Garlic Chicken

Loaded with robust pungent flavor of garlic, this Garlic Chicken – Lehsuni Murgh is one of the easiest Indian chicken curries to prepare. It doesn’t call for a long list of spices but instead a lot of fresh garlic. Lehsun is garlic and murgh is chicken.

If you enjoy the pungent garlic flavor, then this garlic chicken curry will make you very happy. I had first learnt to make this lehsuni murgh masala way back in 2013 from my bestie Prerna.

My entire kitchen was smelling so good that I couldn’t even wait till dinner. Sneaked in a couple bites straight from the hot wok. Almost burnt my tongue. But didn’t care.

The ingredients for this Garlic Chicken Curry or Lehsuni Murgh are very minimal and unlike most Indian Chicken Curries you might have come across

Garlic Chicken 1

What you need for the dish

  • Chicken (you can choose boneless or with bones). The cooking time will differ accordingly.
  • About 15 big cloves of fresh garlic
  • fresh ginger
  • red onion
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • yogurt
  • green chili (optional)
  • turmeric
  • salt

The garlic chicken curry is a one pot hearty meal. Chicken tastes best when marinated for a minimum of four hours. I often leave it overnight. It also fastens the cooking process.

Garlic Chicken 2

Cooking time for Garlic Chicken:

If you are using boneless chicken cubes, it will take 15 minutes to cook the chicken. If you use chicken with bones in, then it will take about 25 minutes to 30 minutes.

TWO KEY POINTS to remember when preparing this Chicken curry:

  1. Make sure to add the garlic cloves in cold oil. As the oil heats up, the garlic starts to infuse the flavor and it gets it browns beautifully instead of getting burnt.
  2. Make sure to brown the onion before you add the marinated chicken to the pot. The brown onion adds a sweetness that balances the overloaded garlic flavor perfectly.

Garlic Chicken 3

Delicious Garlic Chicken Curry with paratha

I personally prefer to keep the garlic chicken curry dry instead of swimming in a gravy. Which is why I also like to serve it with paratha. But if you choose to enjoy it with rice, then definitely add more water to increase the volume of the gravy in the curry.

The Garlic chicken taste good with few refreshing heat from green chili however it’s optional if you think that might be too hot for you. Just garlic and black pepper with some cumin is enough to make it warm and comforting.

Link to other chicken recipes for you to try! 

Garlic Chicken

Garlic Chicken

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Loaded with robust pungent flavor of garlic, this Garlic Chicken - Lehsuni murgh is one of the easiest Indian chicken curries to prepare. It doesn’t call for a long list of spices but instead a lot of fresh garlic. Lehsunis garlic and murgh is chicken.

Adapted from Indian Simmer, this is a quick and fuss free chicken curry filled with robust garlic flavor.


  • 1.5 lb chicken (I used with skinless chicken pieces with bones in)
  • 15 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • ½ cup thick plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 medium size red onion
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 green chili
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro leaves


  1. You will use 10 garlic cloves to marinate the chicken. The other 5 will be used while cooking the curry. Grate or pound 10 garlic cloves along with ginger. Slice thinly, the remaining 5 garlic cloves
  2. If you are using chicken drumsticks, make sure to score the meat portion a couple of times.
  3. In a bowl add the chicken pieces along with yogurt, pounded garlic, ½ teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon salt. Give it a mix nicely to coat all the chicken pieces. Keep it aside for minimum 4 hrs or overnight for maximum flavor blend.
  4. When you are ready to prepare the chicken curry, place a
    heavy bottom nonstick pan on the stove at medium heat. Pour the oil along with the sliced garlic, chopped green chili and chopped ginger. As the oil heats up, the garlic will start to sizzle and slowly turn golden brown. Take out some garlic chips to add later in garnish.
  5. To the wok add the sliced onion. Sprinkle the rest of the salt, sugar and turmeric along with the spices (cumin powder, coriander powder and chili powder). Stir and cook the onion for 3 minutes, or until it’s golden brown.
  6. Then add the marinated chicken and stir it to incorporate everything. If you are using boneless chicken cubes, it will take 15minutes to cook the chicken. If you use chicken with bones in, then it will take about 20 minutes.
  7. After 10 minutes of cooking the chicken, it will start to release water. Now depending on how much gravy you want, add water and let it continue cooking.
  8. Once the chicken is cooked, taste for salt and add any if needed.
  9. Finally sprinkle finely chopped cilantro leaves, garam masala powder and give it a mix.


It’s usually a dry curry but if you like gravy, feel free to add water while cooking chicken and adjust salt accordingly.

Flat lay view of Garlic Chicken Curry with paratha and salad

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  • Lail | With A Spin
    Lail | With A Spin
    October 7, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I’m a garlic fan all the way! Wouldn’t give it up. Love that garlic photo with the turmeric background.

  • Shumaila The Novice
    Shumaila The Novice
    October 7, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Oh, garlic, how I love thee!!!
    I so wish I could be there in your kitchen when you made this, I would have devoured it! Gorgeous clicks as always Kankana and a lip smacking dish!

  • Sarah | TheSugarHit
    Sarah | TheSugarHit
    October 7, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    THIS CURRY LOOKS AMAZING. I want to eat is times 1000. I am a huge garlic fan, so this is RIGHT up my alley. YUM.

  • Nami | JOC
    Nami | JOC
    October 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Traditional Japanese food doesn’t use too much garlic (very rare), so whenever I go to Taiwan to visit my in-laws, I have hard time digesting garlic (lots of garlic in almost all food). I love garlic but my body cannot digest that much I guess. I enjoy cooking with garlic, and this chicken sounds fantastic!

  • Ash-foodfashionparty
    October 8, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Garlic, how much I love it, can’t live without it.
    A perfect combination and a simple yet very flavorful dish. Lovely pictures as usual.

  • indugetscooking
    October 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    I grew up eating ton load of garlic! And totally love it. Added generously in all dishes except Kerala stir fires. My mom says it protects us from diseases!

    Love, love, love the garlic chicken. Would surely try it out.

  • Anita Menon
    Anita Menon
    October 8, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Looks amazing! The photos are fantastic

  • Poornima
    October 8, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    The curry looks amazing and I love that it has lots of garlic. Stunning pictures, love the second one!

  • Marie @ Little Kitch
    Marie @ Little Kitch
    October 8, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    I’m crazy about garlic! This dish sounds delicious, and the photos are absolutely stunning.

  • Cecilia
    October 8, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Oh my, it’s only breakfast but I would eat a bowl of that. I love garlic. Your blog is absolutely beautiful!

  • Chitrangada
    October 8, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    G for garlic, from alubhaja to musur dal…I love garlic. Love this recipe, sounds great.

  • Grandbaby Cakes
    Grandbaby Cakes
    October 8, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Two things I love in one. Garlic and chicken. Gorgeous photos!

  • Eve@cheapethniceatz
    [email protected]
    October 8, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Love garlic so this recipe looks just tasty and amazing, pinned it.

  • Shema | LifeScoops
    Shema | LifeScoops
    October 8, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Easy chicken recipes are always a keeper… Nice clicks as always dear!

  • Kiran
    October 8, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    So delicious!! Love anything that’s garlicky and masaledar 😉 Lovely clicks, K!

  • Nusrat Azim
    Nusrat Azim
    October 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Can’t live without garlic :)Period :)Mom used to make similar type of garlicky chicken back in the days. Your post brought me back to my Mom’s kitchen.
    Mesmerizing, hypnotizing photos, as always. Loved everything about them. Light, frame, angle, composition…
    You’re such a treasure, Kankana!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    October 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I love these flavors, wonderful curry!

  • Coco in the Kitchen
    Coco in the Kitchen
    October 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Gotta keep those vampires at bay!

  • Manju @ Manju'sEatin
    Manju @ Manju'sEatin
    October 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Same here…never grew up eating too much garlic, but its a must now in all my savory dishes as well…Lovely recipe and good to see you back after a while 😉

  • Abbe@This is How I C
    [email protected] is How I C
    October 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    I couldn’t live without garlic! Love this recipe!

  • Medha
    October 8, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    It looks like garlic fans’ get-togather here!I am huge garlic fan- specially with Chicken and love your gorgeous pictures. I have to make this curry tonight for dinner:)

  • Tika Hapsari Nilmada
    Tika Hapsari Nilmada
    October 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Beautiful photos, Kana 🙂
    Garlic gives sensational taste to the food. Would love to give it a try !

  • nags
    October 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    love this post, and yes, i am definitely a garlic fan!

  • Rosa
    October 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Exactly, there is no right or wrong when cooking… I use garlic a lot and I find that it doesn’t cover the natural taste of food. All the contrary. But then again, being a garlic fan, I’m slightly biased!

    This dish looks and sounds fabulous!



  • nandoo
    October 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Same here. Was not used to garlic during childhood but now it is unavoidable. Love this post. Garlic chicken looks tempting.

  • Food to Fitness
    Food to Fitness
    October 10, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    You have a beautiful blog. Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious.

  • rebecca
    October 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    looks great and love how fast it cooks

  • easyfoodsmith
    October 11, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    I can’t imagine a single day without garlic!! It is an omnipresent element in most of the meals that I make.
    Your garlic chicken has captured my imagination.

  • Sihi
    October 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Hi Kankana,
    Definitely a ‘yes’ on garlic. Lovely clicks.

  • Caroline
    October 13, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Hi. My name is Caroline. I love searching food blogs. I have a few favorites. My 5 kids (yes, 5) love what I find. I love two blogs, yours and another called “Cooking With Mr. C.” (on Facebook which also takes you to the blog) Between the two of you, I’m kept very busy. Keep up the wonderful work. It’s so appreciated.


  • Joyti
    October 13, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Yes, definitely a garlic lover here! I use it in my cooking more often than not.

    The chicken dish sounds lovely and flavorful but still simple, and yes, Prerna’s dishes are sooo good! Thanks for sharing your lovely photographs with us 🙂

  • Kulsum
    October 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    If you don’t like garlic, you can’t be friends with me, is what I usually tell people 🙂 I was working on a post about ginger chicken while browsing and saw your new post on garlic chicken! So good to see you back.

  • nipponnin
    October 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I love garlic! The aroma is fantastic. I just used a lots in my pork recipe. Your garlic pic is stunning! And others are equally beautiful!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    October 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    oh wow! this is like having the 50 cloves of garlic chicken but without all the time and energy added to it. I mean it is full of amazing flavor !

  • Liren
    October 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Most definitely. I can’t live without garlic, and because of me, my husband seems to think that Filipinos are the world’s largest consumers of garlic. While I’m not sure of that assumption, I am certain that this is my kind of dish.

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    October 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    OK so I come back to this post to read the recipe as I get ready to plunge into garlicy goodness and realize I have not left comment…. Can you believe it! I mean I read the post same day.. I drooled thinking about this everyday and I missed to leave a comment..
    Anyways I am just loving this! Amen to the Garlic Goodness!

  • dixya
    October 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    im the same way when it comes to garlic..i will definitely be thinking of this when i make chicken next time 🙂

  • ATasteOfMadness
    October 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Whoa.. this chicken is making me hungry!! I love garlic, this looks perfect for me!

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