Easy Chicken Madras Curry

An easy chicken madras curry is just the thing when the weather is cold! I guarantee that this warming, spicy Indian curry is sure to warm you up. This chicken madras recipe teams chicken with aromatic authentic Indian flavours. It is easy to make spicy chicken curry and it will become a favourite dinner recipe.

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Garlic, onion, ginger, chilli, paprika, cinnamon, cloves, and cayenne all feature in this authentic Indian dish.

The moisture in this chicken madras recipe comes from canned tomatoes and coconut milk. Tweak the amount of chilli powder and cayenne if you want to make spicy chicken curry which packs a lot of heat! You can also reduce the amount of course for a milder result.

What is Madras Curry Anyway?

Madras curry powder tends to be spicier than regular curry powder. If you order a chicken madras recipe at a restaurant it can vary. The curry might be brown or red and it can be quite spicy or very spicy. Making your own easy chicken madras curry means you can tweak the flavour to suit your palate.

It is believed madras curry originated in the south of India. Madras in India is now called Chennai, although the name madras stuck for the dish! Some believe this curry made its way west when merchants from England arrived in Madras in 1640. However, it’s perhaps more likely the recipe dates back to the 1960s when Indian curry houses began to open in England.

Madras curry can be made with any kind of meat. It can also be vegetarian. Typically madras style curries will have tamarind, anise, ginger, chilli, and paprika in there. These spices can be added individually or you can buy readymade madras curry paste or powder.

Bear in mind madras curry powder is spicier than regular curry powder so you might want to use a little less than called for. You can always add more to the curry later.

What to Serve with this Authentic Indian Dish

Since this is a spicy Indian curry it’s nice to have contrasting dishes with it. Raita, a cucumber and mint yogurt dressing, goes well. You could also have naan bread or rice. Or both! Cilantro pairs well with easy chicken madras curry.

You might like to make a simple salad with cooling ingredients like tomato, cucumber, red onion, and simple vinaigrette or some kind of creamy yogurt dressing.

How to Make a Spicy Indian Curry

It’s easier than you might think to make spicy chicken curry. The first thing to do is sauté the onion. After that, add the garlic and the spices. Toasting the spices in this way really brings out their flavour. The air will be full of amazing aromas, which is one reason I love making this dish!

Next add the coconut milk and tomatoes and let the mixture simmer and thicken. Add the chicken and cook the curry some more. At this point you can make naan bread or boil rice to have on the side.

This easy chicken madras curry is an impressive dish boasting plenty of authentic Indian flavours. So if you’re wondering what to cook for a crowd during the fall or winter, consider a spicy Indian curry.

It’s easy to swap the chicken for any other kind of meat or choose potatoes, cauliflower or other veggie ingredients to make a meat-free version.

I like to use canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans) in homemade curries. The flavour and texture are just so good in there. You can add any kind of pulses or beans you want instead of, or as well as, the chicken, meat or veggies.

How to Store Leftovers

Leftovers will be fine for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can even freeze portions of this for up to 3 months, which is why it’s such a nice recipe for a double batch.

You can warm up leftovers in the microwave or in a pan on the stove and the fiery, intense madras curry flavour will be just as good as when it was first made.

Anyone who loves authentic Indian fare should enjoy this easy chicken madras curry. Feel free to play with the spice level if you usually prefer mild or medium curries. This one might not pack the fiery punch of a vindaloo or phaal, but it is certainly pretty spicy if you aren’t use to it!

If you like these chicken madras recipe, you might also like Flavourful Red Curry Thai Coconut Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato, Slow Cooker Spicy Corn and Jalapeño Cheese Dip or Slow Cooker Dairy Free Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice.

Easy Chicken Madras Curry Recipe

Easy Chicken Madras Curry

Course: Meals
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 560kcal
Author: Bella
An easy chicken madras curry is just the thing when the weather is cold! This warming, spicy Indian curry is sure to warm you up. This chicken madras recipe teams chicken with aromatic authentic Indian flavours and it is so easy to make spicy chicken curry!
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Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion medium, diced 
  • 4 Cloves garlic pressed or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder madras
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon smoked paprika sweet
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cloves
  • 1 Pinch cayenne 
  • 1 Can diced tomatoes 28 ounce
  • 1 Can coconut milk 14 ounce
  • 4 chicken breasts cut into chunks

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a dutch oven on low heat.  Add onion and cook for 5 minutes until translucent.  Stir in garlic and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add all spices and cook for another 5 minutes. (if this mixture becomes dry as you are combining, you can add a bit more oil) Allow this to simmer and bubble for a minute while occasionally stirring. 
  • Raise heat to medium.  Add diced, undrained tomatoes and coconut milk to your pan and stir together with spices.  Allow this to simmer for 15 minutes. The liquid will thicken quite a bit. 
  • Add chicken pieces and stir to coat them.  Cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes.  Then remove the cover and cook for another 10 minutes.  

Nutrition

Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 1332mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 413IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 6mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

The spicy, zesty sauce boasts authentic Indian flavours in every mouthful. If you want to make spicy chicken curry, this chicken madras recipe is definitely going to tantalize your taste buds! So try this easy chicken madras curry and I promise it will come out super-tasty!

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  1. Leslie Klein wrote:

    5 stars
    this looks delicious. I love all the color in the photos

    Posted 12.28.21 Reply