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Red chicken recipe(ketchup, mayonnaise, tikka masala)

Step by step recipe of Red Chicken Recipe with photos of each step.

This is the oldest and most famous chicken recipe of Bohra Cuisine. As, I had told earlier Bohra cuisine varies from region to region like in any cuisine so this chicken recipe is more famous in Pakistan.

I remember, in most of wedding lunches in my childhood, this chicken was most commonly served and yet was always tasty. Sometime, with same recipe mutton leg was also cooked. What I really liked was that every caterer had a unique taste and way of serving it. I have mentioned a lot of garnishing but you can serve few or altogether without any of them. And sauteed vegetables are also optional.


Some people even marinate it in hara masala( ginger, green chilli and garlic paste) and then cook it in same ketchup mayonnaise sauce. So you may adjust to your taste or copy the recipe ditto. It is very simple recipe for newbies as well.

Chicken Cut

I used whole chicken here but you can marinate whole chicken cut into eight piece (bihari tikka cut) or whole chicken cut into 4 pieces. I will recommend 8 pieces as it allows easy serving, better marination and absolute tenderness. If you are using whole chicken to make it, use small sized chicken.

Other Bohra chicken recipes are Chicken green chutney masala,Kashmiri lal mirch chicken curry, White cashew chicken  curry, Bohra chicken biryani, Chicken bread pie, Chicken roll pie.

How to make Red Chicken

Bohra Red Chicken (Ketchup, Mayonaisse, Tikka Masala)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This chicken is usually served before biryani or pulao in bohra cuisine.  Taste yummy every time.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bohra Cuisine, Bohra Recipes
Servings: 4
Author: Recipe 52
  • 1 kg whole skinless chicken or 8 pieces of chicken
  • 7-8 tablespoons tikka masala or tandoori masala
  • 2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup tomato ketchup
  • ¼ cup chilli garlic sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise/ cream ,cream is recommended
Sautéed Vegetable
  • 1 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup assorted vegetable (carrot, capsicum, onions)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 inch piece of charcoal
  • few drops of oil
  • 1 boiled egg for garnish
  • handful fresh coriander
  • 1 packet Slims chips (potato sticks)
  • 3-4 Salad leaves
  1. Wash and dry chicken with a napkin. Make deep cuts and poke chicken all around with fork.
  2. Mix all ingredients of marination and cover the chicken thoroughly with it.
  3. Marinate overnight in the fridge.
  1. Next day cook chicken for 20 minutes or until done. Burn all water on high flame. Sear (bhunna) the chicken for few minutes on high flame. Your chicken is ready.
  2. Mix all ingredient of sauce and keep ready. Before serving, heat the chicken fully , pour the sauce and mix. Cover the chicken cook for few minutes. Do not over cook.

  3. Saute vegetables and add to the chicken. You can also smoke this chicken at this stage with a piece of red-hot coal and few drops of oil.

  4. Serve with garnishing of your choice.
Recipe Notes

update: I tired this recipe again and found cream taste better than mayonnaise.

Step by Step recipe of Red Chicken

Take ginger garlic paste, Tikka masala, butter and yogurt in a bowl.

Mix well.

Wash chicken, dry with a towel then poke the chicken all over with a fork.

Then, place deep cuts on the chicken breast and thighs.

Apply marination all over generously. Marinate over night or at least two hours.

Cook in thick bottomed pot for 15- 20 minutes on medium flame or until tender.

Turn the chicken for even cooking.

Burn all the water add 4 tablespoon oil and sautee chicken in oil. ( bhunna)

Prepare sauce by mixing ketchup, mayonnaise or cream , and chilli garlic sauce in a bowl.

Mix well.Add sauce to the chicken and cook for few minute. Also, add garnish of your choice.


  1. Munira AliAsghar saiger

    All recipes really good and can easy to follow……ur good job

  2. Anonymous

    Looks very yummy. Which cream is recommended? Thank you 🙏🏻

  3. Kashaf Abbas

    Hi i tried this recipe today …my whole family appreciated me alot and taste was so yummmmmmm thanks thanks alot for sharing this recipe and for sure i ll try ur other recipes toooo.JAZAKALLAH

    • Recipe 52

      I’m so glad to know you liked it. Thank you so much for your feedback. 😊

  4. Thelma Lobo

    Thanks for the recipe!
    So simple yet yum!

  5. Anonymous

    I must try this looks yumm

  6. Can we cook the chicken in oven.. if yes wat temp n for how much time?

    • Recipe 52

      Method 1
      Cook your marinated chicken in skillet for 20 minutes. Carefully cover with gravy and sauce. Immediately roast in oven for around 7 minutes at 350 degree in middle shelf. Broil for few more minutes but keep an eye on the chicken while broiling. Remove from and cover let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes so all juice settle then serve.

      I use this method while making tikka, it should work for this too.

      Method 2
      For complete roasting in oven, 350 F is the right temperature. Time depends on size of chicken, if you have rotating griller setting in oven, it works best. Take small sized chicken and it should take 40 minutes or more but please check for tenderness.
      Hope this helps. 😊

  7. Anonymous

    Which company’s chilli garlic sauce is best?

    • Recipe 52

      I used Knorr chilli garlic sauce and ketchup. I like it’s taste.😋

    • Recipe 52

      If you don’t have chilli garlic sauce, you can increase ½ tablespoon tikka masala in recipe and use ketchup instead of chilli garlic sauce.

  8. Anonymous


    • Mariam Sodawater

      Thanks ??

      • Anonymous

        Is this recipe suitable for a dinner party ?

        • Recipe 52

          Yeah.. it is very tasty. Plan a dessert , salad and a main course along with it and you are set for a feast. 😋

  9. Yumm…..I make the same way..without mayo though


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