The holidays are a special time of year and there are countless unique traditions out there. This dish, in particular, is my mother’s recipe and we make it often during the holidays. It’s her personal take on a famous traditional Indian chicken dish. This recipe makes up to 8 servings and takes about 45 minutes to make. 

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Ingredients (for the chicken): 

  • 2-pound chicken breast (cut into smaller pieces) 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground garlic
  • 4 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons oil 

Ingredients: (for the curry): 

  • 1/2 cup shredded onions 
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1 teaspoon ground garlic 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or almond powder (whichever you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander 
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream 

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  1. Rinse chicken, drain water, then place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix lemon juice, ginger and garlic into yogurt. Stir promptly. 
  3. Add chili powder, coriander, cumin, garam masala, turmeric and salt together with the oil to the yogurt mixture. 
  4. Marinate the chicken with the spices in the same bowl with the mixture of the ingredients and leave it for about 30-60 minutes. 
  5. To make curry gravy, combine onions, ginger, garlic and tomato in a bowl. Stir until everything is mixed thoroughly. 
  6. Add coconut/almond flour, chili powder, cumin, garam masala and salt into the heavy cream. 
  7. Combine all ingredients for the curry together.  
  8. Pour oil into a pan and place chicken pieces carefully into the pan. 
  9. Cook chicken for approximately 8 minutes on each side. 
  10. Add the curry to the chicken and leave to simmer for another 10 minutes. 
  11. Serve chicken and enjoy!


This is a great recipe to try with family and friends over the Winter break. Don’t worry too much about spice; however, if you do want to add some spicy flair to the dish, sprinkle some cayenne or black pepper on top. This dish can be accompanied by rice, bread or even tortillas. It is one of my personal favorite dishes so I hope you enjoy this recipe!