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The chicken handi recipe just goes to show, you’ve got to try Hasan’s when in Leeds!

Chicken handi

This is one nice chicken curry!

I met Hasan Chaudhry at last year’s World Curry Festival in Bradford. It was the first time for both of us to be on stage doing cooking demonstrations. Hasan also did a pop up restaurant which I decided I had to try.

He handed me a freshly made naan with a lamb kebab and also a fish pakora. I absolutely loved it. In fact I remember texting my wife to tell her how nice it was.

Someday I hope to talk him into giving me those recipes.

So I was pleasantly surprised when out of the blue I received an email from Hasan with the following recipe for chicken handi. I made the recipe tonight and just had to sit down and tell you all about it.

This recipe shows that all those recommendations I’ve received by loyal Hasan’s Restaurant fans over the years were well justified. This recipe is easy to make and the ingredients work so nicely together. Chicken handi is one of the most popular curries at Hasan’s. Now you can make it yourself at home.

Next time I’m in Leeds I will be going to Hasan’s Restaurant. Maybe I’ll see you there.

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Hasan's Chicken Handi Recipe

Hasan's Chicken Handi Recipe

This recipe has been altered slightly to serve four people.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 800g chicken thighs – skinned and on the bone
  • 2 onions – thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 2 tomatoes – chopped
  • 4 green chilies – sliced
  • A bunch of chopped fresh coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 25g butter
  • 150ml vegetable oil


  1. Heat the oil in a handi or large saucepan.
  2. Add the onions and the ginger and garlic paste and fry until lightly browned.
  3. Throw in the chicken pieces and stir for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Now add the tomatoes and green chilies and fry for a further few minutes.
  5. Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, the butter and salt to taste.
  6. Add a little water as required to just cover the chicken.
  7. Cover and cook slowly until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Garnish with fresh coriander and chopped fresh chilies and stir to combine.

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Thank you so much Hasan! This chicken handi was absolutely amazing!


Tuesday 20th of December 2016

Am I better adding the spices before the meat, to get them to release their flavour more? So good though!

Dan Toombs

Monday 2nd of January 2017

Hi Jason

Yes! I need to work on this recipe. A bit old now. :-)



Thursday 2nd of May 2013

That looks great (and no doubt tastes great too). I will try it, but will have to do something about all that oil and butter (boring I know).


Wednesday 17th of April 2013

Hi mate,done most of your dishes to date and all superb and easy to do.Going to give this one a whirl on Saturday.Just one thing I followed Hasan’s Restaurant link and it says in the menu that the chicken is marinated and also has yogurt in the dish but you do not have this in your ingredients.Did you try it with or without these .Whatever with or without guess its still a great dish

Calogero Mira

Sunday 26th of May 2013

And yogurt is healthy.


Sunday 21st of April 2013

Ok,just cooked this one and it was superb.Did add 1/2 cup of yogurt ,tsp cumin and bit extra butter .Best dish to date

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