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Chicken Sajji By Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi

Chicken Sajji

Chicken Sajji is a traditional chicken roast from Rawalpindi. Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi brings this delicious chicken recipe to your kitchen.
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Cooking Time

60 Min

Meal Type


Preparation Time

10-20 Min



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  • For Chicken Sajji

    • 1 whole chicken

    • 1 cup vinegar

    • 2 tbsp salt

    • water as required

  • For Sajji Masala

    • 3 tbsp corainder seeds

    • 1 tsp black peppercorns

    • 4-5 black cardamom

    • 6-7 cloves

    • 1 tbsp cumin seeds

    • 1 tsp carom seeds

    • 1 tbsp black salt

    • 1 tbsp dry mango powder

  • For marination

    • 1 tbsp garlic paste

    • 1 tbsp ginger paste

    • 1 tbsp crushed black pepper

    • 1 tbsp red chilli flakes

    • 3 tbsp lemon juice

    • salt to taste

    • ghee as required


  1. 1

    Put the whole chicken in a large bowl and soak it in vinegar, salt and water overnight.
  2. 2

    For sajji masala, dry roast coriander seeds, black peppercorns, black cardamom, cloves, cumin seeds, and carom seeds in a pan and then grind them into a fine powder.
  3. 3

    Add black salt and dry mango powder to the sajji masala and mix well.
  4. 4

    Keep the whole chicken in a tray and rub it with garlic paste, ginger paste, crushed black peppercorns, red chilli flakes, lemon juice, salt and sajji masala.
  5. 5

    Tie the chicken with a thread and marinate it for 2 hours.
  6. 6

    After 2 hours, put the chicken on the skewers and roast it on a Tandoor for 1 hours from all sides.
  7. 7

    Take out the skewers, cut chicken into pieces, put some ghee on the chicken pieces and sprinkle sajji masala.
  8. 8

    Serve Chicken Sajji with sliced onions, sliced tomatoes, and sliced lettuce.

Chicken Sajji, a traditional and elaborate chicken dish made with whole chicken with skin. As the skin contains about 70% of fat, it makes this dish nutritious and delicious. 

A special sajji masala is made that is then rubbed on the chicken. Traditionally Chicken Sajji this is cooked on a Tandoor. The slow cooking method and the marination with the sajji masala gives this dish a unique taste

Chicken Sajji is lip smacking and nutritious.

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