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Steam Roast Chicken

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If you want to mix up your Sunday roast dinner for a less than traditional and easy chicken recipe then this delicious spicy chicken recipe is perfect for you. Serve on a bed of French and a side of refreshing yoghurt chutney!
Chicken Steam Roast

Steam roast chicken is fast becoming one of the most iconic foods of Lahore. Deep cuts are slit into chicken leg pieces before being left to brine in a salt and vinegar brine. The fried before being coated in a spicy and creamy masala and steam roasted to perfection marinated in a creamy marinade.

If you want to mix up your Sunday roast dinner for a less than traditional and easy chicken recipe then this delicious spicy chicken recipe is perfect for you. Serve on a bed of French and a side of refreshing yoghurt chutney! A spicy twist on traditional Sunday roast dinner.

Try this steam chicken recipe for a spicy twist. If you love desi food, then this Pakistani or Indian recipe is perfect for your next dinner or for your next batch of iftar recipes. A truly taste chicken starter recipe!

The Intricate Dance of Ingredients

The art of crafting the perfect steam-roasted chicken! It’s a culinary symphony that combines the tender embrace of chicken legs with a tantalizing masala dance. Allow me to take you through the intriguing world of ingredients that make this dish a true masterpiece.

First, let’s talk about the brine – the unsung hero of this recipe. You see, brining is like giving your chicken a spa day. I begin by taking a kilogram of succulent chicken legs, and to that, I add a litre of water.

Why, you ask? Well, the chicken needs a good soak to absorb all the flavors and stay incredibly juicy. Then, I sprinkle in a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of vinegar.

The salt tenderises the meat while the vinegar adds a subtle tang that plays a symphony with the spices later on. The chicken takes a long, luxurious bath in this brine, ensuring every fibre is infused with flavour. Trust me; it’s worth the wait.

The Magic Masala Mix

Now, let’s immerse ourselves in the enchanting world of masalas, where every ingredient plays a crucial role in transforming a simple chicken into a culinary masterpiece. Crafting the perfect masala mix is akin to composing a symphony – each spice contributing its unique note to create a harmonious blend of flavors.

To begin this culinary crescendo, I take some velvety yoghurt, a creamy canvas on which the spices will dance. Yoghurt not only infuses the chicken with a luscious texture but also acts as a gentle coolant to counterbalance the spices that follow.

Next, I introduce the seasoning duo: a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of black pepper. The salt isn’t just about taste; it’s about science. It helps the chicken retain moisture, ensuring that every bite is tender and succulent. The black pepper, with its subtle heat, awakens the palate, setting the stage for the spices to come.

Now, it’s time for the vibrant stars of our masala show. Two teaspoons of chilli powder bring a deep, earthy heat, while two teaspoons of turmeric powder infuse a warm, golden hue. The Kashmiri chilli powder, not just for its striking colour but also for its mild, fruity notes, adds a touch of elegance.

To round out the ensemble, I sprinkle in a dash of garam masala, paprika, and cumin powder. Garam masala, the conductor of this spice orchestra, lends a complex, warming depth. Paprika contributes both color and a gentle smokiness, while cumin powder introduces a subtle earthiness that grounds the overall flavour profile.

The final note in this symphony is a teaspoon of lemon juice, the conductor’s baton that directs and harmonizes the flavors. It adds a bright, zesty finish that ties all the spices together into a seamless melody.

This masala mix isn’t just a seasoning; it’s a revelation. As it coats the chicken, it transforms it into a work of art, ready to be steamed to perfection. Each spice plays its part, contributing to a crescendo of flavours that will leave your taste buds applauding.

Serving Up Steamy Perfection

As I lay the marinated chicken gently on a steamer, I can’t help but marvel at how this dish elevates the humble chicken leg to new heights. But a dish like this deserves to be served in style, and here are a few ideas for a healthy dinner spread:

I like to pair my steam-roasted chicken with a garden-fresh salad dressed in a light vinaigrette. The crisp greens and tangy dressing provide a refreshing contrast to the rich and spicy chicken. You could also serve it with a side of steamed vegetables for a wholesome meal.

For those who crave a bit more indulgence, a portion of fluffy basmati rice is a perfect companion. The rice soaks up the delicious juices from the chicken, creating a delightful one-bowl meal.

And don’t forget some warm naan or crusty bread on the side. The slightly charred edges of the bread complement the tender chicken, and you can use it to scoop up every last bit of that delectable masala.

In the end, whether you’re enjoying this steam-roasted chicken as a weeknight dinner or as the star of your dinner party, one thing’s for sure – it’s a dish that’s bound to impress. So, go ahead, give it a try, and let your taste buds embark on a flavour journey they won’t soon forget.

Check Out My Other Recipes!

As we draw this culinary journey to a close, it’s time to set our sights on a tantalising array of recipes that will undoubtedly keep your taste buds dancing with delight. If you’ve relished the succulent and wholesome goodness of our steam roast chicken, you’re in for a treat with these delectable suggestions.

If you’re a poultry enthusiast, my barbecue chicken wings will send your taste buds soaring. Imagine tender, juicy chicken wings, kissed by the flames of a smoky grill and coated in a finger-licking barbecue sauce. It’s the epitome of comfort food with a smoky twist.

If you’re in the mood for something a tad spicy, try your hand at making keema samosas. These triangular parcels of joy are filled with spiced minced meat, wrapped in a flaky, golden pastry. They’re the perfect snack for any occasion, and they’re sure to satisfy your cravings for something savoury and hearty.

Seafood lovers, rejoice! My fish pakora recipe offers a delightful fusion of crispy and tender. Fresh fish pieces, marinated in a medley of spices and besan (chickpea flour), are deep-fried to golden perfection. It’s a mouthwatering appetizer or snack that’ll transport you straight to the shores of flavour.

British cuisine meets Indian flair in these keema pasties. Imagine the comfort of a classic Cornish pasty infused with aromatic spices and flavourful minced meat. These hand-held delights are ideal for picnics, parties, or just a satisfying snack on a lazy afternoon.

For the veggie enthusiasts among us, these desi vegetable spring rolls are a must-try. Bursting with the goodness of assorted vegetables, lightly seasoned and wrapped in delicate spring roll pastry, these rolls are a crunchy, nutritious delight. Dip them in your favourite sauce for an extra burst of flavour.

Now, before you embark on your culinary adventures with these delicious recipes, don’t forget to rate the steam roast chicken recipe that brought you here in the first place. Your feedback is invaluable, helping me to create even more mouthwatering dishes for you to enjoy.

Leave a comment too, sharing your experiences and any personal touches you added to make the recipes your own. After all, cooking is not just about following instructions; it’s about infusing your unique flavour into every dish you create.

So, set your apron, sharpen your knives, and get ready to explore the diverse and delightful world of cuisine. Happy cooking, and may your kitchen always be filled with the enticing aroma of good food and great memories!

Chicken Steam Roast

Steam Roast Chicken

Try this steam roast chicken recipe for a spicy twist. If you love desi food, then this delicious recipe is perfect for your next dinner or for your next batch of iftar recipes.
4.75 from 8 votes
Sadia Halimah Aziz
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 679kcal



  • 1 kg Chicken Legs
  • 1 L Water you may need more
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar


  • 50 g Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice


  • Slit deep cuts into the chicken legs on both sides
  • Add the chicken, water, salt, and vinegar to a bowl ensuring that the chicken is fully submerged then leave to brine for at least 1 hour
  • Fry in hot oil for 3-4 minutes until the chicken turns white then remove and set aside to cool
  • In the meantime, add the masala ingredients and mix until a thick paste forms
  • Once the chicken legs have cooled add into the masala and coat the chicken legs with the masala evenly
  • In a large pot add a steamer or wire rack then pour water until there is about an inch between the water and the steamer then heat the water up
  • Add the chicken pieces on the steamer ensuring that there is no contact with the water then cover and increase the heat to high for 5 minutes – this allows the steam to build up
  • Once the 5 minutes is up, reduce the heat to low and steam the chicken for 30 minutes
  • Your steam roast chicken legs are ready!



Calories: 679kcal
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I’m Sadia, the person behind The Aziz Kitchen. A 20-and-some year-old Muslim aspiring doctor and writer who loves to experiment with cooking, baking and all things food. On this blog you will find my favourite, delicious, family-friendly recipes.

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