Creamy masala chicken

Creamy masala chicken

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(161 ratings)

Ready in 35-40 minutes


Serves 4
A mild chicken curry with oodles of flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal541
  • fat42g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.32g
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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 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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24th Sep, 2012
Everyone loved this and will be making again as it is so easy. x
13th Sep, 2012
Can anyone suggest what I could use instead of lime juice please? My husband is allergic to it!
12th Aug, 2012
Done this a few times now we all love it and a great curry for such little cost once!
25th Jul, 2012
Made this with creme fraiche instead of cream and it was delicious, will definitely be making this again
25th Jun, 2012
Absolutely delicious, and that was the opinion of my husband and daughter too. It's full of flavour & great with naan bread. Used a chilli & it wasn't too spicy - would add an extra one for hubby & me next time. Used single cream rather than double & it worked fine. May try creme fraiche next time to reduce the naughtiness factor further.
18th Jun, 2012
Our daughter & son in law wanted to make a speacial tea for fathers day .... After much deliberation this recipe was seleted by all and I have to say the outcome was lovely! The smell coming from the kitchen was that of an authentic Indian curry & it certainly tasted delicious too - one we will repeat in our house for sure (They used coconut milk in place of the double cream though!)
16th Jun, 2012
Loved this, really easy to make. Used hot chilli powder for extra heat and left the seeds in the chilli, was spicy but so tasty!! Will be making regularly
4th Jun, 2012
Made this yesterday so easy to do it was lovely, will be making it again!
17th May, 2012
Wow this was great, really creamy & tangy & with a bit of warmth from the chilli!
15th May, 2012
Enjoyed but not going to be a favourite. Bit too creamy. We froze it and it was fine (sauce tasted better but chicken pieces not as nice as when fresh).


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