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Chicken curry for beginners

The book of the Hemsley sisters is still going strong in our kitchen. We have tried several recipes (on the blog here and here) and we continue to discover new fantastic flavors and healthy options. This recipe is a simple take on chicken curry. Not at all complicated, very juicy and a tad spicy. You can serve it with cauliflower rice or brown rice. Either way, you will have a nice balanced natural meal.


As usual, we have replaced the coconut oil for olive oil because we prefer it that way, but feel free to use coconut oil or ghee.


You will need:
2 tbsp olive oil
4 large chicken thighs
3 tsp ground cumin
3 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp fennel seeds (if this flavour is too strong for you, add just one tsp)
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 large onion, sliced
6 garlic cloves, diced
2 tbsp tomato purée
4 large tomatoes, chopped
300 ml vegetable stock (the original recipe includes 500 ml, but we found the sauce too watery)
300 gr beans
2 large handfuls of spinach
Juice of 1/2 lime
Sea salt and black pepper
Chicken_Curry_10Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Season the chicken thighs with sea salt and pepper, then brown for a few minutes on each side until golden. Remove the chicken from the pan and reserve.

Lower the heat in the pan and add all the spices. Keep them moving for one minute so that they don’t burn.

Add another tbsp of olive oil, the onions and fry for a few minutes bedore adding the garlic. Add a pinch of sea salt and pepper, the tomato purée and turn up the heat.

Add the chicken back in, the chopped tomatoes and the vegetable stock.

Simmer over medium heat for 40 minutes. Add the green beans and leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the lime juice and check the seasoning.

Place the spinach on top, cover with a lid and let the residual heat wilt the spinach for 5 minutes.

We were quite afraid of preparing our own chicken curry but this recipe is so easy that it’s perfect for beginners. You know the drill: if it’s easy to prepare we’re in!


  1. I’m not a soup fan…not at all. The German word itself for soup is weird to me!
    But I love Curry. So everytime I need a warm meal that can be eaten in a bowl, while it is freezing outside curry is my go to meal! My mum keeps telling me curry is just like thick soup.

    • Well, we don’t like soup that’s why we reduced the amount of vegetable stock. A little trick to avoid the “soup effect” :)

    • Thighs are perfect because their meat is juicier than breasts’ meat. This recipe is delicous!! Let us know if you give it a try!

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