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Hariyali Chicken

Green Chicken Tikka

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 6
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Marinade 30 mins
  • Cook 20 mins
Hariyali Chicken

Fresh minty chicken makes a delicious starter and an even better barbecue dish.

Hari says

This is also known as green chicken tikka which for me doesn't give this dish the credit it deserves. It's a wonderfully fragrant dish and one that works as a main or a starter. I like to serve this in a roti wrap with salad and a red hot chutney.

The marinade is created from fresh green coriander and mint with a little ginger and garlic that are all thrown together with some thick wholesome yoghurt. Simple to make, this is a real feel good dish thats light and delicious.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 6 chicken thigh fillets, trimmed and skinned


  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, leaves and stems
  • ½ bunch fresh mint leaves,  
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3cm piece of fresh ginger
  • 4 fresh green chillies
  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp thick Greek yogurt


  1. Clean, wash and pat dry the chicken pieces.
  2. Put the cumin seeds into a pestle and mortar and roughly crush the seeds.
  3. Place the mint, coriander, ginger, garlic, chillies, lemon juice, salt and oil into a blender and blitz to a paste.
  4. Empty this paste into a bowl and mix in the yoghurt and crushed cumin seeds.
  5. Combine the chicken and the marinade and let it sit for at least 30 minutes but overnight is better.
  6. Cook in the oven at 180°C for 25 minutes or on the barbecue for about 10-15 minutes until cooked through.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)4.6
of which saturates (g)1.0
Carbohydrates (g)1.7
of which sugars (g)0.7
Fibre (g)0.1
Protein (g)13
Salt (mg)1.1
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (9)

  • Steven Teasdale

    Steven Teasdale

    17 January 2018 at 11:46 |
    Hi Hari, Could you tell me if you put the Chicken in the oven, in tin foil, on tin foil, on a baking tray, or straight on the oven rack?


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      17 January 2018 at 13:13 |
      Hi Steven You can put it straight on a rack with a tray to catch the drips. If you dont have a rack that fits in a tray just do it straight on a tray but you will get liquid comes out the chicken so you may have to drain that away. Does that help? Thanks Hari


  • Richard


    13 January 2018 at 21:02 |
    Made this and was very nice. Everyone enjoyed it. I thought it tasted nicer then some of restaurants I have been to. Thanks for the recipe!


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      14 January 2018 at 11:30 |
      Hi Richard wow praise indeed! Thanks so much for the feedback but more so for trying the recipe and enjoying it. Thanks so much for your comment - do let me know what else you try if you get a chance take a pic and share it with me on the app. Cheers Hari


      • Hari Ghotra

        Hari Ghotra

        14 January 2018 at 11:34 |
        Hi Anu Welcome to the fold and welcome to the slow cooking revolution!! Yes you sure can cook this in the slow cooker. I would follow the recipe as is and leave it to cook for 4-6 hours on low. Blitz check seasoning and add the cream. Have you seen my Easy Indian slow cooking cook book? It might be just what you need https://www.harighotra.co.uk/shop/easy-indian-slow-cooker-cook-book Please do share pictures of your dishes on my app too. Let me know how you get on hope this helps Hari


  • rakhiinindia.in


    08 July 2017 at 11:05 |
    I am very excited to know new things. like this one, i was unaware of Hariyali Chicken recipe So thank you for the blog.


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      10 July 2017 at 07:40 |
      My pleasure thanks so much


  • Bev Somervell

    Bev Somervell

    03 May 2017 at 09:17 |
    What happens to the cumin seeds in this recipe....I can see no mention of them after the crushing bit at the beginning ? I assume they are added to the paste ? Just wondering ?


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      03 May 2017 at 10:31 |
      Hi Bev, many thanks this has been amended! Hari


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