Creamy masala chicken

Creamy masala chicken

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(151 ratings)

Ready in 35-40 minutes


Serves 4
A mild chicken curry with oodles of flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal541
  • fat42g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.32g
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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 3cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 red chilli



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 284ml carton double cream
  • juice of ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • basmati rice and naan bread, to serve


  1. Put the chicken, ginger, garlic, chilli powder, coriander, lime juice and 1 tbsp of oil in a bowl. Stir, and set aside. Chop the onion, and seed and chop the chilli.

  2. Heat a large shallow pan. Tip in the chicken and marinade and fry for about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a pan and fry the onion and chilli for 3-4 minutes until just soft. Add the turmeric and stir fry for 1 minute. Lower the heat, pour in the cream and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Add the chicken and simmer for 5 minutes, or until cooked. Season and stir in the lemon juice. Serve with rice and naan bread.

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Comments (176)

jayjayjojo's picture

Delicious I know it's meant to be mild but I like hot so added hot chilli powder and left the seeds in the chilli .

lurvlyloz's picture

Made for a dinner party, very tasty & very easy. would add more chilli next time but will definitely make it again

moon_monkey06's picture

Had no onions or chilli so left those out. Was still uber tasty. Will try this out on my one year old for tea tonight :)

Kbell's picture

How did your one year old get on with it? Was thinking of trying my wee one on it tonight!

velvetrose's picture

Tina just use lemon x ...

velvetrose's picture

Really fab ... the flavours burst in your mouth ... made fragrant rice to go with this

rybosh's picture

Absolutely awesome!

kidskitchen's picture

Everyone loved this and will be making again as it is so easy. x

tina1974's picture

Can anyone suggest what I could use instead of lime juice please? My husband is allergic to it!

jayturner's picture

Done this a few times now we all love it and a great curry for such little cost once!

itrynity's picture

Made this with creme fraiche instead of cream and it was delicious, will definitely be making this again

elincara's picture

Absolutely delicious, and that was the opinion of my husband and daughter too. It's full of flavour & great with naan bread. Used a chilli & it wasn't too spicy - would add an extra one for hubby & me next time. Used single cream rather than double & it worked fine. May try creme fraiche next time to reduce the naughtiness factor further.

Pammie2103's picture

Our daughter & son in law wanted to make a speacial tea for fathers day ....
After much deliberation this recipe was seleted by all and I have to say the outcome was lovely! The smell coming from the kitchen was that of an authentic Indian curry & it certainly tasted delicious too - one we will repeat in our house for sure (They used coconut milk in place of the double cream though!)

twinky83's picture

Loved this, really easy to make. Used hot chilli powder for extra heat and left the seeds in the chilli, was spicy but so tasty!! Will be making regularly

tinkerbell371's picture

Made this yesterday so easy to do it was lovely, will be making it again!

1003790's picture

Wow this was great, really creamy & tangy & with a bit of warmth from the chilli!

eilidhrobertson's picture

Enjoyed but not going to be a favourite. Bit too creamy. We froze it and it was fine (sauce tasted better but chicken pieces not as nice as when fresh).

amandapepper's picture

Easy to make and the lemon juice cuts nicely through the cream. I will be making this again

zendeling's picture

It was ok, but not really special.
Compared to gordon ramsay's chicken curry or his goat curry, this is rather bland.
Easy and quick though

cocovanilla's picture

This was pretty good. I loved the creaminess of the sauce. It was spicy, but not too hot. I had to add salt at the end as the taste was good, but a bit bland. Much better than curry from a jar!


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