Murgh Musallam Recipe

Murgh Musallam Recipe ( Masala Roasted Chicken ) Chicken Musallam By Zeenat Iqbal Hakimjee

Murgh Musallam
Murgh musallam literally means 'whole chicken'

Murgh Musallam (Masala roasted chicken) is a Mughlai dish originating from the Pakistan and India. It consists of a chicken marinated in a ginger-garlic paste.

This recipe will become your go-to, impress-your-friends-and-relatives dish. Mughlai style, rich and regal Murg Musallam may look like a lot of work but the end result is SO worth it. A Masala roasted chicken with vibrant color and flavor, it is beautiful to serve to a gathering of people.


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 20 gms green chillies
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp grated raw papaya
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

For Marination:

  • 1 cup curds
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp salad oil


  1. Prepare the chicken (pluck, singe and skin). Cut slits lengthwise over the breast portion
    and breadthwise over the leg portion carefully.
  2. Apply salt and sprinkle lime juice all over and keep aside. Grind green chillies, ginger and
    garlic to a paste.
  3. Beat curds thoroughly.
  4. Add ground spices.
  5. Grind papaya and add. Beat well again.
  6. Add the chilli powder and beat well. Add salad oil and colour and strain through fine sieve.
    Rub the batter all over the body of the chicken and well inside the slits. Let it soak in the
    batter for at least 12 hours.
  7. Thread chicken on to a thin iron rod and place it well inside the tandoor or oven.
  8. Remove when well done. Serve hot with onion rings and pieces of lime.
Murgh Musallam
Murgh musallam literally means ‘whole chicken’