Easy Indian-Style Chicken


This is an easy and authentic-tasting Indian dish that the entire family will love! Tastes great with plain basmati rice topped with a couple tablespoons of yogurt (especially if you made the chicken spicy!)

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed

  • ½ (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon hot chile paste (Optional)

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • ¾ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ½ cup chopped cilantro


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, and fry for a few minutes until they become fragrant and begin to pop. Stir in chopped onion, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Stir together tomato paste and water, and pour into skillet. Stir in chicken, and cook until it has firmed and turned white, about 5 minutes. Add coconut milk, brown sugar, chile paste, cayenne pepper, turmeric, salt, and pepper.

  3. Bring mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and continue to simmer until the chicken is tender and no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

316 Calories
20g Fat
11g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 316
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 551mg 12%

* 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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