Chicken Curry – Once Upon a Chef

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Whip up a one-skillet chicken curry, brimming with vibrant peas and rich flavors, all in just 30 minutes—a weeknight winner!

Chicken Curry

Searching for an easy yet delicious dinner option? Look no further than this tender chicken curry. Start with thinly sliced chicken breasts, give them a quick sauté, then as they simmer in a rich curry sauce, toss in some frozen peas. These peas not only add vibrant color and a hint of sweetness but also round out the dish with a nutritious veggie element. The best part? You can have this one-skillet dish ready in about 30 minutes, making it perfect for those nights when you have to hit the kitchen running. Remember, as with any dish using curry powder, the flavor and spice profile will vary depending on the brand you select. I use McCormick curry powder, which is readily available in most supermarkets and yields a mild, kid-friendly curry. Choose your preferred curry powder and pair the dish with fluffy basmati rice or naan for a meal that’s sure to become a weeknight family favorite.

“Fabulous. I loved it and my husband couldn’t stop raving about it…He’s already asking when I’m going to make it again, and we just finished dinner.”

Sue A.

What you’ll need to make chicken curry

Step-By-Step Instructions

Begin by cutting the chicken into 1/4-inch slices. The best way is to cut each breast in half lengthwise, then slice on the diagonal. Don’t make yourself crazy over it, but try to make each piece about the same size; this ensures that they cook evenly. Next, season the chicken with salt, pepper and curry powder.

how to make chicken curry

Heat some vegetable oil in a large skillet, then briefly sauté the chicken until it is lightly browned but still pink in spots.

how to make chicken curry
how to make chicken curry

Transfer the partially cooked chicken to a clean bowl, then add the onions to the pan and cook until soft and translucent.

how to make chicken curry

Add the ginger, garlic, and more curry powder and sauté until fragrant.

how to make chicken curry

Add the chicken stock and cornstarch to the vegetables.

how to make chicken curry

Cook until the sauce is thickened, then add the chicken back to the pan, along with the frozen peas and simmer until the chicken is just cooked.

how to make chicken curry

Add the Greek yogurt and fresh chopped cilantro.

how to make chicken curry

Stir until combined.

how to make chicken curry

Serve with basmati rice and/or naan.

Video Tutorial

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Chicken Curry

Whip up a one-skillet chicken curry, brimming with vibrant peas and rich flavors, all in just 30 minutes—a weeknight winner!


  • 1¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ¼-inch strips
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2½ teaspoons curry powder, divided
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (see note)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, best quality such as Swanson
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup frozen peas (no need to thaw)
  • ¼ cup plain low fat (2%) or whole Greek yogurt (do not use nonfat)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with ¾ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon curry powder.
  2. Heat 1½ tablespoons of oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat until just smoking. Add the chicken in a single layer and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned but still pink in spots, about 3 minutes. Transfer the partially cooked chicken to a clean bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 1½ tablespoons oil to the skillet and set heat to medium. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, ginger and remaining 1½ teaspoons curry powder and cook until fragrant, about a minute more.
  4. Whisk the chicken broth and cornstarch together to dissolve the cornstarch, then add to the skillet along with the sugar and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook until the sauce is nicely thickened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the peas and partially cooked chicken to the skillet, turn the heat down to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, a few minutes. Off the heat, stir in the yogurt and cilantro; then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with basmati rice.
  6. Note: Check out easy guidance on how to peel, grate, and chop fresh ginger here.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 361
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 36g
  • Sodium: 830mg
  • Cholesterol: 93mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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