This shortcut recipe for Indian Chicken Curry as great flavor with minimal ingredients and prep time. Made with cooked chicken and a homemade, spiced tomato-coconut milk curry sauce. This dinner is ready in just 30 minutes. Serve over white rice.
Indian chicken curry is a delicious and nutritious family meal that is easy to make, and can be a welcome change to the usual dinner line-up.
★ Why You'll Love this Recipe ★
You'll be amazed at how quickly this Indian chicken curry dinner comes together using ingredients from your pantry and fridge, yet the flavors are complex enough to excite your taste buds!
Leftovers reheat well so they make great lunches or quick dinners for meal planners.
★ Ingredients You'll Need ★
This is a very simple Indian chicken curry recipe that doesn't require a ton of ingredients to get amazing flavor.
Here's everything you'll need:
- Chicken. You can use any kind of cooked chicken in this recipe. Chicken breast or thighs work if you prefer the flavor and richness of dark meat. If using a rotisserie chicken, choose one with complimentary seasoning. Garlic butter or traditional rotisserie seasoning works well.
- Onion. You can use any color onion but a red onion will give you a nice flavor and some mild sweetness.
- Bell pepper. Red, orange or yellow. Green tends to be too bitter in this dish.
- Diced tomatoes. I used diced tomatoes in this recipe, but you could also use a can of tomato soup or tomato sauce.
- Coconut milk. This adds a rich creaminess and hint of flavor that really elevates this chicken dinner dish.
- Garlic. You can use powder, paste, minced or fresh.
- Seasoning. Garam masala, curry powder, and salt give this dish its flavor, so don't omit those ingredients! The cilantro is optional, but I think it really makes the dish taste great. If you're not a fan of cilantro, it's fine to leave it out.
- Olive oil. You can also use grape seed oil, avocado oil or another cooking oil of your choice.
That's everything. All pretty basic items other than the spices. You can usually find Indian spices at your local grocery store however, if you have trouble dinging them, you can also shop amazon for the garam masala and curry powder in a pinch.
★ How to Make this Recipe ★
Starting with cooked chicken, this dish is extremely quick and easy to prepare.
Here's a look a the steps:
- Saute bell pepper and onion.
- Add spices and cooked chicken.
- Toss to distribute.
- Add coconut milk and tomatoes.
- Heat and stir.
- Garnish then serve!
★ Tips & FAQs ★
How can I make this vegetarian?
In place of chicken you can use tofu. I recommend lightly pan-frying your tofu to add texture before adding it to this dish.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheat using the microwave or heat on the stove over medium heat until warmed through.
What should I serve with this recipe?
This dish goes well with white rice, naan bread, and/or a green salad.
What is a curry?
A curry is a dish that is cooked in a spiced sauce. Curries can be made with meat, poultry, or vegetables. They are typically served over rice or noodles.
What is in garam masala spice mix?
Garam masala is a spice mix that typically contains cumin, coriander, cloves, cardamom, and pepper.
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Easy Indian Chicken Curry
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 red onion sliced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 2 teaspoon garlic paste
- 2 cups cooked chicken cubed
- 13.66 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
- 19 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- In a large skillet add oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until onions are softened.
- Add the cooked chicken, garam masala, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add coconut milk and dice tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-12 minutes to reduce the sauce.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle with fresh cilantro (optional).
- Serve hot over rice if desired.