Chicken Curry Recipe | How to make authentic indian chicken curry recipe

chicken curry recipe is one of the popular chicken dishes in Indian cuisine. There are different recipes of chicken curry available in the market but in this post, you will learn how to make authentic Indian chicken curry recipe which is prepared with onion and tomatoes gravy flavored with some Indian spices.authentic indian chicken curry , chicken curry recipe

Though this is a very simple and easy recipe of chicken curry without using any cashew paste and curd, yet it’s so tasty and delicious even beginners can cook this chicken curry easily at home.  


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Where does the chicken curry recipe come from?

The recipe of chicken curry is basically originated from the Indian subcontinent, where chicken is cooked in onion and tomato gravy flavoured with various powder spices including red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and some whole spices including bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seed.

This chicken with curry recipe is also popular outside the Indian subcontinent which is usually called curry chicken and often prepared with curry powder.


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What serves best with chicken curry recipes?

Chicken curry with rice is the best complementary Indian dish that everyone wants in their dining.It also goes well with butter naan , roti, paneer paratha.


What makes this indian chicken curry recipe the best?

  • Garam Masala Powder : One of the main ingredients of Indian chicken curry is garam masala powder so choose either homemade or store-bought garam masala from any popular brand.


  • Bone-In-Chicken : In most Indian chicken curry usually made of bone in chciken which ultimately provides authentic flavour in a curry dish.


  • Cooking Time : To cook the best Indian chicken curry you have to saute the marinated chicken with spices and tomato onion gravy for some time before simmering the gravy.


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What to choose garam masala or curry powder?

To prepare spicy chicken curry you need good quality spice powder which gives an actual aroma in chicken curry recipe. Most of the Indian chicken curry is prepared with garam masala powder either homemade or good quality store-bought powder from any popular brand.


Note: if you want to use curry powder instead of garam masala powder you can use it but it does not have same aroma as

garam masala powder which lacks in flavour to prepare authentic Indian chicken curry. 


What to choose bone-in or boneless chicken?

Most of the Indian chicken curry is prepared with bone-in chicken as it gives authentic flavor in a curry dish, if you like boneless you can make boneless chicken curry.

To maintain authenticity In this chicken curry recipe i use bone-in chicken. 


Can we prepare chicken curry without yogurt and cashew paste?


as the traditional Indian chicken curry is made only onion-tomato gravy flavored with some whole spices and powder spices

without using any yogurt and cashew paste.


Note: at the end of this detailed step by step chicken curry preparation I put all the chicken curry ingredients list including quick

overview steps in the recipe card.


How to make authentic Indian chicken curry recipe?

To cook authentic Indian chicken curry recipe you have to follow two easy processes,

first one is the marinade for chicken with some Indian spices


the second one is preparing mouthwatering spicy chicken curry masala.

So, let’s make it.


Marinade for chicken curry


1. The first step of preparing chicken curry is marination, so for this take a medium-size bowl to add 500 gm bone-in chicken.



2. After that, add ½ tsp salt [adjust as per need].



3. Next, add 1 tsp black pepper powder 



Note: If you want to add curd or yogurt add now.


4. Add 2 tsp vinegar or lemon juice.



5. Also, mix 1 tbsp oil with chicken.



6. Now, mix everything and set aside marinated chicken in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 hours or for tender and juicy chicken curry.



Note: While, marination is going on chopped 3 medium size tomatoes, deseed them and make a smooth tomato puree in a blender.

If you want to use cashew in your chicken curry recipe soak them in hot water at least 20 min, then make a smooth paste by adding a little water. 


Preparing spicy masala for chicken curry gravy


1. Now, to prepare spicy masala for chicken curry gravy heat 4 tbsp oil in kadhai or pan and spread it evenly.



2. Then, add some whole spices including,1 bay-leaf or tej-patta, 2-inch cinnamon or dalchini,3-4 green cardamom or elaichi,2-3 cloves or laung and saute them in medium flame for 45 sec to 1 min.



3. Next, add 3 medium size chopped or sliced onions.



4. Now, saute them in medium flame until onions turn slightly golden brown.



5. After that, add 3 vertically sliced green chili.



6. Add 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste and saute them in medium flame until raw smell goes away.



7. Now, pour the tomato puree in Kadai. 



8. Now mix it with fried onion and cook in medium flame up to 3-4 min.



9. Next add, a few spices for chicken curry including 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tsp red chili powder,1/2 tbsp salt. [adjust later after adding water].



10. Now, saute them in medium flame until the raw smell of all spices completely disappears.



11. Pour a little water and saute another 2 to 3 min in medium flame.



12. Next, add marinated chickens in Kadai. 



13. Now, mix everything with chicken masalas and cook for 8 to 10 min in medium to low flame.



14.For, preparing chicken curry gravy to add 2 cup water in Kadai and mix everything.




15.Now mix all chicken pieces in this gravy. Also check the taste of salt, if required add now.



16.Also add 2 tsp garam masala powder.



17. For the vibrant color of chicken curry add 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder.




18. Now mix everything in this curry.



19. Then cover and cook chicken gravy in medium to low flame for up to 10 min to 15 min.



Note: If you want to use curd and cashew paste in your chicken curry recipe, you can add it after 10 to 12 min when the chicken becomes tender and juicy.



Chicken Curry Recipe Card

Here is a quick overview of all the chicken curry ingredients including quick step by step preparation of chicken curry recipe shown in the recipe card.

Take note of all ingredient lists


Yield: 4

Authentic Indian Chicken Curry Recipe


This lip smacking authentic indian chicken curry recipe is prepared with some indian spice powder and onion tomato gravy without using any kind of stock or broth ,curry powder and cornstarch.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


Marinating Ingredients For Chicken Curry

  •  500 gm chicken [bone-in] 
  •  1/2 tsp salt [adjust as per need] 
  •  1 tsp black pepper powder
  •  2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
  •  1 tbsp oil

Other Chicken Curry Ingredients

  •  4 to 5 tbsp oil 
  •  1 bay leaf or tej patta
  •  2 inch cinnamon or dalchini
  •  4-5 green cardamon or elaichi 
  •  4-5 cloves or laungh
  •  1 tbsp cumin seed
  •  3 medium size finely chopped or sliced onions
  •  3 vertically sliced green chilli
  •  1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste or adrak lahsun paste
  •  3 fresh medium size tomato puree
  •  2 tsp red chili powder
  •  1 tsp coriander powder
  •  2 tsp garam masala powder
  •  ½ tsp turmeric or haldi powder
  •  2 tsp crushed dry fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi.{optional]
  •  2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves or dhania patta
  •  8 to 10 hot water soaked cashew nut .[optional]
  •  2 cup water [adjust as per gravy need] 
  •  4 tbsp sweet thick curd or yogurt [optional] .
  •  1 tsp salt [adjust as per need]


    How to make chicken curry recipe?

    1. For making soft and juicy chicken curry as well as reducing the cooking time we first do a simple marination process.
    2. Take a bowl, add chicken pieces along with salt, black pepper, vinegar or lemon juice,oil.mix them well, set aside for at least 1 hr for simple marination.
    3. Now, in a blender add deseeded chopped tomatoes and make a smooth tomato puree for later use.
    4. Next, for preparing chicken curry gravy heat 4 tbsp oil in a kadhai in medium flame.
    5. Then, add bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, cumin seed and saute in medium flame up to 45 sec to 1 min.
    6. After that,add chopped onions and cook in medium flame until it turns slightly golden brown.
    7. Additionally, mix sliced green chili,ginger-garlic paste and saute in medium flame until raw smell goes away.
    8. Next, add tomato puree, Kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and saute in medium flame until raw smell completely disappears.
    9. Finally, add marinated chicken pieces in this Kadai.
    10. Now, to get spicy chicken curry gravy add a little water and saute all of this mixture up to 8-10 min in low flame.
    11. Furthermore,add 2 cup water,garam masala powder, Kashmiri red chili powder mix everything then cover and cook chicken gravy in medium to low flame for up to 10 min.
    12. After 10-12 min, when chicken becomes soft and juicy add curd, cashew paste stir in low flame up to 2 min.{optional]
    13. In the end, our authentic Indian chicken curry is ready now garnish with heavy cream and freshly chopped coriander leaves and serves hot with Indian roti, nun, or any type of flavored rice.


chicken curry recipe note

    1. If you don’t want spicy restaurant style chicken curry flavor, avoid using any cashew,cream or yogurt.
    2. If you want to substitute garam masala powder go for popular brand of curry powder but it lacks aroma same as garam masala powder.
    3. if you want the curry to have a thicker gravy, you can reduce the amount of water by half.
    4. If you want to cook chicken curry in pressure cooker pour all chicken gravy in cooker,cover the lid and pressure cook upto 3-4 whistle.
    5. Now turn off the flame and carefully remove the steam before opening the cooker.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 1589Total Fat 137gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 109gCholesterol 196mgSodium 2280mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 7gSugar 12gProtein 59g

Disclaimer: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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