Chicken Saag Recipe

Published on August 5th 2023 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Chicken Saag in a oval plate with spoon on the side

Chicken Saag, also known as chicken and spinach curry, is one of the easiest curries you will ever make. It is not only delicious but healthy too! It's made with onion paste, classic Indian spices like garam masala, Kashmiri chili powder, turmeric, coriander, cumin, chicken thighs, aromatic ginger and garlic, spinach, and chicken thighs. The Chicken Saag is simmered over low heat until the chicken thighs are perfectly cooked. Now you can bring Indian food to your home without ordering takeout and looking for more curry recipes. Also, try our Indian Curry Chicken!

 

What is chicken saag made of?

Chicken Saag is made of onions, garlic, ginger, water, tomato paste, cumin, coriander, turmeric, Kashmiri chili powder, garam masala, kosher salt, olive oil, garlic, raw ginger, chicken thighs, and spinach. 

 

Is Chicken Saag a healthy option?

Yes, Chicken Saag is a healthy option. It contains chicken thighs packed with protein, iron, and zinc. It also has spinach which is rich in iron as well as vitamins C and E. Additionally, Chicken Saag contains cumin and coriander, which reduce inflammation.

What's the difference between chicken tikka saag and chicken saag?

Chicken tikka saag is grilled chicken breast that has been marinated with spices. In contrast, Chicken saag is a chicken and spinach curry. 

 

How hot is saag curry?

Saag curry is not overly spicy. It has a mild tangy flavor that won't overwhelm your palette. 

 

Author: Sarah Leadon
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
24 mins
Total Time
39 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

Onion Paste:
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 

     

  • 2 medium White Onions, roughly chopped 

     

  • 2 cloves Garlic

     

  • 1 teaspoon raw Ginger 

     

  • 1 cup Water

Chicken Saag:
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin 

     

  • 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander 

     

  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric

     

  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri Chili Powder

     

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Garam Masala

     

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

     

  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil

     

  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced  

     

  • 1 tablespoon raw Ginger, minced

     

  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste 

     

  • 1/4 cup Water 

     

  • 6 boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs cut into 1-inch pieces

     

  • 4 ounces Frozen Spinach, thawed, drained

Instructions

Onion Paste:

To a medium pot, add olive oil and set it over medium-high heat. 

 

Olive oil in a pot

Add onions and cook them for 3–4 minutes until they soften. 

 

Sauteed onion in a pot

Add garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute, stirring often until fragrant. Remove the mixture from the stove and let cool slightly.  

 

Sautéed onion with ginger and garlic in a pot

Place the mixture into a blender along with water and blend until smooth. Set the onion paste aside. 

Sauteed onions in a blender
Chicken Saag:

Whisk cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric, Kashmiri chili powder, garam masala, and kosher salt in a small bowl and set aside. 

 

Cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric, Kashmiri chili powder, garam masala, and kosher salt in a small bowl

To a medium pot add olive oil and set over medium-low heat. 

 

Oil in a medium pot

Add garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. 

 

Sauteed garlic and ginger

Add the spice mixture and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until the spices are fragrant. 

 

Sauteed spice mixture in a pot

Mix tomato paste and water in a small bowl and whisk until combined. Add to the spice mixture and cook for 1 minute. 

 

Tomato paste with water in a bowl

Add onion paste and increase heat to medium-high. Cook the mixture for 3–4 minutes, periodically stirring until most liquid evaporates. 

 

Onion pate added to spice mixture in a pot

Turn heat down to medium-low heat, then add chicken thighs and stir to combine. Cover the chicken saag and cook it for 12 minutes until thoroughly cooked. 

 

Chicken added to the mixture in a pot

Add thawed spinach to the chicken saag, stir to combine, and cook it for 3 minutes until heated. 

 

Spinach added into the chicken saag mixture in a pot

Serve the chicken saag with your desired side dish. 

Plated chicken saag
Sarah Leadon
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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

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Sarah Leadon
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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon