One Pot Chicken Surprise

By popular demand, another quick & delightful one pot meal with chicken that relies on easily available kitchen ingredients & a few green aromatics. 

The showstopper is actually a secret procedural technique that lends the dish an extremely unique flavour, enhances the aroma & steals the show!!! What you waiting for? Jump straight to the recipe.

Another comforting one pot meal to lift up your weekend & set off the weekend, with loads of love from the kitchen of The Culinary Konnoisseur!

Recipe for One Pot Chicken Surprise

Ingredients (Serves 4 – 6 Persons)

  • 1 kg boneless chicken, large chunks (or regular pieces with bone will also do)
  • 2-3 boiled potatoes, peeled & cut in halves (optional)
  • 6 onions, finely sliced (keep aside the outer ring and skin of half an onion)
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 12-15 mint leaves / pudina
  • 1 large handful coriander leaves, chopped
  • 4-5 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder (optional)
  • 3 cups thick curd
  • 2 teaspoons homemade garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • A piece of charcoal
  • Sprigs of mint


  1. In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil & fry the sliced onions on a medium flame until dark brown. Remove the excess oil.
  2. Grind the mint, coriander & green chillies into a smooth paste with 1 teaspoon salt & 2tbsp lemon juice.
  3. Mix the green paste with the curds, ginger garlic paste, garam masala powder & red chilli powder.
  4. Keep aside a handful of fried onions and mix the rest into the curd mix.
  5. Rub this green paste- curd-spice mixture onto the chicken & halved potatoes (if using).
  6. Leave in refrigerator overnight or for at least 3-4 hours.
  7. Place chicken pieces in an oven-proof dish and bake in a preheated oven at 220 degrees Celsius for about 40 mins. Cooking time will vary from oven to oven.
  8. Once the chicken is fully cooked, just before serving, light a piece of charcoal.
  9. Put the half-onion with skin inside the dish with 1 tsp oil in it.
  10. Using tongs, pop a burning piece of charcoal in the oil & immediately cover the dish.
  11. This will help to catch the fresh charcoal flavour and retain the smoky aroma.
  12. After 4-5 minutes, remove the charcoal and spread the oil over the cooked chicken.
  13. Garnish with the reserved fried onions and sprigs of mint.
  14. This dish is delicious eaten with roti.


  • If you want the top of the chicken to get browner, switch the oven cooking mode to grill for the last 4-5 minutes before placing the charcoal and oil in the onion skin.
  • This dish can also be made with a whole chicken on the bone & gets an equally delicious flavour – cooking time will vary accordingly- roast at 180 degrees for upto 1 hour.
  • Similarly, you can also pan fry the chicken if you don’t have an oven & end with the charcoal in onion procedure.

Video for One Pot Chicken Surprise

An example of smoking the food using the Dhungar method or hot charcoal in oil method

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