Easy Chicken Curry Recipe

Shashi Charles | Savory Spin Updated

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!

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.

Easy Chicken Curry Photo

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.

Easy Chicken Curry Picture

Now most Kroger stores have fresh tamarind. 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.

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.

Easy Chicken Curry Image

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.

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.

Easy Chicken Curry Pic

If you like a creamier curry (like this Chickpea Spinach Curry), then you can use 1/2 cup coconut milk instead of the 1/4 cup of water.

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

And if you love curry, why not try this easy Japanese Beef Curry recipe too!

Easy Chicken Curry Recipe

    3 Servings


  • 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
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Fresh Parsley, for garnish


  1. Peel and chop onions and add chopped onions and olive oil to a pan over medium heat.
  2. Let onions cook 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Sprinkle in the coriander, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, smoked paprika, water and diced tomatoes and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Remove from heat, garnish with chopped parsley and enjoy with rice, quinoa or roti.


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Author: Shashi Charles
Recipe Yields: 3 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 3

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 112
Calories 286

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 80mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 27g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Shashi Charles

About Shashi

Shashi comes up with all sorts of happy, healthy treats on her blog, Savory Spin. She's our resident gluten free desserts fanatic, and things are gettin' yummy.