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

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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



    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)

janet1958's picture

made this for the first time today. used natural yoghurt instead of cream but it seem to curdle so the taste of the curry was spoilt. The sauce seemed thin so I added cornflour to thicken it. When I tasted it there seemed too much lemon. Don't quite know what I did wrong, as I followed the recipe carefully. Probably won't do it again.

abbyish's picture

This is fast becoming a weekday favourite. I like to use half fat coconut milk instead of cream to drag down the calories, yummy.

squeak191's picture

Made this last night and it's definitely got 'oodles of flavour' going on! I think I'd use natural yoghurt next time though - double cream is a bit rich for my taste.

lolly2881's picture

This was a nice curry, unfortunately I ruined it by squeezing in too much lemon, tasted nice before I added it, trying again tonight with less lemon. Cant wait!

hazelk2909's picture

absolutely gorgeous definitley maiking it again better than any takeaway and cheaper too

catherine31's picture

This recipe is fab, I have made this on quite a few occassions now and we both love it - it's a real treat and definitely restaurant quality! I added a lot more ginger and garlic than the recipe suggested and doubled the chillis to 2 as we like quite hot curries.

provene's picture

Lovely flavourful receipe, unfortunately my husband seems to find turmeric disagrees with him. Any suggestions for an alternative?

gemmagladwin's picture

Very good recipe.. easy to make and quick and taste delicious
There was none left in my house!!

historic's picture

Made this for the first time the other evening.
I found it to be very tasty and mild and a hit with most of my family except my teenage son who said it was not spicy enough for him, (no pleasing some people).
Looking forward to finding him something hotter on this website.

gunpowd3r's picture

Lovely curry but very bland so i added half a can of chopped tomatoes and juice, lots and lots of chilli powder and cumin, loads of Turmeric and dried chilli seeds for more heat, then i added a chopped pepper now it has bang and flavour lovely dish !!!!! 5*

falc0n's picture

What a great recipe, cooked it last night and it halves well for 2 and tasted great. Will be making again.

tanyah's picture

Fabulous - I have made this lots of times now and always goes down a treat even with the children. I always add extra lime and ginger for a bit more punch.

harley121202's picture

Started doing this years ago when I first see the recipe and it is delicious (almost as tasty as the man himself!) I put grated block coconut in with mine to make it extra creamy and even add a little more chilli and my kids love it. I also use preboiled, halved baby new potatoes as well. It makes it go further and I think makes it taste better. I have mine with Tilda basmati and wild rice, and the obligatory naan bread and a homemade yoghurt dip.

hazelk2909's picture

Very tasty even the kids loved it. Served it with naan bread and pilau rice will try it with chips next time. Definitely better than a takeaway!!

tray41's picture

Although i loved this curry i too thought it a little bland,will be doing this recipe for my daughters 21st birthday in a couple of weeks any ideas for a bit of extra taste and kick(apart from chilli) many thanks.

veelily's picture

I loved this curry but my husband thought it was abit bland and not hot enough, it was definatley missing something but cannot think what it might be.
Did anyone else add anything to this?

dorotastock's picture

far to much citrus, too over the whole dish

purpleflufff's picture

I described thisrecipe as ok. Not exactly a stand out dish. Maybe I did something wrong, all the other comments made me really think this would be better. Not sure I would go to the effort of cooking this again as the result wasnt that impressive. There are better curry recipes on thsi site.

mugsys's picture

I have made this twice now, found the first time that the double cream was too heavy so changed it the second time around for M&S extra thick single cream which worked really well. Also added about 75ml of natural yoghurt (low fat) as well for extra sauce as the boyfriend prefers more sauce to dip naan bread in!!!

Very tasy and will be using this time and time again now :-)

philinbrighton's picture

I got half way through this and realised it was going to be a bit dull so I added a teaspoon of ground cumin and one of groung corriander with the turmeric.

I also liquidised the cream. onion and chili mixture and added some chicken stock to make the sauce smooth. It was really tasty but i still could have done wth more flavour.


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