Creamy Indian Chicken Curry

Creamy chicken curry

  • serves 4
  • Easy

This is a creamy but light chicken curry recipe from the east of India. The yogurt gives richness to the dish without much fat.


*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards

Recipe by Maunika Gowardhan



  • chicken breasts on the bone 4, skin removed and halved
  • vegetable oil

  • green cardamom pods 5, bruised
  • cinnamon stick 3cm piece
  • onion 1 medium, finely chopped
  • garlic paste 1 tsp, (see additional info)
  • ginger paste 1 tsp, (see additional info)
  • ground coriander 1 tbsp
  • ground cumin 1 tsp
  • greek yogurt 100g
  • 4, slit lengthwise
  • garam masala 1/2 tsp
  • coriander a handful of leaves, finely chopped


  • garlic paste 1/2 tsp, (see additional info)
  • ginger paste 1/2 tsp, (see additional info)
  • thick greek yogurt 1 tbsp
  • ground turmeric 1/2 tsp


  • Step 1

    Put the chicken in a large bowl with the marinade ingredients. Mix well and leave for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.

  • Step 2

    Heat 3 tbsp oil in a large, non-stick frying pan. Add the cardamom and cinnamon stick and fry for a few seconds, then add the onion and fry for 15 minutes, stirring well to make sure they brown evenly.

  • Step 3

    Add the garlic and ginger pastes and stir well for 1 minute, then lower the heat and stir in the coriander, cumin and yogurt. Heat for 1 minute then turn the heat back to medium and add the chicken in a single layer. Keep cooking and turning the chicken pieces in the pan for about 8 minutes. Add the chillies then cover and simmer over a low heat for 25-30 minutes, giving it a stir now and again. Add a little splash of water if it gets too dry.

  • Step 4

    Stir in the garam masala and chopped coriander. Serve with chapattis or rice.

To make garlic and ginger paste chop roughly then put in a small blender with a little water and whizz to a paste.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 355
  • Fat 18.5g
  • Saturates 3g
  • Carbs 5.7g
  • Sugars 3.9g
  • Fibre 1.9g
  • Protein 40.5g
  • Salt 0.3g