Spicy Braised Chicken with Goan Twist

8 May

A Very Happy Mothers Day to all you Mom’s out there. You deserve to be celebrated.

If you love braised meat and spicy then this is going to be your new favorite. Since Goan recheado masala is traditionally used with seafood it was a risk to use it with meats. My husbands regular out of the box cooking experiments, which at most times are successful just gave me the nudge I needed to experiment in cross-continent cooking(not sure if I sound right) but I am sure you get the point πŸ™‚ . braised-chicken-thigh-recipe-spicy-recheado-masala-breast-goan This recipe does not use wine but uses a red spicy curry paste made with vinegar and the meat liquid is used to braise the meat. I prefer bone in for added flavor of the bone and marrow but you can do boneless.Β  This spicy braised chicken has multiple uses. You can use it as a side, on a salad, lettuce wrap with a sweet sauce, sandwiches or for even a quesadilla. It is that good and just 3 ingredients!

braised-chicken-thigh-recipe-spicy-recheado-masala-indian-cast-ironThe best way to enjoy very flavorful meats is to marinate the meat overnight in the refrigerator with the spice paste, salt and sugar. Technically the longer the better.

braised-chicken-thigh-legs-recipe-spicy-recheado-masala-spices-used-imageServing Size: 4-6


2 lbs of boneless chicken thighs

3-4 tbsp of recheado masala

1 medium onion diced

1/2 tsp of sugar.

Salt to taste


In a non-stick or cast iron pot saute the onions till soft.

Next add the marinated chicken cover and cook for 20-25 minutes turning each side after 10 minutes each on medium low heat till the meat is soft, dry and slightly browned.


If your chicken does not give out much liquid as mine than add 1/2 cup water.

This recipe also works well for grilling chicken.


78 Responses to “Spicy Braised Chicken with Goan Twist”

  1. Becca May 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Looks delicious! I love your photos πŸ™‚

    • Nandini May 8, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

      Thank You Becca. That is very kind of you to say πŸ™‚

  2. Jim May 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm #


  3. Freda @ Aromatic essence May 8, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    I love anything with Rechado masala ! This looks very inviting πŸ™‚

    • Nandini May 8, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

      That is so good to know Freda :-). Then I am sure you will enjoy this recipe.

  4. Johanne Lamarche May 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Your photographs are very enticing and it is hard to believe this flavorful dish has just 3 ingredients! I’d love some please!

    • Nandini May 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

      Thank You Johanne that is so kind of you to say. You can have it anytime πŸ™‚

  5. Mr. Militant Negro May 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.

    • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      Thank You so much Juessepi. As always you are so kind. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

      • Mr. Militant Negro May 9, 2015 at 10:26 am #

        And if you are a Mother, Happy Mother’s Day…if not, never mind. You look way too young to have kids but one never can tell. Namaste Ms. Nandini.

        • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

          Thank you Juessepi for the wishes and the complement . I have 2 little boys under the age of 9 πŸ™‚ . Take Care.

  6. cynthiamvoss May 8, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

    Happy mother’s day to you too!

    • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 9:24 am #

      Thank You Cynthia πŸ™‚

  7. mihrank May 8, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    Happy Mothers day – wish your day will shine!

    • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 9:26 am #

      Thank You Mihrank. You have a great weekend as well πŸ™‚ .

  8. Alexandra ( ) May 8, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

    Nice and colorful dish πŸ™‚ I wish I could taste some πŸ™‚

    • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 9:27 am #

      Thank You much Alexandra. Just come on over πŸ™‚

  9. ccadiz May 9, 2015 at 1:28 am #

    This photo is stunning!

    • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 9:29 am #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚

  10. STAN THE MAN May 9, 2015 at 4:13 am #

    Heya Nandini!

    Spicy braised Chicken with a Goan twist looks stupendous. I think this Goan dish is a GEM of a dish. And RECHEADO MASALA is magic.Your photos look spectacular. I think Goa has a lot to offer to the catering industry. I feel the Goan dishes would be every chefs delight, without a shadow of a doubt. You put in alot of effort to bring out the best of Goan nosh (cuisine). I for one is fed up of chicken. But Your spicy braised chicken, has made Me think again. There is so many ways to cook chicken. I must say this,You are a walking encyclopedia of Goan.Cuisine. I feel ECSTATIC about Your recipes. It makes Me feel nostalgic. You are doing Your bit for GOA. Providing Goans and the rest of the WORLD with the best of Goan Cuisine.


    With Our kindest best regards

    Stan & Linda

    • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      Thank You so much Mr Stan. Your words are always so encouraging. I do try my best. You sure are right with regards to Goan cuisine. It is a chef’s dream as they mix well with any other cuisine. I think blogging about Goa has benefited me the most as I realize a lot of the recipes are getting forgotten and since I have 2 boys hopefully I can pass on to them my food culture.
      You and Mrs Stan have a great weekend πŸ™‚ .

  11. vanbytheriver May 9, 2015 at 4:31 am #

    Looks great. I have to remind myself to not look at your posts/photos before breakfast. Salivating here. ☺ Van

    • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Thank You Van πŸ™‚ .

  12. Corina May 9, 2015 at 6:33 am #

    It’s a lovely colour. It looks so full of flavour.

    • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 9:37 am #

      Thank You Corina πŸ™‚ . It does have a lot of flavor and medium spice.

  13. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser May 9, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    Happy Mother’s Day Nandini!

    • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

      Thank You so much Cheryl. Wishing you too a very Happy Mother’s Day. Have fun and a great trip.

  14. dawnspitfire May 9, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    Reblogged this on dawnspitfire's blog and commented:
    Recipe share (& SAVE πŸ˜‰ )

    • Nandini May 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

      Thank You so much for the Re-blog. You have a great Saturday night πŸ™‚

  15. zolification May 9, 2015 at 8:02 pm #


  16. Darie May 10, 2015 at 6:11 am #

    Nuummmmmy,,,, thanks sweetie!😘😘

  17. sweetpea2love May 10, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    I’ve nominated you for ~ The Versatile Blogger Award ~

    Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura ~

    • Nandini May 10, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

      Thank you so much Laura for the award. You are very kind πŸ™‚

  18. katherinemrussell May 10, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Reblogged this on kookingwithkatt and commented:
    Looking for something different this Mother’s Day… check this out! Simple and easy 😊

    • Nandini May 10, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

      Thank You so much Katherine for the Re-Blog. That was very sweet and kind of you πŸ™‚

      • katherinemrussell May 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

        No problem, I love what you have and I hope that you enjoy my blog also. Just starting off and growing slowly. Keep up the great work!

  19. deutschtrailer May 11, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    Mmmhhhh delicious, thank you very much Nandini….πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

  20. andy1076 May 11, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    Such a colorful dish too and looks super yum πŸ˜€

  21. apples&cardamom May 12, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    Your photos are beautiful and this looks delicious! I like that you provided other ideas for serving the chicken…I bet this would be fabulous in a wrap, like you suggested. And on it’s own too!

    • Nandini May 13, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      Thank You so much. It really goes well with anything and its super easy πŸ™‚

  22. Jackie Flood May 12, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Great photos, Nandini! This looks so good!

    • Nandini May 13, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      Thank You Jackie for your kind words πŸ™‚

  23. fromthefamilytable May 13, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    Your images and food styling are outstanding.

    • Nandini May 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

      Thank You Darryl for your kind words πŸ™‚

  24. Lyliana Thia May 15, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    Oooh.. it looks so yummy…
    Thank you for sharing this.. πŸ™‚

    • Nandini May 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

      Thank You Lyliana πŸ™‚

  25. Benji Martin May 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    Reblogged this on Benji's Food Blog.

    • Nandini May 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

      Thank You Benji for the re-blog. That is very kind of you.

  26. Project Easier May 16, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    Omg this looks so good! I’m going to have to order some Goan spices soon. I don’t think I’ve ever had Goan food, but plenty of Indian here in California. Where are you? What spice blend do you recommend as the easiest to use or most versatile?

    • Nandini May 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

      Thank You, that is very kind of you :-). I am in Lakewood. The one spice that can be used for multiple recipes and almost replace garam masala would be the Goan Xacuti Masala a dry powder based spice. Hope this helps.

  27. Loretta May 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Oh this looks like a great dish Nandini, and even better that I can use REchado spice in another dish other than fish. I’ll definitely have to give this a try. You’re right, I normally use boneless, skinless thighs when making curries, but this would definitely be great with the bone-in. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Nandini May 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

      Please Loretta let me know when you do give it a try. Would love to know what you think :-). I think the marrow from the bones adds a subtle flavor to the dish.

  28. runrodrun May 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

    Ack! My wordpress reader has a habit of randomly unfollowing the blogs I like πŸ˜”. And I never find out for days or weeks.

    No wonder I’ve been missing delicious posts like this one!

    This looks amazing Nandini!

    • Nandini May 20, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

      Thank You Rod so much. I did notice the multiple follows and was wondering what was going on. Thanks for the note :-).

  29. thehutownerblog May 20, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    this makes me hungry…

  30. fastrecipesblog June 5, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    Excellent Blog! Thanks for like my recipe

    • Nandini June 6, 2015 at 8:17 am #

      You are welcome πŸ™‚

  31. Alicia June 12, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    This looks so yummy! Thanks for stopping by and leading me to your blog. Will definitely be trying out some of your recipes.


    • Nandini June 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      Thanks Much Alicia πŸ™‚

  32. wwwpalfitness September 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

    • Nandini September 11, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

      Thanks Much for the re-blog πŸ™‚

      • wwwpalfitness September 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

        You are quite welcome. A lot of people write and show a lot regarding food but your stuff is quite different. πŸ™‚

  33. healthyindiankitchen May 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    So glad to have discovered your blog. My husband is a Goan and your recipes are absolutely delicious! Will try each and every one of them. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • Nandini May 13, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

      Oh! that is so awesome. I am sure then you must have already tried a lot of Goan foods πŸ™‚

      • healthyindiankitchen May 13, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

        Yes I have..and I love all of them. Coming week I am visiting Goa for a few days.. Already so excited! πŸ™‚

        • Nandini May 16, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

          Oh Wow! All I can say is “Lucky You” πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful trip!

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