Too tired to cook? Fret not, this easy and delectable chicken handi is here to save the day!

Published: April 3, 2017

Although this isn’t a traditional handi recipe – it is more a desi-retro version – I still like to serve desi chicken dishes in a handi to get the desi feels going. PHOTO: ARHAMA SIDDIQA

This one is for all the working women (and men) out there! Have you ever come home too tired to cook? Or have you ever struggled your way through some very low emotional time?

Recently, I have started expanding my arsenal of relatively quick dinners that can be cooked in a jiffy. Chicken is one of the easiest ingredients to work with. There are so many ways one can use it to satisfy the taste buds.

Chicken handi has its roots deeply engrossed in tradition. Although this isn’t a traditional handi recipe – it is more of a desi-retro version – I still like to serve chicken dishes in a handi to get the utmost desi feeling. Boneless chicken in any gravy is fabulous in itself, but when you serve it in a traditional clay pot, it literally elevates the taste to the another level! That’s how I feel at least!

This chicken recipe is accompanied by capsicum which has a variety of health benefits. These include relief from cancer, peptic ulcer, menopausal problems, low risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. They are also rich in Vitamin C, which encourages immunity and prevents cell damage. Capsicums also have anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties and are also known to provide relief in pain related to arthritis. Furthermore, they also prevent skin ageing and help maintain a healthy vision.

I hope you like this recipe. It’s surprisingly easy to make and full of flavour, plus all the ingredients are always in your pantry.


Boneless chicken pieces ­– ½ kg

Capsicums – 8 (cubed)

Lemon – 2

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

Black pepper – 1 tsp (crushed)

Red chillies – 1 tbsp (crushed)

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Soy sauce – 4 tbsp

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 cup + 2 tbsp


1. Hammer chicken pieces lightly with a heavy utensil, then marinate with little salt and soy sauce and set aside.

2. Heat oil in a pot. Add ginger garlic, red chillies, turmeric and a little water and fry.

3. Add chicken pieces and salt.

4. Heat oil in a frying pan, fry capsicums and add to the pot.

5. Add remaining soy sauce, black pepper and lemon juice, and cook on low heat till the oil separates.

6. Serve with warm roghni naan or boiled rice, and I guarantee there won’t be any leftovers!

All photos: Arhama Siddiqa

Arhama Siddiqa

Arhama Siddiqa

The author is a LUMS and University of Warwick Alumnus and is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). She calls herself a bibliophile,a dreamer and an avid foodie.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • ahmad

    easy to make and nice….Recommend

  • Parvez

    I liked the way you made the humble Capsicum into the Meryl Streep of vegitables. Recommend

  • Parvez

    The green is an unripe yellow Capsicum which is an unripe red Capsicum……and yes the sweetness is different. I’ve done your research for you.Recommend

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  • Hamsid

    awesome thank you !Recommend

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    You have really missed something…….go on the net and watch Floyd cook an omelet with an Ostriche egg, standing among a flock of Ostriches.Recommend

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    their expression are super cute though =pRecommend

  • Parvez

    HA……I had almost given up on you….but you kept your word and that’s what counts.
    Look forward to your next blog.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    yes !
    hope you like the next one! Hope they publish it soon though !Recommend