Best Chicken Curry Recipes in the Cook Eat World

By Lee Jackson ↣ Published on: March 18, 2020


Who can resist a chicken curry? My 20 Best Chicken Curry Recipes celebrate my favourite, fail-safe recipes, guaranteed to satisfy any curry craving. Curry night in my house can be any/every night of the week and to keep life easier, I turn to the most versatile protein. Chicken curry is the best!

Various Pots of Thai Curry sit in a row in a market with large ladles.

Chicken - the star of any curry

In my opinion, some of the best curry dishes from around the world highlight chicken as the star. It's also my favourite meat to use. Chicken cooks faster than pork, beef, lamb or goat so it's already a great choice if you're in a hurry. Chicken also works in many flavour combinations making it a versatile option for lots of tasty curries. My list features some awesome curries from India, Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia and Burma/Myannmar. They're all curries I cook regularly and I'm guaranteed to find a selection of these curries in my freezer at any given time.

My Chicken Curry rules!

My best chicken curries, the ones I return to time and time again, all follow a few simple rules:

  • They're easy and quick to cook
  • They're authentic curry recipes from around the world
  • Not too many or too obscure ingredients
  • Full of flavour!

If a curry can deliver on all these then we're ready to get cooking. Lucky for everyone, my 20 best chicken curry recipes, all tried and tested over many years, tick all the boxes - and then some. So, without further ado, let's get our curry game started, in no particular order - they're all clucking amazing, trust me!

A bowl of Chicken Ceylon Curry scattered with fresh curry leaves and green chillies

Chicken Ceylon (Sri Lankan Chicken Curry)

This light, creamy and tangy curry is the essence of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). An amazing blend of colour, flavour and fragrance. An intense burst of authentic Sri Lankan taste.
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A bowl of chicken curry cooked with fenugreek leaves with a serving spoon

Methi Chicken Curry

Methi Chicken Curry (chicken with fenugreek) is one of the most fragrant and flavourful curries I make. A rich, distinctive taste that is utterly intoxicating. Learn more about what makes this curry so delicious.
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A bowl of Indian Black Pepper Chicken Curry

Indian Black Pepper Chicken Curry

An unusal curry from South India using black pepper to create a wonderfully spiced curry sauce.
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Malaysian Chicken Curry in a bowl with a spoon

Malaysian Chicken Curry (Kari Ayam)

A fragrant marriage of South East Asia and India. A wonderful coconut curry that is jam-packed with flavour, colour and texture.
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A bowl of vibrant orange Laotian chicken curry and spoon on a green batik background 

Laoatian Chicken Curry with Bamboo Shoots

This Laotian chicken curry is creamy, fragrant and packed with South East Asian flavour. The delicious addition of bamboo shoots to this vibrant sauce make it uniquely Laoatian and something really rather special.
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A bowl of Burmese chicken curry with fork and spoon

Burmese Chicken Curry

I am compelled to announce that this Burmese Chicken Curry is one of my absolute favourite South East Asian curries to make at home. Why? Where do I begin!?
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A bowl of lentil curry with a spoon and piece of naan bread

Chicken & Lentil Curry

A wonderfully simple chicken & lentil curry - nutty, juicy and impossibly creamy.
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A plate of Pakistani Chicken Lahori curry with a black serving spoon

Pakistani Chicken Lahori

One of our favourite curries at! This luxurious Pakistani recipe features few ingredients, cooked to perfection. Nutty lentils pair amazingly with spiced, juicy chicken. It's perfection!
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A bowl of Chicken Madras Curry scattered with fried curry leaves

Chicken Madras Curry

Chicken Madras is one of the most intensely satisfying curries India has to offer. A rich, decadent, glossy sauce clings to fork-tender chicken pieces. Dense with complex spicing and a luxurious finish, it’s a real crowd-pleaser on every front.
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A bowl of Chicken Pathia Curry |

Chicken Pathia

A British Indian classic - sweet, sour and spicy. A triumph of flavour.
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Achari Chicken in a silver serving bowl

Achari Chicken - Chicken in Pickling Spices

A rich, luxurious curry that is intensely flavourful. Indian pickles, added at the end elevate the flavour into something very special indeed. Learn all the how to...
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A bowl of chicken chukka curry with rice.

Chicken Chukka

This wonderfully flavour-filled curry from the South of India has an abundance of fragrance and a lovely combination of herbaceous notes from fresh curry leaves. A thick, glossy sauce clings to the juicy chicken pieces making chicken chukka an excellent partner of bread or rice.
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A bowl of Mughlai Chicken Curry garnished with Almonds, cilantro and pomegranate seeds with a spoon on the side.

Mughlai Chicken

Mughlai Chicken is a rich, creamy and impossibly delicious curry from the North of India. A mildly spiced marriage of fragrance and flavour. The Mughal Empire gave the world so many culinary delights, and this curry is one of them. Fit for an emperor.
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A bowl of Chicken Saag curry with a spoon, drizzled with fresh cream and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

Chicken Saag

Spinach takes centre stage in this delicious mild, creamy Chicken Saag curry. A beautifully fragrant and lightly spiced sauce clings to juicy chicken pieces. It's full of earthy green goodness.
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A blue bowl containing Keralan Chicken Curry (Nadan Khozi)

Keralan Chicken Curry (Nadan Kohzi)

This delicious creamy Keralan curry is the essence of South India. A wonderful, flavourful chicken curry with an abundance of colour and taste. Learn how easy this creamy and fragrant Keralan curry is to make at home.
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Chicken cooked in coconut milk with Malaysian aromatics to make Nyonya Chicken Curry (Ayam Kleo)

Nyonya Chicken Curry (Ayam Kalio)

A rich, heady sauce that's packed with colour and fragrance takes centre stage in this amazing Malaysian Curry. Brimming with personality, Nyonya Chicken Curry is one of the World's greatest.
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A bowl of Malaysian Red Curry - Ayam Masak Merah

Ayam Masak Merah 
(Malaysian Chicken in Spicy Tomato Sauce)

This vibrant, fragrant curry from Malaysia is bursting with South East Asian personality. A rich, tangy and spicy sauce coats juicy chicken. It's intensely flavourful and authentically delicious.
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Chicken cooked with vinegar. spices, garlic and tomato.

Goan Chicken Vindaloo

Chicken Vindaloo is a fiery Indian treasure from Goa. Chilli heat plays its part in this sweet, sour and spicy curry. It’s utterly addictive and simple to make at home. 
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Bengali Rezala Chicken in a black bowl with spoon on a black background.

Bengali Chicken Rezala

This uniquely Bengali curry is a rich, creamy and decadent curry, packed with flavour and a spice to wake up the taste buds. Learn what makes this curry so special, and get the recipe so you can make it at home too...
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A bowl of Malaysian Chicken Kapitan Curry (Kari Kapitan).

Malaysian Chicken Kapitan (Kapitan Kari)

Kapitan Chicken is wonderfully creamy, fragrant Malaysian curry - this Nyonya dish is a prized favourite in Malaysia and you'll understand why once you taste its amazingly flavourful sauce.
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