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chicken keema recipe how to make chicken keema

Chicken Keema Recipe

  • Author: nags
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Cuisine: Indian


Chicken keema is a spicy minced meat dish with chicken and peas. Serve with bread or rice for a nice and delicious meal.


  • 300 grams minced chicken meat
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup oil (adjust to your preference)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1.5 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 23 green chillies, slit (adjust to taste)
  • 1.5 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp canned tomato paste (or 1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)

Powder Coarsely:

  • 2 pods cardamom
  • 1” piece of cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder (optional)


  1. Place the minced chicken in a bowl and add chilli powder, turmeric powder, and salt
  2. Mix well and set aside
  3. Powder together the spices mentioned under “powder coarsely” above and set aside
  4. Heat the oil and add cumin seeds and bay leaf
  5. When the cumin seeds brown and sizzle, add the chopped onions
  6. Saute until the onions turn soft, no need to brown them too much
  7. Now add the fresh ginger and garlic
  8. Saute saute saute
  9. In go the green chillies and peas. I leave the peas out for a few minutes if using frozen but adding them straight from the freezer will work in a pinch too
  10. Saute again until the peas start to turn soft – about 5-7 minutes
  11. Time to add the spices. Add 2 teaspoons of the ground powder (I usually chuck it all in without measuring) and coriander powder
  12. Fry for a minute until nice and fragrant
  13. Now add the chicken
  14. Mix everything together until well combined
  15. Add the tomato paste (or fresh tomatoes) and mix again
  16. Since I used canned tomato paste (the flavour is more intense and I prefer this in some dishes), I add about 4 tbsp water at this stage.  You can omit this if using fresh tomatoes
  17. Mix well and cook covered for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked soft.
  18. Once the chicken is cooked, add sugar and more salt if needed
  19. Throw in the chopped coriander leaves
  20. Mix and serve hot