Bhuna Chicken Masala is a classic Indian dish made with bone-in chicken that is slowly cooked in a blend of aromatic spices, onion, tomato, and yogurt. The term “bhuna” refers to the cooking technique used, which involves cooking the spices and meat over low heat for a longer period of time until the sauce becomes thick and flavorful.
To make Bhuna Chicken Masala, bone-in chicken pieces are marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala. The chicken is then seared in hot oil until browned and set aside.
In the same pan, sliced onions are cooked until softened, and then a combination of minced garlic, ginger, and green chili is added along with more spices like cumin, coriander, and chili powder. Diced tomatoes are added to the pan and cooked until the mixture becomes thick and saucy.
The seared chicken is added back to the pan along with water or chicken broth, and the mixture is cooked over low heat until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is reduced and thickened. The dish is finished with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and served hot with rice or naan bread.