This Indian Chicken Curry also known as (Murgh Kari) is super quick and easy to prepare and has a great authentic taste. You can make it in your pressure cooker or on your stovetop in under 30 minutes making it a great weeknight meal or a great dish for meal prep throughout the week!
This simple Indian curry is made with boneless chicken breast and is simmered in a rich tomato, yogurt, and cream sauce that you’ll be sure to love.
Serve it over white rice, brown rice or even riced cauliflower for a flavorful low carb curry.
Me and my partner like to go out for Indian food at least once per month and this is the type of dish he typically goes for.
He just loves Curry Chicken so much that he could eat it every single day!
I tend to choose a more spicy curry goat or lamb dish, however, when it comes to Curry Chicken, this recipe is definitely high up on my favorite list. I learned this dish from “Chef Vikram Vij” when he was on the food network some time ago and I’ve been making it ever since!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- You can make this dish more spicy, by simply adding more cayenne pepper if desired.
- I like to make this recipe at home often because it’s super simple and healthy and doesn’t contain any MSG or preservatives.
- You can make it in large batches which makes it a great budget friendly dinner option.
- Add in your favorite vegetables to boost the nutrition.
- You can easily make it on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker.
- It can easily be made vegetarian by adding in tofu or chickpeas instead of chicken.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Cooking Oil or Ghee – This is what you’ll use to saute the chicken, onion, garlic and ginger. It will help brown them and bring out the flavors.
- Boneless Chicken Breasts – Chicken is the main protein source of this dish, but feel free to use any protein you enjoy.
- Onion & Garlic – These two aromatic vegetables add a great layer of flavor to chicken curry.
- Raw & Canned Tomato – You’ll need a mix of raw tomatoes, canned tomatoes and tomato paste for this recipe. Tomatoes add a great color and acidity to curry dishes.
- Ginger – Ginger helps give a spicy flavor that pairs well with any curry recipe.
- Full Fat Yogurt & Cream – These two ingredients help give the curry a nice creamy tomato sauce.
Homemade Curry Spice Blend
You can use a premade spice blend or a curry spice blend made from scratch!
- 1 1/2 tbsp Garam masala
- 2 tbsp Curry powder
- 1 tbsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Coriander
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Dried fenugreek leaves
You can also buy a pre – made Karahi Gosht Spice Mix. Which can be found in most Indian grocery stores.
How To Make Easy Indian Chicken Curry
- In a large pot or into a slow cooker pot add the cooking oil/ghee and turn on the heat. Next add in a large diced onion and saute for 2 minutes before adding in the diced chicken. Saute another 7 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink and the onion is tender.
- Next toss in the curry and remaining spices and saute another 2 minutes before adding in the minced garlic and ginger. Saute for 1 minute till fragrant.
- Add in the tomatoes and along with the tomato paste.
- Next add in the yogurt, cream and stir everything to combine.
- Serve hot on top of your favorite rice.
Pressure Cooker Indian Chicken Curry
If you’d like to make this recipe in your instant pot or pressure cooker, follow these steps:
- Add cooking oil/ghee into the pot and turn it to SAUTE mode.
- Next add diced onion and saute for 2-5 minutes or until veggies begin to soften.
- Add in diced chicken breast and saute for another 2-5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
- Toss in the curry and spices along with garlic and ginger.
- Add in the tomatoes and tomato paste, cream and yogurt.
- Close the lid and seal. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes.
- Release naturally or quickly, stir then serve hot over rice.
Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Curry
You can also make this recipe in your crockpot or slow cooker by following the instructions below:
- Saute all ingredients except tomatoes, cream and yogurt in a skillet over medium high heat for 5-8 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften and chicken is no longer pink.
- Add everything to a slow cooker including the tomatoes, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, cream and yogurt and stir until fully combined.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours or until chicken is fully cooked through.
- Stir everything together and serve hot on top of your favorite rice.
CAN I USE COCONUT MILK IN CURRY CHICKEN?
Yes, you can subsite the yogurt for a thick coconut milk if desired. Check out my popular Coconut Chicken Curry Recipe if you are looking for a creamy and dairy free curry.
HOW DOES CHICKEN CURRY TASTE?
It’s pretty similar in taste to traditional Butter Chicken with a little more spice. It is creamy and has a great balance of flavors from the acidity of the tomatoes and the deep flavors of onion, garlic and ginger.
CAN I USE FRESH TOMATOES?
Yes! But you’ll also want to be sure to use tomato paste as it helps thicken the sauce.
WHAT IS A GOOD LOW FAT OPTION FOR CHICKEN CURRY?
Instead of using cream or yogurt, you can use Greek yogurt or sour cream to help bring down the fat content in this recipe.
Try out making my easy Garlic Naan Bread Recipe to pair with any of my curry recipes!
You’ll Love My Easy Curry Recipes
- Easy Red Lentil Curry
- Easy Indian Lamb Curry
- Chickpea Curry
- Red Kidney Bean Curry
- Super Tasty Chicken Karahi
- Vegan Thai Coconut Green Curry
- Best Thai Red Curry
- Chicken Chickpea Curry
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Notes: If you don’t have “Greek Yogurt” feel free to use “Sour Cream” and skip the actual cream in the recipe if desired for a low fat option.
Also you can use, fresh tomatoes or canned for this recipe.
Tomatoes. I used 2.89 kgs can of whole tomatoes, you can use crushed or fresh as well. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. These calculations are based off Nutritionix
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 822mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 8gSugar: 14gProtein: 36g
Tomatoes. I used 2.89 kgs can of whole tomatoes, you can use crushed or fresh as well.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
These calculations are based off Nutritionix
Published: April 6, 2017 and revised on November 7th, 2018