Chicken Bhuna (Indian Takeaway CopyCat)

Chicken Bhuna (Indian Takeaway CopyCat) – I love a good chicken bhuna and this is my favourite way to make it. Spicy and succulent chicken that is easy to make and delicious.

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Chicken Bhuna (Indian Takeaway CopyCat) 

Bhunas are known for their thick, delicious coating and are best serves with rice or roti.

Did you know that indian food and curries like this Chicken Buna are ridiculously easy to make. Despite the sometimes long ingredient lists (which nowadays are very easily accessible) they are one of the easiest cuisines to master. The sauce for this bhuna is incredibly delicious and I could happily feed this to my family every day without any complaints from the other half or the kids.

Obvs no indian curry is complete without the irresistible sides. Papadums, ratios, achaars and roti or rice. Yum yum yum. My mouth is watering. The thing about all that is the added calorie content so you can make your papadums over a naked flame rather then deep fry, raita is healthy anyway, roti can be made with wholewheat or gluten free flour and a tiny bit of achaar goes a long long way so you don’t have to feel too guilty about that right? 

Papadums  can also be microwaved but I tend to avoid the microwave and rarely use it these days unless of course I am in a rush.

I really hope you try this chicken bhuna recipe. It is one of my favourite curries and I cannot recommend this one enough.

I have spent the past week indoors catching up on a tonne of work. My kids are back to school tomorrow and I will genuinely really miss them. The house is dead without them. Yes I can get more work done but it just isn’t the same. The great thing though is that I can nip out to a coffee shop all on my own. One of my faves has and always will be Pret. I sometimes just go in and have a cup of tea and the dark chocolate with sea salt whilst I read a book. Ok this has happened all of 3 times in my life but I am determined to make it there more often this year!

P.s. I told you I love eggs. I can’t help but add them in everywhere. Note to self: Relax with the eggs.

Chicken Bhuna (Indian Takeaway CopyCat)

Chicken Bhuna (Indian Takeaway CopyCat) - One of my favourite curries that is so so delicious. 

Course Dinner
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 2 large Cinnamon Sticks
  • 4 Whole Cardamom
  • 5 Peppercorns
  • Pinch Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Onion finely diced
  • 1 inch Fresh Ginger Peeled and crushed
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 - 5 Green Chillies Pierced (Adjust quantity as per your likes)
  • 1 large Chicken Cleaned and cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 flat tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 flat tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp Madras Curry Powder
  • 1 - 2 tsp Salt
  • 400 ml Water
  • 2 Eggs (Boiled) Optional


  1. Heat the oil and ghee in a medium pot over medium/high heat. Add the  bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, whole peppercorns, cumin and cloves and stir for 2 - 3 minutes.

  2. Turn down the heat, add the onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies  and cover the pot with a lid for 7- 8 minutes. You will need to keep an eye on it to make sure it isn't sticking.

  3. Turn the heat up and add the chicken, turmeric, cumin, coriander, chilli powders and madras curry powder. Add 400 ml water, bring to the boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer. Cover the pot with a lid for 25 - 30 minutes. 

  4. Add the egg and mix through. Serve with roti or rice.

Recipe Notes

This is a dry curry and so the water should evaporate leaving a thick masala coating on the chicken.

Once the chicken is in, keep an eye on it to make sure the chicken isn't sticking and the water hasn't evaporated too quickly. If it has will need to add more water.

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