Indian Chicken Curry


This Indian-inspired creamy chicken curry recipe is similar to a curry I had in India. The aromatic spices and flavors are a delight to the senses! Delicious with fresh naan and basmati rice.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

You don't need to leave the house to enjoy satisfying Indian chicken curry. With this recipe, you can have a restaurant-worthy meal on the table in under an hour.

What Is Indian Chicken Curry?

Chicken curry from the Indian subcontinent typically features chicken stewed in a tomato-based sauce seasoned with aromatic spices. This recipe, like many others, calls for curry powder (a spice blend made with coriander, turmeric, cumin, and chili powder).

How to Make Indian Chicken Curry

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You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this top-rated Indian chicken curry recipe:

Saute a diced onion in olive oil until lightly browned. Stir in the seasonings (garlic, curry powder, cinnamon, paprika, bay leaf, ginger, sugar and salt). Add the chicken pieces, tomato paste, yogurt, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Continue simmering for about 5 more minutes.

What to Serve With Indian Chicken Curry

For a restaurant-quality meal, ladle the curry over freshly cooked basmati or jasmine rice and serve with homemade naan.

How to Store Indian Chicken Curry

Let the curry cool, then transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to four days and reheat in the microwave or on the stove.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Wow," raves Lola. "So GOOD!! I was looking for a good curry chicken recipe that was not only easy, but tasty. This definitely fits the bill. My house smelled so good that night!"

"I love this recipe," says Kaylin Oshin. "This is my third time making it. I added extra cayenne pepper just to make it spicier."

"Excellent," according to cathcooks. "I finally found what will be my basic curry recipe. Really good and so easy! As others have suggested, read reviews for ways to make it your own — and then use your imagination!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • salt to taste

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • ¾ cup coconut milk

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion until lightly browned.

    Onions sautéing in a skillet.

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  2. Stir in garlic, curry powder, cinnamon, paprika, bay leaf, ginger, sugar, and salt. Continue stirring for 2 minutes.

    Various spices and seasonings being mixed with onions and cooking on a skillet.

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  3. Add chicken pieces, tomato paste, yogurt, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.

    Raw chicken, coconut milk, and other spices cooking in a skillet.

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  4. Remove bay leaf, and stir in lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Simmer 5 more minutes.

    Chicken curry simmering in a skillet.

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  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

    high angle looking at a bowl of Indian Chicken Curry garnished with fresh herbs served on top of rice


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

313 Calories
22g Fat
14g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 313
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 268mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 15mg 77%
Calcium 172mg 13%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 576mg 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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