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Chicken Korma Recipe

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Chicken korma is a very mild Indian chicken curry in a creamy cashewnut-based sauce. If you are new to Indian cuisine, this is a safe bet. It’s not too spicy. The cashewnut paste and coconut milk will tone down the spices.

I prefer boneless, skinless thighs cut into bite-sized pieces. Thigh meat is more succulent compared to breast meat, which can get very dry. You can also use a whole cut up chicken or bone-in chicken. Boneless chicken will cook faster. Marinate the chicken for at least an hour for the best tasting korma.

Feel free to adjust the amount of spices you add. I add the salt to the marinade. It makes the chicken more flavorful. However, don’t add too much. Once your chicken is ready, you can add more salt if needed. Enjoy the curry with roti, naan, rice, or bread. Try our recipe for Indian dinner rolls.

Chicken korma is very mild. Kids would enjoy it too. However, if you want to try a spicy curry, here are a couple of our favorites – Goan chicken curry, and Kerala pepper chicken.

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Chicken Korma

Chicken Korma

Mild Indian curry in a creamy cashewnut sauce
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 393 kcal





  • Clean and cut the chicken in bite sized pieces.
  • Blend together ginger, garlic, yogurt and salt and add to the chicken in a large bowl.
  • Add turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala, cumin and coriander powder to the chicken.
  • Mix well and let marinate for about an hour.
  • Add oil to a hot pan. Saute onions, bay leaf, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick. Brown the onions.
  • While onions cook, blend together cashewnuts and tomatoes.
  • Add the cashewnut-tomato paste to the pan. Saute till oil separates.
  • Add marinated chicken and water. Stir and cover and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir in coconut milk and simmer.
  • Add sugar, sliced almonds and cilantro.
  • Add more salt if needed.
  • Simmer and serve with rice or rotis or bread or naan.


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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Korma
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 479mg21%
Potassium 479mg14%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 24g48%
Calcium 71mg7%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Vitamin A 496IU10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Best Goan chicken curry, cashewnuts, Gluten-free, Indian, mild
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By FoodLifeAndMoney in May, 2020

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