Menu
Creamy masala chicken

Creamy masala chicken

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(149 ratings)

Ready in 35-40 minutes

Easy

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
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.

Ingredients

  • 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

    Lime

    ly-m

    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 1 red chilli

    Chilli

    chill-ee

    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

    Lemon

    le-mon

    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

Method

  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.

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments (174)

promarc's picture
5

very nice and creamy. not over the top or to little. its perfect.

millere3's picture
4

Very simple to make and tasted good.

tarinb's picture
4

Excellent - easy and something the family will all eat :)

squirrel_pigeon's picture
4

Made a few changes to this based on the reviews and my own experience. Added the chilli to the marinade rather than the onions; used 2 onions very thinly sliced and sweated them for about 20 minutes with the turmeric, a bit of cumin and ground coriander; and added the cream bit by bit, tasting as I went to make sure it wasn't overpowering - I only ended up using about half the carton in the end. Even then, it was a bit too creamy for my taste although my other half loved it, so will try it again using yoghurt next time.

bonbon-1975's picture
5

Oops forgot to rate!!!

bonbon-1975's picture
5

Mmmmm Yummy!! Made this tonite & followed the recipe exactly & it was absolutly delicious!! Will defenetly be making this again & again!! Full of flavour & not too spicy at all so even the kids cleared their plates!! :)

dragonma5306's picture
1

I was very disappointed with this, especially after reading all the positive comments. The chicken smelled delicious as it cooked in the spices, but by the end after adding all the cream, all I could taste was the cream. Perhaps I did not add enough of the spices. May be better with creme fraiche, perhaps (and not so much of it).

melanieg40's picture
3

Easy to cook and it looked lovely, but the cream made it far too sickly and I even used the Elmlea stuff. I think low fat yoghurt would be better and there is not enough spice either, although the chilli did give it a nice warmth. I have other recipes for low fat masala's that walk all over this one. Wont botgher again, but it fed us and it wasnt horrid, so I would def say try it to anyone else.

holsfisher's picture
5

I love this recipe. I made it exactly as describe the first time, and it was really nice though very mild - I now make it every week but with a few adaptations. I cook the onions for a bit longer, and double the garlic/ginger/chilli to intensify the flavours. I also make with low fat yoghurt when I'm watching calories - fry the chicken until cooked through, then stir the yoghurt in for just long enough to heat through as boiling it will make it split. I also add the chillis to the marinade a lot of the time, instead of the onions, to let the flavours infuse more.

coolmandy's picture
5

Fab! my husband (who is not easily impressed) loved this, so easy to do. I prepared the chicken and marinade earlier on in the day so that at the last minute it only took a few minutes to put together. Will definitely make again!

twiglets1's picture
3

I thought this was tasty but far too creamy, even though I added extra chilli powder, it needed something else. Dont think I will be making it again.

sarwee's picture
2

Wasn't that impressed with this recipe - wish I'd read all the coments before making it and not just the first page as I would have added more ingredients. Tasted far too creamy and didn't taste of a lot else.

skywriting's picture
2

This curry might make you feel better than resorting to a jar, but its flavours are unbalanced and not particularly nice. Crucially, the recipe also does not have you cook the onions for anywhere near long enough. The fried onions in a curry -- the tarka -- need to be cooked for at least twice as long; there should be no bite or crunch to them. I'd also recommend adding half a tea spoon of sugar at the end.

berniash's picture
4

delicious, made it with the whole chilli, and it was just right for me altho my husband and son would have liked it hotter.
Will definately make it again

laura_wood's picture
4

Easy to make and absolutely delicious!

mirasaroj's picture
5

This is a really tasty recipe. Little mild for me but very tasty.
Thanks James

clare1228's picture

After reading all the comments left I decided to spice it up a bit by adding hot chilli powder and hot chillies.......was still yummy.
Delicate but with more of a kick! Will definately be making at again.

katehewison's picture
3

Unfortunately this one isn't for me. Really love my curries but found this far too creamy and lacking any real punch. With the effort put into chopping up onion, garlic, chilli etc... I expected a lot more..I'll be giving this one a miss in future.

davel2507's picture

We found that the curry was too mild so we added some Masala curry paste, i would probably use coconut milk instead of the double cream next time, however the curry was lovely and would definitely cook this again.

peepeeplus3's picture
1

Urgh urgh urgh the ONLY thing I've cooked for my hubby that he didn't eat yuck!

Pages

Questions (2)

Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

Tips (0)

Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…

Skills & know how

As well as helping you decide what to cook we can also help you to cook it. From tips on cookery techniques to facts and information about health and nutrition, we’ve a wealth of foodie know how for you to explore.

About BBC Good Food

We’re all about good recipes, and about quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some healthy inspiration or learning how to cook a decadent dessert, we’ve trustworthy guidance for all your foodie needs.

Our recipes

All our recipes are tested thoroughly by us to make sure they’re suitable for your kitchen at home. We know many of you are concerned about healthy eating, so we send them to a qualified nutritionist for thorough analysis too.

Tell us what you think…

Love the new look or think we’ve missed the mark? We want to hear your thoughts – good and bad – to make sure we make the new website as useful as possible.

Magazine

Subscribe to BBC Good Food magazine and get triple-tested recipes delivered to your door, every month.

Events

Discover the dates and details of all the BBC Good Food Shows.

On TV

See your favourite chefs on Sky Channel 247, Virgin TV 260 and find their recipes at goodfoodchannel.co.uk

Follow us

Join the BBC Good Food community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google Plus.