Chicken Curry

Chicken curry is one of the first curries my mom taught me to make.  The longer you simmer a curry sauce better enhanced the flavour will be.  This curry sauce is the base for a lot of other more complex curries.  Many people have the misconception that all curries are spicy. This basic curry can be as mild or as spicy as you want. If you want to make a curry with some heat you can add hot chili pepper to it. I usually make a carrot and green pepper pickle to go with my chicken curry.  You can find the spices you need for this recipe from an Indian grocery store or the International Food section in most grocery stores.


  • 1               whole chicken (3 – 4 lbs)
  • 2               medium onions
  • 3               medium Potatoes
  • 4               tbsp oil
  • 5               black pepper
  • 1               small cinnamon stick
  • 5               cardamom pods
  • 5               cloves
  • ¼              tsp cumin seeds
  • 1               large tomato chopped
  • 1               tsp crushed garlic
  • 1               tsp crushed ginger
  • 1               jalapeno
  • 3/4            tsp coriander powder
  • 3/4            tsp cumin powder 
  • ¼              tsp chilly powder, or to taste
  • 1               tbsp tomato paste
  • ½              tsp garam masala
  • 1               tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/4            tsp turmeric powder
  • 1               tsp salt     


  1. Skin and cut the chicken into 10 pieces. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 4 pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a sauce pan. Add the whole spices and the onion. Sauté the onions over medium heat till the onions turn golden brown about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and the rest of the spices except the garam masala and the cilantro. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.   Add 2 cups of water and cook for 5 min. Add the chicken and cook till chicken is half done (about 10 minutes) Add the potatoes and cook till the chicken and potatoes are done.
  4. Chicken is done when the color has changed and the meat is firm to the touch.
  5. Serve in a bowl, sprinkle with garam masala and cilantro.
  6. Serve it with rice, chapatti or French bread.

Chicken Curry Ingredients

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