Quick chicken curry is an easy, one-pan recipe that’s ready in just 15 minutes. Beautiful and bursting with flavor, it’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
This past weekend went by way too fast and this week is shaping up to be crazy busy.
I'm thankful to have my monthly girls group dinner on Wednesday at least. It'll be a needed break from the work-work-work grind I'm looking at for all the other hours of the days.
So let's keep it short today and get right to the good stuff - the food!
You want to know my only note when I wrote this quick chicken curry recipe down last year so I would remember to post it on this here blog sometime?
That, followed by the ingredients and instructions. So there you go, folks. That’s all you need to know about this recipe. It’s freaking delicious. 😂
And my husband agrees. We had this again last week and he looked up to me at the table and says, “This is my favorite recipe of yours.”
I was a bit surprised, honestly.
“Wow, really?!” I asked.
“I just love the flavors. Anything Indian you make, really.”
Turns out anything Indian is the way to my husband’s heart. Or stomach. Is that the same thing? 😜
Can’t say I blame him. It’s one of my favorite cuisines too.
(I’m a tad bit obsessed with my curried brown rice salad and may or may not make it on repeat and devour it all for myself. And we all adore easy chicken tikka masala - the sauce is to die for!)
But you know me, it’s gotta be easy. And fast. And this quick chicken curry absolutely is. I mean, it’s ready in 15 minutes, friends.
But let me just say - this is not exactly traditional and maybe not super authentic.
And you know what? I’m OK with a few shortcuts that get dinner on the table and still have ALL the great flavor! 🙌
(You can also check out my Google web story for this chicken curry recipe.)
Serving ideas for quick chicken curry:
- I usually serve this with my steamed brown rice mixed with ½ cup golden raisins, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper (for 4 servings). It all just works really well together. 👌
- White rice or basmati rice would work well, too.
- I even think curry goes great with potatoes. You could add some roasted potatoes on the side or serve this over a fluffy baked potatoes. (I'm a serious cheater and I always make microwaved baked potatoes.)
- The fresh chopped parsley or cilantro on top of the curry chicken is key, too. Gives a hit of freshness and brightness.
- I also like sprinkling on some chopped peanuts when serving this up. They give it a good crunch and add some richness too.
For a veggie side, I typically just warm up some frozen peas, stir in a pat of butter and season them with salt and pepper. Deliciousness all around!
Steamed broccoli or a side salad would work, too.
If you’re going low-carb, or just want more veggies, you could also serve this over some cauliflower rice.
I hope you’ll give this quick chicken curry a try the next time you’re craving Indian for dinner but are short on time.
(And if you are looking for a vegetarian version, I've got you covered. My quick and easy vegetarian curry is light but filling and ready in 15 minutes too! Or check out my 20-minute coconut chicken curry. Yum!)
Quick chicken curry
Quick chicken curry is an easy, one-pan recipe that’s ready in just 15 minutes!
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 14.5 oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
- ⅓ cup low-sodium chicken broth (see notes)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- 1 ½ cups cooked chicken, chopped (from a rotisserie or leftover, see notes)
- ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt (non-fat, 2% or 5% fat are all OK)
- Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
- Chopped peanuts (optional)
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and sauté another 30 seconds.
- Stir in curry powder, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne, if using.
- Bring to a low simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, until slightly thickened.
- Stir in chicken until warmed through, 1-2 more minutes.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the Greek yogurt until just combined.
- Serve hot with fresh chopped parsley or cilantro and chopped peanuts.
If you have raw chicken breasts you want to use for this recipe, here's what to do: Chop the chicken into ½ inch cubes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pan after the onion and garlic has softened (after step #2 in the instructions) and cook, stirring occasionally, until it's completely cooked through. It should take about 7-8 minutes. Then proceed with the rest of the recipe.
Update: Some readers have had an issue with curdling, so I've tweaked the recipe to help prevent that. I recently made this substituting low-sodium chicken broth for the milk I previously had in the recipe, and it worked great. I also revised the recipe so the Greek yogurt gets stirred in at the very end, which should also help prevent curdling.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 487mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 21g
Kate @ Framed Cooks
I have never made chicken curry of any kind, so I am going to give this a whirl! Happy Monday!
You will LOVE it Kate! Have a great week!
Can I use flavoured yoghurt if I do not have plain yoghurt in the house?
Hi, I wouldn't recommend that, as flavored yogurts would add sugar/sweetness as well as the flavor of the yogurt to the dish. You could substitute sour cream though.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Lol! Well if that one note doesn't say it all, I don't know what does! 😉 This quick chicken curry looks every bit of 'freaking delicious', girlfriend! Plus I'm loving how easy it is! AND it's your hubs favorite? Hot dayum, I NEED to eat me some of this!! Can't wait to give it a try!! Pinned! Cheers, Kathryn!
Not super helpful in terms of leaving myself notes, but then again, it did say it all 😉 Have a great week Cheyanne!
I love curry! This looks so easy and delicious!
Thanks Betsy!! It's a great weeknight version 😊
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
'Freaking delicious'? Well, now you know I HAVE to try it! I love Indian food too and the fact that this is so quick makes it a perfect weeknight dinner (or even Friday night with a cold beer 😉 ). And just love all the spice you have in here. Plus, so much better than takeout, right? Pinned! Happy Monday to ya, my friend! XO
This is definitely right up your alley too Dawn! 😉 XO
Indian is my husband's favorite too, but I always have difficulty getting the seasonings just right. This looks super easy and very delicious! Pinned to make for dinner soon 🙂
Thanks Kelli! I hope you give this a try!
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
Curry in a hurry!! Now that sounds like an awesome week night meal 🙂
Right?! Thanks Tara! Hope you try it 😊
Could you substitute cococonut milk for whole milk ?
Absolutely, I think that would work fine!
it DID work fine, as that's what i went ahead and tried. gives it a pleasant sweetness, plus i added fresh hot peppers so tue combination did well together
Excellent! Thanks so much for letting us know! 😊
Amazing recipe. Excited to try it
Thanks so much Maria! I hope you do try it and I'd love to hear what you think!
Hello. Happy to find you and your week night dinner suggestion! Thank you and have a nice day !
Thanks so much! 😊
Megan @ MegUnprocessed
Such a flavorful recipe! Quick recipes are time savers.
Yes! Such a help when life is crazy!
Carmen Gomez Alzaga
I just made this recipe, super easy, simple and loved the combinations of flavors!!!!
Will make it again soon. Thanks!
Oh yay, I'm so happy to hear that Carmen! Thanks so much for sharing! 😊
It looks so amazing!
this recipe is a staple at home now, always a huge success. last night I served it with lots of fresh cilantro, chopped cashews and quinoa; I loved the combination.
thanks again for sharing!!!! will make it again and again for sure
I'm so happy to hear that Carmen! Thanks so much for sharing! (And I love your serving ideas - yum!)
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
I love chicken curry!!! Awesome recipe.
Me too - can't get enough! Thanks Jocelyn 😊
My first attempt at anything Indian, and tastes delish. Mine 'curdled' slightly, however. What did I do wrong?
Hi Lisa! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Milk can curdle if it heats too quickly, or if it comes to a boil. Even if you didn't boil it, though, a hot pan or heat that's slightly too high, could do it. You can try lowering your heat next time before you add the milk and yogurt to the pan. Hope that helps!
This recipe was great! I ended up doubling it for my community of 7 and we even had leftovers. I thought that the flavors were well developed even with the small amount of time. Like some others said, the curry slightly curdled when I added the milk and yogurt, but it cooked out after some time. Thanks!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it Megan! Thanks so much for leaving a note! 😊
When I made it, the yogurt and milk separated and clumped together and it all became watery. Did I do something wrong? I used all the ingredients on the list
Hi Amber! Yogurt and/or milk can curdle if the heat is too high or it comes to a boil. It may cook out though if you leave it on low heat for a little while. This dish should be saucy - that's why I love it with rice, to soak up some of the yummy juices - but shouldn't seem overly watery. I hope that helps!
This was excellent! This was my first time having a dish with curry in it and my husband and I both loved it!
I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it Andrea - and that it got you to try curry! 😊
Tried this with Curry my son sent from Denver spice shop. I did use lite coconut milk(did not cuddle). For a quick weeknight version it was very tasty. Thank you
I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it Lauren! Thanks so much for sharing!
So happy to hear that Bruce!
Do you happen to know what the serving size is? I am making this tonight and can’t wait!!
This recipe makes 4 servings and I just divide it out evenly among the plates - it's probably about 1 cup or so per person of the chicken and sauce and everything. Hope that helps and hope you enjoy it!
I need to try this right now this sounds so quick and easy 😍 thank you 😊
I hope you enjoy it!
My family LOVED this recipe! My first time making a curry and it was definitely a home run! Thank you Kathryn!!
Oh yay! I'm so happy to hear that Danielle! Thanks so much for sharing 😊
This was actually super tasty.
I'm so glad you enjoyed it Rebecca!
Hi! I have never ever made curry.. or even know what it is really! Lol.. but my friend loves it. So I thought I would try it. Are we able to use sour cream instead of the Greek yogurt? Or would that give it the wrong taste? And I need to buy the curry seasoning... is it spicey? Thanks!
Hi Jenny! While this is definitely not a super authentic curry, I think it's a great introductory one - and a super easy one too! Yes, you should be just fine to substitute sour cream in place of the Greek yogurt. Curry seasoning is a blend of sweet and savory spices and most grocery store versions are pretty mild, not spicy, so you should be OK. I hope you and your friend love this dish!
This was very good! I didn’t have leftover chicken, so I cooked some chicken tenders first. The curry sauce came together quickly, then I tore apart the chicken tenders and added them. The only issue I had was the yogurt curdled. It was still good but next time I’ll remove the pan from heat (stove was set to medium) when adding the yogurt and lower the stove temp to low before putting the pan back on the stove for a few minutes to heat the dish at the end. I’ve also read that stirring a little starch into the yogurt before adding it to a hot dish will prevent the yogurt from splitting.
I'm so glad you liked it Christina! That's a good idea about moving the pan off the heat or trying the starch trick - thanks for sharing!
Hi, I'm new on your blog and love your ideas. I'm always looking for quick and easy recipes especially in where things can be substituted so I can adjust to what I already have in the house. Thank you, I love your ideas!
I'm in Australia so I need to do online conversions from lb into ml or grams etc but that's ok.
My question is, what do you mean by the starch trick? I'm not sure what starch is, is it cornflour?
Hi Cilia, I'm so happy you found me! The "starch trick" was in response to another reader's comment that you can stir some starch into yogurt before adding it to a dish to help prevent curdling. This would typically be cornstarch. (Here's an Amazon link so you can check it out in case they don't have it in your grocery store or call it something different: https://amzn.to/30glZq6) I hope that helps! 😊
Thank you, ah yes we call it cornflour in Australia!