Curry with chillies in bowl with fork and glass of wine

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 6

This easy, healthy chicken curry is great for a weekend treat and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. No one could refuse a plate of our indulgent chicken bhuna

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal350
  • fat21g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein30g
  • salt0.43g
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  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped



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

  • 100ml olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 tsp ginger purée
  • 2 tsp garlic purée
  • 4 tsp mild curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 800g skinless boneless chicken thighs, diced
  • 100ml natural yogurt
  • 4 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 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. To make the onion purée, bring a small pan of water to the boil and add half the chopped onions. Boil them for 5 mins until soft, drain and puree with a hand blender or mini food processor.

  2. Heat a large saucepan on a high heat. Once it's hot add the oil and remaining chopped onions and reduce to a low heat. Cook the onions slowly and gently for 15-20 mins until golden brown in colour.

  3. Make a paste of ginger purée, garlic purée, curry powder, tumeric powder, chilli powder and a splash of water. Add to the pan of onions and stir in well. Fry for a couple of mins. Add the diced chicken and stir in well.

  4. Mix the yogurt, tomato purée and onion purée together in a jug with 800ml water. Pour into the saucepan and mix well. Turn up the heat until the sauce begins to boil. Simmer for 15 - 20 mins. Stir occasionally.

  5. Finally sprinkle in the garam masala and stir in well for the final 2 mins before serving.

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11th Jun, 2018
800ml ? Don’t bother throw a tin of chopped tomatoes in I think the recipe is mixed up it’s not 800ml maybe 80ml
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Alex Werth
11th Jun, 2018
800ml is way too much water was boiling it off for about half an hour and overcooked the chicken in doing so it must be a mistake
11th Apr, 2017
Blended the curry powder myself using another recipe, the sauce is very nice, although I think would benefit from substituting the water for either passata or chopped tomatoes. I doubled the simmering time as I like a thicker sauce. I just wish I had some fresh coriander in. Goes really well with this pilau recipe I swear by
18th Feb, 2017
Tonight, I added spinach, more chopped tomatoes, spring onions, fresh coriander and followed the portions more closely. Used Tabasco sauce instead of chilli powder. Mmmmmmmmmmm! Best one yet.
31st Mar, 2018
Really disappointing. This is one of my favourite Indian dishes, it was awful. After draining off about 600ml of the water still not a great dish relative to the effort.
26th Nov, 2016
Nice flavour. I added fresh chillis, fresh chopped tomatoes, fresh coriander, fresh spring onions.......and a very nice Malbec!
Ken Malegus
19th Mar, 2018
I like this recipe except that the quanity of water is off. In the method it calls for 800ml of water, it should be more like a 1/3 of that. 3 stars because of the mix-up in the method
26th Dec, 2014
Hmmm! I've cooked many a successful and incredibly tasty Indian dish and this is not one of them. Bhuna is a tomato based sauce with the ingredients being brought carefully together in the bhuning process. This was just purée and powder. Don't waste your 2 packs of chicken breasts this is not a good recipe
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