Home-style chicken curry

Home-style chicken curry

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A rustic and authentic quick Indian one-pot packed with tonnes of hot Asian spices and fragrant coriander

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
382
protein
46.8g
carbs
10.7g
fat
17.7g
saturates
3g
fibre
2.1g
sugar
7.4g
salt
0.8g

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 50g ginger, roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 5cm cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 8 chicken thighs, skinned, boneless (about 800g)
  • 250ml hot chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander

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Method

  1. Roughly chop the onion, transfer to a small food processor, and add 3 tablespoons of water - process to a slack paste. You could use a stick blender for this or coarsely grate the onion into a bowl – there’s no need to add any water if you are grating the onion. Tip into a small bowl and leave on one side.
  2. Put the chopped garlic and ginger into the same food processor and add 4 tbsp water – process until smooth and spoon into another small bowl. Alternatively, crush the garlic to a paste with a knife or garlic press and finely grate the ginger.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok or sturdy pan set over a medium heat. Combine the cumin and fennel seeds with the cinnamon and chilli flakes and add to the pan in one go. Swirl everything around for about 30 secs until the spices release a fragrant aroma.
  4. Add the onion paste – it will splutter in the beginning. Fry until the water evaporates and the onions turn a lovely dark golden - this should take about 7-8 mins. Add the garlic and ginger paste and cook for another 2 mins – stirring all the time.
  5. Stir in the garam masala, turmeric, and sugar and continue cooking for 20 secs before tipping in the tomatoes. Continue cooking on a medium heat for about 10 mins without a lid until the tomatoes reduce and darken.
  6. Cut the chicken thighs into 3cm chunks and add to the pan once the tomatoes have thickened to a paste. Cook for 5 mins to coat the chicken in the masala and seal in the juices, and then pour over the hot chicken stock. Simmer for 8-10 mins without a lid until the chicken is tender and the masala lightly thickened – you might need to add an extra ladleful of stock or water if the curry needs it. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve with Indian flatbreads or fluffy basmati rice and a pot of yogurt on the side.

Recipe from bbcgoodfood.com, February 2012

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h-from-uk's picture

Delicious - packs plenty of flavour. Easily enough for 2 adults and 3 kids. I added coconut milk and omitted the coriander (one of my kids hates coriander)

AJN's picture

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Tikka Male's picture

Absolute rubbish, then I saw who the person trying to emulate a curry, Roopa Gulati, you would think with a name like that it would come from a good stable. Alas not! This is poor very Gulati poor!

wobz's picture
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I made this curry based on the glowing recommendations posted here but to be honest it was a big disappointment.
I'm no curry snob but it tasted like a microwave or tinned curry from the supermarket, the taste was not great, I could also taste the dryness of the spices which is never nice.
If you are looking for an authentic curry on a par with an Indian restaurant for example then this recipe is not for you I'm afraid.

Tinny29's picture
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Such a nice curry. We have it weekly in my household

Vendee France's picture

As someone else suggested I have just added coconut milk but that was the only change,and very nice I must say.This is for dinner tomorrow night,so will finish it off on the wood stove.

Kuamosnap's picture

I just made this tonight, my first time making curry. It was as alright until I added the chili flakes. It burned my throat and made the entire house almost uninhabitable. I was coughing too much to finish it on the drive and ended up putting it in the oven. Is this normal? I'm not terribly thrilled with this recipe. I couldn't breathe without coughing.

Vendee France's picture

Hi .It would seem that you have added to many chilli flakes as it should not have been that hot. I have a jar of home dried chillis they are very small and I only use one as my wife is not a fan of very hot curries.Try again as this is the best curry recipe I have tried.

Lyn.'s picture
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Very tasty, will make again very soon.

Berryl502578's picture
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Will be making this again very soon, I used chicken breasts instead of thighs and also added some coconut milk towards the end. Fab

stevebrown1984's picture
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Beautiful curry. Made a veggie alternative with lots of veg and chick peas. A little extra chilli and served it with brown rice and a squeeze of lemon. Delicious

charvey31's picture
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Just made this tonight. I used bone-in chicken thighs and substituted anise seeds to fennel seeds because I don't have it. I seasoned the dish with salt because its bland for me. I even forgot to add coriander but still the outcome is delicious!

croxbt's picture
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I added a small tin of coconut cream. Wow!!

cookiemonster799's picture

Delicious recipe! No need to make any changes.
You can halve the weight of the meat and make up the rest with a mixture of vegetables. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, red peppers and spinach are all good additions. I just add them with the stock.

gwugwux2's picture
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Wow. Excellent. Easy to make and oh so tasty. deserves a full 5 *****

okocha's picture

All seven people in our family tucked in and enjoyed this. It won't let me rate this recipe but I would definitely give it 4 stars, would probably try it without the yoghurt next time though.

cally6903's picture
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At last...a delicious curry recipe that works, make this... you wont be disappointed !

kittiet's picture

Made this for the first time today, will definitely be making it again! My husband gave it 10/10. As the cook I'll just say it was pretty good.

teenybop's picture

very nice

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