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Easy Chicken Curry Recipe

Slightly caramelized onions, ginger, garlic, and a plethora of easy-to-find spices go into making this tasty Easy Chicken Curry Recipe that you can whip up in a cinch.

Easy Chicken Curry Dinner

This is such a delicious chicken curry and hands down one of our favorite go-to recipes when we are in a hurry and craving curry! Made with only 10 ingredients, this curry is comforting and so packed with flavor!

What are the ingredients to make this chicken curry?

All that you need to make this curry are:

• Onions
• Garlic
• Fresh Ginger
• Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
• Ground Coriander
• Ground Turmeric
• Cumin
• Chili Powder
• Smoked Paprika
• Diced Tomatoes or RO*TEL tomatoes
And, optional Fresh Parsley, for garnish

My mom can make a mean chicken curry. In fact, I think her chicken curry is the tastiest I’ve ever had!

And, she pulls it together with such a short list of ingredients.

She just throws together some onion, ginger, garlic, a few “shakes” of coriander, cumin, chili powder, fenugreek and some tamarind water (made by soaking dehydrated tamarind) and boom!

Total deliciousness!

Recently I decided I would try and replicate her chicken curry. But first I had to find dehydrated tamarind.

Now most Kroger stores have fresh tamarind. Like I did in this vegan date and tamarind paste, I could have bought some fresh tamarind and gone through the slightly laborious process of soaking it, separating the seeds from the useable part and then using that.

Making Chicken Curry

In fact, if it was a weekend, I wouldn’t think twice about going through this process to get some fresh tamarind to use in making some chicken curry ~ like I did in this Vegan Date Tamarind Tofu Curry. But, most weeknights, I have 30 to 40 minutes between getting home from work and my stomach going into total meltdown, so fresh tamarind wasn’t an option.

While I was able to find dehydrated tamarind at a South Asian Store I visit from time to time, I couldn’t find any dehydrated tamarind in any of the regular grocery stores around me.

Easy Chicken Curry Photo

So, I opted to make and share this super simple chicken curry I whip up often. This curry is very easy to make.

And, you can find the ingredients in most grocery stores. Slightly caramelized onions, ginger, garlic and a mixture of coriander, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, smoked paprika and diced tomatoes are all that go into this curry.

If you like a creamier curry (like this Chickpea Spinach Curry), then you can use ½ cup coconut milk instead of the ¼ cup of water.

Easy Chicken Curry Image

My daughter and I enjoyed this Easy Chicken Curry with some turmeric quinoa, but it is delicious with rice, this Sri Lankan Coconut Roti or naan even.

This recipe first appeared on Food Fanatic ~ For more recipes that will have you drooling, make sure to head on over to Food Fanatic!

Easy Chicken Curry Image

Easy Chicken Curry Recipe

4.77 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Shashi
Slightly caramelized onions, ginger, garlic and a plethora of easy-to-find spices go into making this tasty Easy Chicken Curry that you can whip up in a cinch. You'll love the simmering scents wafting through your kitchen!


  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Onions
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1- inch piece Fresh Ginger
  • 3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 4 teaspoons Ground Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 14.5 ounce can Diced Tomatoes or RO*TEL tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Fresh Parsley for garnish


  • Peel and chop onions and add chopped onions and olive oil to a pan over medium heat.
  • Let onions cook 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
  • While onions are cooking, peel and chop garlic. Also peel and grate ginger and add garlic and ginger to onion mix and let cook 2 minutes.
  • Cut up the chicken breasts, push the onion mix to the side of the pan and add the chicken into it. Turn the heat up and add in the chicken pieces.
  • Sprinkle in the coriander, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, smoked paprika, water and diced tomatoes and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with chopped parsley and enjoy with rice, quinoa or roti.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 291mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g
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  15. I didn’t even know dehydrated tamarind was a thing! I’ll have to look for it. Although I can usually buy fresh, I most often get tamarind paste — just easier to deal with. Anyway, this looks wonderful — love curry! Thanks!

  16. This looks super delish, Shashi! I absolutely love curry and we have regularly in our home. Gotta give this one a go next time! Love all the easy ingredients and how quickly it comes together…meaning I can enjoy faster 😉 Hope you’re having a fabulous week, my friend 🙂

  17. Toni says:

    A new favorite meal for weeknights at my house!

  18. michele h peterson says:

    I love this easy chicken curry dish – it’s one I can make at home without too much trouble and is a great alternative to high salt canned sauces. Thanks so much!

  19. This sounds like an awesome weeknight meal, Shashi! Granted, you’ve gotta track down that dehydrated tamarind…but isn’t that what Amazon is for? 🙂 I’m all about easy meals packed with lots of flavor, and this one checks off both boxes for sure!

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  21. This looks so glorious! I love homemade chicken curries more than any other food haha! I just have to make this for my husband and I as it looks delicious!

  22. Always have room for some good curry :-))