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Goan Chicken Curry Recipe

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Goan chicken curry or chicken xacuti goes great with rice, rotis, freshly baked bread, wadas or good old laadi pav. Again, this is a simple recipe if you have the Goan curry masala ready to go in your freezer. Check out the recipe for the curry masala base here.

I remember growing up, my mother used to make this chicken curry on one Sunday a month. We consumed more fish than any other form of animal protein. So having chicken on that one Sunday felt so blissful. My dad would go to the market and buy freshly cut chicken. The aroma of ground ginger and garlic and all the beautiful spices would fill up the house. We would eat to our hearts’ content and I always remember taking a long nap after lunch. Cooking this curry on a weekend makes me nostalgic.

I have used boneless, skinless thighs in my Goan chicken curry recipe but traditionally we used a whole cut chicken instead of specific cuts. Try it and you’ll crave for more. I also add cut up potatoes to the curry sometimes.

Goan Chicken Curry Recipe

Goan Chicken Curry Recipe

Delicious spicy Goan xacuti in a coconut based gravy. 
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Servings 6


  • 3 lbs chicken Boneless skinless thighs or whole cut-up chicken
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin and coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup Goan curry paste
  • 1 tbsp cilantro for garnish


  • Wash and cut chicken into small pieces. 
  • Marinate the chicken with salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin-coriander powder, garam masala and ginger-garlic paste. Set aside for at least an hour. 
  • In a pan heat some oil and saute onions till they turn golden brown. 
  • Add marinated chicken and brown it on all sides.
  • Add some water and cover and cook until chicken is done.
  • Add the Goan curry masala and simmer for some time. 
  • Add more water if needed and salt to taste. 
  • Garnish with cilantro. 


I used boneless thighs for my recipe. You may use any cut of chicken or a whole cut chicken. Chicken breast tastes dry and I personally don’t prefer it. 
Adjust spices to your liking. 
Serve with rice, roti, vade or bread. 


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By FoodLifeAndMoney in March, 2019

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3 thoughts on “Goan Chicken Curry Recipe”

  1. Dear Madam,

    My wife and me come from France and we are looking for goan curry paste. We used this kind of sauce that we found in the food kit from Parampara. But one year ago Parampara decided to substract this preration from its range of products. We particularly enjoy indian food and we try to find equivalent product in France in vain. Could you kindly advise us to find an in line sales shop for this food preparation ?
    Thank you in advance.
    Best regards

  2. Hi Christophe!

    I have actualy never seen authentic ready-to-use preparations in the United States that I can vouch for. I have no idea about France. However, the curry paste, I have on this website is fairly easy to make. If I come across any ready-made preparations, I will update my post! Good luck!


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