Chicken Nihari Recipe

Homemade Chicken Nihari

Typically Nihari is made with beef, but nowadays many people don’t eat beef especially youngsters who prefer to eat chicken.

So, you need a Perfect Pakistani Food Recipe for Chicken Nihari that comes out lip-smacking.  You are at the right place. We have that delicious recipe that will not let you down.

In this recipe, Nehari is made with chicken and it also has a perfect taste. Try out the mouthwatering tried and tested recipe of Chicken Nihari by Famous Chef Zakir. I always make chicken nihari with this recipe.

Easy Chicken Nihari Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins
Total time: 1 hour 40 mins
Serves: 4


  • Chicken 1 kg (8-10 pieces)
  • Sonf (fennel seeds)2 tbsp
  • Sonth (dry ginger) 1 medium piece
  • Ghee 1 cup
  • Onion 2 (sliced)
  • Ginger, garlic paste 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chili powder 3 tbsp
  • Whole wheat flour 1 cup
  • Garam masala powder 1 tbsp
  • Water as required


  1. Place sonf and sonth in a muslin cloth and tie this like a potli.
  2. Heat up ghee and fry the onion until light brown, remove onion and grind to make a paste.
  3. Meanwhile, add chicken in ghee and stir fry at high flame till chicken changes color.
  4. Mix ginger, garlic paste in one cup of water and add in the chicken with salt and onion paste.
  5. When it starts boiling, add in red chili powder and cook well until the water of ginger, garlic paste dry. Slow the flame.
  6. When the onion will mix in gravy then add water how much you want its broth. Ideally 2 glasses of water. Put potli in it.
  7. Check salt on this point. Cover and increase flame and cook until chicken tender and required broth left.
  8. Take out potli.
  9. Mix flour in 1 cup of water and pour the paste in gravy slowly to thick it. Don’t add all paste at once. It’s up to you how much thick gravy you want. Mix on high flame.
  10. Mix garam masala in ¼ cup of water and include it in thick gravy. Cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  11. (don’t cook after adding garam masala just simmer)
  • For an excellent result. Prepare it 3-4 hours before serving (don’t uncover it).
  • When you want to serve, take out chicken and ghee which is on top of the gravy.
  • Separately heat up gravy.
  • Place chicken in a serving dish, pour hot gravy and ghee on top, garnish with ginger slice and serve.