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Easy Chicken Curry

Updated on August 13, 2013

Delicious spicy chicken curry

Here's a lovely spicy chicken curry recipe that's easy to prepare. An easy chicken curry cooked in a single pot with no marinating for hours. A delicious, healthy curry that anyone can make, and you can use lamb if you prefer, or fish, or vegetables if you're a vegetarian. In fact, you can even add chicken and vegetables, such as sliced courgette or carrot, or diced potato.

A quick text-version of this recipe is available. And if you enjoy your curries just a little bit hotter and spicier then try my Hot Chicken Madras recipe. Or perhaps a rich and spicy Chicken Tikka Masala would hit the spot. They are absolutely delicious!

For loads more info and curry recipes visit The Curry Temple


Curry medicine

I've loved curry ever since I was a teenager. And having been a student, I tried loads of different styles of curry, from Indian and Chinese takeaways and restaurants, to homemade efforts that consisted of opening a can of anything and dumping a load of curry powder into it!

I like to think my curry cuisine is a bit more sophisticated and authentic these days, and I can't emphasise enough the value - both to flavor and health - of using fresh ingredients, such as garlic, ginger and coriander (cilantro). It isn't just about 'curry powder' - in fact, most of the time I make my own curry powder by dry-frying and grinding combinations of herbs myself! Most curries also contain turmeric, which researchers have recently found to half the chances of developing Alzheimers and dementia later in life. So a curry or two per week is definitely a healthy option.

I think this recipe is a lot easier and less time consuming - and absolutely delicious! Have a go at it and let me know how you get on.


Spicy hot or not!

2 chicken breast fillets (diced)

2 tbsp oil

small knob butter/margerine

1 large onion (sliced)

3 cloves garlic (chopped)

1/2 inch cube of ginger (chopped)

1 tsp coriander/cilantro powder

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp paprika powder

1/2 can chopped tomatoes

3 bird-eye chillies (optional*)


chopped coriander/cilantro

juice of half a lime

* I like to add 3 finely chopped bird-eye chillies to this dish to 'fire' it up! Feel free to de-seed the chillies, or switch to milder chillies (or hotter ones like scotch bonnet, or naga!) according to your own preference.

My favorite curry cookbook - Compact and packed with curry ideas

To buy from Amazon UK and save on postage: Spice Alchemy - Volume 1: Dry Spice Combinations

Spice Alchemy: Indian Curry Recipes & Other Magical Cooking (Spice Cookery Book 1)
Spice Alchemy: Indian Curry Recipes & Other Magical Cooking (Spice Cookery Book 1)

I love this book by Camellia Panjabi. It is a handy size, with over 200 information-packed pages.

Not just a book of 50 curry recipes, it also has information about all the herbs and spices that go into curries from various regions of India; plus hints and tips and shortcuts.

Then after a quick basic curry recipe, the book describes the 50 curry recipes, with great sections on meat, fish and an extensive section on vegetable curries - everything from the obvious to the exotic!

Add to all this the sections on side-dishes and desserts and you've got all the know-how to create a complete, authentic Indian meal - one for almost every week of the year!


Importance of Onions

Key to preparing a good curry

Heat the oil and butter (or margerine) in a heavy pan or wok. (I normally use groundnut oil or sunflower oil.) Then add the sliced onion and sauté on a medium heat for 30min stirring gently. It is very important to the flavor of the curry to fry the onion to a deep golden brown color. Time spent on this task adds greatly to the taste of the end result!

If you do accidentally burn the onion during the browning process, it is best to start over, otherwise the burnt taste will permeate the curry - even if you remove the burnt bits!

Ginger Health Benefits

Ginger is great for combating indigestion, is highly effective for travel sickness, helps stimulate blood circulation and lower high blood pressure, and can be used to relieve fever.

Finishing the Sauce

Adding garlic, ginger, spices & tomatoes

Once you have nicely browned the onions to a deep golden color, add the chopped garlic and ginger and continue to stir for 1 min, before adding the coriander (cilantro) powder. Stir for another 1 min, and then add the turmeric, cumin seeds, curry powder and paprika. (I use Madras curry powder, readily available from Asian supermarkets.)

After stirring to incorporate all the spices into the mixture, add the chopped tomatoes (with juice), the chillies and some fresh chopped coriander (cilantro). Stir the mixture and simmer over a medium heat for a further 15 min, stirring frequently. (If you prefer fresh rather than tinned tomatoes, use two chopped tomatoes, and add 6 fl oz water.)

Adding the Chicken

Or lamb, fish or vegetables

(Instead of chicken, you could use 10oz stewing lamb, or two salmon fillets, or a selection of mixed diced vegetables, according to your own desires.)

You now have your basic curry sauce. Add salt to taste, and then add the diced chicken and a quarter of a pint of water. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until cooked.

Finishing Touches

Serve with rice, pitta or naan bread

When the chicken (or substituted lamb, fish or vegetables) are cooked through, sprinkle with some chopped coriander and stir in the juice of half a lime.

I generally plate up with basmati rice, cooked using the absorbsion method with a couple of bay leaves. If you like, you can also add a pinch of turmeric.

Finally, garnish with a couple of coriander sprigs and small sticks of fresh ginger. And there you have it: easy chicken curry with fragrant basmati rice, DONE!

Turmeric Health Benefits

Turmeric can relieve gastritis and alleviate nausea, is a traditional remedy in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for relieving liver ailments such as jaundice, has blood-thinning and cholesterol-reducing properties, and its anti-inflammatory action makes it useful for arthritis, asthma and eczema.

For much more...

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I never had Indian food until the past year and it has become my favorite type.

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      SoccerSquid 5 years ago

      gives me heartburn just to look at these pics. But boy, it tastes SO good!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Sounds de-lish! I love curry.

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      VicPalombo 5 years ago

      What good data! The chicken curry is one of my favorite chicken recipes

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      Very well written recipe and i am sure it will taste equally good.

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      CanterPR 6 years ago

      this looks so delicious. thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Happy I like curry as it changes a dish so well in my opinion.

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      Ken McVay 6 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Nice work! I like making curried chicken with Green Thai Curry Paste, a product available here in oriental markets. I also like it HOT, and use 2 heaping tablespoons of paste... I sear the chicken, then cut the breasts into nice bite-sized chunks and simmer in a coconut-curry broth for 20 minutes, adding veggies about 5 minutes before the end... and serve the delicious mess atop steamed basmati rice.

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      Meredith Davies 6 years ago

      Now I understand what I have been doing wrong. I never did things in the correct order. Plus I never let my onions cook as long. It is curry tonight!

      Thanks for the good information.

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      renstar lm 6 years ago

      Great Lens

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      runtag974 6 years ago

      Hi, really nice recipe and information. I like so much curry. One of my best is chicken curry with mango. Tks for the article.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      curry is such a global food - thank you for furthering the curry message. Have you tried the spicentice products - quick and very easy to use - I'd say even foolproof. When you cook the curry with salmon how do you stop the fish going to an unappetising mush?

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      bolsen19 6 years ago

      I love curry, and always love new recipes. Thanks.

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      TheHealthGuy LM 6 years ago from U.S.A.

      sounds like a delicious feast!

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      NoobWriter LM 6 years ago

      simple and sweet.....oops.....simple and spicy.....

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      alanbowman777 6 years ago

      Chicken curry is top !!

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Oh so yummy!

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      I love chicken and curry's great.

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      TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

      I love curry!

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      Good information well presented. Makes me hungry.

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      Chris-H LM 6 years ago

      Curried chicken is my absolute favorite. I can't wait to try your recipe!

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Have plenty of chicken in the freezer (we raise our own meat birds :) and love, love curry. Thanks for the recipe and all your wonderful notes. My [Recipes] Angel Blessing today is SWAH and featured on

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      desdemony 7 years ago

      Great recipe! I'll try that out. I will add this one to my lensroll. :)

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      photofk3 7 years ago

      I love curry too. Great recipes, useful info. Thanks a lot.

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      dirtysaffa 7 years ago

      Love curry myself. I have a few recipes out on squidoo too. I may give your Tikka Masala and Madras a try.

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      surgimesh lm 7 years ago

      its yummy!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love chicken curry and goat curry also. I think you did a great job.

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      TWOnline2 7 years ago

      curry and rice. yummy.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm not a big fan of curry, but I have family members who love it so your could prove to be very useful. Thanks!

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      I just can't accept the flavor of curry, enjoy your lens though!

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      Anwarart 7 years ago

      This looks like a curry recipe that will be easy for me to try at home without messing anything up! It'll be nice to know how to make my own curry, so I won't always have to get take-out when I want it. Cool lens, and thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      mikerbowman 7 years ago

      This just looks amazingly delicious! I live in San Diego right now, and there's not a whole lot of great curry around here, so I am eager to try this out myself!

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      Sounds really fantastic, will try it out!

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      missbat 7 years ago

      Looks positively delicious. Great lens!

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      journey103 7 years ago from USA

      I love curry and this looks awesome. I'm well overdue for some chicken curry. Also, great tip on cooking the onions. Thanks!

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      MartinPrestovic 7 years ago

      I love curry. Some days I can't be bothered to cook so what I do, I drop by my favourite local indian resto and order beef curry and rice or chicken tikka masala. I would love to learn and cook indian so thanks for the recipe.

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      sheriangell 8 years ago

      This looks really good, I think I'm going to try it.

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      sheriangell 8 years ago

      This looks really good, I think I'm going to try it.

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      Looks very delicious. I like curry.

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      Great info. Thanks.

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      Gotta love curry! 5 *'s

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      Bramblerose 9 years ago

      I really like curry! I'll have to give your recipe a try!

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      papawu 9 years ago

      Great recipe for one of my favorites. I really do prefer Korean and Japanese style curries because they are thicker, but this on e sounds great too.Yummy.

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      I love your lens, the layout is really easy to follow, would love you to drop by and take a look at mine (and let me know how you get those box outlines!

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      Sniff It Out 9 years ago

      Nice lens and another great curry recipe to try :) Thanks for adding it to The Cooks Cafe group.

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds really yummy, I do love curry. 5***** for a great lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What an absolutely yummy lens! I haven't tried cooking with curry very much, but would like to. I definitely have to check out your other lenses too, they look wonderful! - Kathy

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      aidenw 9 years ago from USA

      I love curry and plan to try your recipe. Definitely a 5* lens!

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      Gordon N Hamilton 9 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Welcome to Healthier Eating Options

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      We love butter chicken and my sister-in-law makes Naan when we have it. Your curry chicken sounds good, we'll have to try it.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Sounds really good. I'm always looking for something that is quick and easy to make and still tastes good.

      Great lens.


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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Great job! I love curry, but seldom make it at home. This looks pretty easy, though. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hmm can almost taste it love a good curry must try it out 5*****

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      Ruth Coffee 9 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      This looks/sounds delicious!