Authentic Chicken Curry is, without doubt, one of our favorite dishes of all time.
The spices are warm and comforting and so very satisfying. You just have to taste this dish to understand how wonderful it is. And it makes the perfect weeknight dinner!
HOW TO MAKE AUTHENTIC CHICKEN CURRY AT HOME
Most of the ingredients in this dish can be found in a well-stocked supermarket, but if not, a trip to an Asian, or specifically an Indian, food market might be in order. If that’s not possible, everything is easily ordered onliine.
Watch us show you how easy it is to make this incredible Authentic Chicken Curry!
Not long ago, we lived in a very culturally diverse part of the Northeast, United States. And many of our neighbors were Indian. They were some of the kindest and most lovely people we have ever known.
And don’t get me started on their cuisine! Curry has such an amazing history and steeped in culture!
They are part of a culture where is food is at every facet of their lives. It is a beautiful thing. The delicious aromas emanating from their windows at almost any given hour of any given day are practically intoxicating.
I love using star anise with the other aromatics. The taste is subtle but deepens the flavor nicely.
I’ve been making a version of Chicken Curry for many years now. And I’m always a little embarrassed to assert that I have an authentic recipe. But it is one that I have honed over the years and learned a lot from neighbors, local Indian eateries, and markets.
Toasting the seeds in a hot skillet brings out their oils and add so much more flavor.
Then I just pull out my trusty spice grinder (formerly a coffee grinder) and ground the spices.
CURRY IS COMFORTING WITH A SLIGHT TOUCH OF HEAT
The colors of the spices are warm and inviting.
The smell is intoxicatingly good.
And the taste? Oh, just wait.
Chicken is the perfect protein for the spices and vegetables.
After adding oil to the spices, liberally rub the paste all over the chicken.
This is the real deal.
Once you begin cooking that marinated chicken, you’ll immediately smell the curry and other spices. Authentic chicken curry is pure comfort food.
It is just incredible.
We could eat a bowl of this cooked chicken with no problem at all. But when served over perfectly prepared basmati rice, it is perfection.
Our Authentic Chicken Curry may not match our amazing neighbors’ version, but it’s pretty darn good, if we do say so ourselves! It is, and always has been, one of the Loon’s favorite dishes. And mine, too, of course.
Some of our other favorite curry dishes include:
- Thai Beef with Red Curry
- Thai Green Curry Chicken
- Homemade Curry Powder
- Carrot, Raisin and Curry Salad
- Creamy Cauliflower Curry Gratin
- Curried Chicken Salad
One bite of this Authentic Curry Chicken dish, and we’re pretty certain you’ll be a believer in good-quality curry.
Authentic Chicken Curry
- 2 tsp corainder seeds
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp ground turmeric
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp ginger finely chopped, or grated
- 1 tsp fresh jalapenos ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 star anise*
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch bite-size pieces
- 2 medium tomatoes cored, seeded, and roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk^
- Juice of one lemon
- 1/4 cup unsalted roasted cashews roughly chopped, for topping the dish
- 1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped, for topping the dish
- Prepared Basmati rice for serving (see recipe below)
- *Available at many supermarkets or specialty gourmet markets, or at Asian markets
- Toast the coriander and cumin seeds in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until they start to crackle, about 3 minutes.
- Use a spice grinder, or a coffee bean grinder, and grind the toasted seeds.
- In a large bowl, stir together the ground seeds, turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper (each), cayenne pepper, curry powder, and oil and mix well to form a paste.
- Add the chicken to the bowl and stir to coat evenly.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
- In a saute pan, over high heat, melt the butter.
- Add the onion and saute until soft, about 4 minutes.
- Add the garlic, ginger, jalapeño peppers, bay leaves and star anise and continue to saute until the onion is lightly golden, about 5 - 7 minutes.
- Add the chicken and cook until opaque, about 5 minutes
- Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in the coconut milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a gentle boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, simmer until the chicken is very tender, about 20 minutes.
- Stir in the lemon juice and simmer for 5 minutes longer.
- Remove the star anise and bay leaves, and discard.
- Transfer to serving bowl, and top with cashews and cilantro.
- Serve with basmati rice (recipe below)
HOW TO MAKE PERFECT BASMATTI RICE
- Place 1 cup of basmati rice in a large bowl and fill with room temp water. Swirl your hand through the water and the rice for about 1 minute, the rice water will get cloudy. Then carefully pour off the water, taking care not to lose any rice. Repeat this washing process until the water runs clear, usually about 3 or 4 times. (this step is very important!)
- Fill up the bowl 1 more time and let the rice soak for 30 minutes.
- Drain the rice.
- Fill a medium saucepan with 1 3/4 cups water, a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil.
- Add the rice, stir, and wait until the water comes back to a full boil. When it does, turn the heat down as low as it can go,and then cover.
- Cook for 15 minutes.
- Fluff with fork.
- *Technique and recipe courtesy of Aarti Sequeira.
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I rarely follow a recipe to the letter. this one seemed right to me, so i did. granted, i’m not greek nor have i ever been to greece, but the recipe read like it tasted good. that’s an understatement. this was great rice that accompanied some pretty good greek chicken and salad. so good that this rice could be an entree on its own. thanks!
You just made our week! We are so so happy you had such great success with our chicken curry recipe. That is truly one of our all-time favorites, too. Thank you so much for letting us know and for the AWESOME review. That means the world to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley
I’m sure this is delicious, but it is NOT authentic! Curry powder is NEVER used in ANY authentic Indian dish, it was invented by the British to vaguely capture Indian flavors. To be authentic, you’d need to start with garam masala, available at any grocery store.
Thanks for the feedback, Su! We love cooking with garam masala! The best!
WOW!…Amazing!!… I’ve been procrastinating for years of making Chicken Curry. I followed your instructions to the “T”. Guys!!! You absolutely NAILED IT
Hi Johnny! So sorry for the delayed response here, but we are so thrilled you had such great success with our chicken curry recipe! That is without a doubt one of our all-time favorite dishes! Thank you so much fo letting us know about your success with the dish and for the wonderful review! That honestly means the world to us! All the best, Kris & Wesley
Hi Kris! I’ve got my chicken marinating in the fridge right now (already smells good raw haha). I didn’t have any fillets, just a whole chicken. It was difficult to cut up and take the skin off but I bet it’s worth it. I have a question, so I’m allergic to tomato (didnt realise it was in the recipe but I’m only mildly allergic). Can I substitute with anything? If not, not to worry! I’ll take a couple antihistamines before I eat, I love tomato so I do actually do that occasionally haha
Thanks! I’m so excited to eat it
Hi Hannah!! Please forgive the delayed response here!!! This dish is so loaded with flavor, you could omit the tomato and it will still be delicious! Let us know how it turned out!!! All the best, Kris & Wesley
Omgoodness!!! I’m making this now as week speak snd it smells like India.. the spices.. the chicken taste so good I’m trying to stop eating the chicken lol then I made lamb snd chicken somasas and naan bread .. it reminds of how my mum would make it.. she never measured anything, but it taste exactly like hers..
Hi Kourtney!! Woo hoo!!!! You have no idea how much this fills our hearts with joy! We are thrilled you had such great success with our chicken curry recipe and that it brought such beautiful memories for you!! Sounds absolutely heavenly!! Thank you for letting us know and for the wonderful review. That truly means everything to us!! Please stay in touch! All the very best, Kris & Wesley
Does the recipe call for 1/2 cup unsweetened canned or refrigerated coconut milk? (And if canned, whole or light?)
Do you two have any ideas of what to serve for dessert?
And lastly, do you think doubling this recipe would serve a crowd of 10?
Thank you so much you two! We so love and adore you in this household!
Hi Bri!! We are SO SORRY for the delayed response!!! We usually find the unsweetened coconut milk canned in the Asian section of our local supermarket. And we’d go with whole if you have the option. For dessert, we’re thinking of something cool and refreshing. Check out our Blueberry Buttermilk Pie! Doubling the recipe would probably feed 10 people. Maybe, bump up the amount of chicken, just to be sure.
And thank you so much for your support! That truly means the world to us! Sending lots and lots of love back to you and your household, too!!!
Wow. Just wow. I wanted to cook this for my mother. She was in shock how good this was . She did not believe i made this, THANK YOU.
Hi Ophelia! That is so wonderful to hear! We are THRILLED you had such great success with our chicken curry recipe! We have to admit, that’s one of our all-time favorite dishes! And so so so happy you impressed your mom so much! WIN!! Thanks for letting us know and please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley
I made your delicious authentic chicken curry and it was so tasty and they spices added were wonderful, I served it with bananas, chutney and papadums, thank you
My sister and I were talking Chicken Curry yesterday so I decided to find a different less labor intensive recipe than my normal one. I had everything on hand and though I only marinated my chicken for a little over an hour this recipe was great!! I look forward to trying others on your site!!
Hi Margaret!! That is so awesome to hear!! We are thrilled you loved our chicken curry recipe!! It’s definitely one of our all-time favs, for sure!! Thanks so much for letting us know!! All the best, Kris & Wesley