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15 Best Chicken Pakora (Pakoda) Recipe You Must Try

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15 Best Chicken Pakora (Pakoda) Recipe You Must Try November 17, 2017

The words “chicken pakora” can make me salivate instantly. Crispy on the outside, juicy inside, subtle spices that hit the taste buds with the right intensity, and dipped in ketchup, mayonnaise or mint chutney – chicken pakoras are small pockets of joy that burst in your mouth like confetti! Often, when I have guests coming over or need something to eat with a hot cup of coffee or tea on a rainy day, I make chicken pakora. However, I get bored of making the same recipe again and again. So, I try different cooking methods and experiment with different ingredients, dips, and batter to create a different chicken pakora each time. Some recipes have failed, but a few turned out to be a winner (wink!). And nothing makes me happier than sharing these chicken pakora recipes with you. So, without any delay, let’s get cooking!

1. Classic Chicken Pakora

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Prep Time: 30 min  Cooking Time: 15 min  Total Time: 45 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm boneless chicken cubes
  • ½ cup thinly sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons chickpea flour or besan
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon chopped green chili
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to deep fry

 How To Prepare

  1. Mix the onion, lemon juice, ginger paste, garlic paste, chili powder, turmeric, garam masala, coriander, green chili, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Drop the chicken cubes and mix well. Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Now, add the besan and corn flour to the bowl containing the chicken cubes and mix well.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the chicken cubes until they become golden brown.
  5. Serve hot with ketchup or mint chutney.

2. Curry Leaf Chicken Pakora

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Prep Time: 20 min  Cooking Time: 15 min  Total Time: 35 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm boneless chicken cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 12 -15 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon peanut paste
  • 4 tablespoons gram flour or besan
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour
  • 4 slit chilies
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

 How To Prepare

  1. Add egg, coriander powder, chili powder, turmeric, curry leaves, ginger and garlic paste, peanut paste, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss the chicken cubes in the bowl and mix well. Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the besan and corn flour to the bowl and mix well.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the chicken cubes until they turn golden brown.

 3. Punjabi Chicken Pakora

Prep Time: 25 min  Cooking Time: 15 min  Total Time: 40 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm boneless chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 5 tablespoons yogurt
  • 5-6 tablespoons gram flour or besan
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green chili
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon dried mango powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

 How To Prepare

  1. Add curd, ginger-garlic paste, cumin, coriander, and chili powders, chopped chili, turmeric, salt, ghee, kasuri methi, and salt to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Drop the chicken pieces and mix well. Set it aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Now, add the gram flour and all-purpose flour to the bowl and mix.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the chicken until it turns golden brown.
  5. Sprinkle dried mango powder before serving hot with mint chutney.

4. Crispy Moong Chicken Pakora

Prep Time: 30 min  Cooking Time: 15 min  Total Time: 45 min  Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 300 gm boneless chicken cubes
  • 4-5 tablespoons soaked moong daal
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons gram flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • ½ cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoons green chili paste
  • 1 small bowl of tamarind extract
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon rice bran oil
  • Oil for deep frying

 How To Prepare

  1. Blend the soaked moong dal. Add water if required to make it into a fine paste. Add a little salt to it and mix.
  2. Add all-purpose flour, gram flour, ginger and garlic paste, onions, coriander powder, chili flakes, turmeric powder, and salt to a bowl and mix well. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  3. In the meanwhile, prepare the dip by heating a pan and adding a teaspoon of rice bran oil to it. Add ginger and fry for 20 seconds. Add green chili paste, salt, and tamarind extract. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the flame and keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
  5. Take the chicken pieces one at a time, dip them into the moong paste and drop them into the oil.
  6. Fry until they turn golden brown.
  7. Serve hot with tamarind chutney.

5. Andhra Style Chicken Pakora

Prep Time: 30 min  Cooking Time: 20 min  Total Time: 50 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm boneless chicken cubes
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons lemon Juice
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried coconut powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut powder
  • 2 teaspoons ginger and garlic paste
  • 3 tablespoons gram Flour
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • Chopped green chili
  • A few curry leaves for garnish
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt

How To Prepare

  1. Add chicken cubes, ginger-garlic paste, chili powder, green chili, turmeric, peanut powder, dried coconut powder, lemon juice, chopped onion, salt, and a little water to a bowl. Mix well and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan.
  3. Add gram flour to the bowl containing chicken and mix well.
  4. Take one chicken piece at a time, put it in the bowl containing rice flour, coat well and drop it in the pan for frying.
  5. Fry until golden brown.
  6. Garnish with curry leaves and serve hot.

6. Chinese Chicken Pakora

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Prep Time: 30 min  Cooking Time: 25 min  Total Time: 55 min  Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 300 gm boneless chicken cubes
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons corn flour
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Toss the chicken cubes, white portions of the scallions, sesame seeds, fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, organic honey, chili flakes, and salt in a bowl. Add a little water if required. Mix well and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix all-purpose flour, corn flour, and a little salt in a plate.
  3. Heat oil in a pan.
  4. Take one chicken cube at a time and put it in the flour mix, coat well, and drop it into the hot oil. Fry until the pieces turn golden brown.
  5. Garnish with sesame seeds and the green portion of the scallions.

7. Hawaiian Chicken Pakora

Prep Time: 20 min  Cooking Time: 30 min  Total Time: 50 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm boneless chicken cubes
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pineapple
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Combine chicken cubes, pineapple juice, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, low-sodium soy sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, ketchup, black pepper, and salt. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the chicken cubes until they become soft inside and caramelized outside.
  3. Garnish with chopped pineapple and coriander leaves.

8. Honey Mustard Chicken Pakora

Prep Time: 20 min  Cooking Time: 20 min  Total Time: 40 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm boneless chicken cubes
  • 1 teaspoon freshly made mustard paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

 How to Prepare

  1. Combine chicken cubes, mustard paste, honey, lime juice, egg, onion, chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt in a bowl. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  2. In a different bowl, mix corn flour, all-purpose flour, salt, dried thyme, and black pepper.
  3. Heat a pan and add oil.
  4. In another bowl, prepare the dip by mixing yogurt, mayonnaise, smoked paprika, and a little salt.
  5. Take one piece of chicken at a time and dip it into the bowl containing the flour mix. Coat the chicken pieces with the flour mixture and drop them into the oil.
  6. Fry until they turn golden brown.
  7. Serve hot with the dip.

9. Minced Chicken Pakora

Prep Time: 40 min  Cooking Time: 30 min  Total Time: 70 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm minced chicken
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt to taste
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • Oil for shallow frying

How To Prepare

  1. Combine the minced chicken with ghee, garam masala, egg, chili powder, cumin and coriander powders, turmeric, lime juice, onion, parsley, ginger and garlic paste, and salt.
  2. Take a tablespoon of the minced chicken mix and roll it into a round shape using your palms. Press down to form a chicken patty.
  3. Do the same with the rest of the minced chicken mix.
  4. In a plate, mix the rice flour, all-purpose flour, and salt.
  5. Pick up the chicken patties, coat them with the flour mix and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the chicken patties until they turn golden brown.
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with ketchup.

10. Spicy Chicken Pakora

Prep Time: 30 min  Cooking Time: 20 min  Total Time: 50 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm boneless chicken cubes
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder or paste
  • 2 teaspoons green chili paste
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced coriander leaves
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

How To Prepare

  1. Combine the chicken cubes, ginger and garlic paste, onion powder, green chili paste, chili powder, minced coriander leaves, chaat masala, vinegar, and salt in a bowl. Add a little water if required.
  2. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the all-purpose flour to the bowl of chicken and mix well.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and fry the chicken cubes until they turn golden brown.
  5. Serve hot with mint chutney.

11. Vegetable Chicken Pakora

Prep Time: 25 min  Cooking Time: 15 min  Total Time: 40 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm boneless chicken cubes
  • ¼ cup finely chopped carrots
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chopped green chili
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon dried mango powder
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Oil to deep fry
  • Salt to taste

 How to Prepare

  1. Combine the chicken, chopped veggies, ginger and garlic paste, gram flour, all-purpose flour, salt, chili, and dried mango powder.
  2. Add a little water and mix well. Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and fry the chicken until it turns golden brown.
  4. Serve hot with ketchup.

12. Tandoori Chicken Pakora

Prep Time: 30 min  Cooking Time: 30 min  Total Time: 60 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm boneless chicken strips
  • ½ cup curd
  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 tablespoon tandoori masala
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • Oil to grease the tandoor grill

 How To Prepare

  1. Combine the chicken cubes, curd, tandoori masala, garam masala, chaat masala, Kashmiri chili powder, chili powder, ginger and garlic paste, mustard oil, and salt. Keep it aside for 20 minutes.
  2. Grease the griller and char the chicken strips.
  3. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  4. Serve hot with mint chutney.

13. Achari Chicken Pakora

Prep Time: 35 min  Cooking Time: 20 min  Total Time: 55 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm boneless chicken cubes
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoon onion powder or paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to shallow fry

 How To Prepare

  1. Dry roast the mustard seeds, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, and fennel seeds. Use a grinder to grind them into a fine powder.
  2. Combine this powder with curd, ginger-garlic paste, chicken cubes, lemon juice, chili flakes, onion powder, turmeric, and salt. Keep it aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and shallow fry the chicken until it is cooked well.
  4. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  5. Serve hot with mint or coriander chutney.

14. Chicken Pakora With Bones

Prep Time: 20 min  Cooking Time: 20 min  Total Time: 40 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm chicken with bones
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Oil to deep fry

How To Prepare

  1. Combine the chicken, roasted cumin powder, garam masala, ginger-garlic paste, onion, coriander powder, gram flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and a little water. Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil and fry the chicken pieces until they turn golden brown.
  3. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  4. Top it with lemon juice.
  5. Serve with ketchup or mint chutney.

15. Mexican Style Chicken Pakora

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Prep Time: 35 min  Cooking Time: 15 min  Total Time: 50 min  Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 gm minced chicken
  • ½ cup mashed avocado
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 5 pickled jalapenos, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup taco shell crumbs
  • Oil to shallow fry

How To Prepare

  1. Combine the minced chicken with mashed avocado, chopped onion, chopped pickled jalapenos, cilantro, chili flakes, yogurt, and salt.
  2. Take a tablespoon of this minced chicken and use your palms to make medium-sized balls.
  3. Whisk the egg in a bowl.
  4. Carefully coat the chicken balls with flour, then dip them into the whisked egg, and then coat them with taco shell crumbs.
  5. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  6. Deep fry them until they are golden brown.
  7. Add a dash of lemon and enjoy!

These were my 15 favorite chicken pakora recipes. I can tell you with hands-on experience that they are easy to make and are a definite crowd pleaser. So, try all the recipe because I am sure you will love ’em all. Do comment below to let me know which one you liked the most. Take care!

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Charushila is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition and a full-time contributor to Diet & Weight Loss at Stylecraze. She believes that food has healing powers and eating good food is the best way to lose weight. A binge eater-turned-fitness enthusiast, Charushila likes to share her knowledge and experience with the world. When she is not working, she loves to cook healthy food, watch movies, travel, workout, and read Bengali literature.
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