Friends, weeknights don’t get any easier than this easy delicious chicken curry. You also don’t have to use a box mix of spices either. I am sharing my go-to chicken curry recipe that is always on our menu. I have two kids, so I know how schedules can get hectic especially during the week. But that does not mean your quick dinner has to boring. Chicken curry is great for meal prepping because it always tastes even better the next days and the chicken stays moist in the sauce.
This style of chicken curry is from Pakistan and Northern India. So there is no coconut milk/cream or yogurt. The delicious thick gravy is made from onions and fresh tomatoes. This dish is also called chicken karahi, which is a word for cooking pot that is similar to a wok. There are many variations of this dish depending on the region. Each family will have their own way of making this dish.
Like I have mentioned before South Asian dishes have so much flavor from the aromatics that are used in most dishes. The base is often started with onions, fresh garlic, ginger and tomatoes.
Usually I would use bone in chicken but today I used chicken thighs. I have also made this dish with chicken breast and tenders. It really just depends on what I have on hand. I also used 3 small tomatoes and purred them. You don’t have to puree the tomatoes if you don’t care to see tomato skin in the curry. You could also do 2 large tomatoes. Always remember if you add more of onions and tomatoes to make a thick gravy. You always have to make sure you have enough oil for the mixture to cook in. Sometimes that is a common mistake made not enough oil. The technique for South Asian cooking is for onions/tomatoes/spices to really saute in the oil.
As always you can omit the green chili and the chili powder if you don’t want any heat in the curry. There is still so much flavor with the other ingredients/spices. I always add less chili powder and usually omit the fresh chili pepper because of the kids. Spices are very basic and are readily available. I always like to use a neutral oil for South Asian cooking. Today I used light olive oil which is good for high cooking temperatures. You could also use Avacado oil, canola oil, ghee.
We always enjoy this curry with chapatis, rice or naan.