Southern Indian Chicken Curry

Southern Indian Chicken Curry Recipe
Photo: Mikkel Vang

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 40 Minutes
Other: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calcium 50.16 mg
Calories 444.45
Caloriesfromfat 49 %
Carbohydrate 14.08 g
Cholesterol 109.64 mg
Fat 24.66 g
Fiber 2.44 g
Iron 2.73 mg
Protein 41.99 mg
Satfat 8.44 g
Sodium 382.04 mg


4 tablespoons corn oil
2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
2 small jalapeños, halved lengthwise and seeded
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
4 to 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
1 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 ripe yellow peaches, roughly chopped
1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup plain yogurt (optional)
Indian flat bread or pitas (optional)


Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the onions in skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Add the jalapeños, garlic, ginger, and 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice and cook for 5 minutes more. Transfer the mixture to a plate. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to skillet and raise heat to medium-high. Add the chicken and stir-fry until golden, about 8 minutes. Add the cayenne, coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, and salt and stir-fry for 2 minutes more. Add the peaches, onion mixture, and 1/2 cup water and simmer for 8 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Taste and add the remaining lemon juice, if necessary. Serve with the yogurt, flat bread, or both, if desired.

Susie Theodorou,

Real Simple

July 2005
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