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Instant Pot Achari Chicken / Pickled Chicken Curry

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This Instant Pot Achari Chicken / Pickled Chicken Curry is a quick and easy chicken curry recipe from North India. This Achari Chicken curry is made with pickling spices, gives this dish a balance of spicy, tangy flavors to this dish.
Achar or Achari, means pickle in India. Pickles are made using various spices and vegetables, and are preserved using some oil and salt. These pickles can be preserved for several months or even upto a year. Pickles vary from sweet and tangy to spicy and tangy in taste and flavors. Pickles are served with meals in most Indian homes.

Instant Pot Achari Chicken

 

 

This Achari Chicken recipe preparation is quite similar to many other Indian chicken curry recipes, except for it uses the pickling spices, which makes this chicken curry quite unique and lip smacking. This type of chicken curry is mainly prepared where the climate is hot, using the pickling spices/pickles actually help preserve the chicken curry in the hot temperature, while enhancing the flavors at the same time.

 

 

Today, I am sharing my recipe for Achari Chicken / Pickled Chicken Curry. This chicken curry recipe is one of my favorite chicken curry recipe. I often make this recipe, it’s quick and delicious, preserving the authenticity of this recipe. I like to serve Achari Chicken with some tandoori roti or paratha, some onion laaccha (thinly sliced onion salad) and some lemon wedge on side. Enjoy this easy and authentic, pickling, lip smacking recipe of chicken curry!!

 

 

 

Achari Chicken / Pickled Chicken Curry

Achari Chicken / Pickled Chicken Curry is a quick and easy chicken curry recipe from North India. This Achari Chicken curry is made with pickling spices, gives this dish a balance of spicy, tangy flavors to this dish.
Course entrees, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword instant pot achari chicken, instant pot recipes, achari chicken, achari chicken recipe, achari chicken curry, achaari chicken, achaari murg
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

Marinate the chicken:

  • 3 lbs - 1 whole chicken ,cut into pieces
  • 1 TSP lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup thick yogurt
  • 2 TBSP achar gosht masala ,seasoning mix
  • 1/2 TBSP coriander powder
  • 1 TSP kashmiri red chili powder ,for color
  • 1 TSP red chili powder ,as per taste
  • 1 TSP turmeric powder
  • 1 TSP dry mango powder (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Other Ingredients:

  • 2 onion ,thinly sliced
  • 2-3 TBSP oil
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce/puree
  • 1 TSP garam masala

For garnish:

  • Handful of fresh cilantro
  • 3-4 green chili
  • lemon wedges
  • 1 onion thinly sliced

Instructions

Instructions for Instant Pot Cooking:

  • Marinate the chicken. In a mixing bowl, add chicken, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste and yogurt. Add achar gosht masala, corinader powder, kashmiri red chili powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, and salt to taste. Mix well. Cover the chicken and keep it aside for min 30 min to an hour.
  • Turn on Instant Pot to saute mode (high). When the HOT" sigh displays, add oil. Add sliced onion, 1/4 TSP of salt. Saute onion until light brown in color, around 5-7 min.
  • Add tomato sauce/puree. Mix well.
  • Add the marinated chicken. Saute for 2-3 min.
  • Set Instant Pot to Pressure Cook mode (HI) for 4 min. Let pressure release naturally, around 10-15 min.
  • Open the Instant Pot, add garam masala, whole green chili (optional).
  • Serve Achari Chicken garnished with some fresh cilantro, lemon wedges, and thinly sliced onion on side. Enjoy Achari Chicken with Roti, Naan, or Paratha!

Instructions for Pressure Cooker Cooking:

  • Marinate the chicken. In a mixing bowl, add chicken, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste and yogurt. Add achar gosht masala, corinader powder, kashmiri red chili powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, and salt to taste. Mix well. Cover the chicken and keep it aside for min 30 min to an hour.
  • On a high heat, in a pressure cooker, add oil. When oil is hot add sliced onion, 1/4 TSP of salt. Saute onion until light brown in color, around 5-7 min.
  • Add tomato sauce/puree. Mix well.
  • Add the marinated chicken. Saute for 2-3 min.
  • Close the Pressure Cooker, after the first whistle, reduce the heat and cook the chicken for 5 min. Let pressure release naturally, around 10-15 min.
  • Open the Pressure cooker, add garam masala, whole green chili (optional).
  • Serve Achari Chicken garnished with some fresh cilantro, lemon wedges, and thinly sliced onion on side. Enjoy Achari Chicken with Roti, Naan, or Paratha!

Instructions for Stove Top Cooking:

  • Marinate the chicken. In a mixing bowl, add chicken, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste and yogurt. Add achar gosht masala, corinader powder, kashmiri red chili powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, and salt to taste. Mix well. Cover the chicken and keep it aside for min 30 min to an hour.
  • On a high heat, in a pot, add oil. When oil is hot add sliced onion, 1/4 TSP of salt. Saute onion until light brown in color, around 5-7 min.
  • Add tomato sauce/puree. Mix well.
  • Add the marinated chicken. Saute for 2-3 min, or until oil separates from the chicken.
  • Cover and cook, until chicken is cooked through, occasionally stir in between.
  • Open the Pressure cooker, add garam masala, whole green chili (optional).
  • Serve Achari Chicken garnished with some fresh cilantro, lemon wedges, and thinly sliced onion on side. Enjoy Achari Chicken with Roti, Naan, or Paratha!

Notes

  1. Boneless chicken can also be used for this recipe.
  2. Depending upon the size of the chicken pieces, the cooking time will vary. Please use the timing as a guideline.
  3. The consistency of Achari Chicken is slightly thick, since this is mainly served with roti/paratha/naan. You may adjust the consistency as per taste.
  4. Adjust spiciness as per taste. For less spicy chicken curry, reduce the amount of red chili powder and garam masala.
  5. The flavors in the chicken curry come from achar (pickle) gosht masala (seasoning mix), which is easily available in most Indian/Asian grocery stores. If unable to find, you can always substitute some pickle of your choice.

Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

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