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%Chicken Chaap Recipe Debjanir Rannaghar

Chicken Chaap

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Chicken Chaap aka Chicken Chanp is a famous chicken side widely available in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal and Bangladesh. This is a Mughal-influenced rich chicken delicacy.


Units Scale
  • 4 pieces Chicken Chunk (around 1 kg)

For Marination:

  • 500g Hung Curd: 500g
  • 5 Tbsp. Onion Paste: 5 Tbsp.
  • 1 Tbsp. Ginger Paste: 1 Tbsp.
  • 1.5 Tbsp. Garlic Paste: 1.5 Tbsp.
  • 1 Tbsp. Char Magaz/ Mellon seed paste: 1 Tbsp.
  • 1.5 Tbsp. Red Chili Powder: 1.5 Tsp.
  • 3 Tbsp. Chatu/ Sattu/ Gram Flour: 3 Tbsp.
  • 1 Tsp. Garam Masala Powder: 1 Tsp.
  • 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder: 1 Tsp.
  • 1 Tsp. Sugar: 1 Tsp. (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Salt or to taste


  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 6 Clove
  • 1 Mace aka Javitri
  • 3 Green Cardamom
  • 1 Black Cardamom


  • 1/2 cup Saffron soaked Milk (optional)
  • 1 Tsp. Keora Water
  • 2 Tbsp. Ghee
  • 5 Tbsp. Oil (I have used Mustard Oil)


  1. Wash and pat dry chicken chunks.
  2. Make slits using a knife.
  3. Now in a bowl mix Hung Curd, Onion Paste, Ginger Paste, Garlic Paste, Red Chili Powder,
  4. Mellon seed paste, Gram flour, Garam Masala Powder, Turmeric Powder Sugar, and 1 Tsp of Oil as well.
  5. Coat the chicken chunks with this mixture properly and cover the bowl with cling film or lid and refrigerate for 8 hours.
  6. At the time of cooking, add salt to the chicken and mix thoroughly.
  7. Remove chicken pieces from the marinade for frying.
  8. Heat the oil in a deep bottom pan and start frying chicken pieces one by one keeping the flame low from both sides.
  9. It will take around 5 minutes to fry per piece.
  10. Once done, add Ghee to the pan having the remaining oil, and heat properly.
  11. Temper the oil with Cinnamon Stick, Clove, Mace, Green Cardamom, and Black Cardamom.
  12. Add the remaining marinade and start "broiling" the same without adding water.
  13. Keep the flame on the higher side and stir continuously for around 3 minutes.
  14. Add fried chicken and start cooking on low flame without covering the pan.
  15. Cook from both side for around 5 minutes or until chicken soften but will remain in shape. Do not overcook the chicken.
  16. Add Saffron soaked milk and kewra water and give a thorough mix.
  17. Switch the flame off once the gravy thickens and oil comes out from the edges.
  18. Serve Chicken Chaap aka Chicken Chanp hot with Biryani or Indian bread.


  • You may substitute mustard oil with vegetable oil.
  • The entire dish can be cooked in ghee if Calorie is not what you are considering.
    sugar is optional, however, balances the flavors.
  • Adjust salt and chili powder as per taste.
  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Mughlai


  • Serving Size: 250g
  • Calories: 603
  • Sugar: 13.5g
  • Sodium: 286mg
  • Fat: 17.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.3g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Protein: 82.5g
  • Cholesterol: 218mg
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