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Easy Chicken Curry With Kanchan Koya

by Frank Tiu and Jacqueline Tris


for 2 servings

Basmati Rice

  • 1 tablespoon
    coconut oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick, halved
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 cup
    basmati rice, soaked for 10 minutes (200 g)
  • 2 cups
    water (480 mL)
  • 1 pinch salt

Curry Chicken

  • 1 teaspoon
    coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon
    fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon
    tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon
    ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons
    ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon
    ground coriander
  • 1 pinch cayenne, optional
  • ½ cup
    plain full-fat greek yogurt (120 g)
  • 1 lb
    boneless, skinless chicken thighs (455 g)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup
    water (60 mL)

For Serving

  • lime wedge
  • ¼ cup
    fresh cilantro, chopped (10 g)
    Calories 917
    Fat 26g
    Carbs 100g
    Fiber 5g
    Sugar 7g
    Protein 70g

Estimated values based on one serving size.



  1. Make the basmati rice: Melt the coconut oil in a small pot over medium heat. Add the cinnamon stick and cardamom pods and sauté for 2 minutes, until toasty and aromatic.
  2. Add the soaked basmati rice, water, and salt. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, until the rice is fluffy. Remove from the heat, fluff the rice with a fork, and remove the cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods. Set aside.
  3. In a large pan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the onion and sauté, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes, until onion is light golden brown.
  5. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for 1 minute, until toasty and aromatic.
  6. Add the tomato paste, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and cayenne and stir to combine.
  7. Add the yogurt and chicken thighs and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink on the outside.
  8. Add the water, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the lid and continue to cook, tossing the chicken occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the curry sauce has thickened to your liking.
  10. Serve the chicken and sauce over the rice with lime wedges and cilantro.
  11. Enjoy!




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