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Punjabi-Style Chicken Curry

August 28, 2020
12 Ratings
Photo by Chetna Makan
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Punjabi-Style Chicken Curry
  • Prep time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes
  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • Chicken
  • 1/4 cup natural yogurt (heaping)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • Curry
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Combine the yogurt with the salt, spices, garlic, and ginger in a bowl, and mix well. Add the chicken thighs and make sure that the chicken is coated well in the yogurt marinade. Let it rest overnight, or 1 hour at least, in the fridge.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and bay leaf. Once they start to sizzle, add the onions and cook for 15 minutes, until a lovely golden color. Now add the tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes, until softened. Add the spices and salt, and cook for 1 minute. Add the marinated chicken, mix well, and cover. Cook for 40 to 45 minutes over low heat until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Once you have cooked the curry, let it rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour. This makes the curry really intense and the chicken soaks up the flavors better. Sprinkle with some coriander and serve.

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34 Reviews

lostinnotts June 10, 2021
yummy....
love the pink pan as well.
 
lavendargirl May 30, 2021
Is there any replacement for the yogurt? I am dairy intolerant....
 
mj March 29, 2021
This chicken curry is fantastic! My family loved every morsel. Question: Do you think you could freeze it?
 
SunniH March 30, 2021
Hey mj, I was bought up on this curry. I always freeze it as its just me n my husband. Use it within a month.
 
Meredith C. February 26, 2021
This recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it! I loved the pink-ish wok you used, where is it from? Thanks!
 
SunniH January 2, 2021
I've not tried north indian chicken curry apart from my mum's recipe. However I tried this and it was outstanding (shhhhhh!...... don't tell mum)

Thank you Chetna M for sharing. I'm huge foodie and I've tried allot of your dishes and seriously impressed. Thank you xxx
 
SunniH January 2, 2021
I've not tried north indian chicken curry apart from my mum's recipe. However I tried this and it was outstanding (shhhhhh...... don't tell mum)

Thank you Chetna M for sharing. I'm huge foodie and I've tried allot of your dishes and seriously impressed. Thank you xxx
 
Meg034 December 22, 2020
Loved this! It turned out great. I'm redoing the recipe tonight with chickpeas. I hope it turns out just as delicious! I also started following Chetna on her own Youtube channel. Great recipes. I will try more of them over the holidays. :)

Thank you!!
 
Kitty October 18, 2020
This is the best curry I've ever made, hands down! I followed the recipe exactly as written, but added a bit of water as suggested in the video. It was perfect. My eleven and twelve year old boys devoured it. Thank you, Chetna! Does anyone know what kind of pot that is?
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
So glad to hear that you and your boys loved this. The pan is from a uk company called Haufson.
 
Megan October 11, 2020
What a lovely dish for a Sunday night... with leftovers for tomorrow! We really enjoyed this. It is so simple to make, but the time involved means it would not work for our weeknight schedule. Really looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow. I made it exactly as written, except that my chicken thighs were boneless, and I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you, Chetna!
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
You are very welcome Megan!
 
AntoniaJames September 25, 2020
This one's a keeper. I knew it was going to be delicious when I saw that Chetna created it. Highly recommend. ;o)
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
Thanks a lot and so pleased to hear that you enjoyed it
 
Aimee B. September 20, 2020
Flavors are fabulous but my sauce didn’t thicken up. Any suggestions?
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
The sauce is not really thick in this one, it is a watery sauce with lots of flavour!
 
Vanessa D. September 15, 2020
I made this tonight for dinner- and the dish was PERFECT. As soon as my family tried it we were reminded of my grandmother’s chicken curry, which up until this recipe I was unable to master.
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
Thats so lovely Vanessa!
 
anadacook September 9, 2020
This was wonderful!! I watched your video and decided to add the chopped green chilies alongside the cumin seeds. Just the right amount of heat. Thanks for the recipe!
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
You are very welcome
 
Amanda September 9, 2020
This was a wonderful and comforting curry. Chetna, you're amazing.
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
Thanks Amanda!
 
Andrea G. September 5, 2020
I made this Friday night and it was even more delicious on Saturday, wow!
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
Always make extra for leftovers!
 
Michelle A. September 3, 2020
This is a great weeknight dinner! There are a couple of steps but all very easy and made with ingredients I mostly have on hand. I made with boneless chicken thighs.
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
Thanks Michelle.
 
Susan890 September 3, 2020
Can you please clarify the chili powder ingredient? Do you mean like cayenne pepper? Or, like the American chili powder (usually not spicy and used to make chili soup) in the spice aisle?
 
Andrea G. September 3, 2020
Yes, I was wondering the same thing! Please let us know, this looks amazing and I want to make it tomorrow night.
Thank you Food52, I'm a huge huge fan!
 
khush.bu September 4, 2020
I recommend using Kashmiri Red Chili Powder if you can find it!
 
Susan890 September 4, 2020
Thank you for the recommendation!
 
khush.bu September 4, 2020
you're welcome!
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
I usually use Chilli powder from an Asian store, you can usually find them as marked medium heat or spicy. Kashmiri chilli powder is a mild version that adds a lovely colour but not much heat, which you can increase by adding some hot chopped up green chillies.
 
smitak September 2, 2020
Love this! Do you have other Indian recipe videos?
 
Author Comment
Chetna M. November 16, 2020
Hi Smita, yes there have been a couple more new videos added now and you can also check out my youtube channel for many more recipes.