Lahori chichen chargha

Lahori Chicken Chargha

Lahori Chicken Chargha Recipe

One of the favourite dishes of pakistanis is Lahori Chicken Chargha. Lahori Chicken Chargha in there restaurants,Lahori Chicken Chargha is the most spicy dish, now today we will help you to how to make Lahori Chicken Chargha in your home. You might also like my “Gajar ka halwa with khoya”

lahori chicken chargha

Lahori Chicken Chargha

Spicy succulent juicy fried chicken, that is so easy to make.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 45 mins
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 658 kcal


  • 1 skinless whole chicken about 1kg - 1.25 kg

Chargha Marinade

  • 2 tbsp Kashmiri chili powder or paprika for color
  • ½ tbsp cumin powder
  • 2 teasp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp red chilli flakes or chilli powder
  • ½ teasp garam masala optional
  • ½ teasp turmeric powder
  • ½ teasp black pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teasp chat masala more to sprinkle
  • 1 teasp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teasp zarda color optional


  • oil to fry
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • Salad leaves
  • Green chutney
  • Onion slices
  • Garlic raita
  • French fries or Batata harra
  • Spicy ketchup


Prepare Chicken

  • Wash and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Place deep letter V- shapes cuts on the chicken breast with a sharp knife. Similarly, place 1-2 deep cuts on the leg pieces. Set aside.


  • Mix all the ingredient listed under charga marinade in bowl. This marinade is enough for 1-1.25 kg chicken.
  • Take marinade in your hand and apply it all over the chicken. Wear gloves to avoid spice burns. Also tie the legs of the chicken with a cotton thread.
  • Marinate chicken for at least 4 hours on the counter in a cool place or preferably overnight in the fridge.


  • Then place the chicken in the steamer. Make sure the water level is at least ½ inch below the steaming plate. Place the lid tightly and steam for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is tender. Remove chicken from steamer and set aside.

Fry Chicken chargha

  • Before frying the chicken, prepare the platter with fried or baked potatoes, fresh veggies and green chutney, and garlic dip.
  • Fill a non-stick wok with 2-3 inches of oil. Heat the oil on a medium-high flame and place the steamed charga in it. Cook for 2 minutes on each side until the chargha is throughly heated and golden. Turn and remove the chicken with help of two tongs.
  • Place the crispy fried chicken on the platter. Pour lemon juice and sprinkle chaat masala and serve.


If you do not have much time for marination then use ½ teaspoon meat tenderizer and marinate for 1 hr.
Baking/roasting charga in an oven:
Place chargah on a sheet lined with butter paper and roast for about 1 hour or more at 350 F or 180 C. The internal temperature on a meat thermometer should reach 165F to be safe. The suggested timings are 1 kg whole chicken, cooking time will increase for a bigger bird. 
Rotisserie Charga
Roast at 350 F for 25-30 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165 F. The suggested timings are 1 kg whole chicken, cooking time will increase for a bigger bird.
Reheating instructions:
You can reheat charga in a steamer for moist heat.
Make-ahead instructions:
You can steam charga a few hours ahead of frying. Make sure charga is at room temperature or warm before frying.
Leftover Charga can be used in most recipes just like a leftover rotisserie. 
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