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Mughlai Saffron Chicken Chaap Recipe – Whole Chicken leg pieces cooked in a rich gravy with cashew, poppy seeds and saffron #chicken #indianchicken #mughlai #saffron #chickenroast #indianchickenrecipe

Mughlai Zafrani Chicken Chaap

Mughlai Chicken Chaap Recipe – Whole Chicken leg pieces cooked in a rich cashew and poppy seeds paste.This Famous Bengali chicken recipe is a house favourite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Mughlai Zafrani Chicken Chaap
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marination time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 501kcal


  • 500 gms Whole Chicken Legs
  • 1 tablespoon Oil or Ghee
  • 1 Cup Sliced Onions
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 3 Green Cardamoms
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • Few Strands of Saffron

Cashew Poppy Paste


  • 1 Cup Hung Curd or Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic
  • Salt to taste


Marinate the Chicken

  • Whisk together the ingredients listed under marinade in a large bowl.Add the Chicken and coat well.Marinate for at least 15 minutes to 24 hours in refrigerator.

For the Cashew Poppy Paste

  • Soak the cashews and poppy seeds in 1 cup of hot water for 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain the water and Grind it into a paste along with the ½ cup of roughly chopped onion and one green Chilli.


  • Heat the oil in a pot.Once hot add the whole spices- cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bayleaf.
  •  Add the sliced onions and cook them to a golden brown.
  • Next, add the marinated chicken without the marinade.Move the onions to a side and Brown the chicken for about 3-4 minutes
  • Add the marinade, the poppy seed paste.Cook covered for 15 minutes.
  • Give the chicken a mix, sprinkle the saffron strands on top and cook covered for another 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with Kasoori methi and serve hot*.


*If needed reduce the gravy at this point by cooking uncovered.


Sodium: 228mg | Calcium: 150mg | Sugar: 6.7g | Fiber: 2.8g | Potassium: 287mg | Cholesterol: 117mg | Calories: 501kcal | Saturated Fat: 10.2g | Fat: 35.7g | Protein: 31g | Carbohydrates: 17g | Iron: 3.2mg