Creamy masala chicken

Creamy masala chicken

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(150 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


  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)

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

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

pavithra's picture

It turns out to be quite a bland dish with too much of lemon!! there is no such dish as"bland" in our cuisine,especially in non-veg:) would recommend using twice the amount of chilli powder while cutting out the chillies and half the quantity of lemon! would be truly delicious:)

tom_ward84's picture

awsome, tastes just like chip shop curry

natster's picture

This was a hit with the family, I used the whole chilli but not spicy at all so next time I will use 2 but it was lovely.
Very easy to make, I will definately be making this again soon!

sarahleng's picture

tasty and just the right amount of heat

deirdrecooke's picture

I've just made this curry for dinner with high expectations having read all the positive comments and what a disappointment! I won't be making this again and I'll stick to a fail proof chicken tikka from good old Ainsley instead!

roanna_477's picture

Not sure what I did wrong here but thought it was very bland and only the lemon flavour came through???

fredwina's picture

Really quick to make and much tastier than anything out of a jar :) Well worth trying

fairy4's picture

a good recipe, family liked it

shaz0618's picture

made this a few times as very easy and quick to cook and the flavour is lovely.

moose720's picture

Chose this as my first attempt at a curry from scratch. Thought it smelt amazing when cooking it, but too creamy at the end. I liked it, the chilli amount was spot on but my partner and his son found it too creamy. Will try a tomato based recipe next I think.

cbjonnes's picture

brilliant recipe. Full of flavour

blue_sphere's picture

Cooking this dish was the first time I made any type of curry from scratch. It turned out beautifully for me and it tasted delicious.

I am now going to cook it for a second time and serve it up to the in-laws - wish me luck.

A delicious and straightforward recipe with ingredients that you can pick up in most supermarkets.

tracylove's picture

Not sure if mine went wrong or not ??!! Sauce was too running for my liking, but had a lovely flavour ( even if i did go mental with the chilli ). I will defo use maranade for other dishes and have another bash with less chilli and after i've sust how to thicken up the sauce somehow !!??

redsunflower1's picture

Loved this curry but found it tasted better before I added the lemon so added a tsp honey to lessen the tart taste.

carolly's picture

this was lovely - better than a take away :)

dunlomonk's picture

i make this dish for parties and all my friends love it. They all want the recipe !!!!! really easy to make and tastes delicious

lorna1972's picture

This is absolutely gorgeous. I cook a lot of Indian food, including a lot of rather complicated recipes) but this recipe is super, despite being really quick and simple to make. A real success - everyone who tries it loves it and automatically asks me the secret of such a delicious dish!! Thank you James!

clarice66's picture

The marinade is fantastic - will definitely use it again for chicken skewers or something. The end product was quite citrus with the full lime and half lemon, l may have overdone it with the lemon at the end. Maybe just a little squeeze next time. If I make it again I'd definitely up the chilli quota and maybe add some almonds as suggested already or even some pineapple chunks. Needs a scatter of corriander at the end too. I'm off to get on the treadmill now...


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