Easy Cauliflower and Chicken Curry Recipe

cauliflower curry
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  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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Who would have thought that the humble cauliflower would have made such a comeback as it has in recent years? The once much-maligned vegetable is now the darling of the culinary world and positively shines in this Cauliflower and Chicken Curry recipe. 

Not only is this curry recipe quick and easy to make, but it is also inexpensive, yet a nutritious dish and perfect for a main meal, lunch or supper dish.

Use chicken thighs for this dish, they are also cheaper to buy than the breast fillets and are also tastier and work well in any curry dish - breasts are lost with all the spices. 

This recipe can also be adapted for non-meat eaters by simply omitting the chicken. Proceed with the recipe and ignore all references to the bird.

What You'll Need

  • 6 large chicken thighs (skinless and boneless)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion (finely diced)
  • 2 green chillies (finely diced)
  • 1 piece ginger (1-inch, finely grated)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tin tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cauliflower (broken into florets)
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 large handfuls spinach

How to Make It

  • Start by cutting the chicken thighs into 2.5cm ( 1" x 1") sized chunks. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan and brown the chicken on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep to one side.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same pan, add the chopped onion and cook on a medium heat until the onions are soft.
  • Add the green chilli, ginger and garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute, taking care not to burn.  Then, add the chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala and sugar and cook for a further minute stirring constantly.
  • Pour in the tomatoes and coconut milk, stir well, then add the chicken and cauliflower. Simmer for 10 minutes until the cauliflower and chicken are cooked through. Add a little stock or water if the sauce gets too thick.
  • Check the seasoning, and add salt and/or pepper as required, then stir through the spinach until it just starts to wilt.
  • Serve the curry into warmed bowls with cooked rice, and/or Naan bread or chapattis on the side. 


Alternatives to Chicken and Cauliflower

This recipe really does need the cauliflower, the spices and cream, it is this which gives it the texture and flavour required. After that add or take away to your heart's desire. Switch the spinach for kale or other greens, or omit altogether. Peas are a good addition as is corn. It is up to you. 


Based on a recipe from Love Your Greens

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 631
Total Fat 33 g
Saturated Fat 18 g
Unsaturated Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 105 mg
Sodium 404 mg
Carbohydrates 45 g
Dietary Fiber 10 g
Protein 44 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)