Chicken Korma
Chicken Korma
5 from 12 votes
Experience the timeless magic of cooking authentic chicken korma at home. This guide offers simple steps to re-create this flavourful, creamy classic without any fuss, even if you're a beginner in the kitchen!
Chicken Korma

Welcome to a delightful journey into the aromatic world of Chicken Korma! Originating from the Indian subcontinent, Chicken Korma is a dish rich in history and flavor.

Its roots can be traced back to the Mughal era, where it was prepared for royal banquets, showcasing the opulence and sophistication of Mughal cuisine. Today, Chicken Korma continues to captivate taste buds around the globe with its creamy texture and harmonious blend of spices.

This recipe presents a wonderful opportunity for home cooks to dive into the realm of Indian cuisine. While it may seem daunting at first glance, fear not, for I will guide you through each step with ease.

From sautéing onions to simmering the chicken in a luscious blend of spices and cream, every moment spent crafting this dish is a celebration of flavor.

Embark on this culinary adventure and treat yourself to the sumptuous delights of Chicken Korma. Whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or simply craving a comforting meal, this recipe is sure to impress with its tantalizing aroma and velvety texture.

Expert Tip: For a dairy-free version, you can substitute coconut cream for the double cream to achieve a creamy texture without the use of dairy products.


Oil: The oil serves as the cooking medium for sautéing onions and spices, adding depth of flavor to the dish.

Onion: Finely diced onions provide a sweet and savory base for the Korma, enhancing its overall taste and texture.

Chicken: Tender pieces of chicken are the star of this dish, absorbing the rich flavors of the spices and creamy sauce.

Garlic Paste: Garlic paste adds a pungent aroma and robust flavor to the Korma, complementing the other spices.

Ginger Paste: Ginger paste lends a warm, peppery kick to the dish, balancing the sweetness of the onions and coconut.

Salt: Salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, bringing out their natural richness and complexity.

Sugar: A touch of sugar balances the flavors of the dish, rounding out any sharpness from the spices and yogurt.

Coconut Powder: Coconut powder adds a subtle nuttiness and creaminess to the Korma, elevating its flavor profile.

Turmeric Powder: Turmeric powder imparts a vibrant yellow hue to the dish and offers earthy notes to the overall flavor.

Garam Masala: Garam masala is a blend of aromatic spices that infuses the Korma with warmth and depth.

Coriander Powder: Coriander powder contributes a fresh, citrusy flavor to the dish, enhancing its complexity.

Yoghurt: Yoghurt adds a tangy richness to the sauce, balancing the creaminess of the coconut and double cream.

Double Cream: Double cream provides a luxurious, velvety texture to the Korma, making it irresistibly creamy and indulgent.

Expert Tip: Toast whole spices like cumin seeds and cardamom pods in the oil before adding the onions for an extra layer of fragrance and complexity.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the Chicken Korma hot alongside fragrant basmati rice or fluffy naan bread.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro or a sprinkle of toasted almonds for added texture and flavor.
  • Pair with traditional accompaniments such as cucumber raita or mango chutney to balance the richness of the dish.
  • For a complete meal, serve with sides of steamed vegetables or a crisp green salad dressed with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Expert Tip: Marinate the chicken in yogurt and a pinch of salt for added tenderness and flavor before cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast?

Yes, you can absolutely use chicken thighs for this recipe. Just ensure they are boneless and skinless for the best results.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, Chicken Korma reheats well and can be made ahead of time. Simply store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Is it possible to make this dish vegetarian?

Certainly! You can substitute the chicken with tofu, paneer, or mixed vegetables to create a delicious vegetarian version of this dish.

Can I freeze Chicken Korma?

Yes, Chicken Korma can be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to freezer-safe containers. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

How spicy is Chicken Korma?

Chicken Korma is typically mild in heat, but you can adjust the spice level to your preference by increasing or decreasing the amount of chili powder or adding fresh green chilies.

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Chicken Korma

Chicken Korma

by Nabeela Kauser
Experience the timeless magic of cooking authentic chicken korma at home. This guide offers simple steps to re-create this flavourful, creamy classic without any fuss, even if you're a beginner in the kitchen! 
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 373 kcal


  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Onion Finely diced
  • 500 g Chicken
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 100 ml Yoghurt
  • 100 ml Double Cream


  • In a large pan, heat up the oil on medium heat until hot.
  • Add the finely diced onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened.
Add the ginger and garlic paste, and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the salt, turmeric, garam masala, and coriander powder and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes.
  • Add the coconut, and sugar and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the yoghurt and double cream and cook for 6-8 minutes.
  • Serve with a peshwari naan and enjoy!


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


Calories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 14gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 659mgPotassium: 242mgFibre: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 480IUVitamin C: 4mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 68mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Coconut, Curry, Food, Korma, Mild, Recipe, Sweet
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