Tomato Chicken Curry
Tomato Chicken Curry
5 from 13 votes
Made with no onions, this chicken curry recipe is loaded with tomatoes. With the richness of the tomatoes paired with the heat-packed spices; this chicken curry recipe is delicious. Serve with homemade naan for a delicious dinner!
Tomato Chicken Curry

Indulge in the rich flavors of this classic dish, Tomato Chicken Curry. Originating from the heart of Indian cuisine, this recipe is a perfect blend of tender chicken, tangy tomatoes, and aromatic spices.

Despite its exotic appeal, don’t be intimidated; this dish is surprisingly easy to prepare, making it an ideal choice for both beginners and seasoned cooks alike.

The history of this recipe dates back centuries, with its roots firmly planted in the diverse culinary traditions of India.

Originally crafted by skilled home cooks and passed down through generations, Tomato Chicken Curry has evolved into a beloved staple in households around the world.

While the dish boasts complex flavors and vibrant colors, its preparation is straightforward, requiring simple ingredients that are readily available in most kitchens.

Expert Tip: Experiment with different varieties of tomatoes for varying levels of sweetness and acidity in the curry. Roma tomatoes are commonly used for their robust flavor, but you can also try heirloom or cherry tomatoes for a unique twist.


Chicken: Tender and juicy, chicken serves as the star of this dish, providing a protein-rich base that absorbs the bold flavors of the spices and tomatoes.

Olive Oil: Acting as the cooking medium, olive oil adds a subtle richness to the dish while helping to sauté the aromatic ginger and garlic pastes, infusing the chicken with depth of flavor.

Tomatoes: Ripe and succulent, tomatoes lend their vibrant color and tangy sweetness to the curry, creating a luscious sauce that coats each piece of chicken.

Ginger Paste and Garlic Paste: These aromatic ingredients form the foundation of the curry, infusing it with warmth and depth of flavor. Their pungent notes complement the sweetness of the tomatoes and the richness of the spices.

Salt: Essential for seasoning, salt enhances the natural flavors of the ingredients, balancing the acidity of the tomatoes and the heat of the spices.

Spices This trio of spices adds layers of complexity to the curry, with chili powder providing heat, turmeric powder imparting earthy undertones, and garam masala infusing warm, aromatic notes.

Dried Fenugreek Leaves (Methi): Offering a distinctively nutty and slightly bitter flavor, dried fenugreek leaves add a unique dimension to the curry, enhancing its depth and complexity.

Green Chillies: These fiery peppers provide a subtle heat to the dish, adding a kick of spice that balances the sweetness of the tomatoes.

Coriander: Fresh coriander leaves, also known as cilantro, lend a vibrant burst of color and a refreshing herbal flavor to the finished dish, elevating its presentation and taste.

Expert Tip: To enhance the richness of the sauce, you can add a splash of coconut milk or cream towards the end of cooking.

Serving Suggestions

  • Enjoy Tomato Chicken Curry piping hot, served alongside fluffy basmati rice. The fragrant, long grains of basmati rice perfectly complement the bold flavors of the curry, creating a satisfying and comforting meal.
  • For a more indulgent experience, pair Tomato Chicken Curry with warm, pillowy naan bread. The soft texture and subtle sweetness of naan provide a delightful contrast to the rich, spicy flavors of the curry, making it a match made in culinary heaven.
  • To complete the meal, consider serving Tomato Chicken Curry with a side of tangy cucumber raita or refreshing mixed green salad. The cool, crisp elements of the raita or salad help to balance the heat of the curry, while adding a refreshing contrast to each bite.
  • For a festive touch, garnish the curry with a sprinkle of fresh coriander leaves and a drizzle of lemon juice just before serving. The bright colors and vibrant flavors will enhance the visual appeal of the dish, delighting your guests and tantalizing their taste buds.

Expert Tip: For added depth of flavor, marinate the chicken in yogurt, ginger, garlic, and spices for at least 30 minutes before cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tomato Chicken Curry?

Tomato Chicken Curry is a flavorful dish originating from Indian cuisine, featuring tender chicken cooked in a rich, tomato-based sauce infused with aromatic spices.

Is Tomato Chicken Curry spicy?

The level of spiciness in Tomato Chicken Curry can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. While it typically contains chili powder and green chilies for heat, you can control the amount of spice by adjusting the quantities of these ingredients.

Can I make Tomato Chicken Curry ahead of time?

Yes, Tomato Chicken Curry can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

What can I serve with Tomato Chicken Curry?

Tomato Chicken Curry pairs well with basmati rice, naan bread, or roti. You can also serve it with a side of cucumber raita or mixed green salad for a complete meal.

Can I freeze Tomato Chicken Curry?

Yes, Tomato Chicken Curry can be frozen for future meals. Allow the curry to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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Tomato Chicken Curry

Tomato Chicken Curry

by Nabeela Kauser
Made with no onions, this chicken curry recipe is loaded with tomatoes. The richness of the tomatoes paired with the heat-packed spices; this chicken curry recipe is delicious.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 219 kcal


  • 750 g Chicken
  • 50 ml Olive Oil
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek Leaves Methi
  • 1 Green Chillies
  • Coriander


  • Add the olive oil into a pan and heat up on medium heat until hot
  • Add the ginger paste and garlic paste then sauté for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the chicken and cook until the colour changes
  • Add the salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and chopped green chillies then cook the spices for 3-4 minutes – add some water to prevent the spices from burning and help them release their colour
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 15-20 minutes
  • Garnish with the dried fenugreek leaves and coriander
  • Serve with basmati rice or naan bread and enjoy!



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


Calories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 12gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 465mgPotassium: 330mgFibre: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 911IUVitamin C: 14mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Cooking, Curry, Food, Indian, Recipe, Tomato
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Nabeela Kauser

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