The Desi Chicken Stew

Healthy Recipes

​The Desi Chicken - Real Game Hen, not the commercially raised monstrosity sold in the supermarkets.

Here is a recipe for the real free-range chicken that has grown up naturally, eating worms outdoors and not fed growth hormones to fatten up.

It takes longer to cook but the meat is delicious and the taste is to die for ...well yea don't die.. live to eat more of this.


  • ​2 whole desi chicken cut into large (8-10 pieces each) - about 5 lbs
  • ​Onion paste - 1 cup
  • ​Olive oil - 4 tbsp
  • ​Salt - to taste
  • ​Cilantro chopped finely - 1 cup
  • ​2 Bay leaf
  • ​1 cinnamon stick
  • ​1 tsp shah zeera
  • ​1 pinch of asafetida
  • ​Cilantro, chopped finely - 1 cup

​Ingredients For The Marinade:

  • ​Ginger fresh grated - 1 tbsp
  • ​​Garlic minced finely - 2 tbsp
  • ​​Greek yogurt - 1/4 cup
  • ​Turmeric - 1 tsp
  • ​Cayenne pepper powder - 1 tsp
  • ​Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • ​Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • ​​Salt - to taste


  • 1
    ​Wash and dry the chicken thoroughly and then mix in all the ingredients for marinade and let it marinate for 1 hour (or in the freezer for up to 48 hours.)
  • 2
    ​Take out the chicken from the freezer and let it defrost for 4-6 hours until you are ready to cook.
  • 3
    ​In a large thick bottomed pan, add olive oil and turn on medium-high heat.
  • 4
    ​Once the oil is hot, add asafetida. Immediately add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and shah zeera.
  • 5
    ​Add onion paste and cook until it is browned and oil is separated.
  • 6
    ​Add marinated chicken, mix well and cook for about 30 minutes*** - 1 hour until the chicken is cooked through. Keep stirring every 10 minutes or so and add 1/2 cup water if the chicken is drying out. (alternatively if cooking this kind of chicken in IP or pressure cooker, it may be much faster, but I haven’t tried yet so cannot advise on timings. It certainly will take longer than your average supermarket chicken)
  • 7
    ​Once chicken is cooked through garnish with cilantro and serve with a side of 1/3 cups of steamed rice or low carb flatbread, roti or tortillas

​*** On a side note you could cook this with your supermarket chicken too, just reduce the cooking time in half.

​It will taste half as good too.

And comment below and let me know where do you get your wild, country game hen from?

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