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Chicken majestic is a tasty fried chicken starter from Hyderabad

If you like a good chicken 65, then you are going to love chicken majestic. It looks similar to chicken 65 but it’s prepared with a thick, yoghurt based sauce that is both spicy and deliciously tangy. This chicken majestic is a recipe you need to try soon. 

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About this chicken majestic recipe

Chicken majestic is a rather new addition to Indian menus that is most popular around Hyderabad. News travels quickly, however so it is making it’s way throughout India and the world.

Although it looks a lot like that other popular chicken starter, chicken 65, it has a completely different flavour and texture. The yoghurt sauce makes this dish!

Working ahead

For best results, you can marinate the chicken a day or so ahead of time. You could even fry it up and then just add it to the sauce when ready to serve.

Although I recommend marinating the chicken for at least 30 minutes, you could just go straight to frying. 

Chicken majestic in step by step photos

Ingredients for chicken majestic.

Get your ingredients together before starting. It’s easier that way.

The chicken marinating

Place the chicken in the marinade batter. This should marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Frying the chicken

Fry the chicken in a little oil. You can also shallow fry the chicken be be careful not to burn it.

Fried chicken ready

Remove the chicken from the oil once it turns golden brown and crispy.

Frying aromatic ingredients.

In a wok, heat the oil over medium heat. stir in the fennel and cumin seeds followed by the curry leaves. Fry for 30 seconds and then add the onion, ground spices and garlic/ginger paste.

Stirring in the ground spices

Give this all a good stir and add the chopped chillies and spring onions (scallions). Stir in the yoghurt and soy sauce and stir well to combine. Continue simmering until you have a thick sauce.

Adding the fried chicken to the sauce.

Return the fried chicken to the pan and stir well to coat.

The finished chicken majestic

The sauce should coat the meat nicely. This is a dry curry so you really want to cook that sauce down. 

Chicken majestic

Such a good starter!

Finished chicken majestic recipe

Dig in!

Yield: 4

Chicken Majestic

chicken majestic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 tbsp butter milk (optional)
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • 1 level tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 40g (1/4 cup) cornflour (corn starch)
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 600g (1 ½ lb) chicken breasts, sliced into long strips against the grain
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 15 fresh or frozen curry leaves
  • ½ red onion, very finely chopped
  • 3 green bird’s eye chillies, finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions (scallion) cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) pieces
  • 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 – 3 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder (or to taste)
  • 70ml ( ¼ cup) plain natural yoghurt
  • 1 – 2 tbsp light soy sauce or tamari (GF)
  • 3 tbsp coriander (cilantro) finely chopped
  • Juice of one lime


  1. Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a bowl until creamy smooth. Add the chicken strips and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. When ready to cook, heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium high heat. When visibly hot, Stir in the chicken and fry in the oil until cooked through. As you are shallow frying, it is important to stir regularly so that the chicken doesn’t scorch in places. You want the chicken to be light in colour with a crispy light, golden exterior. Transfer the cooked chicken using a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.
  3. To make the curry, wipe the pan/wok clean if there is a lot of lose flour in it. Then add oil and heat over medium high heat. Stir in the cumin and fennel seeds and temper them in the oil for about 30 seconds. Then stir in the curry leaves and fry for a further 30 seconds. Add the chopped onion and fry to soften for a couple of minutes before stirring in the ground spices and garlic and ginger paste. Give this all a good stir and add the chopped chillies and spring onions (scallions). Stir in the yoghurt and soy sauce and continue simmering until you have a thick sauce
  4. Add the fried chicken and continue stirring until it is coated with the sauce. Add the chopped coriander and a little more soy sauce or tamari if you like. Squeeze in the lime juice and serve hot.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 2033mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 17g

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Friday 31st of March 2023

Do you think it's possible to oven cook the chicken rather than fry to make slightly healthier or would it not turn out right?

Dan Toombs

Sunday 2nd of April 2023

Yes you could try doing that, I think it should work. Thanks Dan

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