Kanwal’s Healthy Corner – Channa Chicken

After a long day at work who says you cannot cook a healthy and nutritious meal in seconds! We all know it’s much healthier on our waists as well as our wallets to eat at home. Also, sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than a home cooked meal. My Channa Chicken recipe can be prepared in minutes with minimal effort. AND this is a fiber and protein packed meal full of flavor!

For more of Kanwal’s delicious recipes, do check out her blog.


  • 1lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs sliced up
  • 1 14oz. can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 small can of diced tomatos
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1TB. garam masala
  • 1TB. chili powder
  • 2TB. mustard seeds
  • 2TB. cumin seeds
  • 1TB. canola oil
  • Salt/pepper to season and taste


In a bowl, coat the chicken with the garam masala, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook this chicken in a pot with 2 tsp. of oil. Once fully cooked, take out of pot, set aside and add the remainder of oil.

Add the onions, salt, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Fry this until the onions are golden brown. Add the can of diced tomatos and cook for five minutes.  

Add the chickpeas and chicken. Stir the pot to evenly incorporate all ingredients.  

Turn the heat to low and cover the pot. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes.  

Enjoy this wonderful dish with whole wheat pita and plain yogurt on the side! Serves 4


My name is Kanwal Ullah. I am a 27 year old IT Professional living in good old Jersey City, NJ. As some of you may know, I have a deep passion for healthy living. Most importantly, healthy living starts with what you put in your body. Therefore, my passion also exists in healthy cooking. When I’m not in the kitchen working on healthy recipes, you can find me at the gym or roaming the streets of NYC for great food finds. Born as the daughter of two wonderful Pakistani parents, I particularly crave the culture and food from my ancestors. However, I do not like the fat and calories that have crossed continents to get to me! My passion has developed into revamping our South Asian Cuisine to make it more heart healthy and figure friendly! Bon Appetit! 

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One Response to “Kanwal’s Healthy Corner – Channa Chicken”

  1. Vijay:

    Will ask Nina to get you to cook us a meal when next in NJ!If that is not pushing you too much.

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