Treat Yourself To Tangy, Spicy And Mouth-Watering Flavour Of Achari Chicken

Achari chicken, a popular north-Indian dish is known for its amazing taste. A delicious mix of different taste profiles, try your hand at these popular achari chicken masala and achari chicken curry recipes in your kitchen.

Published On Feb 29, 2024 | Updated On Mar 08, 2024


Achari chicken is a very popular dish, especially in north India. The delectable taste of chicken, combined with the tangy, pickle-like flavour of the spices, gives achari chicken a taste that makes it an instant hit. Using an intricate mix of spices, aromatics and other ingredients, achari chicken is a delightful dish that is a must-try. Achari chicken, or achari murgh, as it is called in some parts, can be made in several different variations. The play between creamy, rich flavours and the tanginess makes achari murgh stand out among the many chicken dishes you can easily find. If you love spicy food and want to try something different from the usual butter chicken flavours, you must give an achari chicken recipe a chance. Some of the most common versions of achari chicken are the achari chicken masala and the achari chicken curry. Best served with a steaming side of rice or a fluffy and crispy paratha, achari chicken is a world of flavour just waiting to blow your mind away.



As the name suggests, achari chicken masala is a dish which combines the tangy flavours of pickles and the bold, spicy flavours that Indian spices are famous for. What this results in is a rich, velvety gravy with a complex yet complementing mix of ingredients perfectly coating soft, juicy chicken pieces. You will also find yoghurt in an achari chicken recipe, making the dish creamier. What yoghurt does for achari chicken masala is provide a perfect balance to all the other rich and spicy ingredients. This ensures that the dish retains its subtle balance and does not overpower any flavour profile. One of the popular versions of achari chicken, find the list for the required achari chicken ingredients listed below.


This is the list of all achari chicken ingredients required for the recipe:

  1. Chicken pieces
  2. Dried red chillies
  3. Mustard seeds
  4. Fennel seeds
  5. Cumin seeds
  6. Fenugreek seeds
  7. Tomatoes puree
  8. Onions
  9. Cooking oil
  10. Kalonji (optional)
  11. Ginger garlic paste
  12. Asafoetida
  13. Yoghurt
  14. Salt
  15. Lemon juice
  16. Water turmeric powder
  17. Red chilli powder
  18. Fresh coriander leaves
  19. Finely chopped ginger

Follow this easy recipe to make delicious achari chicken masala at home:

  • Preparing the achari spice mix 
    Take the fennel seeds, red chillies, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds and blend them into a fine powder. Strain it and keep it aside.
  • Preparing the masala 
    In a saucepan, add some oil and add the kalonji and mustard (if available) before adding some asafoetida. Add in the chopped onions and sauté until they are golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and the dry spice powder and let them roast for a while. After a while, add in the pureed tomatoes, the other spice powders and salt. Let the masala simmer on low flame until the oil separates from the masala.
  • Whisking in the yoghurt 
    Whisk the yoghurt in a bowl until smooth and add a bit of the masala mix to it. Mix well and slowly add the yoghurt to the masala while stirring continuously.
  • Putting in the chicken pieces
    When the masala has cooked for a few minutes, add in the chicken pieces bit by bit and mix in well with the masala. When the chicken lets off moisture, add in some water depending on how thick you want the gravy and cover and let simmer to let the chicken cook without becoming dry. Add in the ginger slices at the last minute.
  • Serving the achari chicken masala 
    Serve fresh with a sprinkling of fresh coriander leaves and a dash of lemon juice and on the side of hot rice or breads.

Achari chicken curry is also a popular version of the famous achari chicken. It is a sour, spicy, tangy and rich dish. Teeming with aromatics and the best spices, achari chicken curry is perfect for all spice lovers. With a yoghurt and tomato-based curry, supported by a mix of spices that makes the dish even more tasty, this dish should be on the list of all foodies. The best time to enjoy this dish is the months of winter, making this piping hot curry all the more tempting.

  1. Chicken pieces
  2. Pickle masala
  3. Onions
  4. Tomato paste
  5. Cooking oil
  6. Whole spices (fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and nigella seeds)
  7. Yoghurt
  8. Ginger garlic paste
  9. Red chilli powder
  10. All-purpose flour
  11. Lemon juice
  12. Green bell peppers
  13. Fresh coriander leaves
  • Sautéing the whole spices and onions 
    Heat oil in a pan and add the whole spice mix. Stir well and let roast a little. Add the finely chopped onions and roast until golden brown. Now, add in the ginger-garlic paste and sauté.
  • Putting in the chicken pieces and pickle masala
    When the onions have become golden brown, put in the chicken pieces and mix well on low flame. To this, add the pickle masala and let simmer.
  • Tomato paste and simmering the curry
    When the chicken pieces have been on heat for some minutes, add the tomato paste, salt and the other spice powders. After mixing well, add a dash of water to make the curry smooth. Simmer the curry while adding in the yoghurt and the all-purpose flour as the final step. Cover and let cook.
  • Garnish and serve 
    Take the achari chicken curry off the heat and sprinkle fresh coriander leaves and a few drops of lemon juice. Serve fresh and hot.


Mustard oil is the best for achari chicken recipes. The oil brings a distinct flavour to the flavour profile of these recipes.

If you do not want to use yoghurt, you can either wholly skip this step or instead use cream to counter the rich spices to balance the recipes.

The most commonly used pickle masala is mango pickle masala. It has the perfect amount of spice and tangy flavour. You can also use green chilli pickle masala use.

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