Authentic Indian Chicken Curry Recipe

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Delicious Indian Chicken Curry Recipe with Coconut Milk

This is really probably my favourite authentic Indian chicken curry recipe of all time because it is so easy to make and so delicious.

Above all, you can decide yourself how spicy you want to make it.

indian chicken curry

 

In addition to this, you can make it in a single pan which saves the washing up. I use my trusted wok (or one of them) to make this dish.

I have even made it in a wok over a campfire in the past, as you can make it in a single pan.

Because it is so easy to prepare, I often make this when we have visitors as I have yet to find someone that does not like this authentic chicken curry recipe.

spicy chicken coconut curry with naan bread

The healing qualities of Indian spices

This recipe literally saved my life a number of years ago. I had some weird condition that made my skin extremely sensitive to being touched. 

It meant I could not wear shirts and had to strip off. The doctors were flummoxed.

I spent a week eating a very strong version of this spicy chicken curry recipe with lots of hot spicy chillies, and hey presto – the problem went away, never to return!

How this happened I do not know, but they say that spices used in Indian cooking, like turmeric and ginger both have powerful healing properties, especially for pain relief.

indian curry

I use tumeric and ginger quite a lot in this hot chicken curry recipe. Who knows?!

It may be a coincidence, but I have much faith in the healing powers of spicy food, and the beauty of this authentic chicken curry is that you can make it as hot and fiery as you wish.

 

paratha with curry
Indian chicken curry served with paratha

 

Similarly, the basic version without using any chillies has a lovely mild taste, and is great for people that prefer not to have the spicy version.

Simple Ingredients for authentic Indian Curry recipe

The ingredients for this curry are very simple. Garlic and ginger, a few spices, some chicken and vegetables and coconut milk.

ingredients for easy indian curry recipe
Basic Chicken Curry Ingredients

It is always a success, and the pan is nearly always emptied, however much I make.

If I am lucky enough to have any leftovers it freezes well and reheats very well in the microwave.

 

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Authentic Indian Chicken Curry Recipe

 

The coconut milk and the madras paste makes this dish so good. Really the taste is amazing!

It is also quite unusual to have a curry with no onions in the recipe, but it means my daughter has nothing to complain about!

easy chicken curry recipe

 

I hope you enjoy this curry as much as we do. Let us know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make an authentic Indian chicken curry recipe with coconut milk

Authentic Indian chicken curry recipe

chicken casserole curry

This is a delicious chicken curry recipe that you can make as hot and spicy as you want. Really delicious served with rice and naan bread.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of Ghee or vegetable oil
  • 3 chicken breasts, diced into inch sized pieces (fat and sinew removed)
  • 1 tablespoon of Madras curry paste
  • 2 or 3 different coloured sweet peppers (capsicum/bell peppers) (red, orange, yellow or green) – deseeded and cut into triangular inch sized pieces
  • 1 box of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Red or green Chilli’s to suit your spice taste
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 inch cube of Fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 4 or 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander, chopped up
  • A teaspoon of Garam Masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon Tumeric

To serve:

  • Mango chutney
  • Pilao rice
  • Naan bread
  • Poppadoms

Instructions

Preparation

  1. Start by cutting and slicing up all the ingredients. The ginger and garlic into small pieces. I use a Pampered Chef food chopper for this (these things are great and do the work in half the time - see below).
  2. Chop the peppers and the chicken into inch size pieces. Half the tomatoes.

Cooking

  1. Heat up the ghee in a wok and fry the cumin seeds for about 30 seconds before adding the garlic and ginger. Fry this for another minute or so and then add the turmeric powder and a splash of water (about half a cup) – watch out for the vapour cloud this gives off – it can be pungent!
  2. Then add the madras paste and mix together. There should be enough water added to the pan to ensure there is enough liquid to cover all the chicken when it is added, but it should not be swimming in it too much.
  3. Add the chicken pieces and coat them all with the delicious paste mix. Stir until the outside of all the chicken has been visibly cooked (no more pink bits). Then add the pepper and tomatoes to the pan, and bit by bit add the coconut milk.
  4. Stir everything together and then leave the mixture to cook for about 40 minutes on the hob on a low to medium heat, stirring occasionally. After about 20 minutes add the garam masala.
  5. The mixture will bubble away nicely and will reduce down until the sauce becomes nice and thick. When the consistency changes significantly, then you know it is almost ready to eat. The sauce should be not too runny, and if it is too thick then add more water.
  6. When the consistency is right, you can add the chilli’s to suit your taste. (I will often make a hot version and a mild version to suit the people around the table – adding the chilli’s at the end means you can plate up the mild version before you add the HOT stuff!
  7. Top off with the chopped coriander just before serving.

Notes

Accompaniments

Serve up with pulao rice and/or naan bread, poppadoms and mango chutney. This recipe will serve about 5 people.

Freezing

If there is any left over, which is highly unlikely, it freezes well. Remember to add a bit of water (or coconut milk) to the sauce when you freeze it, as it loses some moisture when it goes through the microwave when reheating. It is very easy to reheat in the microwave.

It is a good meal for doubling the quantity and cooking in a large batch (if your wok is big enough) and then freezing in portion sizes, so you have an easy meal to just stick in the microwave after a hard day’s work.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 578Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 629mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 36g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

Here you can find recipes for making your own naan bread, paratha and pilau rice:

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Or a biryani perhaps?

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