Healthy One Pot Meals: Chicken Karahi Recipe

I’m always looking for great recipes for healthy one pot meals to make for my family. It just makes cleaning up so much easier! And I’m really excited to experiment this week by cooking Indian food for the very first time.

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Lots of moms, myself included, shy away from spices when cooking for little kids, but in her new book, Indian SuperMeals, Zainab Jagot Ahmed shows us how to get a little more adventurous with her super easy Indian food recipes.  By adding what she calls “SuperSpices,” we not only expand our kids’ palates, but we also add important health benefits to their meals. So this chicken karahi recipe has a few more ingredients than I’m used to, but you can buy these spices and save them to try in some of Zainab’s other great dishes! Because we’re just beginning here, Zainab kindly modified the recipe for her mum’s chicken karahi to make it even more simple. It’s the 7th installment of our Fake Supermom Series.

In case you’re wondering, the SuperSpices in this recipe are turmeric, cumin, and coriander, which together give this dish an antioxidant and immune-system-building kick! Perfect for flu season!Recipe: One Pot Chicken Karahi


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 onion – peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 11 oz. canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 chicken breasts, washed and cubed


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a pot, add the onions and saute 5 minutes until soft and golden.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and continue sauteing for 1 minute. Then add turmeric, cumin, and coriander and saute another 1 minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, stir and simmer (uncovered) on low heat for 10 minutes until all of the water from the tomatoes has evaporated and the sauce is thick.
  • Pop in the cubed chicken and simmer (covered) on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

This makes enough to serve a family of four. If you’re cooking for a little one, feel free to remove their serving from the pot, then add salt and/or paprika for even more flavor! Serve over rice or with sliced grilled pita (or naan!)

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