Indian Chicken Curry Recipe

By Rena |

This Indian Chicken Curry Recipe is packed to the brim with flavor. Perfect for a no-fuss dinner anytime, it’s ready in less than an hour and so easy to throw together. Everyone will be asking for seconds, it’s so delicious!

top view chicken curry with rice on a white plate

The ultimate comfort food, this Indian Chicken Curry recipe is rich, creamy, and incredibly satisfying. Ready in less than an hour, it’s so easy to throw together and what’s more, it’s really good for you too!

It’s loaded with onion, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, coconut milk, and tomato paste to bring the flavor up to the next level. It has so much flavor for so little effort! Feel free to toss in some extra veggies as well. This is a great way to clear out a couple of veggies from the fridge!

Why you will love this Indian Chicken Curry recipe

  • It’s easy! This authentic Chicken Curry Recipe just takes a few minutes to prep, and then all you have to do is simmer it for 20 minutes. It’s so simple and ready in less than an hour!
  • Healthier than takeout: Takeout food is usually loaded with extra oils and ingredients that are unnecessary. This chicken curry tastes even better than the restaurant version, and it’s good for you.
  • Amazing flavor: Loaded with onion, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, coconut milk, and fresh cilantro, this recipe is a powerhouse of flavor!
  • Meal prep: This is a great recipe to make and save for later in either the fridge or freezer. Perfect for work lunches or a no-fuss dinner later in the week.
spoon spooning some chicken curry from pot

Ingredients For this Indian Chicken Curry Recipe

For the chicken:

  • Chicken: To keep it lean and light, I added chicken breasts this time, however, boneless skinless chicken thighs would be delicious as well.
  • Chili powder: A kick of heat is provided by chili powder. If you like it spicy, add another 1/2-1 teaspoon.
  • Turmeric: The gorgeous golden color of this Indian Chicken Curry Recipe comes from turmeric. It is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient. So good for you!
  • Olive oil: This keeps the chicken from sticking to the pot when frying it.

For the curry:

  • Olive oil: We add this in to sauté the vegetables, and keep them from sticking to the pot.
  • Onion & garlic: One of my favorite flavor duos, onion and garlic is a must in Indian cuisine! Fresh is best, the powdered forms just don’t have as much flavor to me.
  • Tomato paste: Amps up the curry sauce flavor and makes it even more robust.
  • Curry powder:
  • Coconut milk: Rich and creamy coconut milk is the main base ingredient for the curry sauce. It is slightly nutty and addictively good!
  • Cilantro: I love to add chopped cilantro to all of my curries at the end for a little hint of freshness.
  • Lemon wedges: A squeeze of fresh lemon balances all of the other flavors perfectly.

ingredients to make chicken curry

How do you make Indian chicken curry?

1. In a medium bowl combine chicken pieces with chili powder, salt, and turmeric powder. Coat them well.

2. Heat a 4 qt dutch oven on a medium flame; add olive oil followed by chicken and sear them for 4-5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and set it aside.

3. Add the remaining oil to the same pot and add the onion and garlic. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the onions turn translucent.

4. Add in the tomato paste, curry powder, and salt. Saute for a couple of minutes and stir in the coconut milk.

5. Once the curry starts bubbling add the chicken back to the pot and allow the curry to simmer for 15-20 minutes on a low flame.

6. Once the chicken is cooked through, add in the chopped cilantro and turn off the flame.

7. Serve the chicken curry with a bowl of rice to enjoy!

chicken mixed in the curry sauce in a pot

Tips for success

  • This Indian Chicken Curry Recipe is keto-friendly so try serving it over plain cauliflower rice or Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice to keep it low carb.
  • Instead of serving it over rice, try stuffing this curry into sweet potatoes for an extra boost of nutrition.
  • Add in extra veggies! Curries are a good way to make sure there are more vegetables on your plate. Some great options are potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, cauliflower, and carrots.
  • Save it for later! This easy chicken curry recipe can be saved in the fridge for up to 4 days, or frozen in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw it completely and reheat it in a pot on the stove, in the oven, or in the microwave until it’s piping hot.
side shot of chicken curry with a side of rice on a white plate

Frequently asked questions

What’s the secret to a good curry?

My top tip for making the best curry is to use fresh herbs and spices as much as possible! They are so much more flavorful and fragrant than dried. You can really tell the difference.

Should you cover curry when cooking?

It depends on the method of cooking and how much liquid you add, but for a quick stovetop curry like this Indian Chicken Curry Recipe, I don’t cover the curry so that the curry sauce intensifies and thickens up.

Do you cook chicken before adding it to curry?

Yes, you just sear it for a few minutes in the beginning, and then later when all of the ingredients for the curry sauce have been added to the pot, add the chicken back in and simmer it until it has cooked through. I love this method because the chicken takes on so much of the flavor and stays tender and juicy. It’s delicious!

fork grabbing a peace of chicken curry served over rice

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Chicken Curry Recipe

This Indian Chicken Curry Recipe is packed to the brim with flavor. Perfect for a no-fuss dinner anytime, it's ready in less than an hour and so easy to throw together.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Hindu
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 504kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1 ½ lb chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the curry:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 13.5 oz coconut milk one can
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped
  • Lemon wedges to garnish

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl combine chicken pieces with chili powder, salt, and turmeric powder. Coat them well.
  • Heat a 4 qt dutch oven on a medium flame; add olive oil followed by chicken and sear them for 4-5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and set it aside.
  • Add the remaining oil to the same pot and add the onion and garlic. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add in the tomato paste, curry powder, and salt. Saute for a couple of minutes and stir in the coconut milk.
  • Once the curry starts bubbling add the chicken back to the pot and allow the curry to simmer for 15-20 minutes on a low flame.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through, add in the chopped cilantro and turn off the flame.
  • Serve the chicken curry with a bowl of rice to enjoy!

Notes

  • This Indian Chicken Curry Recipe is keto-friendly so try serving it over plain cauliflower rice or Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice to keep it low carb.
  • Instead of serving it over rice, try stuffing this curry into sweet potatoes for an extra boost of nutrition.
  • Add in extra veggies! Curries are a good way to make sure there are more vegetables on your plate. Some great options are potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, cauliflower, and carrots.
  • Save it for later! This easy chicken curry recipe can be saved in the fridge for up to 4 days, or frozen in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw it completely and reheat it in a pot on the stove, in the oven, or in the microwave until it’s piping hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1447mg | Potassium: 1016mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 5mg
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