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Palak Chicken (Spinach Chicken)

 Published 2008-May-03   Updated 2021-Dec-14

- Submitted by Rani

(Palak Gosht, Spinach Chicken, Murgh Sagwala, Chicken Sagwala, Murgh Palak)

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Palak Chicken or Spinach Chicken is one of the healthiest yet tastiest chicken curry. It is a dark green gravy loaded with pureed spinach leaves. This curry goes excellently well with naan, rotis or plain jeera rice.

I personally like to include vegetables in all possible ways in my meals. Rather than serving greens in a boring way, I find it interesting when combined with some non-veg. It makes it taste so much better. Kids will eat it without any fuss. One such recipe is this Palak Murgh. This dish is sometimes referred to as Chicken Saagwala in restaurant menu cards.

Recipe For Palak Chicken

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3-4


Batch -1

  • Chicken Breast - 1 lbs (about 1/2 kg cut into desired pieces) Note: If you prefer chicken with bones, please use that.
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1 tbsp
  • Roasted Cumin Powder -1 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Yogurt - 4 tbsp
  • Ginger Garlic Green Chilly paste - 1 tbsp

Batch -2

  • Fresh Spinach (Palak) - 1/2 packet or 1 bunch fresh
  • Green Chilly - 2
  • Salt - 1/2 tbsp

Batch -3

  • Big Onion -1 (finely chopped)
  • Raw Tomato -1 (finely chopped)
  • Nutmeg Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil/Butter- 2 tbsp


  1. Mix all the ingredients from batch -1 and let it rest for 1/2 hour. The chicken will be well marinated.
  2. Wash the spinach leaves and microwave Batch -2 in little water for 2-3 minutes. You can even blanch the spinach with some water in a pan. Allow it to cool.
  3. Heat oil or butter in a deep vessel and saute onions until golden brown.
  4. Add the tomatoes and saute until it comes as a gravy.
  5. Now add the Batch-1 marinated chicken into the pan and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add little water.and let it boil until the chicken is cooked.
  7. Now grind the cooked spinach in the blender by adding little water to get a smooth paste.
  8. Add the spinach paste and nutmeg powder into the chicken pan.Let it cook for 5 more minutes until oil seperates from the gravy.
  9. Now garnish with fresh coriander leaves or 1-2 tbsp of fresh cream and switch off. Palak chicken is ready to be served.

Serving Suggestion


  • For extra richness, add a tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of heavy cream to the gravy at the very end.
  • Using the same recipe, you could also make mutton sagwala (palak mutton).

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Comments (12)

Person   ()
Nice: I tried palak chicken..It was really superb... Thanks, Sathya.
Person   ()
Thanks Sathya for your comments.
Person   ()
Hi !

It looks very good, please confirm the below.

Is it 1 tblsp each or 1tblsp all together for Ginger Garlic Green Chilly paste - 1 tblsp
Person   ()
Its 1 tblsp of everything together.
Person   ()
This was wonderful! I've been making Chicken Saag (as we call it) for years, always just improvising based on various recipes. I decided to try yours as is (OK, I was generous with some ingredients, and I didn't microwave the spinach mix beforehand). I'm eating it now, and it's just the right mix of ingredients; my 8-year-old daughter just gave me the thumbs-up, and she's quite fussy! So glad to have stumbled onto your site, and looking forward to trying your other recipes!
Person   ()
Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked it. Do try the other recipes and give your comments.
Person   ()
I tried Palak chicken curry it was yummy thanks for posting such a easy n tasty recipe.
Person   ()
Happy to hear that you enjoyed the curry. Thank you.
Person   ()
Thank-you. I just love the batch format; without that the recipe might have seemed too involved for me. But the batches made it straightforward and fun. I'm so pleased that I've made my own Palak Chicken.
Person   ()
I am so glad you were able to make the recipe and enjoy it. Please do mail if you have any questions.
Person   ()
Thank you so much for this simple and delicious recipe. I would only add that people making this should be very conservative when adding the water (once you mix Batch 1 & 2) as the chicken will release its own juices once it starts cooking.
Once again, easy to make and simply delicious!!!
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Thanks for your feedback..

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