Chicken Curry for Beginners Recipe

Chicken Curry for Beginners Recipe

25 mins
3-4 servings
15 mins



Growing up, my culinary journey began with simple recipes that not only tantalized the taste buds but also ignited a passion for cooking within me. One such dish that holds a special place in my heart is chicken curry. It's not just a dish; it's a memory of my grandmother's kitchen, where the aroma of spices would fill the air, promising a comforting meal. Every time I prepare chicken curry, I am transported back to those cherished moments of my childhood, where the simple act of cooking brought joy and togetherness to our family.


The first time I attempted to make chicken curry was a comical adventure. Armed with a handful of spices and a vague idea of the recipe, I embarked on my culinary journey. However, what ensued was a series of mishaps - from mistaking chili powder for turmeric to accidentally setting off the smoke alarm with my overzealous seasoning. Despite the chaos, the end result was surprisingly delicious, albeit with a slightly charred aroma lingering in the kitchen. It taught me that cooking is not just about following instructions but also about embracing the unexpected and finding joy in the process.




Recipe of Chicken Curry for Beginners


Portions serving: 3-4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Calories: 227 calories per portion





  • 500g chicken, curry cut (bone-in or boneless, as per your preference)
  • 2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies, slit (adjust to your spice level)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder (adjust to your spice level)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala (Indian spice blend)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) for garnish
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish





  1. Wash the chicken pieces thoroughly and pat them dry with a paper towel. Set them aside.

  2. In a clean bowl, combine minced ginger, garlic, slit green chillies, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and salt. Mix well.

  3. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl with the spice mixture. Ensure they are evenly coated with the marinade. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes to enhance the flavours.

  4. In a deep-bottomed pan or pressure cooker, heat cooking oil over medium heat.

  5. Add whole spices - cloves, bay leaves, and cardamom pods. Let them sizzle for a few seconds to release their aroma.

  6. Add finely chopped onions and sauté until golden brown and caramelized.

  7. Add minced garlic and grated ginger. Cook for a minute until the raw smell disappears.

  8. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until soft and mushy.

  9. Lower the heat and add the marinated chicken to the pan. Mix well with the onion-tomato base.

  10. Cook the chicken on low to medium heat until it turns white and starts releasing its juices.

  11. If using a pressure cooker, add a little water to create gravy. Close the lid and cook until the chicken becomes tender. If using a regular pan, add more water and cook until the chicken is done.

  12. Once the chicken is cooked, check for seasoning and adjust salt and spices as needed.

  13. Finally, garnish the chicken curry with kasoori methi and fresh coriander leaves.


Your delicious and aromatic chicken curry is ready to be served! Enjoy it with steamed rice, naan, or roti.


Tips: Feel free to experiment with different spice blends and ingredients to customize the flavour according to your preference. Happy cooking!




About the Recipe:


Chicken curry is a classic dish that embodies the essence of Indian cuisine. With its rich blend of spices and tender chicken, it offers a burst of flavors that appeal to both novice cooks and seasoned chefs alike. Originating from the diverse culinary landscape of India, chicken curry has evolved into countless variations, each boasting its unique blend of spices and cooking techniques. Whether it's the fiery flavors of the South or the aromatic notes of the North, chicken curry is a versatile dish that can be tailored to suit individual preferences.



Cooking Tips:


1. Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh chicken and spices to enhance the flavor of your curry.

2. Proper Marination: Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate.

3. Slow Cooking: Simmer the curry on low heat to ensure tender and juicy chicken.

4. Taste Test: Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences as you cook.

5. Garnish: Add a sprinkle of fresh cilantro or a squeeze of lemon juice before serving for an extra burst of flavor.



Pairing Guide:


Chicken curry pairs well with steamed rice, naan, or roti for a wholesome meal. For a refreshing contrast, serve it with a side of cucumber raita or a crisp salad.




Frequently Asked Questions about Chicken Curry:


1. What cut of chicken is best for curry?

  • Bone-in, skinless chicken thighs or drumsticks are ideal for curry as they remain tender and flavorful during cooking.

2. Can I make chicken curry ahead of time?

  • Yes, chicken curry tastes even better when made ahead as the flavors have time to meld together. Simply reheat gently before serving.

3. How spicy is chicken curry?

  • The spiciness of chicken curry can be adjusted according to personal preference by controlling the amount of chili powder or fresh chili added.

4. Can I freeze chicken curry?

  • Yes, chicken curry freezes well. Store it in an airtight container and thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

5. Can I use coconut milk in chicken curry?

  • Yes, coconut milk can be added to chicken curry for a creamy texture and subtle sweetness.

6. How do I thicken chicken curry?

  • To thicken chicken curry, simmer it uncovered until the desired consistency is reached or add a slurry of cornstarch and water.

7. Can I make chicken curry without onions and garlic?

  • Yes, you can omit onions and garlic or replace them with alternative ingredients like ginger and fenugreek seeds for flavor.

8. How long does chicken curry last in the refrigerator?

  • Chicken curry can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days when properly stored in an airtight container.

9. What spices are typically used in chicken curry?

  • Common spices used in chicken curry include cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, and garam masala.

10. Can I make chicken curry in a slow cooker?

  • Yes, chicken curry can be prepared in a slow cooker for a convenient hands-off cooking method. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.