Chicken Vindaloo


Chicken vindaloo is a spicy curry dish. It was originally a Portuguese dish of spicy pork, but you can add any meat you wish.

close up view of Chicken Vindaloo garnished with fresh herbs on a white platter
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins


  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 2 cups chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 large potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar

  • 1 bay leaf

  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Toast turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir spices constantly as they toast to ensure they do not burn.

  2. Stir in onion, olive oil, garlic, and ginger. Increase heat to medium; cook and stir until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in tomato paste until no lumps of paste remain. Add chicken, potatoes, tomatoes, broth, wine vinegar, and bay leaf; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender and chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes.

  4. Uncover and continue cooking until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes more. Season with salt, black pepper, and additional cayenne pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
12g Fat
50g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 785mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 60mg 300%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 8mg 45%
Potassium 1377mg 29%

* 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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