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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Spinach-Chicken | Palak-Chicken

Spinach chicken /Palak chicken is a greeny,creamy & delicious combo.Kids who make faces looking at palak/spinach esp like the ones at my home will not even know a hint about spinach when its paired with chicken.My kids love chicken and so this was the easiest way I found to sneak in spinach to them.There was only one question while eating,"Mom,where did u buy a green chicken??"And his own reply before I could utter a word,like frosting cake,colored muffins...colored chicken !!ha ha..At this age it was easy for me,but after few years,they will understand the secret ingredient.Probably by then,they will start liking spinach,my Anyways back to the recipe,though the ingredients are listed in four pairs and the list is long but it hardly takes an hour from preparation to cooking.The recipe uses just 1 tbsp of oil.The only thing I would like to tell my readers is its a must try recipe and it best pairs with rotis/naan :)

to marinate
chicken with bones  1 lb(approx 500 gm)
butter chicken masala 1 tbsp
yogurt 2 tbsp(not sour)
ginger-garlic paste 1tsp

to grind
onion 1 medium sized
tomato 2 medium chopped
palak/spinach leaves 2- 2 1/2 cups chopped
green chillies 1 or 2
cilantro 4-5 sprigs
mint leaves 5-6 leaves
oil 1 tbsp

to season
ginger garlic paste 3/4 tsp
chilly powder 1 tsp
garam masala 1/2 tsp
coriander powder 1 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

to garnish
heavy cream 2 tbsp(optional)


  1. Heat a pan,add the spinach leaves,mint leaves,cilantro and cover with lid,let it cook for 5 mins on medium heat.The water oozes out from leaves and is wilted by then.Put off flame,add the green chillies. Remove on a plate.Let it cool.
  2. Again heat the same pan,add oil about 2 tsp.Saute the onion till slightly translucent and then add the tomatoes.Cook for 2 minutes.Put off flame ,let it cool.
  3. In the mean time,marinate the chicken after a thorough wash and drain.Marinate with the ingredients listed above and make a smooth paste ,gently rub the marinade in all pieces and leave for half an hour.Leave covered.
  4. Add both the step 1 and step 2 mixes in a blender when cooled and blend until smooth.
  5. Heat another pan and add the remaining one tsp of oil,lower flame and add 3/4 tsp of ginger -garlic paste.Add the spices listed in seasoning on low flame and saute till raw smell disappears.Add the chicken pieces with the marinade and cook covered on medium flame until the water oozes out of chicken and is half way cooked.(about 15 minutes)
  6. Uncover and let the chickjen cook for another 5 minutes,so that the water is slightly evaporated.Add the pureed spinach mixture in the chicken and let it come to boil and thicken.
  7. The chicken gets a nice coating and is cooked in sauces,adjust salt.
  8. Lower flame or put off and add 2 tbsp of heavy cream to add the taste and flavor.

Servings~4 adults

* You can add cumin seeds to the seasoning too.I haven't added it.
* I usually add turmeric powder to chicken,you can skip that to retain the bright green color if u wish.
* You can even add 2tbsp paste of cashew too instead of cream if u wish.
* You can even prepare a veg combination with paneer or tofu or soya keeping the base gravy the same.

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Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

new idea.

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Give me that bowl, feel like finishing it simply with some rotis.

Sherin said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nutritious, the green curry and green in ur blog go well together.

divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and healthy chicken.. Very inviting..

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a delicious and healthy curry.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering curry
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Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Spinach and chicken combo looks delicious.

Saraswathi Ganeshan said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks creamy and rich..LOve to try with chicken..

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks real creamy and silky chicken gravy...

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Nitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Creamy and yummy..

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Omg! your spinach chicken tempts me to taste it. Love this creamy texture.

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lovely curry healthy said... Best Blogger Tips

I like this combination.. healthy,tasty and goes well with rice and roti! Nice colour too!

Satya said... Best Blogger Tips

Super Yummy Recipes

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Spinach chicken kandittu kothi varunnu...

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice way to incorporate greens... Yummy gravy

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

rich and creamy..

Swetha Sree said... Best Blogger Tips

healthy chicken dish. Love the color of the dish! :)

Rashida Shaikh said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy chicken with spinach...

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Super chicken curry

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

green curry looks delicious

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

i had tasted this in my friends house, like it. liked the way yours turned out.creamy!

Ola said... Best Blogger Tips

I have nevr tried such although I am a big fan of spinach. This post reminded them that it's ages since lace time I ate spinach:)
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Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks perfect and delicious!!

Renuka said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Julie, that looks so simple.. and delicious too.. Love the fact that its got less oil..

Divya A said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie am gonna grab that bowl..Yummy :) Well prepared dear!!
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Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

I'll try without chicken :

Az said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy and healthy!!

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Itoo make this often..A welcome change from normal red color gravy ..looks tempting...

KrithisKitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Craving chicken.. your bowl made my super hungry.. wish you could send it over to our event..
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Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

I do not comment on non veg recipes as I do not cook them. Eat yes yes yes. Cook no no no! This one made me wish I did cook. delicious and yum.
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Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious chicken recipe...will try..

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy chicken curry,gravy looks very tempting.

Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

The same qstn raised to me when I served Spinach paniyaram :)
Really palak chicken sounds very delicious n looks too tempting...sure a great combo with rotis...will try it sometime!!

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious n yummy dear...