Hairy Bikers' chicken curry recipe

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Chicken curry has to be one of our favourite recipes. You'll never look back once you've tried The Hairy Bikers' chicken curry recipe - it's so easy

Hairy Bikers' chicken curry recipe
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories286 Kcal14%
Sugar6.7 g7%
Fat9.3 g13%
Saturated Fat1.3 g7%
Salt0.27 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein41.9 g84%
Carbohydrates9.3 g4%
Salt0.27 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Hairy Bikers' easy chicken curry is bursting full of flavour, featuring a homemade tarka masala sauce with garlic, root ginger and green chillies. 

Everybody has to have a killer chicken curry recipe under their belt, and this is one of our favourite go-to dishes to make on a Friday night. As you’re making this delicious Hairy Bikers' chicken curry recipe from scratch, you can adjust the heat to make it as hot or as mild as you want it to be, so adjust the amount of chilli flakes accordingly. Si and Dave's simple recipe for chicken curry takes only 15 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to cook, so you can have it on the table in under an hour. Serve with rice and mop up the sauce with a chapati or two.


  • 1kg boneless chicken breasts, cut into big chunks
  • 1½ tsp ground black peppercorns and coriander seeds
  • ¾tsp garam masala (blend of Indian spices, which you'll find in your local supermarket)
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1½ tsp turmeric
  • ½tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 450ml water

For the tarka masala sauce:

  • 3tbsp sunflower oil, ghee or olive oil
  • 2tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves peeled and chopped
  • Small tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 5cm piece of root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 whole green chillies




  1. Wash the chicken and drain it well.
  2. For the tarka masala sauce: Heat the oil in a large pan until fairly hot, add the cumin seeds and fry for 10 secs. Add the onions and fry until golden brown, then add the garlic and fry until slightly golden. Drain the tomatoes (keep the juice) and add them to the pan. Next add the ginger, chillies and cook until the oil begins to separate.
  3. Put the chicken, salt, spices and chilli flakes into the pan and cook over a fairly high heat. Keep turning the chicken and continue to cook until the meat is sealed and browned and the liquid has evaporated. Add the juice from the can of tomatoes and about 450ml of water, bring to the boil and simmer over a medium heat for about 15 mins or until the chicken is tender. Add the fresh tomatoes about 3 mins before the end of the cooking time.
  4. Sprinkle in the fresh coriander and bay leaves and serve with chapatis, boiled rice or puris (Indian bread). This curry recipe is taken from Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers' Family Cookbook.  

Top tip for making Hairy Bikers' chicken curry:

Remove the seeds in hot peppers before cooking. This reduces the heat for our kids but still leaves some flavour for the adults.

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Hairy Bikers

Simon King and David Myers are the fantastic duo that make up the Hairy Bikers and are best known as Si and Dave. The Hairy Bikers have several cookbooks published including How to Love Food and Lose Weight and Eat for Life. Hairy Biker recipes are always triple tested and try to be as fuss-free as possible so you can trust the timings. Si and Dave have also had several hit cooking shows as they remain as one of the UK’s favourite cookery duos.