Chicken Curry

Published August 28, 2018. Updated January 12, 2021

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If you love Indian food you have to try this recipe! This Chicken Curry tastes just as good as what you’d get at an Indian restaurant, if not better, and it’s easy to make.

It brimming with flavor thanks to all the spices, it’s rich and creamy and it’s amazingly hearty when you finish it off with basmati rice or naan bread. 

Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

Chicken curry is common to several countries including India, countries in Asia and the Caribbean (if you are looking for an Asian version I have that recipe HERE). My favorite of them though is this aromatic Indian Chicken Curry, I’m always just craving these flavors.

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This has been the go-to dish I order at my local Indian restaurant so I finally just decided to recreate it at home and I couldn’t be happier with the end result!

I love that it has an abundance of spices leaving it with incredible flavor. I also love that little bit of cream that’s added at the end, even though it’s not much it works wonders.

And of course it’s got an abundance of sauce because that’s what chicken curry is all about – that irresistible sauce for soaking up with naan bread or serving alongside rice.

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Ingredients for Chicken Curry

  • Coriander, cumin, turmeric, fennel seeds, cinnamon, pepper, ground mustard, ground cloves, cayenne pepper and salt – these spices build incredible flavor in this dish. Together they create a homemade curry blend.
  • Olive oil – used for sautéing.
  • Fresh onion, garlic and ginger – these aromatics add a key depth of flavor.
  • Low-sodium chicken broth – to create a sauce base to coat the chicken.
  • Canned tomatoes – fresh tomatoes will work here too but canned are quicker and easier.
  • Chicken breasts – be careful not to over-cook so the chicken doesn’t become dry.
  • Cornstarch – used to thicken the sauce slightly.
  • Heavy cream – this makes the sauce deliciously rich and creamy.
  • Chopped cilantro – adds a nice prop of fresh flavor and color.

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How to Make Chicken Curry

  • Mix spices together
  • Saute onion, garlic and ginger in a skillet.
  • Add broth and tomatoes, simmer.
  • Blend mixture in a blender as directed then return to skillet.
  • Season sauce then add chicken.

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  • Simmer chicken in sauce until cooked through.
  • Add cornstarch slurry during last minute to thicken sauce.
  • Stir in cream.
  • Serve over rice garnished with cilantro.

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Can I Use Chicken Thighs for this Chicken Curry?

Chicken thighs can be used in this recipe as well. You’ll want to trim excess fat from them, then increase the cooking time a bit, thighs take longer to cook than chicken breasts do.

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Chicken Curry

Chicken pieces are cooked in an aromatic, deliciously seasoned curry sauce then it's finished off with cream for richness and cilantro for color and freshness. Serve alongside basmati rice or naan bread for soaking up the extra sauce.
Servings: 4
Prep20 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Ready in: 40 minutes


Spice blend



  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together all of the spices in the spice blend, set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add in onion and saute until slightly golden brown, about 4 - 6 minutes. 
  • Add in garlic and ginger, saute 30 seconds more then add in spice blend and saute 30 seconds. 
  • Pour in chicken broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Pour mixture into a blender then cover with lid and remove lid insert, cover opening with a clean folded kitchen rag. 
  • Blend mixture until well pureed and smooth then return to skillet and heat skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Season sauce with salt and cayenne pepper (start with about 1/2 tsp salt and a few dashes cayenne then add more to taste) then add in chicken.
  • Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low, cover skillet with lid and simmer until chicken has cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 8 -  12 minutes.
  • During the last minute of cooking stir in the cornstarch and water slurry if desired, to thicken sauce slightly (or if needed thin with a little chicken broth).
  • Stir in cream then serve warm with cilantro over basmati rice. 
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 726mg32%
Potassium 836mg24%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Vitamin C 9.7mg12%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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  • Lola

    This recipe was amazing! When I saw the time it would take to make it, I knew it wasn’t authentic but it tasted authentic! I didn’t make a curry spice blend as directed in the recipe. I already had curry in my cupboard which has everything that was listed in the recipe and used about 4-5 TBS of it. I think that really brought out the flavors a lot more and would help the people who state that the flavors were flat.

    I also would like to say that this recipe was super inexpensive for a broke grad student like myself, so I really appreciate it!

  • Rahul

    That’s not the way traditional tasty chicken curry is prepared. The cream should never be added to chicken curry. You should follow some Indian methods of cooking chicken curry. You will love it.

  • Jirina Vasek

    Very nice blend of spices. I loved the multi-dimensionality of the flavors in the sauce, but not too hot. I did not have heavy cream, used yogurt instead. Recipe was very easy to follow. Really enjoyable!!

  • Anna-Marie

    Didn’t taste like any curry chicken I’ve eaten. I will not make this again. Kinda flat. Didn’t even smell like curry. Soooo disappointed

  • Willy

    I gave this a try two weeks ago now I’m just finishing my third time using it it’s incredible and I told my wife that it’s better than our favorite restaurant. Give this a try and definitely do exactly what they say, it is super yummy and great if any family comes to visit you definitely use this one to treat them, they will love you even more.😎❤️❤️❤️

  • Carrie

    For having so many spices I was shocked to taste the finished product and it still seemed like it was missing something important – spice wise.

  • Cierra

    Hi! I don’t have no heavy cream so what’s a substitute I could do also I don’t have no yogurt or coconut milk *in a can, I have some in a carton* so sadly I can’t do those as substitutes.