Indian Chicken Main Dish Recipes

Indian chicken curry, butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, and chicken biryani are just a few of the delicious Indian main dish recipes you'll find in this collection.

Staff Picks

Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)

Rating: 4.74 stars
This is a really good recipe for spicy Indian chicken curry. It's pretty easy to make and tastes really good!

Biryani with Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Rating: 3.78 stars
This is, as called by my mom, my signature biryani recipe. It's healthy and has half of the calories of a normal take-away so that's a bonus!

Roasted Curried Chicken with Couscous

Rating: 4.41 stars
A great blend of exciting and subtle flavors that are infused into the chicken during cooking, making every bite juicy and lively. As 'lively' as the flavor is, it is also great as a winter comfort food. I like to make the chicken just a bit on the spicy side, as when it is served with a side of mildly spiced couscous it mellows just enough. Makes the whole house smell delicious!

Spicy Dry Fried Curry Chicken

Rating: 4.57 stars
This recipe is from North India where my mother was born. She gave me the recipe when I was moving out. It has been a favorite dish in my family for years.

Instant Pot® Butter Chicken from Frozen

Rating: 4.33 stars
When I wanted butter chicken, but my chicken was frozen, I used my favorite butter chicken recipe (Easy Indian Butter chicken on this site) with some slight changes and pressure cooked it. I like serving this with naan or cooked rice.

Indian Chicken Curry II

Rating: 4.28 stars
This is an adaptation of yellow chicken curry from India. The aromas and flavors are a delight to the senses! It is best served with fresh Naan bread and Jasmine or Basmati rice.
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Chicken Saag

Rating: 4.55 stars
Classic Indian dish made with chicken and spinach. Serve with basmati rice.

Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

Rating: 4.5 stars
Chicken Makhani is one of my favorite Indian dishes. It is a full flavored dish that complements the chicken well. It can be made as mild or spicy as you wish by adjusting the cayenne. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

Chef John's Chicken Tikka Masala

Rating: 4.78 stars
I probably get more requests for Indian food than any other ethnic cuisine, so I was very excited to be posting this recipe for chicken tikka masala; until I found out it's actually a British recipe. This is usually done with heavy cream, but I like to use coconut milk instead; the subtle sweetness it provides works beautifully with the spices in the dish. Serve with steamed rice.

Bengali Chicken Curry with Potatoes

Rating: 4.16 stars
A delicious authentic recipe of chicken curry. I've had this almost every day growing up. If you want a more creamy and smooth sauce, blend the onions and tomatoes before adding the chicken and potatoes.

Chicken Hariyali Tikka

Rating: 4.45 stars
Chicken breast meat is rubbed with an intoxicating paste made with cilantro, mint, and other distinctive flavors. Chicken legs may also be used, or a combination of legs and breasts. This recipe is cooked in the oven, but will work well on the grill. Serve hot with onion rings.

Chicken 65

Rating: 4.75 stars
A very popular dish from India, this chicken 65 recipe delivers succulent pieces of red hot chicken that are sure to make the mouth water! Serve with white rice or naan bread.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken Tikka Masala
Rating: Unrated
You don't sacrifice authentic Indian flavor for an easy recipe. This chicken tikka masala recipe has both!
Indian-Style Chicken And Onions
Rating: Unrated
"Loved this chicken. Great tasting and it uses fresh ingredients" – Buckwheat Queen

Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)

Rating: 4.74 stars

This is a really good recipe for spicy Indian chicken curry. It's pretty easy to make and tastes really good!