Chicken Lababdar

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‘Lababdar’, a word that means to desire something so strongly that you surrender to it. This couldn’t have been a more accurate name for this dish. Chicken lababdar exquisite dish from Indian subcontinent that is so creamy and appetizing that you just cannot help but submit your taste buds to it.

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What is the difference between chicken lababdar and butter chicken?

Both have a creamy and thick texture and are similar to some extent however, this is an easier dish to make and tastes a bit spicier.

Can we use ready-made chicken lababdar masala?

Of course. But you would have to follow the recipe specified for that masala since it contains its own set of ingredients. We recommend you try our recipe completely to give you an experience and authenticity to the dish.

Can we substitute anything else for cooking cream?

Yogurt or milk and butter are good substitutes for cooking cream.

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Chicken Lababdar

Recipe by Main CourseCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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A creamy and smooth chicken recipe with the richness of cashew paste and cream into it.


  • To marinate the chicken
  • 500 gm Chicken boneless

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder

  • 1/2 tbsp Ginger garlic

  • To prepare onion masala paste
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil

  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds

  • 3 pc Cloves

  • 3 pc Green cardamom

  • 2 pc Dry red chili

  • 1 pc Bay leaf

  • 1 pc Cinnamon stick

  • 1 pc Black cardamom

  • 2 pc Onion

  • To prepare chicken lababdar
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil

  • 2 tbsp Butter

  • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

  • 1 tsp Coriander powder

  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder

  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder

  • 1 pc Tomato paste

  • 3 tbsp Cashew paste

  • 3 tbsp Cooking cream

  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder

  • 1 tbsp Fenugreek leaves dry


  • Marinating the Chicken
  • Into a bowl, take boneless chicken 500 gm, salt 1/2 tsp, turmeric powder 1/4 tsp, red chili powder 1/2 tsp, ginger garlic 1/2 tbsp – mix and let it marinate for about 1 hour.
  • Preparing Onion Masala Paste
  • Into a heating frying pan, add cooking oil 2 tbsp, cumin seeds 1 tsp, cloves 3 pc, green cardamom 3 pods, dry red chili 2 pc, bay leaf 1 pc, cinnamon stick 1 pc, black cardamom 1 pc, sliced onion 2 pc and fry the onions till translucent.
  • Remove the bay leaf from the masala – grind the remaining mixture into onion masala paste and keep it aside for later use.
  • Preparing Chicken Lababdar
  • Into a heating pot, add cooking oil 1 tbsp, butter 2 tbsp, ginger garlic 1 tbsp – fry the ginger garlic till raw smell goes off.
  • Add the grind onion paste into it and cook it for about 3-4 minutes on medium to high heat.
  • Add salt 1/2 tsp, turmeric powder 1/4 tsp, coriander powder 1 tsp, cumin powder 1/2 tsp, Kashmiri red chili powder 1/2 tsp, and cook all the spices for about 2-3 minutes on medium to high heat until it releases the oil.
  • Add the marinated chicken into it and roast it for about 3-4 minutes on medium to high heat.
  • Add tomato paste 1 pc and cook for about 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add water 1/2 cup – cover and let it cook for about 15 minutes on medium to low heat.
  • Add cashew paste 3 tbsp, cooking cream 3 tbsp, garam masala powder 1/2 tsp, dry fenugreek leaves 1 tbsp, and give it a last stir.
  • The Chicken Lababdar is ready to serve.

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  • You can prepare this recipe with boned chicken also.
  • Blend/Grind the spices well to get a proper & smooth texture for your recipe.
  • You can also keep the chicken marinated overnight.

Nutrition Facts

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4 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 25.5g 40%
    • Saturated Fat 7.4g 37%
  • Cholesterol 103mg 35%
  • Sodium 719mg 30%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 675mg 20%
  • Total Carbohydrate 12.3g 5%
    • Dietary Fiber 3.1g 13%
    • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 29.8g 60%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 16%
  • Vitamin D 20%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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