Chicken saagwala

Chicken saagwala

Saag chicken is a popular Indian curry. Marinated chicken is cooked and then simmered in a rich spinach gravy, finished with cream for a lush and robust dish. Flavorful and nutritious, it’s a great way to fill up with greens.

Chicken saagwala

Saag chicken is a popular Indian curry. Marinated chicken is cooked and then simmered in a rich spinach gravy, finished with cream for a lush and robust dish. Flavorful and nutritious, it’s a great way to fill up with greens.
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

Marinated chicken
  • 1 lb 450 g boneless chicken thighs
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp coriander seed, powdered
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp garam masala seasoning
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp ghee
  • salt
Spinach curry
  • ¾ lb 325 g fresh spinach
  • ½ ½ red onionred onions
  • ¼ lb 110 g tomatotomatoes
  • 1¾ tsp 1¾ tsp (10 g) ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ cup 60 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp ghee
  • salt

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Combine chicken with spices, ghee and some salt. Marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the spinach and submerge the leaves in the water. Blanch for 30-40 seconds, then drain and rinse with cold water. Add to a blender and blend until you get a smooth puree.
  3. Chop the red onion and tomato roughly and blend to a smooth puree.
  4. In a frying pan, heat the ghee and fry the marinated chicken until it turns a nice golden color, for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  5. In the same pan, add the onion and tomato puree and ginger garlic paste. Rinse out the blender with a tablespoon of water so nothing goes to waste. Combine well.
  6. Cover with a lid and cook on low heat for about 5-7 minutes. Add spinach puree and salt to taste.
  7. Cover and cook for another 6-8 minutes until it gets a nice thick consistency.
  8. Stir in the cream and add the chicken pieces together with the cooking juices.
  9. Cook for another 4-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and nicely covered in the sauce. Add an extra tablespoon of cream on top for garnish.

Tip!

This is great for meal prep and you can pair it with cauliflower rice or Keto naan.

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5 comments

  1. russell
    Delicious! Saagwala is one of my favorites!
  2. Enidh
    It was really delicious, the only thing I changed was that I added cream cheese to lighten the strong earthy spinach flavor.
  3. Jenny
    Swap the chicken for prawns for a change delicious either way
  4. Sheryl
    I’m going to give this ago, but what is ghee?
    Reply: #5
  5. Sahil Makhija
    Ghee is clarified butter. You can find it on amazon or at Indian grocery stores. You can also just use any other cooking fat you like if you can't find it.

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