Chicken Bharta | How to make Chicken Bharta

By Priyanka Mukherjee  |  11th Mar 2016  |  
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About Chicken Bharta Recipe

Chicken Bharta is a Mughlai delicacy prepared with shredded chicken and eggs ... A very famous delicacy it is served in most restaurants ... The flavour and blend of aromatic spices with chicken made this dish a must try at my place... And believe me it turned out to be better than the restaurant one...

Chicken Bharta

Ingredients to make Chicken Bharta

  • For the boiled chicken:
  • Boneless chicken Breasts 300 Gms
  • chicken Bones (To impart flavour to the dish) 2-3
  • garlic 4 Cloves
  • onion (Peeled and Chopped into 4 halves) 1/4
  • bay leaf 1
  • Black peppercorns 5-6
  • cinnamon stick 1"
  • salt to taste
  • water
  • For the Gravy :
  • onion (Finely chopped) 1 Large
  • tomatoes (Finely chopped) 2 Medium
  • Ginger garlic Paste 1 & 1/2 Tbsp
  • cashew nut Paste 3 Tbsp
  • yogurt 3 Tbsp
  • cinnamon stick 2"
  • Green cardamoms 4-5
  • cloves 5-6
  • bay leaves 2
  • red chilli Powder (You can use less if you want it to be less spicy) 1 Tbsp
  • turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • coriander powder 1 tsp
  • cumin powder 1 tsp
  • Tandoori chicken Masala (Optional – Adds an extra zing to the dish) 1 Tsp
  • Garam masala powder 1 tsp
  • butter 1 Tbsp
  • Refined oil 3 Tbsp
  • Hard Boiled Egg (Chopped into small pieces) 1
  • Kasuri Methi (fenugreek Leaves) 1/2 Tsp
  • FRESH cream 2 TBSP
  • salt to taste
  • Chunk of Cooking Coal (Optional - Required for the smoky flavour) 1

How to make Chicken Bharta

  1. For the boiled chicken:
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a vessel and boil for around 15-20 mins.
  3. Remove from heat and strain the water. Reserve the water (stock) and discard the bones.
  4. Let the boneless chicken come to normal temperature.
  5. Shred the boneless chicken into thin strips with the help of a fork or by hand as illustrated in the pic above.
  6. For the Gravy :
  7. Heat Oil in a wok. Add Cardamoms, Cinnamon, Bay Leaf and Cloves and fry till they release their aroma.
  8. Now add the finely chopped onions and salt and sauté till golden brown in colour.
  9. Now add the ginger garlic paste and sauté till the smell of it goes away.
  10. Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook on low flame covered till the tomatoes are soft.
  11. Meanwhile take turmeric, cumin, coriander, red chilli and tandoori chicken masala and mix it with ½ cup of stock that was reserved from the boiled chicken.
  12. When the tomatoes are soft , pour in the prepared masala and stir on high flame till the masala leaves oil.
  13. Now add the shredded chicken to it. And fry for around 2-3 mins.
  14. Add the cashew nut paste and Yogurt (mixed with ½ cup of stock and stirred well to avoid lumps).
  15. Now add around 2 cups of the stock and cook till the chicken is fully cooked and a thick gravy consistency is achieved.
  16. Now add the cream and stir well.
  17. Add the fenugreek leaves, garam masala powder, butter and chopped hard boiled egg and mix well.
  18. Burn a charcoal and place it in a bowl. Place this bowl inside the bharta and cover for 5 mins so that the smoky flavour gets infused.
  19. The smoked chicken bharta is ready to serve with rotis/butter naan etc...

Reviews for Chicken Bharta (7)

Smita Mallayaa year ago

Very unique recipe. I will surely try this.

sonam gupta2 years ago


Kamini Pawar2 years ago

Yummy :blush::heart_eyes:

Shashi Sondhi3 years ago

Awesome recipe. I will definitely try

manjula mangalam3 years ago

tried it .awesome! !

Tannistha Majumder3 years ago


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