Creamy Chicken Curry with Chickpeas Recipe

A satisfying blend of chicken, chickpeas, and aromatic spices in a creamy coconut curry sauce.
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Deliciously Versatile: A Crowd-Pleasing Chicken Curry with Chickpeas for Memorable Family Dinners and Festive Gatherings!

This delightful chicken curry with chickpeas recipe is perfect for a light family dinner or a crowd-pleasing party dish. The tender chicken and hearty chickpeas are immersed in a flavourful coconut curry sauce, creating a mouthwatering combination.

Versatile and easy to prepare, it’s a go-to recipe for any occasion. Enjoy the comforting flavours and impress your loved ones with this delicious curry that will leave everyone satisfied and asking for seconds.

Chickpea Curry

This Chicken Curry with Chickpeas recipe offers a delightful combination of being both healthy and delicious. Here’s why:

Health Benefits:

  • Protein-Rich: Chicken and chickpeas provide ample protein for muscle growth and repair.
  • Balanced Nutrients: A variety of vegetables, spices, and legumes offer essential fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Spices: Turmeric, cumin, and coriander provide anti-inflammatory properties for overall health.
  • Healthy Fats: Coconut cream adds beneficial fats, including medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) for satiety and energy.
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  • Flavourful Spices: Aromatic spices like curry powder, cumin, and turmeric create a rich and tantalising taste.
  • Creamy Coconut Sauce: The addition of coconut cream brings a velvety texture and enhances the curry’s richness.
  • Versatile Ingredients: The recipe allows customization, adjusting spice levels and ingredients to personal preference.

Vegetarian Option:

  • Substitute chicken with plant-based protein like tofu or paneer (Indian cottage cheese).
  • Marinate tofu or paneer with the same spice mixture and follow the recipe accordingly.
  • Add extra vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, or mushrooms for enhanced flavors and textures.
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Serve this delectable chicken and chickpea curry hot, alongside brown rice, basmati rice, or warm naan bread. Consider trying it with our coconut rice or the homemade Turkish Bread for a delightful twist.

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To complete the meal, indulge in a light and healthy dessert, such as our white chocolate treat. Enjoy a flavourful and satisfying culinary experience!

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 25 mins Total Time 55 mins
Servings: 6
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


This chicken and chickpeas curry recipe combines tender chicken, hearty chickpeas, and a rich blend of aromatic spices. The creamy coconut sauce adds a luxurious touch to the dish, making it a comforting and flavourful meal. With its perfect balance of flavours and textures, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings for a delicious and satisfying curry experience.

Main Ingredients

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  1. In a bowl, marinate the diced chicken with salt, black pepper, curry powder, ground coriander, cumin, paprika, chilli powder (if using), mixed spices, and turmeric. Allow it to marinate for at least 20 minutes, or longer for more flavour.

  2. Heat some coconut oil or any other oil of your choice in a large skillet or pan over medium heat.

  3. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, and minced ginger to the pan. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent and the mixture becomes fragrant.

  4. in a separate bowl, add the washed and strained chickpeas and sprinkle some of the seasonings (such as salt, black pepper, curry powder, cumin, and paprika) over the chickpeas and mix well.

  5. For extra crispiness, you can transfer the seasoned chickpeas to a baking tray and roast them in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 10 minutes. This step is optional but adds a nice texture to the dish.

  6. Return the pan to the stovetop and add the marinated chicken. Stir-fry until the chicken is partially cooked and no longer pink on the outside.

  7. Add the diced tomatoes and the remaining seasonings to the pan. Stir everything together to coat the chicken and vegetables with the spices.

  8. Pour in a cup of water to create a sauce. Stir well and allow the curry to simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the flavours have melded together.

  9. Stir in the coconut cream, making sure it is well incorporated into the curry. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes to thicken the sauce slightly.

  10. Add the spinach to the pan and cook until it wilts down.

  11. Taste the curry and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. If desired, you can add more salt, spices, or chili powder to increase the heat.

  12. Once everything is cooked and well combined, remove the pan from the heat.

  13. Serve the Chicken & Chickpeas Curry hot with steamed rice or naan bread. You can garnish it with fresh cilantro leaves for added freshness.

Keywords: Chicken, Chickpeas, Curry, Spices, Coconut, Aromatic, Creamy, Flavourful, Comforting, Satisfying.

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  1. Nana

    this meal was so delicious and creamy. the chickpeas were so delicious with it aswell. amazing recipe and felt super healthy.

  1. Nana

    this meal was so delicious and creamy. the chickpeas were so delicious with it aswell. amazing recipe and felt super healthy.

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