Chicken Curry
Chicken Curry
5 from 102 votes
A simple Indian chicken curry that will leave everyone wanting more. Allow the cooked rice to simply soak up the flavours and aroma for a delicious mid-week meal for the whole family!

There are a lot of different chicken curries out there from chicken jalfrezi to chicken karahi to butter chicken. However, out of all of them, this is one of my favourites. A common occurrence in our household that always makes an appearance at family events!

This is a very simple chicken curry that is perfect for beginners. With so many curry chicken masala recipes out there who knows what the authentic recipe is?

However, generally, this chicken curry recipe is made without double cream or coconut milk. This makes it much lighter than other chicken curries.

The main difference between this chicken curry and other chicken curries such as chicken masala or chicken jalfrezi is that this curry chicken recipe has a much thinner soup-like consistency. Most chicken curries have a thick masala, but this chicken curry recipe is different in that aspect.

Often it is served with lamb pilau or chicken pilau or even simple boiled basmati rice. Sometimes I like to serve it with chapatti or naan. It is guaranteed to be full of flavour no matter how you choose to serve it.

I usually make this curry with pieces of a whole, skinless chicken. This means that there would be a mixture of bone-in chicken thighs and chicken drumsticks.

I highly recommend making this with bone-in chicken as it allows for a deeper flavour. You could make it with boneless chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs if you wanted to.

This easy chicken curry recipe will show you how to make an aromatic and flavourful basic Indian chicken curry. Indian chicken curry is a takeaway favourite that is freezer-friendly and quick to reheat, saving you time and money!

With my recipe for an easy staple Indian chicken curry, you will never have to worry about what to make for your family dinners. Made with just a handful of ingredients, this chicken curry will pair perfectly with garlic naan or even boiled rice.

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Chicken Curry

by Nabeela Kauser
A simple Indian chicken curry that will leave everyone wanting more. This chicken curry recipe is delicious served with any type of rice recipe. Allow the cooked rice to simply soak up the flavours and aroma for a delicious mid-week meal for the whole family!
5 from 102 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 276 kcal


  • 50 ml Olive Oil
  • 1 kg Chicken
  • 2 Onions
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 500 ml Water
  • Coriander


  • In a large wok heat up the oil on medium heat until hot
  • Add the chopped onions and the diced tomatoes then cook for 3-4 minutes until soft
  • Add the garlic paste, ginger paste, chopped green chilli, salt, chilli powder, garam masala and tomato puree then cook the spices for 3-4 minutes
  • Add the chicken and mix the spices to fully coat the chicken then cook for a further 10 minutes
  • Add the water and cook for a further 20-30 minutes until thickened to your personal preference – the oil will form a thin layer on top of the curry which will indicate that the curry is ready
  • Serve immediately and enjoy with chapati or garlic naan!



Calories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 16gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 509mgPotassium: 384mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 783IUVitamin C: 15mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Curry, Spicy
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1 year ago

5 stars
Made this chicken curry last week – wife (from India) and kid loved it! Will definitely make again!

11 months ago

5 stars
Hi – silly question but do you remove the skin from the chicken first before cooking?

6 months ago

5 stars
I love getting chicken curry from a local restaurant but can’t always order it (or shouldn’t). This tastes just like it…so now I can make it at home!

5 months ago

5 stars
tried this recipe for the first time and it came out so well, really delicious, only thing I did different was add some ghee to the mix in the beginning and a tiny bit of tamarind but the flavour was lovely and my friend who came round said it was really lovely. Thanks for sharing the recipe Nebeela!

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