Curried Chicken Thighs

"This recipe came from a friend who helped me complete my mission to find a curry that I like. On my last out of town visit to her, she even took me to her local grocery store to buy her favorite curry powder. It's a Madras blend by Sun Brand, very mild and not at all aggressively spiced. And what do you know? I now like curry. I only buy the boneless thighs when they are on sale. Bone-in thighs with the skin removed work equally as well. A little less water is needed using those but a bit more cooking time is needed."
photo by Lori Mama photo by Lori Mama
photo by Lori Mama
photo by Christopher C. photo by Christopher C.
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  • Cut chicken into 1-inch strips. I have kept bone-in thighs whole.
  • Heat oil in 10-inch skillet until hot.
  • Cook chicken in oil over medium-high heat until brown on all sides.
  • Sprinkle with remaining ingredients except sour cream.
  • Reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or until chicken is done. (longer for bone-in thighs.
  • Turn off heat. Stir in sour cream.

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  1. Lori Mama
    Delicious. I did take the advice of previous reviewers and added more of the spices and finished with some green onions as garnish. I used bone in thighs. :)
  2. Christopher C.
    My first attempt at Curried food. Dish came out very flavorful. I loved the boneless thighs sliced. The instruction did not say what to do with the onions so I cooked them until done then added 2 tables butter to cook the chicken with the oil. I learned my lesson on this dish not to use butter and oil as the butter separated from being cooked to high. Still turned out great.
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  3. christine a.
    It turned out great although I did have to add a bit more water
  4. mehulse1
    Very nice recipe. I added salt to taste after I put it on the plate.
  5. beannaithe
    Totally agree with needing a lot more spices. I recommend tasting it before serving and adjusting the salt and curry to taste. We did whole chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on) and it needed an additional 10 minutes to cook. If you do this, I suggest removing and plating the thighs and then stirring in the sour cream and spooning the sauce over the chicken. Also, it was in need of a garnish. I suggest cilantro or green onions.


  1. Destini M.
    I baked the bone-in chicken thighs until almost done. In a large frying pan I sautéed the onions until opaque, added one can of coconut milk and one can of water, scraping the bits from the bottom of the pan, then the spices times 3. Add chicken to sauce and simmer until cooked through. Remove the chicken to a plate. Add sour cream. Serve chicken and sauce over rice. For those in the family who enjoy a little spice, sprinkle with asian spicy powder. It was a hit and we'll make it again!
  2. KLHquilts
    Reviewed for PAC Spring '08 -- Wonderful! Quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. I did tweak it a bit. Recipezaar has cured me from ever using commercial curry powder (even Penzey's); I used Recipe #38702, which is unbearably yummy. Didn't add the extra ginger and cumin, because they're present in my curry powder. And instead of using sour cream, I used homemade nonfat yogurt. The result was absolutely fabulous -- both my husband and I loved it. Thanks so much for posting this!


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