Pakistani Chicken Curry Recipe

It’s Foodie Friday once again. So, I thought I’d share another recipe. This time, I’m sharing the recipe for what seems to have become my “signature dish”. For some reason, this dish is one that my friends and family just absolutely love soooo much. And, it’s probably one of my personal favourites too.

I learned how to cook this when my husband and I were living in Singapore a few years ago. We had some friends from Pakistan (twin brothers married to two sisters) living in our building. And, we used to go to have dinner parties together. My husband and I fell in love with this dish. That’s why I requested our female friends to teach me how to make this chicken curry dish. They were only too happy to share. So, one evening, I stood in their kitchen, watching them cook the curry while I took notes and asked questions. It was a great way to learn a new dish from another culture!

Since I’ve been receiving a few requests about sharing this recipe, I thought I might as well blog about it here. I actually have blogged about this recipe many years ago on this blog. But, I’ve taken down all my blog posts pre-2004, which included this chicken curry recipe. So, this is my second try in blogging about this yummy dish.

Anyway, this recipe is now partly modified, as I learned to tweak it in my own way. I hope you enjoy it!

3.0 from 2 reviews
Pakistani Chicken Curry Recipe
This is the family's absolute favourite curry dish. Never fails.
Cuisine: Asian
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 2 sliced red onions (medium sized)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 kg chicken pieces
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder (adjust to your own spice threshold!)
  • 1 tbsp dry coriander
  • 1 tbsp iodised salt
  • ½ tbsp tumeric powder
  • 8 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup water or chicken stock
  • 2 cubed tomatoes
  • approx. 2 inches' worth of fresh ginger (sliced thinly)
  • 2 sliced fresh long green chili
  • ½ cup of fresh coriander
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, quartered.
  1. Stir fry the sliced onion in oil until light brown.
  2. Add the chicken. Cook until light brown on both sides. (Alternatively, you can lightly brown the chicken in another pan first.)
  3. Add garlic paste, ginger paste, red chili powder, dry coriander, salt, tumeric powder, and yoghurt. Stir together.
  4. Add water or stock. Continue to stir together.
  5. Add the potatoes. Again, stir.
  6. Put on the pan's lid. Lower the heat and allow the meat and potatoes to cook.
  7. When meat and potatoes are cooked, add tomatoes, fresh ginger slices, green chili, and fresh coriander. Don't mix. Put the lid back on and allow to cook for 5 more minutes.
  8. Take the lid off then stir together. Leave to cook for another 5 minutes, until tomatoes are fully cooked (skin's peeling off) and potatoes are soft.
  9. Turn it off and let it stand for a few minutes before serving.
If you wish, you can put this chicken curry in the fridge overnight and serve the next day. Curries tend to taste nicer after a day.
This chicken curry dish is best served with basmati rice, fresh green vegetable salad, and a warm nan/roti or popadums.

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  1. Dexie says

    I love curry dishes but Hubs don’t so I’ll just drool vicariously through this. Thanks Shai :)

  2. Jen says

    This curry chicken recipe is so delicious. I was wondering which part you tweaked cause I want to try it exactly how your neighbors cooked the dish.

  3. Syed Khawar says

    I made a little mistake add 1tbsp turmeric powder rather corriander hope it will taste even with mistake, but thanks for this post.
    Syed Khawar

  4. dimple says

    Thanks for posting this recipe,
    Currently fasting for ramadan and decided to make this curry for when breaking my fast…… i hope it tastes okay, as i am not tasting the food in the process of cooking it!! Havn’t learnt how mothers and people do that….can just cook something without quantitites and tasting!!!!