Kanwal’s Healthy Corner – Matter Chicken

by Kanwal Ullah

Chicken and peas, Indian style is such an easy and tasty dish to make. Traditionally, this dish is called Matter Keema. Matter, meaning peas and Keema, meaning minced meat. I’ve revamped this dish so you can use either lean, ground chicken or ground turkey. This way you have a healthy, traditional tasting dish, without sacrificing any flavor! I hope you enjoy my recipe below for Matter Chicken.


  • One pound lean, ground chicken
  • 4tsp. Canola oil
  • Half of large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 inch of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, finely chopped
  • Half of a large tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • 2 tsp of garam masala
  • 1 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • 1.5 cups of frozen peas


In a sauté pan, add the oil and place on medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, ginger and chili. Sauté these for 5-7 minutes or until browned. Once browned, add the tomato, cumin powder, garam masala, coriander powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Sauté for another five minutes, until fragrant. Add the ground chicken and cook. Once cooked, stir in the peas. Stir this for a couple more minutes, until peas are warmed through. Enjoy with some warmed pita bread or brown rice!

Servings: 4

Top image courtesy of TheDailyGreen.com

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