Coriander Chicken Curry

Indian coriander chicken curry
Chicken in a spicy cilantro gravy.

Chicken - about 500 gms
Red Onion - 1 big
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Cumin/Jeera Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Bay Leaf - 1

Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - 1 cup
Green Chillies - 10
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Garlic - 8 big cloves
Ginger - an inch piece
Yogurt/Curd - 4 tbsp

Dry Red Chillies (Byadagi Variety) - 2
Coriander/Dhania Seeds - 1 tbsp
Poppy Seeds/Khuskhus - 1 tbsp
Cloves/Long/Lavang - 5
Cinnamon/Dalchini - a small piece

1. Grind cilantro leaves, green chillies, ginger, garlic, turmeric, 1/2 tsp salt and yogurt to a fine paste.  I used 2 chicken breasts.  Marinate washed chicken pieces in this paste for 2 - 3 hours or overnight.  Keep it refrigerated.
coriander chicken curry marinade
2. Heat about 1 tsp oil in a pan.  Fry the dry red chillies till they turn crisp.  Keep it aside.  Add coriander seeds, poppy seeds, cloves and cinnamon and fry till the spices turn aromatic.  Let the spices cool.
3. Roughly dice tomatoes.  Grind tomatoes, fried red chillies and fried spices together to a fine paste.  Add little water if required.
4. Finely chop onions.  Heat a pan and add 1 - 2 tbsp oil.  Add a bay leaf, cumin seeds and after few seconds, add chopped onions.  Saute till onions turn slightly brown.  
5. Now add the marinated chicken pieces.  Saute to mix and cook it covered for 8 - 10 minutes.  Check with the spatula if chicken is cooked.  After chicken gets cooked, add the ground tomato and spice paste.
6. Mix and cook it covered for 5 - 10 minutes at low flame.  Check for salt and cook till you get the desired consistency.
7. Serve hot coriander chicken with roti or bread or steamed rice.


  1. coriander chicken looks so delicious cilantro based curries...yummy


  2. Very flavourful dish, chicken looks yummy...

  3. The dish looks too tempting..Today I will make this one....I have all the ingredients at home....

  4. Delicious chicken curry..coriander must have added so many flavors to the dish!

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  5. Slurpp, very tempting chicken curry..

  6. Come back again just to let u know that I cooked this dish and it tastes very different and tasty..I have done lil bit of variation on it....I added potato .....I didn't add toamato to avoid more tanginess.... I made the fried spices out of cumin,fennel,poppyseeds and red chilly.....and for tambering I used garam masal and bay leave.....thanks for sharing this lovely dish....

  7. Thanks Kamalika for the feedback.. am glad you liked it.. the variations are interesting..

  8. Delicious chicken curry with lots of flavor..looks so tempting..will surely try this

  9. Corriander chicken sounds very flavourable and tempting.

  10. Mouthwatering chicken recipe, looks so good Uma


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