Traditional Chicken Curry


This is a traditional North Indian (Punjabi) chicken curry dish. Serve with basmati rice or fresh Indian roti or naan.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
6 servings


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

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 (8 ounce) can peeled, chopped tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 pinch ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt

  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 (5.5 ounce) can tomato juice

  • fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, toss the chicken pieces with lemon juice, salt, and pepper to coat. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir in cumin seed and cook 1 minute, until lightly toasted. Mix in onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook until onion is tender. Add tomatoes, and season with chili powder, turmeric, garam masala, ground cumin, coriander, and paprika. Continue to cook and stir 2 minutes.

  3. Mix yogurt into the saucepan until well blended. Add chicken pieces, and potatoes. Mix in water and tomato juice. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer about 40 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste and garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
9g Fat
20g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 182mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 29mg 143%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 693mg 15%

* 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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