Garlic Chicken Curry

Preparation time:10 minutes | Cooking time:30 minutes | Serves:2

Garlic Chicken Curry

The Indian style garlic chicken curry is a hot and spicy dish made with garlic without deep-frying. Recently I have found a new way to tenderize the chicken by marinating the chicken in yogurt overnight with salt and pepper. You can also use vinegar to clean the chicken, which also will make it tender and juicy. Some people won’t like the odd smell of chicken and to get rid of the weird smell, immerse the chicken in water added with two tablespoons of vinegar for about half an hour. It can also soften and improve the tenderness of the chicken. You can also try baking the chicken if you want. The amount and measurement of spices mentioned in the recipe worked well for me, but you can tweak the spice mixture a little bit to suit your taste.

Even though you might not have grown up eating loads of garlic, still you will love this recipe for its garlicky taste and flavors. According to me, there is no right or wrong way in cooking. The basic rules have to be followed and done in the right manner. Apart from that, adding a signature to the recipe is all left to the person who cooks the dish. It’s all about your individual style and preferences. But, what I love the most about this dish is the fuss-free preparation method. Be prepared to deal with the smell of garlic and garlic alone in your kitchen while making this dish. Garlic smelling house and garlic breathe all around, but I’m sure you will be able to deal with it as I did. This chicken curry is worth for the effort, and it can make your belly happy.

Anyone who loves chicken chilly would like this recipe too. If you have tasted chicken chilly from any restaurant, you know how spicy the dish is, and garlic chicken curry tastes similar. This garlic chicken curry is spicy but not numbingly. You can add some chili flakes in the beginning and add more towards the end to make it hot spicy.

In this recipe, I have used spices alone and avoided using curry powder. However, if you want to add curry powder, feel free to use it accordingly. Again, making garlic chicken curry will not be a tough chore, If you love garlic and spice combination with chicken, I’m sure you are going to love this recipe. 

Planning:

If you want to precook the chicken, then marinate it by using Greek yogurt or buttermilk and salt. You can either shallow fry or cook the chicken in an oven or store it in the refrigerator. Later when you make the sauce for the curry, you can add this precooked chicken and finish off the curry.

Benefits of garlic:

There is something so irresistible about the aroma of fried garlic. It is a perfect flavor booster in curries, and apart from that, it has high-value health properties. Naturally, garlic has the power to make any dish delightful instantly and to treat some of the common health ailments like digestive problems.

Garlic contains a compound named allicin that has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which is helpful in flushing out toxins and building immunity power. Garlic not only gives relief from that stubborn flu, but it also works as an excellent blood purifier. The power it has to flush out toxins from your body is extraordinary.

Adding garlic to your food is the best way to get its benefits on a daily basis. However, you need to eat the garlic added in the food to get the benefits instead of just using for the flavor.

Many recipes use plenty of spices in this curry, but I feel it will spoil the authentic flavor. By nature, this chicken curry has to be garlicky, and that must be the flavor that should stick out. That is the reason why I limited the spices to basic ones like coriander, cinnamon, and red pepper. Turmeric powder gives a beautiful color to the dish, and the roasted garlic flavor oozes out from every single piece of chicken. The garlic chicken curry goes well with rice, simple roti or makes a good combination with butter naan too.

Although I have used chicken breasts in this recipe, you can use chicken thighs as well. Dark meat is super moist and tasty, the flavors of garlic will be an excellent combination for thigh meat. The curry gets it fragrance form garlic and the spices you use, and it gets its heat from red chili flakes you use. Hence, depending on the type of chili flakes you use, the heat of the dish varies. If you prefer less spicy dish, then make sure to use low heat red chili flakes. If you like a spicier version of this recipe, add more chili flakes than recommended in the recipe.

Cooking chicken in a different style excites all of us as making the same chicken dish sounds boring. Try this Indian style garlic chicken curry, which can be cooked in less time and with less effort. You just need your regular pantry staples to make this delicious dish. Do try this at your home and share your experience of cooking this and how awesome it was.

Ingredients:

  •  Chicken breasts, cut in small pieces – 200g
  • Onion, finely chopped – 1
  • Ginger, small piece, grated – 1
  • Garlic cloves, crushed – 4
  • Ground cumin – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric – 1teaspoon
  • Red chili flakes – ½ tablespoon
  • Cinnamon, ground – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander, ground – 1 teaspoon
  • Tomato puree – 2 tablespoons
  • Tomatoes chopped – 1 can
  • Greek yogurt – 4 tablespoons
  • Fresh coriander, finely chopped – a handful
  • Oil- As required

Instructions:

  1. In a pan, add olive oil and add onion, ginger, garlic and cook for 3 minutes till onions become soft.
  2. Now add the chicken and cook for 3 more minutes till slightly browned.
  3. After that add red chili flakes, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, and coriander to the pan and mix well. Cook it for about a minute.
  4. Add tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and cook for 20 minutes.
  5. Finally, add in Greek yogurt and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves before serving.

Nutritional information:

Calories: 475 | Fats: 12gm | Cholestrol:1mg | Sodium:375mg | Protein: 69gm | Dietary fiber: 8gm

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