Simple Chicken Curry Recipe

When you talk about Indian non-veg. curries, you will probably never find something called ‘simple chicken curry‘. It will always be made with lots of spices that you can’t even count on your fingertips.

This, of course, is not a great idea for bachelors and amateur chefs who may struggle with advanced chicken recipes. Even professional chefs, sometimes, forget to add certain ingredients while making such recipes in their busy kitchens.

So, I was thinking about the solution to this problem for some time. And then, it clicked in my mind that we can actually make delicious chicken curry with very fewer ingredients.

There is absolutely no need to remember all the masalas for this type of curry and you can prepare it in less time as compared to other curries.

In the following recipe, I have added some extra ingredients like yogurt, green chillies and coriander leaves. You may skip them completely in your version, though it might taste bland in the end.

Preparation Tips

Well, you can start preparing this recipe without any prior preparations. However, if you have some spare time, marinate the chicken pieces for few hours. It brings a nice flavor to the curry.

Marinated Chicken –

Here’s how you can marinate the chicken with minimum ingredients –

  1. Get the chicken pieces in a bowl.
  2. Now, add the yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, chopped green chillies and oil in it.
  3. Mix everything together and coat the mixture to all pieces.
  4. Cover the bowl and keep it aside in cool & dry space for 1-2 hours.

That’s it! Use this marinated chicken directly in your onion-tomato gravy base.

Alright now, let’s learn to make this simple chicken curry.

Note – I have not used marinated chicken in this recipe, so please make changes as per your style of cooking.

Serves – 4 people

Total Time – 30 minutes + 1-2 hours for marination


  • Chicken – 500 gm, chopped into small pieces
  • Onion – 2, medium sized, finely chopped
  • Tomato – 1-1/2, medium sized, finely chopped
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chilli Powder – 2 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste – 2 teaspoon
  • Yogurt – 2 tablespoon
  • Oil – 2-3 tablespoon
  • Green Chilli – 1-2, finely chopped
  • Coriander Leaves – 2 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed


1. Get a kadhai/wok and heat some oil on the medium flame.

2. When the oil gets hot enough, add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes away.

3. In this, add the finely chopped onions, green chillies and salt. Fry the onions until light brown.

4. Add the chopped tomatoes and mix well. Cook the tomato pieces for 3-4 minutes.

5. Add the turmeric powder and red chilli powder into it. Mix well and keep the lid on for a minute or two.

6. When you see oil starts leaving the masalas, add the chicken pieces and yogurt into it. Make sure you coat the masala well on these pieces.

7. Put the lid back on your kadhai and cook the chicken for 5 minutes on low-medium flame.

8. Remove the lid and stir the thick chicken curry.

9. Now, add the garam masala powder and water (as per the consistency you like) in this curry.

10. Cook again on a medium flame for 12-15 minutes more. Your chicken curry should be ready.

11. Check the taste and garnish it with coriander leaves.

Enjoy this dish with plain rice or any of your favorite Indian bread.

Variations for Chicken Curry

Unlike many other curries, this simple chicken curry can be twisted in many ways. If you like mutton or prawns, add them in place of chicken in this recipe.

Here are some mouthwatering variations of chicken curry –

Chicken Soup –

Don’t like the chicken curry? Then, make the chicken soup!

You can easily twist the recipe and prepare healthy soup for yourself. For this, you will need to skip two ingredients in the above recipe i.e. Yogurt and majority of chicken pieces.

Since it is going to be a soup, I’d also recommend you to reduce the quantity of oil, onions, tomatoes and other spices. The rest of the procedure is pretty same, so follow the steps accordingly. In the end, the outcome will be quite tasty for sure.

Royal Chicken Curry –

In case you want to impress your guests or friends with this curry, add the fresh cream and cashew paste into it. These ingredients will transform the taste as well as the texture of this simple chicken curry.

When you’re done, garnish the dish with fried cashew nuts, grated cheese, and freshly chopped coriander leaves. Voila! Your royal curry is ready to serve.

This quick recipe tastes so good that your guests would not leave without complementing your culinary skills.

Chicken Sukka/Sukha –  

Although it won’t turn out as a traditional sukka dish, it can be prepared with the ingredients used in a curry recipe.

For the curry, you might need to add water in the cooked masala base. And on the other hand, the sukka style chicken starter should be cooked in its own juices. You may use very little amount of water to deglaze the pan.

So, that’s how you make the chicken curry in simplest manner. Do try it at your home and let me know how it turns out.

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