Achari Chicken (Achari Murgh) Indian Chicken Recipe

Achari Chicken: an extremely popular Indian chicken recipe made using yogurt, Indian masala (onion, garlic,etc) and achari spice/masala (pickling mix). Also known as Achari Murgh, it’s a popular dish from Mughlai cuisine and served with buttered naan, roti, rice,etc.

 Achari Chicken


 Achari Chicken served with buttered naan or roti is literally a part of food heaven on your plate πŸ™‚

It’s also known as Achari Murgh or Chicken in Indian Pickle Spice. One of my most requested recipes among friends and family and the recipe has been on my blog since 2015.

Achari Chicken is perfect for weekend brunch or for gatherings where you want to cook something special and wow everyone with your culinary expertise. 

It’s a part of Mughlai Cuisine, which emphasize the use of aromatic spices and yogurt. For my vegetarian friends, you can try the Achari Paneer Recipe (Indian Cottage Cheese)Achari Murgh Recipe

Ingredients for Achari Chicken:

  • Chicken – you can use boneless or chicken with bones. 
  • Yogurt – extremely important ingredient of this recipe
  • Achari Masala – recipe below (you can use store-bought masala too).
  • Indian Masala Paste – made using onion, ginger, and garlic
  • Basic Indian Spices – like turmeric, salt, red chili powder
Achari Chicken Ingredients

Achari Chicken Ingredients

This particular chicken recipe is extremely popular for its aromatic flavors because of the use of spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon along with fennel, nigella seeds, etc.

A mix of these roasted spices elevates the flavors to an extraordinary level.

The process to make the Achari Chicken is extremely easy and the recipe is ready in 15-20 minutes for 4 people

The details are further explained below.

How to Make Achari Chicken (Achari Murgh):

1) Roast the Achari Spice Mix & Pulse to Form Powder:

how to make Achari Masala Mix

Achari Masala Mix

2) Then make the Onion, Ginger and Garlic Paste:

Indian Masala Mix made using onion garlic and ginger

3) Once the spice mix and masala mix (onion, ginger and garlic) is ready, you start making the chicken.

cooked Achari Chicken in a large pan

Achari Chicken

4) It’s cooked in a pressure cooker/deep pan with lid as the recipe needs to be slowly roasted and cooked which results in this tangy pickled flavor. 

Just like a pickle, their hardly any water used in this recipe as it’s kind of semi-dry or hardly has any gravy. 

how to make Achari Chicken


Achari Chicken in a plate with naan and pickled onion

This chicken is always made extra in our house as we kind of re-purpose it into biryani or just eat it with roti the next day.

This particular version is made using ‘Boneless Skinless Chicken’ which is cut into small cubes but you can make it using a whole chicken or just with chicken drumsticks.

It also freezes well for upto a week.   how to make Achari Murgh

Enjoy this recipe with your loved ones and have a great weekend !



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Achari Chicken (Achari Murgh) Indian Chicken Recipe

Achari Chicken Recipe

Achari Chicken:Β an extremely popular Indian chicken recipe made using yogurt, Indian masala (onion, garlic, etc) and achari spice/masala (pickling mix). Also known as Achari Murgh, a popular dish from Mughlai cuisine and can be served with buttered naan, roti, rice.Β 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


  • 4 Piece Boneless Chicken Breasts – Cut into bite sizes pieces
  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt - You can use any thick yogurt
  • 4 Tbsp Oil (You can use any oil however it tastes best in MUSTARD Oil)
  • 2 Large Onion - (Grind into a paste with a little water as possible)
  • 2-3 Large Green Chilies - Julienne – Add as per taste)

Whole Spices:

  • 1/2 Tsp Fenugreek Seed - Optional
  • 1 Tsp Fennel Seed
  • 1 Tsp Onion Seed

Powdered Spices:

  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp Salt (As per your taste)


  1. Grind coarsely the whole seeds mixture and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil, add onion paste and fry till pink in color. (takes about 2 minutes)
  3. Add chicken in onion mixture and keep frying till it's slightly cooked (5-6 minutes).
  4. Add the powdered spices and mix for 3-4 more minutes & then add the coarsely powdered mixture.
  5. Keep mixing till chicken is almost cooked (almost 6-7 minutes), add yogurt and sauté.
  6. Sauté till most of the water is absorbed and chicken turns reddish brown in color.
  7. Add green chilies and cook for 2 more minutes. (Optional)
  8. Serve Hot.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 13g

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31 Replies to "Achari Chicken (Achari Murgh) Indian Chicken Recipe"

  • Mickey July 19, 2019 (5:11 pm)

    Wow, it’s been ages I ate this. Just saw your post and will be trying it soon

    • Molly Kumar July 20, 2019 (4:04 pm)

      Thanks so much Mickey. Looking forward to you trying the recipe πŸ™‚

      • Anu May 26, 2020 (9:03 am)

        Tried this…came out really well…

  • Abida September 22, 2015 (10:05 am)

    I have been wanting to try out achari chicken for a long time, thanks for the recipe Molly. As A Bengali girl in the UK, I love your Indian Fusion kitchen!

    • Molly Kumar September 24, 2015 (5:32 am)

      Hi Abida, thanks so much for your lovely comments and I’m so happy you found the ‘Achari Chicken’ recipe. We love Bengali food too and I’m trying to post couple of my favs in next few months. Keep Visiting us – Hugs, Molly

  • Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (9:04 pm)

    Fennel and Fenugreek gives it that pickle taste….or you can simply add ground panch-phoran masala too πŸ™‚

  • Jolly September 1, 2015 (4:19 pm)

    Oh my my achari chicken looks so delicious..Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Brian Jones September 1, 2015 (5:58 am)

    I love Achari Chicken Molly and have a few different recipes I use but will definitely add this one into the mix and give it a go in the coming weeks πŸ™‚

    • Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (7:31 am)

      That would be awesome Brian.I look forward to hear from you.

  • Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets) September 1, 2015 (1:50 am)

    Beautiful I am looking forward to giving this a try.

  • LydiaF August 31, 2015 (11:41 pm)

    Love the color and the spices used. I would love to try it somedat.

    • Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (5:48 am)

      That would be great – Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness August 31, 2015 (5:28 pm)

    This sounds amazing! I have never tried making Indian food at home. I love that this dish can easily be frozen for later.

    • Molly Kumar August 31, 2015 (10:16 pm)

      You should try making them at home, they are really simple πŸ™‚ Glad you liked this recipe.

  • Madiha August 31, 2015 (5:19 pm)

    I love Achar Chicken and we have always tried making it with the store-bought masala mix but your recipe not only sounds easy to follow, but looks really delicious too. Would love to try.
    Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • Molly Kumar August 31, 2015 (10:16 pm)

      Thanks Madiha, the masala is very simple πŸ™‚

  • Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets) August 30, 2015 (8:38 pm)

    Beautiful recipe. I have never used fenugreek seeds and I am curious…will have to find them so I can give this recipe a try.

    • Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (7:29 am)

      Definitely give this a try πŸ™‚

  • Immaculate August 30, 2015 (1:21 am)

    This looks oh so yummy!! With lots of flavor just my kind of chicken. Thanks for sharing

    • Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (5:52 am)

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog πŸ™‚

  • Nicky August 30, 2015 (1:13 am)

    This looks delicious. I love Indian food.

  • Chrissa August 29, 2015 (6:51 pm)

    Oh this looks really good! I am always looking for new chicken recipes!

    • Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (5:53 am)

      Yaay – I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  • Razena | August 29, 2015 (12:35 pm)

    If you hand me those chapatis I’ll sit down and have dinner now, thank you πŸ™‚ This looks too yummy!

    • Molly Kumar August 31, 2015 (10:29 pm)

      Hahahha, always welcome, come over – we can make fresh roti’s and enjoy together πŸ™‚

  • shobha August 29, 2015 (10:55 am)

    My favourite dish.. love the achari spice mix

    • Molly Kumar August 31, 2015 (10:29 pm)

      Thanks Shobha- it’s one of my fav too.

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