Chicken Keema Matar (Indian Style Chili)

Chicken Keema Matar (Indian Style Chili) – popular Indian chili recipe mixed with chicken, peas and India curry spices to give it a soothing and comforting flavor.

Chicken Keema Matar – Indian Style Chili

Chicken Keema Matar - Indian Style Chili

Chicken Keema Matar – Indian Style Chili

We are making a hot bowl of Indian style Chili recipe called Chicken Keema Matar ……(I’m literally drooling writing about it ) 

It’s a dish cooked with everyday Indian spices along, peas, yogurt and very little water.

The main differentiator in this curry and regular curry is the addition of yogurt which makes it creamier and enhances the flavor.

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This Chicken Keema Matar is one of those comfort food recipe that reminds me of my childhood days and weekend lunches at home with friends and family.

Because of its mild taste, it is loved equally by all age group.

Growing up, I loved having it with a bowl of steamed rice but over the years, I enjoy it more with Indian Roti.

Chicken Keema Matar

It’s also one of that dish, that can be made over the weekend and then enjoyed for 2-3 days.

Or kept in the freezer for a week. Just thaw it in the fridge a night before you want to use.


This version of the Chicken Keema Matar recipe is mild, you can add more spices and chili as per choice

And serve it with bread/steamed rice or any other choice of sides.


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Yields 6 People



Chicken Keema Matar - Indian Style Chili

5 minPrep Time

26 minCook Time

31 minTotal Time

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1/2 Kg Ground Chicken

1 Cup Peas - Fresh or frozen

2 Large Onions - Thinly Chopped(I'm using white onions, you may use any)

1 Tbsp Ginger Paste

1/2 Tbsp Garlic Paste

6 Tbsp Olive Oil (You may use canola/vegetable or corn oil as per choice)

1 Cup Plain Yogurt (Whisked)

1/2 Cup Water

1 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro (Chopped)

2 Tbsp Yogurt - Whisked

Whole Spices:

1 Bay Leaf (Optional)

3 Green Cardamom(Crushed)

5 Cloves

6-7 Black Pepper Corns

Powdered Spices:

1 Tsp Cumin Powder

1 Tsp Coriander Powder

1/4 Tsp Cinnamon Powder

1 Tsp Garam Masala Powder

1 Tsp Red Chili Powder

Salt - As per taste


  1. In a deep pan, heat oil on high flames.
  2. Add all whole spices, store and reduce the heat to low.
  3. Now, add chopped onions and sauté till golden brown(Takes about 5 minutes on medium heat)
  4. Add, ginger-garlic paste and sauté for another minute.
  5. Add, ground chicken, peas and saute everything evenly.
  6. Cover the pan with lid, reduce the heat to low and cook for 6 minutes (stir every minutes).
  7. After 6 mins, remove the lid (the meat should have tenderized by now), add all powdered spices and cover cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. After cooking the meat with all the spices, it would tenderize and give a flavorful aroma of spices.
  9. Now, add yogurt, sauté evenly and cook covered on low heat for another 3 minutes.
  10. Remove cover, add water, stir everything and cook for 2 minutes over medium heat.
  11. Turn off the heat.
  12. Transfer to a serving bowl, decorate with yogurt and fresh cilantro.
  13. Serve hot.



572 cal


26 g


79 g


29 g
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8 Replies to "Chicken Keema Matar (Indian Style Chili)"

  • Pseudonymous Penn January 31, 2016 (10:44 am)
    Hi, there! I found your recipe on Yummly, and I just had to try it. I made a version of it, and I have to say, it was delicious, so thanks for sharing your recipe. You can see what I did, at, if you like, and I linked your blog to it, too, if you don't mind. Thanks, again!
    • Molly Kumar February 1, 2016 (12:11 am)
      Hi - I'm so glad you tried the recipe and liked it :) Thanks a TON for sharing it on your blog. Keep Visiting - Molly
  • Jennie December 4, 2015 (6:45 am)
    The pictures looks like they have peas, but I don't see it in the recipe. Did I miss it?
    • Molly Kumar December 5, 2015 (12:42 am)
      Hi Jennie, Thanks for writing in and yes, while updating the post, the pea's amount was not mentioned. I've just updated the amount, thanks once again.
  • Fareeha October 21, 2015 (3:31 am)
    This looks fabulously delicious dish, Molly. Love the chicken matar combo.
    • Molly Kumar October 26, 2015 (8:55 pm)
      Thanks Fareeha, its one of my fav chicken recipe.
  • Whitney August 30, 2015 (3:45 am)
    I love this recipe, Molly! It's got a "feel-good" vibe to it! Thanks for linking it up to #MonthlyMasala!
    • Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (7:28 am)
      Thanks seriously is a comfort curry with just about any side.

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