Home-style chicken curry

Home-style chicken curry

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
A rustic and authentic quick Indian one-pot packed with tonnes of hot Asian spices and fragrant coriander

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal382
  • fat17.7g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs10.7g
  • sugars7.4g
  • fibre2.1g
  • protein46.8g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 1 large onion



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 6 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 50g ginger, roughly chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp fennel seed

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 5cm cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 8 chicken thigh, skinned, boneless (about 800g)
  • 250ml hot chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander


  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.

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Comments (244)

wimbles's picture

Fabulous recipe, blitzing the onions makes a big it!

pattiemac's picture

Made this twice now and the family really love it. I used fresh chilli as we like it a bit hotter, this is very tasty and is becoming a firm favourite

natalieholm's picture

This was amazing especially for the children, i added a little more sugar and coconut cream and let it slow simmer all day the result was lovely, nice creamy thick curry can always add chilli if I do just for me and my hubby. This will be a weekly fave in our house

Tony Kneecaps's picture

I have to agree with what others have said - this is just one of the best curry recipes. It's simple to make, pretty quick - though I tend to extend the last cooking period after the chicken has been added - and incredibly tasty, with an excellent spice mix. Part of its success, I think, is that it isn't trying (and failing) to emulate a restaurant-style dish. I've made it loads of times and occasionally messed with the ingredients a bit, but nothing really makes an improvement to the recipe as it is. Highly recommended.

cherylfisher's picture

This is one of the best curry recipes I've come across. It's tasty & aromatic with just the right amount of heat from the chillies. Everyone I've made it for just loves it. It's fool proof and tastes exactly the same each time because it uses dried chillies, which are much more predictable. I varied it slightly last time and added some frozen chopped spinach, which was gorgeous! It added another dimension of flavour to this already truly delicious dish.

beckieandjustin's picture

Really nice my family really enjoyed this

dwatson27's picture

We love this curry! I don't change a thing! Make my own onion bhajis to accompany it too.
Made loads of times. 5 stars

Mr Spicy's picture

I had the house to myself so decided to knock up a quick curry from a recipe I hadn't tried before and stumbled upon this. I reduced the ingredients down to what I thought would be 'serves 2' but still used a whole onion.
I didn't have any fennel seeds in so I threw in half a star anise but doubled the amount of chilli flakes for some extra bite. I also left out the coriander as I'm one of those unfortunates who finds it tastes of soap.
The extra chilli flakes gave it the heat I was looking for while the depth flavours were excellent. It still requires some fine tuning to get it to how I really want it but this made for a really enjoyable meal.

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

Great to learn authentic home cooking recipes. Recently, I had an an Indian cooking lesson at home with Spice Cupboard. It has made my life easier and has made me realize it's easy to make healthy indian food mid-week. check it out

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

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

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

Very tasty, will make again very soon.

Berryl502578's picture

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

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

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!


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