Country Captain ( East India Chicken Curry)

"The original recipes comes from an old edition of Joy of Cooking. Over the years I've modified the recipe using only white meat and updating the cooking method. Serve over steamed white or brown rice. This is a recipe that can easily be adjusted to serve two! UPDATE 8/30/07: I've made some further adjustments to this recipe to give it more depth and 'kick it up a notch'. If using the Hot Madras Curry Powder suggest that you taste test after addition of the first teaspoon."
photo by Kathy228 photo by Kathy228
photo by Kathy228
photo by Kathy228 photo by Kathy228
Ready In:




  • In a small food processor (mini-chopper), combine the garlic and ginger and puree to a paste.
  • Salt & pepper the chicken breast coat them in the flour or bread crumbs.
  • Heat oil in frying pan or dutch oven and saute chicken to a golden brown.
  • Remove, drain and place in a casserole.
  • Saute the onions and green peppers in the pan with the drippings, adding more oil if necessary, stirring, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic-ginger paste, bay leaf, curry powder,Garma Masalas, smoked paprika and jalapeno;cook, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes and simmer until the pan is deglazed.
  • Pour sauce over the chicken and bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until chicken breast are tender. (I usually cover for the first 15 minutes and then uncover.).
  • During the last 5 minutes of cooking add the currants.
  • Serve over steamed rice garnished with toasted slivered almonds.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Robert M.
    I have to review this, as I have been making it for about 20 years now. I had made very similar changes to the recipe from my father's 1975 copy of Joy of Cooking. I will have to try the Garma Masalas you mention, I have not tried any Indian spice blends or recipes. I made a large batch yesterday, and with the family having it for dinner today. I am using equal amounts of canned diced tomatoes and the version with the zesty green chilies. I look forward to your new spice idea for the next batch. I appreciate you posting your recipe.
  2. Kathy228
    I liked this. It was very easy to make. The chicken was tender and moist. I coated it in flour and baked it at 350 for 40 mins. I made no ingredient changes, but used fresh tomatoes instead of canned. I used 2 tsp Madras curry powder and 1/4 tsp hot curry powder. This is a fast and pretty meal for company too. Thanks for posting this nice recipe.


"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside . . . Chardonnay in one hand . . .chocolate in the other; the body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes