it out!..

  3. The thali is simple yet comforting, a wonderful spread. Everything on the thali looks good and the chicken curry is so creamy and flavorful.

  4. Wow that is a delicious and inviting thali from UP Mireille .. You are rocking !! How well you have presented the thali 🙂 just loving it ..

  5. Love your scrumptious mini thali and this lucknowi chicken curry is very inviting. I bet the chicken lovers will enjoy it to the core. Between I got the reply for the vikings comment that the show is on Amazon Prime. I have prime membership as well. Will watch it. Also, I bet you would watching this show on Netflix. Its about Indian food and stories. It’s called Raja Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyaan. Season 1 is available. I love it and learnt a lot.

  6. That Thali is looking awesome Mir. I can see that you love your job so much. You know so much about various countries through its food. I had heard somewhere food brings us together and I can feel everyday how it does. Great job

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