Super Simple Ginger Chicken

I hope you won’t be miffed at how elementary this dish is. But it just happens to be one of my favourite dishes. More so because I don’t have to enter the kitchen to cook it - I have a magic wand, you see!

Okay fine, no more of the Harry Potter stuff (I was thinking of coining a magic word for the dish to appear out of nowhere), it is the husband’s recipe and he like to cook his own stuff. According to him, his ginger chicken was famous during his bachelorhood days in Delhi and colleagues from near and far would visit his room on weekends just to taste it. He bragged about converting many a spice lover who had firmly believed that chicken tasted good only if it was spicy. Although I had raised my eyebrows at him over the phone when he told me about the success of this dish during our courtship period, I have since then succumbed to the charms of it. 

The recipe is so simple that I am thinking of creating a label ‘Cooking with 3 items’. So then, here’s the husband’s take on ginger chicken.

Super Simple Ginger Chicken


500 gm chicken, preferably with skin and cut into medium sized pieces
2 onions, chopped 
1 big knob of ginger, chopped with skin on (remember to scrub the ginger thoroughly)
1 tablespoon soya sauce (optional)
1 tablespoon tomato sauce (optional)
1 tablespoon refined oil
Salt to taste


Heat oil in a kadai or wok and tip in the chopped onion and ginger. Fry the aromats till they caramelize and assume a beautiful golden brown colour. 

Add the chicken and toss well so that the caramelized onions and ginger impart their colour to the pieces. Now, here comes the optional part. You can choose to add the tomato sauce and soya sauce at this point. The husband made these additions after he came to know about my love for these two sauces. Rather sweet of him, don’t you think so? Anyhow, the sauces enhance the dish’s flavor, in my opinion. 

Finally, add salt to the chicken, cover the vessel and let it cook on low heat for around 20 minutes or till the chicken is cooked properly. Garnish the chicken with slices of lemon or lime.

You can make this dish a dry one or keep some gravy. We prefer to have a little gravy and mop it all up with some roti or bread.

So there you are, the simplest ginger chicken you can possibly cook. The flavor of the ginger comes through really well when you bite into the little pieces. Do try this and I hope you will enjoy it as well as I do!


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