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)

larcher's picture

Found this quick and light, used half fat cream. Would recommend as this is the third time making it.

rhianthomas1984's picture

Have made this twice now and although it was lovely, this time I found it quite bland. However this time I forgot to add the lime juice so maybe it had something to do with that?? Whatever the reason, I may try adding extra chilli powder next time to see if that makes a difference.

promarc's picture

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

millere3's picture

Very simple to make and tasted good.

tarinb's picture

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

squirrel_pigeon's picture

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.

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Oops forgot to rate!!!

bonbon-1975's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Easy to make and absolutely delicious!

mirasaroj's picture

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

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.


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