Tawa Chicken

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Serves 3-4

Tawa Chicken is a spicy and succulent quick fix boneless chicken dish that can be prepared in just minutes. Tawa stands for flat-pan or a saucepan. So the literal translation of the name is saucepan chicken. It goes beautifully with fries or baked potato wedges and some sauce/ketchup or a dip, but can also be served with a simple salad for a healthier twist. This chicken can also be shredded and used as a sandwich filler or a pizza topping.

boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
1 tsp.
garlic paste
1/2 tsp.
ginger paste
1 tbsp.
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp.
ground cumin powder (jeera powder)
1/4 tsp.
turmeric powder
1/2 tsp.
chilli powder
1/2 tsp.
2 tbsp.
1 tbsp.
tandoori masala
1 tbsp.
tomato paste puree
1 tbsp.
butter/margarine or oil

Mix the chicken with all the ingredients except for the butter/margarine or oil. Allow to marinate if possible for a minimum of 30 minutes (longer if possible, up to overnight is fine).

Heat half the butter/margarine or oil in the frying pan or tawa. Once melted, turn the heat to high and add in HALF of the marinated chicken (avoid adding the excess marinade, let it remain in the bowl). Stir-fry on high heat to make sure the chicken cubes are sealed so they remain moist and tender. As soon as all sides are sealed (takes about 3-5 minutes) turn the chicken out into a bowl and keep it covered.

Add the remainder of the butter/margarine or oil in the pan. When hot, add the remaining half of the marinated chicken. Repeat the same process, stir-fry on high heat for about 3-5 minutes.

Cooking the chicken in two batches helps maintain the heat of the pan on high thereby ensuring the chicken gets sealed quickly without loosing any excess moisture which will end up drying out the chicken. Cooking all of it in one go may sound easier but the temperature of the pan will drop immediately and the chicken will loose a lot of moisture.

Now, put back the first batch of cooked chicken into the pan with the second batch and mix all of it together. Turn the heat down to medium. Pour any leftover juices or marinade and all it to cook with the chicken for 2 minutes while stirring constantly. This will allow the chicken to have a slightly moist coating. Cover the pan, turn the heat down to low and allow to steam for another 2 minutes whilst covered to make sure everything is perfectly cooked. Adjust salt and spice to taste.

Turn off the heat and serve with accompaniment of your choice.

Enjoy! :)



thanks for sharing this recipe. once had tawa chicken gravy at a restaurant and it was super yummy. have been looking for the recipe ever since and found it here :) now if only you could please tell how can that be done?


Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi! I always make this a bit dryish, never made it with excessive gravy. You can maybe double or triple the marination ingredients (adjust salt to taste though). That will give you enough to have some extra gravy.

Asa....Is it ok to stir fry them and keep till its time to serve? and how long I can keep it like that? JZKKK

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes that is fine. It can keep for a few hours or you can refrigerate and warm up when ready to serve.

hw do u cut those fries into that shape?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I use a special crinkle-cutter for it. :)


Excellent receipe. Thanx fauzia

Hai..masha allah..u r doing a grt job..if u don mind,could u pls tell me wat tandoori masala mean.is it available to be bought?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Thanks! Yes it is sold in most supermarkets in the spice isle. It is a combination of various spices and red colouring so it gives a wonderful taste/flavour to the food as well as a brilliant colour.

Sa. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes. Is there a particular brand of tandoori masala that you would recommend?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I like Natco.

Hi. If I'm cooking less chicken - 250g - would I still have to cook it in two batches?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, no need unless your pan is very small. The thing is to avoid crowding the pan.

If I marinate overnight should I keep in d frigh?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes, always refrigerate if it is staying longer than an hour.

Looking yummy inshallah I will try

Thanks for the recipe. I tried it and it turned out very yummy. I like your recipes a lot. I have tried the caramel pineapple dessert too. everyone likes it. :)