Chicken Madras


Chicken madras is a classic Indian curry made with fragrant spices and green chiles. It has so much flavor and smells delicious while it cooks. You can make this curry in the morning and leave it to infuse throughout the day to make it even more delicious.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 5 tablespoons cooking oil

  • 3 whole cloves

  • 2 cardamom pods

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped

  • 3 green chile peppers, with seeds, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 (1 inch) piece ginger, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground red chili pepper, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • salt to taste

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • ¼ cup water

  • ½ (14 ounce) can tomato puree

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, or more to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add cloves and cardamom pods and wait until they sizzle, about 1 minute. Add onions and sauté until dark brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Add chile peppers, garlic, and ginger; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add ground chili pepper, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until blended in, about 1 minute more.

  2. Stir in chicken and water; cook, stirring constantly, until water is incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in tomato puree and nutmeg. Cover and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 20 minutes.

  3. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle garam masala over top. Garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

423 Calories
22g Fat
18g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 423
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 335mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 96mg 481%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 824mg 18%

* 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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