Jeera (Cumin) Chicken
I had been craving this chicken dish for a few weeks now, so I finally called my mom and asked her to share her recipe with me. Jeera (Cumin) Chicken is a very popular dish in Indian homes. It is one of my favorite chicken dishes of all time (my brother loves it too!). It is a lovely dish consisting of skinless chicken, cooked on the bone, with cumin, and other spices. It can be made wet or dry, although, often, it is made dry. The version I made is wet; I haven’t mastered the technique of dry Jeera Chicken yet.
1 hr 30 min
1 hr 30 min
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 876
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 98g
Saturated Fat 24g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 22g
Monounsaturated Fat 42g
Total Carbohydrates 40g
Dietary Fiber 7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- Canola oil
- Whole Chicken, cut, on the bone
- 3 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 4 -5 green chillies
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- Half a lemon
- 1 bunch cilantro
- Salt to taste
- Cut the chicken into pieces, wash and let soak in salt water for an hour.
- In the meantime, prep the garlic, ginger and chilies, by placing in a food processor or blender until formed into a paste. If you do not have a food processor or blender, finely mince the garlic, ginger and chilies. Set aside
- Wash and chop the cilantro.
- Once the chicken has soaked, drain and pat dry.
- Heat a pan with enough oil to cover the bottom on low heat.
- Once hot add cumin seeds. When they begin to change color and crackle add the garlic, ginger and chilie paste, sautée for 30 seconds. Add cumin powder.
- Add chicken and cook until cooked thoroughly.
- When the chicken is almost done add garam masala, lemon juice and cilantro.
- Depending on the size of your chicken pieces, this meal can take anywhere from 25-45 minutes to cook and prepare.
- *Jeera Chicken is usually served with naan, or roti, but rice can make for a nice side dish also*
- Happy Eating
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