Malai Chicken

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Malai chicken is an easy-to-make and savory cuisine. Served in many functions and events across India, Pakistan, and the nearby regions. They are famous for their simplistic preparation yet awesome taste.

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What is “malai”?

Malai is a thick cream made from whole milk. It originated from the Indian subcontinent and is very commonly used in sweets and confectioneries.

Which ingredient forms Malai in this dish?

Malai is the cream formed on top of boiled milk. Here we are adding milk directly and boiling it with the rest of the ingredients. This also works if you’re cooking a Malai dish.

How thick is the curry supposed to be?

As seen in the video, it’s moderately watery than thick. This is how the curry is supposed to be made. It will quickly become think due to the milk content if heated for bit longer. So be cautious it doesn’t.

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Malai Chicken

Course: Main CourseCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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Malai chicken – The combination of milk & chicken with a few side masalas & ingredients – bringing that awesome lip-smacking flavor – this chicken recipe would definitely fulfill your taste bud desires. We bring to you the simplest & quickest way to prepare it – any beginner could easily follow and make this at home!


  • 1 tbsp Cooking oil

  • 2 tbsp Butter

  • 3 pc Green cardamom

  • 1 pc Cinnamon stick

  • 1 pc Black cardamom

  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds

  • 1/2 kg Chicken

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1/2 tbsp Ginger

  • 1 tsp Coriander

  • 1+1/2 cup Milk

  • 2 tbsp Almond paste

  • 1 tsp Black pepper powder

  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom powder

  • 2 tbsp Cooking cream


  • Into a heating pot, add cooking oil 1 tbsp, butter 2 tbsp, green cardamom 3 pods, cinnamon stick 1 pc, black cardamom 1 pc, cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, chicken 1/2 kg, and let the chicken fry for 4-5 minutes on medium to high heat.
  • Add salt 1 tsp, chopped ginger 1/2 tbsp, and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on medium to high heat.
  • Add coriander powder 1 tsp, boiled milk 1+1/2 cup and let the milk heat for a while, then,  add almond paste 2 tbsp into it – stir it well.
  • Cover and let it cook for about 15 minutes on low heat.
  • Open & give some slow stirs in between.
  • After this, add dry fenugreek leaves 1/2 tsp, cardamom powder 1/4 tsp, black pepper powder 1 tsp, cooking cream 2 tbsp, and stir well.
  • Now, switch off the heat and serve it hot with chapati or naan.

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  • Instead of using almond paste, you could also use cashew or walnut paste.
  • You can use any cooking cream – as per the availability.
  • Adjust the salt according to your taste and flavor.

Nutrition Facts

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4 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 16.6g 26%
    • Saturated Fat 7.3g 37%
  • Cholesterol 124mg 42%
  • Sodium 752mg 32%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 458mg 14%
  • Total Carbohydrate 8.3g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6%
    • Sugars 4.3g
  • Protein 40.1g 81%
  • Calcium 13%
  • Iron 14%
  • Vitamin D 22%

* 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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