Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe

Spicy chicken curry is an Indian dish made from chicken and a generous number of spices, especially curry powder that brings the spicy flavor with coconut milk.

Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Origin of the dish

Chicken curry is a famous chicken dish stewed in coconut milk. This dish was originated in the Indian subcontinent and is very common as well to the regions of Southeast Asia, Great Britain and the Caribbean. This dish was thought to have originated as early as 2500 BCE and has since evolved and become popular to the whole world through colonization and immigration. The word curry comes from the Tamil word kari which means “sauce” or “relish for rice”.

Chicken curry was believed to have first cooked by a British sea captain stationed in Bengal, India. He shared the recipe for this dish to some of his friends at Savannah, Georgia. Curries are the most well-known dish of Indian cuisine since most of their dishes are curry-based, prepared by adding different kinds of vegetables and/or meat. The three basic ingredients of curry are ginger, garlic and turmeric. It can be water-based but some cook it with coconut milk or dairy.

When is it typically served?

Chicken curry is considered as a main course dish and is typically eaten during special occasions like fiestas, wedding, birthdays or Christmas. However, this dish is served by Indians during their typical meal, especially during lunch and dinner. The standard way of eating curry is to mix it with rice, but some people like to pair it with flatbread. Whatever you want it to be paired with, this spicy dish will surely satisfy your hunger and cravings!

Kitchen Utensils You Need

In cooking chicken curry, these kitchen utensils will definitely help you through:

  • Chopping board
  • Chopping knife
  • Spatula
  • Cooking pan
  • Bowls
  • Strainer
  • Serving plate

Chicken Curry’s Primary Ingredients – Chicken and Curry Powder

The primary ingredients for chicken curry are chicken and curry powder. I believe wherever you are located these will be available at your nearest convenient store.

Let’s talk first about the primary ingredient – chicken. As we may all know, chicken is most popular in all meat products. This is probably the most loved and eaten by non-vegetarians. If you are a health-conscious person, then this is definitely a must-know. An average dish of cooked chicken meat which is about 4 ounces, contains 337 calories. And doubled, if you fry them. Just as the nutritional value of chicken is very high, same with its energy measure. 100 grams of chicken meat is equivalent to 916 kilojoules of energy.

On the other hand, we have the curry powder. A chicken curry dish will not be complete without this essential powder. Curry powder is a mixture of spices originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is a typical mixture of turmeric, chili powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground ginger and pepper. It can be bought in mild, medium or hot strengths. Talking about its nutritional benefits, it can vary based on the spices or ingredients used. Since it is made of different spices, when mixed together, the result is a flavorful seasoning that can also help in heart health, digestive health and it can also control blood sugar.

Interesting Facts

  • Chickens are not just popular. It is also considered as a staple food by many people. In fact, over 80 pounds of chicken meat is consumed by an average American in a year.

  • A poultry farm worker who separates chicks into male and female is called the sexer.

Tips and Tricks When Cooking Chicken Curry

  • Consider pan-frying in a separate pan the carrots and potatoes first to prevent it from breaking apart when added to the stew. Then add it on the later part of the steps.

  • Once the curry powder is added, lower the heat and simmer the stew to give time for the spices to release its flavors.

  • You want a thicker sauce? Simmer uncovered so the excess liquid will evaporate quickly without over cooking the meat and vegetable.


  • 1kg chicken parts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion sliced for sauteing
  • 2 large potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 large carrots peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 red bell peppers cut into cubes
  • 2 green bell peppers cut into cubes
  • 3 green chili peppers
  • 2 cups thick coconut milk
  • 1 pack curry seasoning powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare all ingredients. In a frying pan, sauté garlic, onions and chili pepper. Once the onions turn brown add the chicken and cook until brown.

    Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe
  2. Add the curry powder and mix until all chicken cuts are coated. Add the carrots, potatoes and bell peppers. (Optional: Fry first the carrots and potatoes in a different pan) Then pour in the water and simmer for 25 minutes since we did not fry the carrots and potatoes beforehand).

  3. Lower the heat and pour in the coconut milk, mix and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Serve with rice and satisfy your appetite!

    Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe

Now that you have the must-knows. Give this dish a try at the comfort of your kitchen, it is very easy to make and cooks in one pan. And it will surely give you a mouth-watering aroma with its flavorful sauce that can consume more than a cup of rice. Say bye-bye to your diet first, for you will definitely be wanting for more. You can never go wrong with this one on special occasions. Better prepare it more than the estimated servings. I guarantee you; your guests will keep coming for more. And oh! Better prepare a lot of rice also, it is expected since the juicy chicken, tender veggies, the flavorful spicy sauce made creamier with a cup of coconut milk is the perfect combination with rice!