Easy Curry Chicken

Close up of bowl of curry
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
449 Calories
16g Fat
41g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 449
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 608mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Protein 35g
Calcium 77mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Curry chicken is a nice recipe for busy weeknights, with chicken breasts, onion, potatoes, and carrots all cooked together in one dish. Instead of curry powder, a traditional Indian yellow curry paste is used, giving this dish an authentic flavor and color. The chicken and vegetables are stir-fried along with the curry paste and then simmered in chicken broth until a thick sauce develops.


  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil for stir-frying
  • 1 red onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons curry paste
  • 3/4 to 1 pound chicken boneless and skinless breasts (cut into chunks about 1 1/2 inches)
  • 10 baby carrots (washed, drained, and cut in half)
  • 2 potatoes (peeled and chopped into chunks)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black or white pepper, to taste
  • Optional: ground coriander

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat a wok or deep-sided frying pan over medium-high heat. Add oil to the heated wok, and when the oil is hot, add the onion. Stir-fry until the onion is softened and translucent. Add the curry paste and stir-fry until fragrant.

  3. Add the chicken and stir-fry for about 5 minutes until the chicken is browned and coated with the curry paste.

  4. Add the carrots and potatoes. Stir for a minute and add the chicken broth, sugar, salt, and pepper.

  5. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, making sure the chicken is cooked.

  6. Taste the curried chicken and adjust the seasoning if needed. Sprinkle the ground coriander over the top if desired.

  7. Serve and enjoy!


  • Although it is easy to assume these curry paste and curry powder are made of the same ingredients and just processed in different ways. However, curry paste and curry powder are each a combination of spices, but those spices differ between the two. Curry powder contains turmeric, which gives it its yellow hue. This particular spice distinguishes the powder from the paste, which does not contain turmeric at. The other standard ingredients in curry powder are red pepper, cumin, and coriander. Curry paste, on the other hand, is made by crushing ingredients such as ginger, garlic, red chilis, makrut lime, and lemongrass, creating a potent mixture that is then combined with oil to make a paste. 
  • Adding oil to curry powder will turn it into a paste, but it will not taste the same as real curry paste. Also, if you are using curry powder to a recipe, it will be added toward the end of cooking, while curry paste is a crucial ingredient included at the beginning of the recipe.

Recipe Variations

  • Feel free to use chicken thighs instead of breasts. The dark meat often has more flavor and results in a juicier, more delicious end result.
  • Replace the curry paste with 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons curry powder if needed. If using curry powder, add a small amount of water to form a paste.