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

    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

    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 (253)

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!

croxbt's picture

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

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

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.

Susch's picture

Have been trying to make a good curry forever, finally nailed it with this recipe! Thank you! Cooked up the spices on the stove top, mixed with the tomatoes and put on top of skinned chicken pieces in the slow cooker set for 6 hours on low. Left out the stock by mistake but there was a fair bit of liquid at the half time check, so I added 1/2 cup yoghurt with 2 tablespoons cornflour for the last hour of cooking. Hubby rated it spectacular! will def be making this one again!

RowenaK's picture

Very tasty curry, very easy to make! I will be making this one again :)

NicMcG's picture

Just made this for the weekend and it's so easy to do and tastes great!!

morriliz's picture

Delicious! Easy to make and tastes very authentic. My curry loving boyfriend devoured it. Would def make again :-)


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