Traditional Chicken Curry Recipe -

Traditional Chicken Curry

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

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 19, 2007

Some of the directions seem to be missing..... When browning the onions, make sure the onions are a deep brownish/red color before adding the spices. They should not be white. Also, once you add the tomatoes, let some of the liquid evaporate and cook until the oil separates from the tomaotes before going to the next step. You will see the tomatoes thicken up a bit. miglenova: There is NO curry powder in this recipe. Most Indian curries do NOT use curry powder.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 28, 2005

If you're looking a traditional INDIAN curry, then this is it. If, however, you are looking for a RED curry, then I suggest you try a THAI curry. The point of this curry is not the heat but the flavour.


25 Ratings

Dec 21, 2008

I made several substitutions. I used a Tbsp of garam masala and substituted a Tbsp of a good curry powder for the other spices. Instead of yogurt I used coconut milk as others suggested. I didn't have the lemon or tomato juice (substituted a can of tomato sauce. I always prefer more vegetables so I added chopped carrot, bell pepper and two jalapenos at the same time as the potato and for the last 10 minutes some frozen peas that I had on hand. Many vegetables would go well in this dish. I also added a chicken bouillon cube to the water. Salt was a must add! Awesome recipe! Everyone was begging for more and for thee recipe.

Dec 07, 2007

As I was anxious to start this (and hungry) I put the lemon juice, salt and pepper into the pan with the chicken (I used chicken thighs). I also substituted low fat creme fraiche instead of the yoghurt and did not add water as we like a thick curry. This curry was delicious! Better than some I have had in Indian restaurants. This has been saved to my recipe box and will be used many, many times in the future!!

Feb 22, 2010

I was a little disappointed. I am a huge fan of curries, and this one seemed lackluster in flavor. It wasn't bad at all, but I think I should have doubled the spices, and might prefer coconut milk over yogurt. I might try it again with those changes, but not like this!

May 15, 2006

This was excellent. If you love indian food try this. I added some chopped spinach and substituted sour cream for the yogurt and served over basmati rice.

Apr 27, 2011

I would DEFINITELY make this recipe again. It was superb; in fact, it was even better after it sat in the fridge a couple of days to let the flavors mingle. YUM! My hubby requested that I tinker to make it spicy, but I really enjoyed it.

Oct 12, 2010

This was good, but not great. Another reviewer was really on point when saying this is closer to tasting like chicken chili. The only real change I made was adding a few veggies - zucchini, bell pepper, and carrots (all added after sweating the onions). Although I enjoyed it, it certainly wasn't what I was looking for in an Indian Curry. BTW, I waited to add the yogurt until near the end - as I've seen recommended by other reviewers and in recipes - but it curdled anyhow. Will definitely use coconut milk the next time I make a curry.


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  • Calories
  • 234 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 44 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 9.2 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 18.8 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 182 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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