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Hairy Bikers' chicken curry

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  • Costs: Mid-price

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Spice level Hot
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Chicken curry has to be one of our favourite recipes and this Hairy Bikers' easy chicken curry recipe is one that you'll want to make again and again. Bursting full of flavour, this chicken curry is made with a homemade tarka masala sauce made with garlic, root ginger and green chillies. As you’re making this chicken curry recipe from scratch, you can adjust the heat to your taste and make it as hot or as mild as you want it to be. The chicken in this recipe is cooked until tender and succulent so this curry recipe tastes even better. Si and Dave's simple recipe for chicken curry takes only 15 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to cook, so you can have it on the table in under an hour. This simple chicken curry serves 6 people, so you the whole family can enjoy it and you can still keep leftovers for lunch the next day. Just keep it in an airtight container in the fridge and it will keep for a few days. This easy chicken curry recipe is the perfect takeaway alternative on a Saturday night – making it yourself means you know exactly what you’re eating so you can eat a healthier meal. Serve with naan bread or rice. This curry recipe is taken from Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers' Family Cookbook.

Remove the seeds in hot peppers before cooking. This reduces the heat for our kids but still leaves some flavour for the adults.

Sam Brown, 31, Warrington, Cheshire

Ingredients

  • 1kg boneless chicken breasts, cut into big chunks
  • 1½ tsp ground black peppercorns and coriander seeds
  • ¾tsp garam masala (blend of Indian spices, which you'll find in your local supermarket)
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1½ tsp turmeric
  • ½tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 450ml water
For the tarka masala sauce:
  • 3tbsp sunflower oil, ghee or olive oil
  • 2tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves peeled and chopped
  • Small tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 5cm piece of root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 whole green chillies

Method

  1. Wash the chicken and drain it well.
  2. For the tarka masala sauce: Heat the oil in a large pan until fairly hot, add the cumin seeds and fry for 10 secs. Add the onions and fry until golden brown, then add the garlic and fry until slightly golden. Drain the tomatoes (keep the juice) and add them to the pan. Next add the ginger, chillies and cook until the oil begins to separate.
  3. Put the chicken, salt, spices and chilli flakes into the pan and cook over a fairly high heat. Keep turning the chicken and continue to cook until the meat is sealed and browned and the liquid has evaporated. Add the juice from the can of tomatoes and about 450ml of water, bring to the boil and simmer over a medium heat for about 15 mins or until the chicken is tender. Add the fresh tomatoes about 3 mins before the end of the cooking time.
  4. Sprinkle in the fresh coriander and bay leaves and serve with chapattis, boiled rice or puris (Indian bread).
This recipe is taken from Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers' Family Cookbook, £20 from Weidenfeld & Nicolson. The book is also available from Amazon.co.uk.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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valentina

didn't like this recipe at all!

cathy

Very very dissapointed more like a srew. Second curry I have cooked from the hairy bikers and that was bad to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anthony

used this recipie before and now im sticking with this one it beautifull

MsPia

With those ingredients it is impossible to lack flavor. Unless the quality of your ingredients was poor.

Ruby

Lacked flavour - was just spicy hot.

stu

Good Punjabi curry, cook this once a month, luvly

steve

Absolutely rubbish. No heat, no taste. Dissapointed.

Jimbo

Put as much salt in as you require. In other words salt to taste.

Marc

How much salt???

Harjinder

Hi Simon My recipe for the Tarka Masala sauce is the base of the curry, this is always the first step when cooking a punjabi curry, once you have cooked the base add the meat and spices. Good Luck, Harjinder (One of the 'Mum Knows Best' Mums)

faye

Love this curry, tastes lovely and love the hairy bikers recipes xx

simon weare

how much of the tarka masala sauce do you use and when do you put it in?

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