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Top shot of half pan with a delicious chicken curry with chicken drumstick and other pieces visible on a brown mat.

How to Make Indian chicken curry

Delicious Indian chicken curry made homestyle is finger licking tasty as my family would endorse. So simple too. Do try it.
Course Main Course, Main Course | Curry
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Indian chicken curry
recipe Indian chicken curry
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 328kcal


  • 1.5 lb. chicken or 750 gm.

For marinade

For curry


  • Marinate the chicken in turmeric, salt and lemon juice for about 30 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan and sear the chicken till brownish on the outside. This takes about 10 minutes.
  • Now heat the remaining oil in a pan/kadhai. Add cumin seeds and allow to sputter.
  • Now add sliced onions, ginger and garlic pastes and bhuano (saute) on low flame till golden brown and the ginger-garlic loses its raw smell. This is a slow process that must be done on low heat to bring out maximum flavour.
  • It took me about 15-20 minutes. If the masala gets too dry or sticks to the bottom, add 1-2 tbsp. of water.
  • Add chopped tomatoes with pepper and cook everything till tomatoes are mushy. Takes about 5-7 minutes. Cool it and blend to make a thick paste.
  • Add the masala paste with chicken pieces back to your pan. Add some water to make the curry runny.
  • Add garam masala, chicken masala, cayenne (optional). Cook for 15 minutes on low flame or till the chicken is cooked and tender. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Your chicken curry is ready. Serve with hot rotis or rice.


  1. Don't overcook the chicken or it becomes stringy.
  2. The basis of a good chicken curry is a good curry base. Your onions, ginger garlic and tomatoes must be slow cooked for a delicious curry.
  3. Adjust the spices as per your taste. This is a spicy curry.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 405mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 511IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg