Enticing Indian Chicken Main Dish Recipes

Explore the spicy flavors and exotic aromas of Indian cuisine in these deliciously easy chicken recipes.

  • Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Sabrina Bone

    Sweet Potato Chicken Curry

    Elevate your chicken curry with the addition of sweet potato and by serving the mixture over steamed jasmine rice.
  • Chicken Curry
    Photo: Sang An

    Chicken Curry

    Whip up this 30-minute chicken curry recipe and enjoy Indian cuisine in the comfort of your own home.
  • Chicken Curry in a Hurry
    Photo: John Kernick

    Chicken Curry in a Hurry

    This super-easy curry dish is all cooked in one pan and uses rotisserie chicken as a shortcut. If you choose to serve the dish with rice, you can use a pouch of quick-cooking microwave rice.
  • Southern Indian Chicken Curry
    Photo: Mikkel Vang

    Southern Indian Chicken Curry

    This version of chicken curry gets additional flavor from jalapeño peppers, red onion, coconut milk and fresh peaches. Serve with Indian flat bread or pita rounds for an easy weeknight dinner.
  • Quick Chicken Curry
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    Quick Chicken Curry

    Chicken Curry is one of the most popular items in Indian cuisine, and this quick version has a prep time of only 25 minutes. Serve over rice and top with peanuts and bell pepper strips. Another bonus for this recipe is that you can make the chicken mixture ahead and freeze it for up to 3 months.

  • Tandoori Chicken

    Tandoori Chicken

    Tandoori chicken is an Indian classic in which the chicken is coated in a spiced yogurt mixture and traditionally baked at a high temperature in a rounded-top tandoor oven. This recipe, however, calls for using a foil-lined baking pan.

  • chicken-vindaloo
    Rita Maas

    Chicken Vindaloo

    A vindaloo is a specialty dish of central and southwestern coastal India and is a fiery version of a curry dish. Serve over rice to tame the heat.

  • Indian-Spiced Chicken with Tomato Chutney
    Randy Mayor

    Indian-Spiced Chicken with Tomato Chutney

    Chutney is a spicy fruit condiment that's widely used in Indian-style recipes. Here, the tomato chutney is served over chicken spiced with coriander, curry powder, and cumin. A serving of this dish provides about one-tenth of your daily potassium needs. Serve with broccoli and whole wheat pitas.

  • Green Curry Chicken
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Green Curry Chicken

    Capture the essence of Indian cuisine with this easy five-ingredient recipe. Basmati rice, curry paste, and coconut milk are the keys to the bold flavor.

  • Tandoori Naan Chicken Sandwiches
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Tandoori Naan Chicken Sandwiches

    Combine two Indian classics – tandoori chicken and naan – in a flavorful sandwich topped with mint, cilantro, onion, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Look for the naan bread in Indian markets or in the bakery section of the grocery store.

  • Colonel Benjamin's Curry Chicken
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Colonel Benjamin's Curry Chicken

  • Spicy Chicken-Rice Bowl
    Jennifer Davick; Buffy Hargett; Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

    Spicy Chicken-Rice Bowl

    Make a spicy, creamy chicken mixture with shredded cooked chicken, coconut milk, curry paste, and lime juice and serve over cooked rice for an easy one-dish meal.

  • Saffron-Marinated Chicken Skewers (Kesari Malai Tikka)
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Saffron-Marinated Chicken Skewers

    Saffron is one of the more expensive spices, but because of its strong, pungent flavor, a little goes a long way. Heating and steeping the milk and saffron allows the herb's exotic flavor to blossom. You can purchase almond meal in specialty stores, or grind the little you need for this recipe in a coffee grinder.

  • Indian Cashew Chicken
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Indian Cashew Chicken

    A take on the Indian dish murgh makhani, this Indian cashew chicken recipe features a thick sauce flavored with Indian spices and spice blends such as garam masala, coriander, ginger, and ground red pepper.  Serve over brown basmati rice or with naan flatbread.

  • Curried Chicken Salad in Naan
    Randy Mayor

    Curried Chicken Salad in Naan

    Add a touch of India to your chicken salad by stirring in curry powder, fresh ginger, and dried apricots and serving it on rounds of naan bread.

    Total time: 35 minutes.

  • Chicken Biryani
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Chicken Biryani

    A biryani is a rice dish that's popular in India and Pakistan and usually features a mix of rice, herbs, and spices as well as some type of vegetables or meat. Serve with a salad of thinly sliced cucumber and plum tomato wedges topped with a yogurt dressing. Combine 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 tablespoon chopped green onions, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and a dash of ground red pepper.

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