Chicken Bhuna Recipe – Spicy Chicken Tikka Bhuna

healthy chicken bhuna recipe

Chicken bhuna recipe or chicken tikka bhuna: Chicken bhuna is an amazing spicy Indian subcontinental recipe. This chicken recipe made with different types of spices like all spices, black pepper and some other spices with finely chopped tomatoes. The chicken pieces fried and cooked with these spices without any water.

I usually make this chicken recipe with bhuna masala (sautéed spices). Because the flavor of bhuna masala is simply amazing and 100 times better than simply used spices.

I recommend everyone that before use of the spices sautéed them a little then use them directly or powdered form.

To make a better and healthy ‘bhuna chicken recipe’ I always use ground all spices with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, and some other ingredients. I suggest you, use some Nigella seeds (kalonji), two minutes before the end of cooking. Because Nigella seeds (kalonji)  make this dish different from other recipes and make it yummier.

This recipe is also called chicken tikka bhuna. I cook chicken bhuna in two steps, firtst marinate then cooking. Marinate is very necessary for this dish.

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  • Calories and nutritions per 100 grams skineless bhuna chicken are given below.
  • Calories- 170 Kcal
  • Protein-28 grams
  • Fat- 7 grams
  • Cholesterol -70mg
  • Vitamins- Vitamin A and Vitamin B complex
Bhuna Chicken recipe

Chicken Bhuna Recipe

Chicken bhuna is nothing but a dry gravy chicken recipe which mainly made by well fried and cooked
the chicken with different types of bhuna masala. While we cooked it with tomatoes and onions it makes some juice which is formed by heat. The chicken pieces are well cooked with this juice and make a dry gravy.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 People
Calories 340 kcal


  • pressure cooker
  • Bowl
  • Saucepan


Ingredients for Marination

  • 600 grams Chicken (cut into medium size)
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger paste
  • salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp sauteed (bhuna) cumin powder
  • 1/2 piece lemon (or 1 tbsp lemon juice)

Ingredients for cooking

  • 3 dried red chilies
  • 3 sliced green chilies
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 pieces small cardamom
  • 8-10 pieces black pepper
  • 5-6 pieces cloves
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp fried Kasuri powder
  • 1 tbsp Sauteed ground all-spices (bhuna garam masala)
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder You may adjust chili powder as per your taste
  • 1/4 tbsp Nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • 3 pieces medium size onion finely chopped
  • 5 pieces tomatoes finely chopped or grind
  • mustered oil or any vegetable oil I suggest, mustered oil for better taste.



  • Take chicken pieces in a big size bowl, add red chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste, salt, fried cumin powder, and lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients with chicken pieces and keep in a refrigerator to marinate it for a minimum of 30 minutes.

How to make bhuna masala (sauteed spices)

  • Take a saucepan and heat it over low to medium flame, add dried whole spices (3 dried red chilies, 1tsp cumin seeds, 4 pieces cardamom, black pepper 8-10 pieces, and cloves 5-6 pieces) and sauté them. Heat and stir them until they release a good flavor.
  • Remove them from the saucepan and keep in a bowl.

How to cook chicken bhuna

  • Take a pressure cooker and heat it over a high flame. Add mustered approximately 100 ml oil and keep the flame high. When the oil heat sufficiently, turn off the flame and rest it for 30-40 seconds to cool down slightly.
  • Again turn on the flame, add chopped onions and sauté for 8-10 minutes. Stir them continuously over a high flame.
  • When the onion turned red, add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, and coriander powder. Fried them over medium flame until they get red and dry type (4-6 minutes).
  • Add the finely chopped or grind tomato, sliced green chili, salt, and all the sauteed whole spices.
  • Stir and fried them until they well cooked or released a good flavor. Make them like a bhuna curry or gravy.
  • Regulate the flame to high and add the chicken pieces. Stir and mix them continuously for 4-5 minutes.
  • Now add ½ cup of water, covered the pressure cooker and cook it over moderate flame. Turn off the flame when the pressure cooker hits a whistle.
  • Wait for release the pressure automatically. Remember, don’t release the pressure by force.
  • Open the lid of the pressure cooker and turn on the flame. Cook until the broth dry.
  • Add garam masala powder (all-spices), Kasuri powder, Nigella seeds (kalonji) and mix them well. Turn off the flame and wait a while to cool down a bit.

Serving tips

  • Serve bhuna chicken recipe with plain Basmati rice or homemade plain roti. You may serve it
    with jeera rice but plain rice is the best idea.


  • Always use bhuna masala to get the original and yummier taste.
  • Stir continuously while you fry the onions and spices so that they do not stick to the bottom of the saucepan and not to burn.
  • Kalonji is optional if it is not available then skip this masala.
  • If you like mustered oil then must try to cook it with mustered oil.
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Calories: 340kcal
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Watch step by step making process of Bhuna Chicken with image

spices added chicken pieces

Add chicken pieces in a bowl and add the spices I have already told for marination.

marinated chicken pieces for bhuna masala
Marinated chicken pieces for bhuna masala recipe

Mix them well and keep in a refrigerator for marination upto 30-40 minutes.

sauteed or bhuna masala for chicken

Saute a little all whole spices in a kadhai or saucepan. It is called bhuna masala. While it start to release good food smell, remove from the saucepan and keep in a bowl.

cooking oil heating in pressure cooker

Heat 3-4 tbsp cooking oil over medium to high flame in a pressure cooker. Take chopped onion and add it in the oil and saute until red.

Frying onions in pressure cooker

Add chopped tomatoes, ground spices, salt, bhuna masala with it and saute continually for 8-10 minutes.

chicken pieces cooking in pressure cooker

While the spices cooked well then add chicken pieces. Cook them over high flame upto 5 minutes then add 1/4th cup of water. Close the lid of pressure cooker and cook it upto the pressure cooker hits a whistle.

Cooked bhuna chicken

Open the pressure cooker and saute it over medium to low flame upto the gravy get dried. Now add garam masala and kasuri powder, coriander leaves and nigella seeds. Mix them then turn off the flame.

healthy chicken bhuna recipe

Now, Chicken bhuna recipe is ready to serve. Serve it hot with plain roti or Basmati rice.

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