Chicken Masala Curry

"Though not necessarily authentic, this curry is as good or better than anything i've ever had in a restaurant. Pieces of meat and/or vegetable are simmered in a fragrant sauce thickened with onions, garlic and ginger. Great over rice or accompanied with a piece of warm naan bread."
photo by Leggy Peggy photo by Leggy Peggy
photo by Leggy Peggy
Ready In:
1hr 50mins
2 pints of sauce




  • Heat the vegetable oil in a dutch oven or other large pot.
  • Cook the onions over medium heat until softened.
  • Add garlic and ginger, continue to cook until fragrant and softened.
  • Remove from heat, add Curry powder, cumin, and coriander.
  • Pour 1/2 cup water into a blender. Add cooked vegetables and blend on high until very, very smooth. Add additional water if necessary.
  • Pour sauce back into pot and stir in tomato paste and Chilis, if using.
  • Cover and cook for at least 30 minutes, but no more than an hour. -Note- Sauce will bubble and gloop violently all over your range if you do not cover.
  • Add chicken pieces, cook until tender and 160 - 170 degrees F.
  • Remove from heat, stir in cilantro and yogurt and serve over rice.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Chantal P.
    Step 8: do you cook it at that low heat? 160-170 F is under 100 Celsius. ???


  1. currybunny
    Excellent chicken curry. I used 1 1/2 cups of water for the sauce and it was perfect consistency for our tastes. When I first tasted this after the initial simmering, I though that the spices still tasted a bit 'raw'; however it certainly improved to a five star rating with some sitting time. I definately recommend using the coriander and yoghurt. Served with home made roti, saffron rice and kachoomber - thank you for a wonderful meal.
  2. Lizzy H.
    Great starter recipe just tweek to your particular taste. I used Coconut cream in place of water and added more of each of the spices listed, plus I added Garam Masala and used just under double the recommended amount of tomato paste. Turned out great!
  3. Michael S.
    My wife and I were looking for a recipe for chicken masala after going to our local folk festival this summer and decided to try this. Although not exactly what we were after, this was still great! The one we had, had a bit of sweet to eat. We loved it though and would def do this again!
  4. Leggy Peggy
    Love this curry. It's so easy to make and so full of flavour. I used Recipe #174350 and made a few minor changes. Added 2 chopped fresh chilies at step 3, and an extra 1/2 cup of water at step 5 (we like sauce). As suggested, I also added the optional coriander (cilantro) and yogurt. The heat was mild, so fire lovers could use 3-4 chilies. Thanks for a great recipe.



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