Chicken Saag Recipe | Revision of Hangry Patel’s | Oatmeal Dumplings.

Chicken Saag

This Chicken Saag Recipe is a revised version of  Hangry Patel’s recipe. It’s a delicious Indian stew that is made with Chicken and green leafy vegetables stewed into a thick mash of finger-licking goodness.

I was happy to be a part of the “Recipes Swap Challenge UK” on Instagram. I was paired with Hangry Patels. She cooked my Shrimp Curry in Creamy Coconut Spinach,  and she did a great job. Check out her Instagram page for this and other delicious Indian dishes/products.

hangry patels chicken saag

On the other hand, I attempted to prepare Hangry Patels’s  Chicken Saag.  Some of the ingredients for her recipe were nowhere to be found in any local supermarket in NYC, so they were either left out or replaced.  

However, I am very happy with the outcome of the flavor and texture of the dish. I am glad to share with you my version of her  Chicken Saag recipe.  

This dish reminds me of the Haitian dish called legume. They are similar in texture and presentation. Check out my review of Haitian dishes in my blog: Explore Haitian Dishes: Djon Djon, Black Rice, Legume.

In addition, Chicken Saag stew is most often served with Basmati Rice or Naan Tandori Bread, but I have decided to infuse Jamaican with Indian Cuisines by serving a healthier version of Jamaican flour dumplings.  This dish represents Jamaica marrying Indian cuisine.

Chicken Saag Recipe with Oatmeal Dumplings

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Chicken Saag Recipe: A revised version of Hangry Patel's | Served With Oatmeal Dumplings.

Kevin Foodie
This Indian-style chicken dish is full of flavor and texture. It's simple to make and goes well with almost any starchy side dish. I love Jamaican dumplings. check out my other dumpling recipes HERE. I love adding old-fashioned oats to boost the nutritional value and they pair wonderfully with this Chicken Saag dish.
4.95 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 Medium to Large Sauce Pan
  • 1 Deep Saucepan
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • 2 Bowls
  • Blender
  • Spoon


Chicken Saag

  • 1.5 lbs. Chicken Thighs
  • 16 oz Baby Spinach, chopped
  • 2 medium Vine Tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 large Yellow Onion, cubed
  • 3 cloves Fresh Garlic
  • 2 tbsp. All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 3 tsp. Roasted Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp. Canola Oil season with chicken thighs
  • 1 small Piece of Fresh Ginger Approx. ¼ cup
  • 2 tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • cup Canola Oil for cooking chicken saag
  • 2 tsp. Salt

Oatmeal Dumplings

  • 1.5 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Old Fashion Rolled Oats
  • ½ cup Coconut Flour
  • 1 cup Water, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. Salt


Let's Cook Chicken Saag

  • Trim excess fat from the chicken things. Cut into medium size cubes and add to the bowl.
    cubed chicken thighs
  • Season chicken thighs with all-purpose seasoning, paprika, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, canola oil, salt, and black pepper. Allow chicken mixture to marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 24 hrs.
    seasoned chicken thighs
  • Remove seasoned chicken from the refrigerator and allow to reach room temperature for 20 minutes,
  • Use the blender to blend the onion, tomato, garlic, ginger with 1 cup of water.
    blended garlic and onion
  • In the saucepan, heat canola oil for 1-2 minutes. Add cumin and cook for 1-2 minutes or until brown over medium heat.
  • Add blended tomato mixture to the cumin and oil. Stir and allow to cook for about 6 minutes.
  • After about 3 minutes of cooking, add red pepper flakes, salt, 1 tsp. tumeric powder and allow to cook for the remaining 3 minutes over medium heat.
    chicken saag
  • Add chopped spinach to the tomato mixture and allw to cook for 2-3 minutes.
    spinach in chicken saag
  • Add the seasoned chicken thighs to the spinach mixture. Stir and cover the saucepan with the lid and allow to cook over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
    chicken saag
  • Don't forget to stir occasionally to prevent sticking and burning the stew. Hangrypatel's recipe calls for her Garam Masala at this point. I did not have this ingredient so I added 1 tsp of dried thyme for added flavor.
  • After the chicken has been cooked and the stew has become thickened, turn off the flame and serve with these delicious dumplings.

Let's Make Some Oatmeal Dumplings.

  • In a deep saucepan, put 6 cups of water to boil. Season with salt.
  • Mix together the all-purpose flour, coconut flour, oatmeal, salt together in a bowl.
  • Add the room temperature water to the flour mixture and combine to form a dough using your fingers. Knead the dough mixture until all the ingredients are combined. The dough should firm and tight.
    oatmeal dumplings
  • The size and shape of the dumplings do not have to be perfect. Using the palm of your hands, roll a piece of the dough to form about a 2-inch ball.
    oatmeal dumplings
  • Flatten the ball into a disc-like shape.
  • Add dumplings to salted boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. DO NOT cover the saucepan with a lid. This will prevent the liquid from boiling over onto the stove. After 10 minutes, remove from the flame and serve with the chicken saag.
    oatmeal dumplings
Keyword Chicken Saag, Dinner, Dumplings, Healthy Meals, Indian Dish, Jamaican Dumplings, Oatmeal Dumplings

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Chicken Saag with Oatmeal Dumplings.

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44 thoughts on “Chicken Saag Recipe | Revision of Hangry Patel’s | Oatmeal Dumplings.”

  1. 5 stars
    What a delicious looking Indian dish! You’ve done an excellent detailed post and photos describing the complete process in preparing this dish. Will definitely give it a try. Great job! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    No word of a lie that honestly looks so delicious. Wow such great photos. I’m glad the prep time is only 15 mins, nice and easy! I will 100% be making this soon!

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing! Have been collecting Indian recipes forever and that’s all; procrastinating and lazy when it comes to cooking.. 😀 but I’m definitely giving this one a try! Looks delicious!!

  4. 5 stars
    This Chicken Saag recipe looks absolutely delicious. The fact that the dumplings are made with oatmeal make it 10 times better.

  5. 5 stars
    I just love chicken in any form. Did not try it with oatmeal dumplings. Thanks for the recipe, and the suggestion.

  6. 5 stars
    That looks so appetizing! It really does remind of me Haitian Légume. I miss that stuff. Time to gather some ingredients and make it myself! I’ll have to try this one also! Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Wow, looks so delicious. I like the way you explain your recipe in fine detail. Makes it so much easier for a rookie like me to actually try it out. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

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