Achari Chicken (Chicken in Indian Pickle Spices)

Achari Chicken (Chicken in Indian Pickle Spices): is an extremely easy and quite refreshing recipe from your regular Indian chicken recipes.

The Achari Chicken is mostly dry (not much curry) and served with buttered naan/roti or even soft bread.


Hey You’ll – Hope you are having a great day…..Don’t you feel as if autumn has slowly started to seep into our regular summer days….

There is a slight nip in the air during early mornings and late night.

And it’s a perfect beginning to start cooking some of our favorite comfort food dishes (the rich ones 🙂

So this, week’s brunch menu is going to be a delicious and flavorful  Achari Chicken (Chicken in Indian Pickle Spice).

If you are wondering then its an easy chicken recipe, cooked in basic Indian pickling mix over medium heat.

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.

It’s one of a very favorite recipe from the Northern part of India (State of U.P).

Most of the times, its served with Paratha/Poori (Indian Flatbread or Deep Fried Puffs) but I like to have it with a steaming bowl of rice or quinoa.


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.

Achari Chicken


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

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Yield: 4

Achari Chicken

Achari Chicken
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 28 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 taste best in MUSTARD Oil)
  • 2 Large Onion - (Grind into a paste with as little water as possible)
  • 2-3 Large Green Chilies - Julienne – Add as per taste)

Whole Seeds:

  • 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 ServingCalories 15 Total Fat 1g Sodium 4730mg Carbohydrates 3g Protein 1g

30 Replies to "Achari Chicken (Chicken in Indian Pickle Spices)"

  • comment-avatar
    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!

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      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

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    Roy @ Piece of Cerebrum September 1, 2015 (4:46 pm)

    I think the fenugreek seeds and fennel seeds give it a new spin.
    We use a hint of dried kasuri methi but not fennel.
    Will try this 🙂

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      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 🙂

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    Jolly September 1, 2015 (4:19 pm)

    Oh my my achari chicken looks so delicious..Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Jolly September 1, 2015 (4:16 pm)

    Oh my my achari chicken looks so delicious…Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    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 🙂

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

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

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

    Beautiful I am looking forward to giving this a try.

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    LydiaF August 31, 2015 (11:41 pm)

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

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

      That would be great – Thanks 🙂

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    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.

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

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

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    Madiha Nawaz 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! 🙂

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

      Thanks Madiha, the masala is very simple 🙂

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    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.

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    Immaculate August 30, 2015 (1:21 am)

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

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

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog 🙂

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    Nicky August 30, 2015 (1:13 am)

    This looks delicious. I love Indian food.

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    Chrissa - Physical Kitchenss August 29, 2015 (6:51 pm)

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

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

      Yaay – I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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

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

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

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

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    shobha August 29, 2015 (10:55 am)

    My favourite dish.. love the achari spice mix

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

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

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