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Indian Chicken Curry Recipe

5/5 (2)
1 hr 20 mins
Vadim Rachok
14.02.2024
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This recipe for Indian chicken curry is sure to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to the streets of India. With fragrant spices and tender chicken, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings for an authentic meal. You don’t need to step out of your home to enjoy this delicious and easy-to-make dish. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a mouth-watering, restaurant-quality meal ready in under an hour. So why not try this recipe today and treat yourself to a flavorful culinary adventure?

Ah, Indian chicken curry, a dish that never fails to captivate with its intoxicating aromas and bold flavors. This recipe brings together a harmonious blend of spices and ingredients, creating a symphony of taste that's both comforting and exotic. Whether you're a seasoned curry connoisseur or new to the world of Indian cuisine, this dish is sure to delight your palate and leave you craving more. So, roll up your sleeves, fire up the stove, and embark on a culinary journey to the vibrant streets of India right from the comfort of your own kitchen.

What Is An Indian Chicken Curry?

Known for its rich and complex flavors, Indian Chicken Curry is a quintessential dish of Indian cuisine. Originally from the Indian subcontinent, curry dishes have a long history. They are deeply rooted in Indian culinary traditions. The dish typically features tender chicken pieces cooked in a flavorful sauce of aromatic spices, herbs, and other ingredients.

The flavor of Indian chicken curry is characterized by its harmonious blend of spices and seasonings, which varies according to regional preferences and family recipes.

Depending on the balance of spices and cooking technique, the flavor profile of Indian Chicken Curry can range from mildly spiced to boldly flavored. Typically rich, flavorful, and lightly creamy, with layers of complexity that develop as it cooks and blends. The tender chicken absorbs the aromas of the sauce, creating a hearty and satisfying dish that pairs well with rice, bread, or other sides.

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Indian Chicken Curry Ingredients

  • Chicken breast: Provides the main source of protein in the dish.
  • Onion: Adds flavor and texture, as well as sweetness when caramelized.
  • Carrot: Adds texture and color and enhances the sweetness of the curry.
  • Garlic: Provides depth of flavor and aroma to the dish.
  • Coconut Milk: Creates a creamy and rich base for the curry and adds a subtle sweetness.
  • Tomato Paste: Provides depth of taste and a rich tomato base to the curry.
  • Lemon: Balances the richness of the dish by providing acidity and brightness.
  • Chili Pepper: Adds heat and spice to the curry.
  • Curry Powder: Provides the signature curry flavor. Combines several spices including turmeric, cumin, coriander, and fenugreek.
  • Smoked Paprika: Adds a smoky flavor that adds complexity to the dish.
  • Bay Leaf: Adds a subtle herbal aroma and flavor to the curry.
  • Fresh Ginger: Its aromatic and slightly spicy profile adds warmth and depth of flavor.
  • Cinnamon: Adds warmth and sweetness to the curry with a touch of earthiness.
  • Brown Sugar: Balances the flavors of the curry with a hint of sweetness.
  • Dill: Adds a fresh and herbal note to the curry that enhances the overall flavor of the curry.
  • Parsley: Brings freshness and brightness to the dish, complementing the other flavors.

How to Make Indian Chicken Curry

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  1. First, remove fat and films from the chicken breast and cut it into small cubes. 
  2. Then, dice the carrots and onions, and slice the chili.
  3. Peel the ginger with a spoon and cut it into small cubes. Chop the garlic in the same way.
  4. Then, cut the herbs into strips.
  5. Heat a frying pan, add onions, sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the carrots and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Next, add chicken breast, and fry until golden brown.
  7. Add chopped garlic, chili, ginger, tomato paste, and fry for a few more minutes. 
  8. Then, add spices and coconut milk. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, add lemon zest, sugar, and chopped herbs.
  9. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Enjoy!

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • It is ideal to serve chicken curry with rice or other cereals.
  • You can add lemongrass and lime leaves to make the dish richer and add a citrus note.

Make Indian Chicken Curry Ahead:

Dishes with this much-concentrated flavor almost taste better the next day. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and is perfect for reheating. You can also make and freeze the sauce ahead of time: Just thaw it in the fridge overnight the day before or heat it up in the microwave.

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What to Serve With Indian Chicken Curry

Indian Chicken Curry is a versatile dish that can be paired with a variety of garnishes to enhance the flavors of the dish and create a more satisfying meal. Here are some traditional and popular options for serving with Indian Chicken Curry:

  • Rice: A classic and simple choice that complements the rich and flavorful curry sauce is steamed white rice or fragrant basmati rice. The vibrant flavors of the curry shine through the rice, which serves as a neutral base.
  • Naan: Perfect for soaking up the spicy curry sauce, soft and fluffy Indian flatbreads like naan or roti are a great choice. The bold spices of the curry contrast with the slightly chewy texture and mild flavor of the bread.
  • Raita: This refreshing yogurt-based seasoning helps balance the heat of the curry with its cooling effect. Typically flavored with cucumber, mint, coriander, and spices, raita adds a creamy, refreshing element.
  • Salad: A fresh and crisp salad of cucumber, tomato, onion, and lettuce provides a refreshing contrast to the rich and spicy flavors of curry. A squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkling of chaat masala can enhance the flavor of the salad.

How to Store Indian Chicken Curry

Once you’ve enjoyed your Indian Chicken Curry, it’s important to store any leftovers properly in order to preserve their freshness and flavor. Once the curry has cooled down to room temperature, place it in an airtight container to prevent it from being exposed to the air, which can cause the flavors to deteriorate over time. Refrigerate the container immediately. Make sure the container is tightly sealed to prevent any odors from affecting the curry.

Indian Chicken Curry can be refrigerated for up to four days. To reheat the dish, place a portion of the curry in a microwaveable dish, cover with a microwaveable lid or plastic wrap, and microwave on medium power briefly, stirring occasionally.

Indian Chicken Curry Recipe
5/5 (2)
Author:Vadim Rachok
This Indian-inspired creamy chicken curry recipe is similar to a curry I had in India. The aromatic spices and flavors are a delight to the senses! Delicious with fresh naan and basmati rice.
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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
4
The ingredients you need:
2 pcs chicken breast
1 pc onion
1 pc carrot
2 cloves garlic
10,6 ounces (300 g) coconut milk
0,7 ounces (20 g) tomato paste
1 pc lemon
1 pc chili pepper
0,1 ounces (3 g) curry powder
0,1 ounces (2-3 g) smoked paprika
3-4 leaves bay leaf
0,4-0,5 ounces (10-15 g) fresh ginger
0,04 ounces (1 g) cinnamon
0,7 ounces (20 g) brown sugar
1 sprig dill
1 sprig parsley
salt
pepper
oil for frying
Let’s start !
1

Remove fat and films from the chicken breast and cut it into small cubes. 

2

Dice the carrots and onions, and slice the chili.

3

Peel the ginger with a spoon and cut it into small cubes. Chop the garlic in the same way.

4

Cut the herbs into strips.

5

Heat a frying pan, add onions, sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the carrots and fry for 3-4 minutes.

6

Add chicken breast, and fry until golden brown.

7

Add chopped garlic, chili, ginger, and tomato paste, and fry for a few more minutes. 

8

Add spices and coconut milk. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, add lemon zest, sugar, and chopped herbs.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4 Calories: 1518
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g28%
Saturated Fat 10g52%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 268mg12%
Total Carbohydrate 14g5%
Dietary Fiber 4g14%
Total Sugars 7g 
Protein 19g 
Vitamin C 15mg77%
Calcium 172mg13%
Iron 4mg21%
Potassium 576mg12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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Watch How To Make It

To deepen the flavors of your Indian chicken curry, try marinating the chicken in yogurt and spices for at least an hour before cooking. This simple step not only tenderizes the meat but also allows the flavors to infuse deeply, resulting in a richer and more complex curry. Additionally, don't be afraid to adjust the level of heat to suit your taste preferences. If you like it spicy, add an extra pinch of cayenne pepper or chopped green chilies. And if you prefer a milder flavor, simply reduce the amount of chili powder. With a little experimentation, you'll find the perfect balance of flavors to suit your palate.

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