Chicken Curry
Chicken Curry
4.98 from 141 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!
Chicken Curry

Welcome to the world of aromatic spices and tantalizing flavors with my delicious chicken curry recipe. Originating from the heart of South Asia, chicken curry has traveled across continents to become a beloved dish in households worldwide.

While it may seem daunting to cook up a curry from scratch, fear not, for I’m here to guide you through every step of the way.

This recipe strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and taste, making it an ideal choice for both beginners and seasoned cooks alike.

Expert Tip: Experiment with adding additional vegetables such as potatoes, bell peppers, or peas to bulk up the curry and add extra texture.


Olive Oil: The base of our curry, olive oil adds richness and depth to the dish while helping to distribute the flavors evenly.

Chicken: Chicken brings protein and succulence to the curry, absorbing all the aromatic spices for a flavorful bite.

Onions: Providing a sweet and savory base, onions lend depth and texture to the curry, enhancing its overall taste.

Tomatoes: Bursting with tanginess, tomatoes add acidity and brightness to balance the richness of the curry.

Garlic Paste: Infusing the curry with its pungent aroma, garlic paste elevates the flavor profile and offers a subtle kick.

Ginger Paste: Adding warmth and earthiness, ginger paste complements the spices and enhances the overall complexity of the dish.

Green Chillies: Offering a hint of heat, green chillies provide a gentle kick without overpowering the other flavors.

Turmeric Powder: Known for its vibrant color and earthy flavor, turmeric powder adds a subtle bitterness and enhances the visual appeal of the curry.

Salt: Essential for seasoning, salt brings out the natural flavors of the ingredients and balances the overall taste of the dish.

Chilli Powder: Adding a fiery kick, chilli powder brings heat and intensity to the curry, perfect for those who love a spicy kick.

Garam Masala: A fragrant blend of spices, garam masala adds warmth and depth, infusing the curry with its signature aroma.

Tomato Puree: Providing richness and thickness, tomato puree adds body to the curry while enhancing its tomato flavor.

Coriander: Fresh and aromatic, coriander adds a pop of color and freshness to the finished dish, balancing its richness with a burst of herbal notes.

Expert Tip: Toasting whole spices such as cumin seeds and coriander seeds before grinding them will intensify their flavors and aroma.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair your chicken curry with fluffy basmati rice for a classic combination that never fails to impress.
  • For a hearty meal, serve the curry with warm naan bread or flaky parathas, perfect for soaking up every last bit of sauce.
  • Garnish your curry with a sprinkle of freshly chopped coriander for a vibrant finishing touch that adds freshness and color to the dish.

Expert Tip: For a richer flavor, marinate the chicken in yogurt and spices for at least an hour before cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

Yes, boneless chicken works perfectly fine for this recipe. Simply adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure it cooks through evenly.

How spicy is this curry?

The level of spiciness can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. Feel free to increase or decrease the amount of chilli powder and green chillies accordingly.

Can I make this curry ahead of time?

Yes, this curry actually tastes even better the next day as the flavors have had time to develop. Simply reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Can I freeze leftovers?

Absolutely! This curry freezes well for up to three months. Just let it cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container and freezing.

Can I substitute any of the spices?

While the spices listed in the recipe are traditional, feel free to customize them according to your taste preferences. You can add or omit spices as desired.

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Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

by Nabeela Kauser
Dive into the rich flavours and spices of a classic Chicken Curry. Crafted with love and just the right blend of ingredients, this dish promises an indulgent experience for every palate.
4.98 from 141 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
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 โ€“ 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!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 16gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 509mgPotassium: 384mgFibre: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 783IUVitamin C: 15mgVitamin D: 0.2ยตgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Cooking, Curry, Food, Meat, Recipe
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Latest comments (14)

Nabeela Kauser

Thanks for your comment. The recipe actually yields 6 servings, so feel free to adjust it to your needs.

Nabeela Kauser

I understand your concern. Some people might find certain measuring units or terms a bit complex or unfamiliar. I’m here to help clarify anything you’re unsure about in the recipe. Let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like more information on!

Nabeela Kauser

Thank you for trying the recipe! I’m thrilled to hear that your husband enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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!

Nabeela Kauser

5 stars
Thank you so much for trying out my chicken curry recipe and taking the time to leave a comment. I’m happy to hear that it turned out delicious and that you added your own personal touch with some ghee and tamarind. It’s always great to experiment with different flavours and ingredients. I’m glad that your friend enjoyed it too! Do let me know if you try any other recipes from my collection. Happy cooking!

Nabeela Kauser

5 stars
Thank you so much for trying out my chicken curry recipe and leaving such a lovely comment! I’m thrilled to hear that it reminded you of your favourite restaurant’s curry. It’s always great to have a go-to recipe for those times when you can’t order out, and I’m glad mine hit the spot for you. Let me know if you try any other recipes on my blog – I’d love to hear your feedback!

Nabeela Kauser

5 stars
Hi Tracy,

It depends on what you are making. You can leave the skin on in certain recipes. I personally do like the skin on but my kids don’t. If you want to leave the skin on in this recipe, make sure you remove the hair.

Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

Nabeela Kauser

5 stars
Thank you so much for trying out my recipe! I’m glad you enjoyed my chicken curry recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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