Simple and Easy Recipe for Achari Chicken

Ramadan is here so I am trying to make as many meal plans as possible for both Iftar and Suhoor. A fast favorite among the family members is Achari Murgh, also called Chicken Achari. This simple recipe of Achari Chicken is tangy, a little spicy, and perfect with both rice and naan.

What is Achari Chicken? 

Achari Chicken is a North Indian dish made with yogurt and pickling spices. It is also why the name “achari” is used as pickle is called “achar” in Hindi.

How to Make Achari Chicken?

This recipe of Achari Chicken is quite simple like our other chicken recipes. I especially enjoy the tanginess in this dish created due to adding tomato paste. It also uses lots of yogurt which adds to the creaminess of the dish.

Therefore, the amount of yogurt is directly proportional to the amount of gravy in this achar chicken recipe. Thinking of it now alongside ghee rice is just making my mouth water 😛

Follow the instructions in the Achari Chicken recipe below for exact measurements. Like almost every Indian dish, you need to have basic ingredients like ginger garlic paste and spices.

Since making ginger garlic paste at home is time-consuming, I mostly get a store-bought version by Shan. In this recipe for Achari Murgh, I have also used Shan masala for Achar Gosht Mix which is only used to enhance flavors and is optional in case you do not have it.

You can get both of these items from Amazon quite easily and can find the link here.

As you follow the recipe, you may notice we have a step of frying chilies, curry leaves, and coriander separately. In Hindi, we call this “tadka”. Frying these items separately gives more flavor and can really bring out the taste. We later add the tadka when the dish is fully cooked as the last step.


Recipe for Achari Chicken Step by Step:


Achari Chicken

Sarah & Safiyah
A tangy chicken recipe made with yogurt and pickling spices!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 kg chicken
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 270 grams tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3 chilies slit into halves
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1/2 packet of Achar gosht powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 6 tbsp cooking oil
  • Coriander for garnish
  • Salt to taste


  • In a pan, add oil and chicken and let it cook on a medium flame for about 2 minutes
  • Add ginger garlic paste, achar gosht powder, turmeric powder, chili powder, salt and sauté
  • To the chicken, add yogurt and give it a stir and then add tomato paste
  • Cover with a lid and let it cook for about 15–20 minutes
  • In another pan, add some oil, chilies, curry leaves, and coriander and fry for about a minute or two on a low flame
  • Add the garnish in the curry and serve hot along with some jeera rice or parathas
Keyword Achari Chicken, Chicken Recipes

Other alternatives: This is a very popular Indian dish recipe that is primarily made using chicken but there are alternatives like achari gosht and achari paneer. You can also add vegetables like cauliflower and potatoes too to make achari aloo

Also note that for this chicken achari recipe, you can swap the chicken for mutton as mentioned above but this will require more time to cook.

Other Versions of Achari Murgh:

We Indians love pickling flavors hence you will find quite a few recipes that use these flavors. We are also quite popular for having a range of pickles. My grandmother is quite famous for being able to make a pickle out of almost everything and she would usually send us a jar back home after visiting her.

You can easily use this for barbecuing and make Achari Paneer Tikka or Achari Chicken Tikka if you love chicken. A thicker version of Achari curry can be eaten alongside parathas, naan, or even dosa.

If nothing else works, I’m sure this is the best Achari Chicken recipe you can use! If you’ve made it, let us know or tag us on Instagram at @youcookieatcom 🙂

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