Chicken Sharjani

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Serves 4-5

This recipe has got to be one of the EASIEST yet TASTIEST meals ones one could make! The chicken, cooked very simply is packed with spicy flavours and is served over a colourful bed of rice, garnished with egg slices and fried potato cubes. A truly magnificent meal.

chicken around 1.2-1.5kg, skin removed (cut into 8-12 pieces) OR 500 gm boneless chicken cubes
(marinate the chicken in the following ingredients for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight)
1 tbsp
tandoori masala
6 tbsp
yoghurt, fresh and whipped well
1 tsp.
1 tsp.
chilli powder
1 tsp
garlic paste
Other Ingredients
1-2 tbsp
tomato puree/paste
onion, sliced and fried until golden
small bunch of coriander
green chillies
2-3 tbsp
cinnamon stick
1 tsp
cumin seeds
whole black pepper
1/2 tsp
garam masala
juice of half a lemon
chopped coriander for garnishing
boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
potatoes, peeled and cubed then fried until tender
salt as needed
Ingredients for Rice
3 cups
basmati rice, washed 2-3 times then soaked for half an hour
saffron & food colouring
whole spices

Put the chicken with its marinade into a pan and place on the heat. Simmer on a gentle boil until the chicken is tender and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Allow the chicken to cool and then shred into big chunks. (If you used boneless chicken then no need to shred). Then cover and set aside. If there are any leftover liquids in the pan from boiling the chicken, do not discard. We will use this when preparing the chicken gravy.

When cooking the chicken, it is not necessary to add any water, the yoghurt is normally sufficient to tenderise the chicken. But if needed, you can add a quarter cup of water.

Next, put the tomatoes and 2 tbsp of the fried onions in a blender. Add the small bunch of coriander and one green chilli. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

Now heat the oil in a pan, add the whole spices (cumin, cinnamon stick, pepper, cardamom and cloves). Let them splutter then add the blended mixture of tomatoes, fried onions and coriander/chilli. Simmer on low heat and add the tomato paste/puree plus some salt and the leftover cooking liquids from boiling the chicken earlier. Allow this to simmer gently until it thickens and is cooked through. Finally add the chunks of chicken and sprinkle on the garam masala plus some chopped coriander. Squeeze in the lemon juice and turn off the heat.

Next, make the Rice

Soak a few saffron strands in some water and set aside.

Bring a big pot of water to boil, add salt, 4 cardamom pods, 2-3 cinnamon sticks and 2-3 cloves plus about 2 tbsp. of oil.

Drain the soaked rice and add it to this water when it is boiling. Cook until the rice is about 3/4 done, remove and strain out all the water. 

Then put the rice back in the pan, drizzle 2 tbsp. of oil, the soaked saffron water and some orange/yellow colour on the rice. Seal the pot and put on dum/steam it on the stove....or bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Serve the rice with the chicken on top and garnish with fried potato cubes, boiled egg slices and fresh coriander. 



Can I just use that garam masala instead of whole spices

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Best to follow the recipe exactly for accurate results. Whole spices give off a different aroma from the grinded garam masala.

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Vegetables will be fine. :)

any suggestions for making this dish vegetarian? chickpeas? vegetables?
it looks delicious!!!!

yes it is lovely dish i just add achar ghost masala ,it is more son also like this dish.wordha naeem

Is there any alternative to tandoori masala,can we prepare it at home mixing various spices?

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I've personally never tried making it at home, you can use spanish paprika powder instead. Although tandoori gives better flavour and colour, and is easily available on the spice isles of most shops.

Do we have to boil the chicken first??

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No, the chicken is boiled with the rest of the ingredients mentioned in the recipe.

What is this tomato puree/paste,is it not the same which was done in the blender???

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No, paste is the tomato concentrate that is sold in jars/cans in shops/supermarkets/groceries.

You mentioned to use one skinless chicken. Do you mean one skinless chicken breast cut into 8 pieces?

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No. One skinless WHOLE chicken, cut into 8 pieces. With the bones.

asalam...can we use breast chicken only?? do we have to boil the whole chicken or cut it first then boil??

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Yes and you can cut it first.

can i use chicken on the bone? thnx

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This is chicken on the bone which is then shreded in chunks.

is this an iranian cuisine? what is the meaning of sharjani?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I actually am not sure of the origins of this dish nor the meaning of the name, sorry!

hi, i make the shajhani chicken its super recepie .my husband like dish .

Salaams. Which brand of tandoori masala do you use?

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W/Salaam, Natco brand.

salam apu...If I want to double the chicken pieces so I have to double all the ingredients also.right?

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W/Salaam, yes exactly.

Today I have tried chicken sharjani for lunch.Masha Allah it's wonderful and yummy.May Allah's blessings always be with you.

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It should serve 4-5 people and yes you can make raita as the gravy is not very much, it is more of a thick gravy so some raita on the side would be good.

How many people will this serve and does this have gravy or should I make raita with it?
Jazakallah khair

Hi Fauzia......I am a new visitor to your site........I love the way you describe each and every step...but most of all I love the tiny suggestions and tips you share to make that extra effect. Thanks a ton for these wonderful recipes.

HI, would this be nice with chicken breast alone.

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HI, yes you can.

And by one chicken do you mean 1kg??

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Between 1-1.5kg

If i want more gravy can i just add more water or more of onions and tomatoes?I am making this with chapathi so need sufficient amount of gravy??

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More onions and tomatoes not just water otherwise you will end up with a watery gravy.

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It adds to the thick gravy and colour of the dish. I would recommend for you to use it or at least use puree or blended tomatoes otherwise the dish would be rather dry.

Is the tomato puree necessary ? Will it be okay if we skip it ??
Jazakillah !! :)

Hi, recently discovered the joy of cooking and your blog is absolutely fantastic for new learners! One question: can we substitute the chicken in the recipe with boneless chicken 500g?

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Hi and thanks! Yes you can sub with boneless.

hey tried this a few days is very very easy and tasty...i followed ur recipe as it is, didnt modify it. its perfect doesnt need any improvisation. it tasty and different. served it with khameeri tandoori roti.

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salam fauzia i am new on here found your website by chance mashallah you have some amazing recipes that are easy to follow i have tried some of your recipes with good results alhamdiliah.

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what if i use the powdered spices instead of who;e is it ok? im not a fan of biting whole spices :-/

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That is fine, just be careful not to add too much as powdered spices are quite stronger than using whole ones.

Hi Fauzia,

Made it last weekend and this dish is amazing. Very different and yummy. Thank you for posting.

Salam. Apart from the fun people have with it's name (it has been called KhasaJani by my classfellows, BabaJani for my father and ChickenJani to show their love for chicken dishes), this dish has always been a hit among all, Mashallah. I love making it every now and then... Jazakillah Khayr Fauzia!

Fauzia, I found ur website just by chance and now a big fan of ur recipes. Tried this chicken recipe
and it's too easy n too tasty
Thnx for sharing

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A.o.a I find your website just by chance and i'm loving your recipes...
I don't trust any one's else recipe other than you :)
And i try every day a new recipe of you and it turn out great.

Can I put the marinated chicken in freezer for a week...I mean can I store them.

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Yes you can.

Hi, if u don't have saffron can u substitute with something else?

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Hi, you can just leave it out. :)