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12 of the best chicken curry recipes

by Lottie Huckle

published on 27 April 2017

Every home cook needs at least one failsafe chicken curry in their repertoire – it’s as essential as knowing how to boil an egg, in our humble opinion. Few dishes can provide the same warmth and comfort as a chicken curry, and even fewer offer so much scope for tweaks and experimentation. Whether you like your curry creamy, fragrant, or extra hot, you’ll find something in this collection to suit your tastes. From Nadiya Hussain’s Bengali Korma to Meera Sodha’s Coriander Chutney Chicken these recipes will take you from midweek meal to weekend feast, so scroll on, choose your favourite, and get cooking.

Mum’s Chicken Curry

Mum’s Chicken Curry

This nostalgic curry from Meera Sodha combines succulent chicken pieces and a comforting, gently spiced sauce.

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Meera Sodha

Chicken Curry with Cardamom

Chicken Curry with Cardamom

Fill your kitchen with the beautiful scent of cardamom thanks to this fragrant chicken curry from Madhur Jaffrey.

Aromatic Chicken and Peanut Thai Curry

Aromatic Chicken and Peanut Thai Curry

With an intensely flavoursome combination of red curry paste, peanut, and coconut milk, this Thai-inspired curry takes just 30 minutes to prepare.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Jamie Oliver recreates the curry house classic, Tikka Masala, using juicy, marinated chicken pieces and a rich sauce.

Chicken with Spinach (chicken palag)

Chicken with Spinach (chicken palag)

Also known as chicken saag, this dish is best eaten with flatbreads, a yoghurt relish, and a simple chopped salad.

Chicken Katsu Curry

Chicken Katsu Curry

by Gizzi Erskine

Inspired by the Japanese classic, Gizzi Erskine’s chicken katsu is addictively crisp, and drizzled in a silky curry sauce.

Pistachio and Yoghurt Chicken Curry

Pistachio and Yoghurt Chicken Curry

Pistachios and yoghurt combine to create a sumptuously rich curry in this recipe from Meera Sodha.

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

A take on the Amritsar classic, Butter Chicken, this recipe involves marinating the chicken in spiced yoghurt before cooking it in an intensely flavoursome sauce.

Royal Chicken Cooked in Yoghurt

Royal Chicken Cooked in Yoghurt

If you’re looking to impress at your next dinner party, try this aptly named Royal Chicken, made with almonds, sultanas, and plenty of aromatic spices.

Coriander Chutney Chicken (Lilli Chatni Anna Murghi Kari)

Coriander Chutney Chicken (Lilli Chatni Anna Murghi Kari)

A vibrant curry flavoured with peanut, lime, and lashings of coriander, this dish also happens to be super-quick and easy to make.

Bengali Korma

Bengali Korma

Made using chicken meat on the bone, this korma has a powerful depth of flavour often absent from its curry house counterparts.

Madhur’s Chicken Tikka Masala

Madhur’s Chicken Tikka Masala

Curry expert Madhur Jaffrey’s take on this Anglo-Indian staple is packed with garlic and lemon, ensuring a truly punchy flavour.

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