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)

silvertfox's picture

Made this for family visiting and it went down very well. Wasn't difficult to make altho I might add another chilli just to give it a bit more bite. Definitely make it again.

caz132's picture

Absolutely delicious! I used 2 chillies as I prefer my curries on the hot side, and it was perfect. Will definitely be making this again!

weeclairey's picture

A great recipe!!! my husband made this for me, really easy to follow and took no time at all.Will definately cook again and again.

ferrittmerritt's picture

YUM!! I added some ground almonds, everyone loved this even my two year old who is funny about any meat (she doesnt like to chew!) i also used half the amount of chilli but i think i will use it all next time.

juliav's picture

Made this for my hubbie and his friends. A big hit. It was flavoursome rather than hot, although I added a bit more chilli powder to give it a kick. Absolutely delicious - would recommend.

katglynn's picture

really tasty meal, easy to make plus both my children enjoyed it

giorgiasrecipes's picture

Definitely will try this for when the family come over, but have you a recipe for Gluten free naan bread to go with it please as my granddaughter is coeliac and we all like to eat gluten free so that she can eat anything on the table. Thanks.

jandoline's picture

This is absolutely yummy! Doesn't take long at all to produce this restaurant-quality curry. Suprisingly flavoursome. I'd definitely cook it again. James Martin isn't just a pretty face.

moosepup79's picture

Simple, and really delicious. I was slightly sceptical about this recipe as it was so quick to prepare, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This will become a regular in our house.

pest88's picture

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm not a fan of hot curries but used the full amount of chilli - not hot at all, just lovely flavours. Almost Thai-ish with the lime. Will definitely use again.

theresaos2005's picture

Could you bring the fat content of this curry down by using low fat yoghurt or creme fraische ?

mumoffour's picture

an absolutely fantastic recipe which i will make many times i'm sure!My 4 children loved it and were disappointed when they were finished.I used the full quantity of chilli and it wasn't too spicy at all

deniseperry's picture

used the chilli as in the recipe and cuts through the creaminess and is tasty without being hot - a family favourite

sheepcat's picture

Easy to make and the chillies do not make it hot at all, just tasty. A very good base recipe, you can add other stuff and make other yummy simple curries, try some ground almonds or sweet potato or squash.

nicolerobinson's picture

Made this with half the quantity of chilli so that my young children wouldn't complain that its ' too spicy' ! It went down a treat and it was so mild I'd probably add the whole amount next time.

holiday1's picture

Did this without the chilli - lovely.


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