Chicken Curry

August 28, 2018

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 continents including India, 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.

Chicken Curry

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Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

4.96 from 25 votes

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
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


Spice blend

  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed in a small bag with a meat mallet
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup drained canned diced tomatoes or peeled, seeded, diced fresh tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tsp water (optional)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro


  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together all of the spices in the spice blend, set aside.

  2. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 

  3. Add in onion and saute until slightly golden brown, about 4 - 6 minutes. 

  4. Add in garlic and ginger, saute 30 seconds more then add in spice blend and saute 30 seconds. 

  5. Pour in chicken broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 5 minutes.

  6. Pour mixture into a blender then cover with lid and remove lid insert, cover opening with a clean folded kitchen rag. 

  7. Blend mixture until well pureed and smooth then return to skillet and heat skillet over medium-high heat. 

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. Stir in cream then serve warm with cilantro over basmati rice. 

  12. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken curry
Author: Jaclyn

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  • Vee

    Yum, pretty good. Hit the spot. Flavors were there. I didn’t have a lid for my pan, and kept having to add broth and cream to produce enough sauce. Hopefully, if you have a lid, you can go with the original amounts. If you’re using meat with bones, plan to cook the dish over a longer period of time (simmered mine for 45 min to an hour). Boneless breast pieces cook quickly, but I enjoy the flavor that you get with bones.

  • Carrie

    Super delicious!! Like addicting delicious. I swapped out cream for coconut milk. Next time I’m going to try in the crockpot. So, so yummy!

  • Juana garces

    I loved it. I made it like a week ago to test it.. I invited 2 missionaries to eat today and will make this recipe. I wasnt sure what to make and wasnt sure of chicken curry was going to come out good since it was my first time. But now i can feel more than confident making it

  • Sarah

    Can you substitute curry powder for the spices in this recipe? Thank you!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I don’t recommend it because every blend is so different. It will tastes best if you use the spices listed.

  • Gennaro Brincat

    It’s a great recipe – I’ve tried twice al ready and although I add some more items to it (carrots, peas, corn and nuts) and I prefer not to blend but leave everything in small pieces, it is still delicious. Thanks for this recipe.

  • Linda Pressey

    OMG This is so good. I have never made curry before and it came out great. Took it to a India themed pot luck and had so many compliments. Will sure make this many more times.

  • Sheona

    Wow!!! Thank you so much for this great recipie! I love curries and really want my boys to start eating them. This is a great introduction to a curry for kids. I made the recipe without the cayenne pepper and served it to my boys, 7 & 9 yrs old and they both loved it. Then I added the cayenne pepper for my husband and myself. My 9 yr old said next time he’ll try it with the cayenne pepper. Beautiful, quick and easy.