East Indian Chicken Curry

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Your house will be filled with the aromas of Eastern spices when you make this dish! This recipe is one of my favorite ways to eat chicken. I got this recipe from one of my dorm-mates when I was in college. It is very spicy and goes well with other Indian dishes. It is not a hot curry, so people who don't care for mouth-burning dishes might like this.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown chicen in a non-stick skillet, using a little vegetable oil or margarine. Remove to paper towels and drain. Discard oil or margarine, retaining any browned bits of the chicken.
  2. Heat the 2 TB margarine or oil in the same skillet. Add onions and garlic and saute until browned.
  3. Add bay leaves (crush them between your fingers first), cinnamon and cloves. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to skillet and stir frequently.
  5. Return the chicken to the skillet and spoon the spicy sauce over it. Cover tightly and cook over medium heat until tender.
  6. NOTE: I just use a 14.5-oz can of diced tomatoes, or a quart of whole home-canned tomatoes, drained.
Most Helpful

After reading the reviews and other recipes I decided this sounded like the best one, but with a few minor tweaks...I used chicken thighs (quartered) browned as directed then I put them in my crockpot...I used whole bay leaves because I don't care for them crushed as well as 1/8 tsp ground cloves instead of whole...3 Tbsp of tomato paste instead of fresh or canned tomatoes...I made the sauce in the pan as directed and poured it over the chicken (as well as chopped potatoes and carrots) in my crockpot...cooked on high for 1 hour and low for 3 1/2 hours...served it with rice and salad

courtneyscupcakes August 04, 2015

This was AMAZING! The flavors were wonderful and the smell was amazing! I LOVED the different spices.. I did add only 1/2 of the cinnamon and it wasn't quite so overpowering. I only added 2 onions, as they were large and it seemed a lot to put in. I also sub.'d in ground cloves instead of whole. I think next time I might add some chopped green pepper for some extra flavor. It was wonderful! Very authentic tasting.. even DH liked it!

LauriGirl February 10, 2009

I found this curry quite tasty, and remarkably easy to make. I used canned tomatoes and a nice Masala curry powder. The only thing I will change is the cinnamon. My husband and I agreed that next time I would leave out the cinnamon. It was too sweet or something, but we didn’t like that. So I asked him, “Except for the cinnamon did you like it better than the curry from the Indian restaurant?� “Yes, yours is better, except for the cinnamon.� Thank you so much!

DJ Dembi August 09, 2007