Palak chicken or spinach chicken is a delicious, flavourful curry that is so healthy and nutritious. A luscious onion-tomato gravy, perfectly balanced aromatic spices, chicken that soaks up all the flavour, paired with loads of greens – this is your go-to dish to make everyone eat their greens without putting up with the tantrums. Goodness of chicken and spinach in one dish is definitely a keeper! Simple dish that tastes great with naan, multi layer paratha or jeera rice.
Try the vegetarian variation of this dish – palak paneer or spinach and cottage cheese curry.
Chicken thigh – 500 grams
Spinach – 2 bunch
Green chilli – 2-3 or as per taste
Oil – 2 tbsp
Butter – 2 tbsp
Onion – 2 medium, finely chopped
Tomato – 1 large, pureed
Ginger paste – 1 tsp
Garlic paste – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Cumin powder – 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp
Garam masala – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
- Wash and clean the chicken. Cut into 1-2 inch equal sized pieces and set aside
- Wash the spinach thoroughly. Boil water in a stock pot. Add 1 tbsp salt to boiling water and add the spinach and cook for 2-3 minutes
- Strain the spinach and refresh with cold water to stop cooking any further
- Blend the spinach in a blender along with green chillies. Set aside
- Heat oil and butter in a fry pan or kadhai. Add onions and fry until it is golden brown
- Add ginger, garlic and fry for a further 1-2 minutes
- Add salt and tomato puree. Cook until the tomatoes are done and oil separates. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and saute on low flame for few minutes taking care not to burn the spices. Add ½ cup water to adjust consistency if needed
- Add the chicken pieces and mix well. Cover and simmer on low flame until the chicken is almost cooked.
- Add the spinach puree and mix well. Simmer for another 5 minutes
- Add the garam masala and mix well. Turn off the heat and squeeze in juice of half a lemon and mix. Optionally, you may also add a dash of cream.
- Serve with hot naan, multi layer paratha or jeera rice.