Garam Masala Chicken Recipe -
Garam Masala Chicken Recipe
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Garam Masala Chicken

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"This is a wonderful light chicken dish. It adds a taste of exotic to an everyday meal. Quick and easy to make, and very tasty! I had it tonight and was wowed! This is the best light chicken dish I have ever had."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the chicken breasts in the hot oil and cook until browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip the chicken and add the onions; cook another 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, garlic salt, and water to the chicken; stir. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir the remaining 1/2 teaspoon garam masala through the mixture. Raise heat to medium and bring mixture to a boil. Cook until the chicken no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 09, 2009

Garam Masala is an Indian spice blend, there are several recipes for it on Allrecipes - it's also available commercially. I used a commercial variety. Although I don't think this is a very authentic Indian recipe, it' still very tasty. I think the author could have added that it should be served with basmati rice because it just doesn't make it alone. I made it just as written (but served it with rice), next time I'll add something to it - maybe green peas would be a good addition. Hubby gave it a 4 and I agree. It's a good way to use boneless chicken and is relatively low fat. I thought it was very, very good, but it's not "the best light chicken dish I ever had".

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 17, 2009

I think I'll stick to my regular Indian dishes. Having only the garam masala--and too much of it at that--made this a little bitter. I realize this is a light dish, but it still seemed to be missing something. Maybe basmati rice would help balance things.

Mar 30, 2010

This was so easy to make and tasted great! I cut the chicken into cubes, used about 3 tsp garam masala, used a white onion instead of green onions, and also added peas like other reviewers. Then I served it over white rice. Oh, and I also added some extra salt too. I found a pre-made garam masala spice at my local health food store in the bulk spice section and that is what I used. This was my first attempt at an Indian inspired dish and was very happy with the results! Will definitely make again!

Mar 15, 2010

Agree this is an excellent, simple and quick base alone or to add to. To enhance: suggest carrots and onions, and to enhance flavor use chicken broth instead of water and add some ginger. To kick it up, add some red pepper. The Basmati rice is a must, and cooking in clay pot on 400 for about 45 minutes soaked in the flavors.

Jul 10, 2009

I added the peas, as many suggested, and my family - not particularly versed in indian food ( I was breaking them in easy) - LOVED it. Thanks!

Feb 28, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe and took the advice of others to add a few peas. I served it over Jasmin rice and it was so flavorful! Will definitely make this again. Very simple to put together, too!

Jun 25, 2009

Added peas and rice and I thought it was really easy and yummy!

Jun 09, 2009

I couldn't find Garam Masala at my grocery store, so ended up using a random Indian spice mix that sounded similar. Not sure how similar it was to Garam Masala. I also ended up using fire diced tomato's because that was all that i had it my cupboard. So i am not sure how similar to the original recipe it ended up being! Regardless, it was very tasty and i will definitely make it again! I would agree with the above reviewer in saying that it would be good with rice as well.


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  • Calories
  • 158 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 4.9 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 21.4 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 523 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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