Easy Chicken Madras Recipe


Takeaways: the great British institution. We love them. In fact, all of us, on average, have 2 takeaways a week. I love them, too. They're delicious, but should be an occasional treat. I love Indian food and I discovered Madras whilst at an Indian restaurant. It comes from a region known as Madras in southern India, which is now modern-day Chennai. This is a perfect swap - with fewer calories! Serve with a big spoonful of basmati rice, yogurt, and a fluffy naan.

close up view of Chicken Madras garnished with fresh herbs in a pot
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
4 servings


  • 2 onions, coarsely chopped

  • 2 red chile peppers, stemmed and seeded

  • 1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, grated

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 splash water, or as needed

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup Madras curry powder

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks

  • 1 (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes

  • ½ cup chopped cilantro, or to taste


  1. Place onions, chile peppers, ginger, and garlic in a blender with a splash of water. Blend into a smooth paste; season with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat oil in a large, high-sided pan over medium heat. Cook paste until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

  3. Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add Madras curry powder; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix into the paste.

  4. Cook and stir chicken in the spice paste mixture until browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour in tomatoes. Fill the tomato can halfway with water and pour in too. Simmer over medium-low heat until liquid is reduced, about 50 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Scatter cilantro on top.

Cook's Note:

Substitute 1 pound of vegetables or seafood for the chicken, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

246 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 246
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 256mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 51mg 255%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 647mg 14%

* 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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