Palak Chicken/ Chicken in Spinach Gravy

Hello everyone! Palak chicken is a delicious and healthy dish that can be enjoyed with either chapatis, naans or rice. Rice being my favorite! And what’s even better is that today I am going to share with you a very simple, no frills recipe for this creamy delicious dish which is guaranteed to give you mind blowing results every time in no time!

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Palak chicken or chicken cooked in a spinach gravy is seen as a glamourous dish in our Indian households. This is one of those dishes that are put out on the menu on special occasions when you have guests over. In this recipe, I had used boneless chicken breasts but that can be replaced with chicken on bone. The cooking time would increase a little but everything else remains exactly the same. If you are familiar with Indian cuisine, you must have probably had the vegetarian counterpart of this dish – Palak Paneer or Indian cottage cheese cooked in spinach gravy.

As I said earlier, this recipe is usually made for guests and therefore, every attempt is made to make it rich and creamy and fat-laden! But, that’s not my style and that’s not how I like it. My attempts are always directed towards making my food healthier while preserving the taste factor completely!

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So, in this recipe, I use very simple easily available ingredients along with very little oil as usual! Also, in order to maintain and preserve maximum nutrients of spinach, I cook it just the way it should be cooked. Blanching the spinach in boiling water for about 10 minutes is what you need. No more than that! Just blend the spinach after blanching it and running it under cold water. The cold water stops the cooking process and prevents it from turning brownish green. Eventually, in the end, the pureed spinach is cooked with the chicken for about 10 minutes and that’s that!

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So without further ado, lets get started with the recipe!

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Palak Chicken
This healthy and delicious dish with chicken in a spinach gravy is such an easy recipe that it deserves to be on your guest menu every time!
palak chicken
Course Main Dish
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
palak chicken
Instructions
  1. First of all, in a large pot boil lots of water. Once water boils, add the washed spinach along with a teaspoon of salt. Switch off the heat and cover the pot completely. Let is sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes, immediately wash the blanched spinach under cold water to stop the cooking process. Now, puree the spinach along with 1 green chilli, 5 cloves of garlic and the grated ginger.
  3. In a pan, heat the oil and ghee and add the cinnamon. Add the cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add the chopped onions. Saute for about 2 minutes, after which add the rest of the garlic chopped. Saute till the onions become a little golden.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes. Add all the dry spices and about 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook till the tomatoes are cooked.
  5. Once tomatoes are cooked, add the asafoetida. Cook till oil separates.
  6. Add the chicken and mix well. Cook till the chicken is cooked through. Keep the heat on high.
  7. Once chicken is cooked, add the pureed spinach. Add the desired amount of water and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves. Enjoy!
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I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Please do try it and share your views with me!

Till next time…

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