Creamy masala chicken

Creamy masala chicken

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(149 ratings)

Ready in 35-40 minutes


Serves 4
A mild chicken curry with oodles of flavour

Nutrition and extra info

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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
  • 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

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  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 (174)

worrworr's picture

I changed the amounts a little for this recipe. I doubled the amount of garlic, coriander and ginger, used 1 tbsp of turmeric and 1 tbsp of HOT chilli powder, and only used 150ml of double cream. I didn't add the lemon in and just served with wedges of lemon instead so people could add if they wanted.

It was absolutely delicious. Plenty of flavour and just enough of a kick so that it appealed to adults but wasn't too much for children? My 7 year old declared me "the best cooker ever!" and had seconds.

fattore51's picture

This is a family favourite! my 2 year old loves it! its tasty but not too spicy and easy to make. I like the person above use coconut cream to make mine and it tastes yummy! Really good for when friends come over as fresh and vibrant but not over powering. Yum!

c11ery's picture

This is a fab recipe, lots of flavours. It has been a big hit and I will definately make it again. It is really simple to make and can all be prepared in advance which is great. I made it with coconut milk as we didnt have any cream, and it worked well. This would be an excellent recipe to make if you had friends coming round as it is simple and not time consuming! Highly recommended!

tania90's picture

This was incredibly tasty. Me and my boyfriend love cooking together and this is one of the best recipes we've tried. I may have added a little bit too much chilli powder as it was pretty hot though so be careful if, like us, you can't handle too much spice.

hussehof's picture

Best recipe ever! My family loves this! Thank you James from Holland.

hussehof's picture

Best recipe ever! My family loves this! Thank you James from Holland.

skirtyfyde's picture

I love this, made it for the first time last week and making it again tonight. Full of flavour!

nayaths's picture

I actually found this recipie a long time ago and its since become a staple. I now add chopped red or green peppers and button mushrooms in with the onion, even spinach tastes good for extra veg points. I actually compleately forgot where i origionaly saw it until now.

hussehof's picture

Oir favoriete. My scholen family loves this in Holland. thank you James!

philandfee's picture

This is a very creamy dish and was a little too creamy for our tastes, dish worked well and as is described, the ginger is very strong in this dish but nice dish.... won't be making it again though

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lesleyann1801's picture

I love this, its very easy tasty delicious. It has become a stable in our house

donnadrew's picture

First recipe on this site that didn't work for us. Couldn't even bring ourselves to boil the rice or heat up the naans. Really disappointed - too much citrus & no oomph. Not sure what went wrong, but not put off James!

ravgirl4x4's picture

Quite nice flavours and I did double up on the garlic, ginger and chilli as I read other people's comments on the blandness of this dish. It was just too creamy for us. Used single cream but bit sickly. Wouldn't make again.

sarahk's picture

A popular dish. My husband thoroughly enjoyed and wants me to do again.I found it lacked 'Zing' - I will add more chilli next time. My hubbie (who loves hot and spicey apparently) loved it! Aparet from using extra chilli I will also use half fat creme fraiche to cut down on the fat content. Any one else tried this?

marbucks's picture

This recipe is great! its really simple to make.. I used single cream rather then double cream.. :-)

ncsh556's picture

was a little disappointed that this is more thai curry than an indian one. i was expecting a different flavour. it was nice though.

joexchef's picture

It was amazing! I definitly will make it again for the whole family.

marsgirl's picture

Loved the taste but after reading the comments on here I used a whole chilli and it blew our heads off!! I'm used to hot curries - used to have a reputation for eating vindaloo and I definately think this was madras hot verging on hotter - maybe it ws because I marinaded the chicken for a few hours??

norathepixie's picture

Had a really gorgeous flavour although I didn't add the chilli but I don't think it really needed it.


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