Chicken korma curry

Chicken korma curry is all kinds of delicious. Made with a spiced-cashew base, the curry is mild, intensely flavourful and perfect served with steamed rice.

Chicken korma curry

Korma curry has been my go-to dish when entertaining for the longest time. It’s the type of curry I prep the day ahead and can say with absolute certainty that everyone will love (well so far, anyway). I make chicken korma more often than I’d like to admit and when it’s a really special occasion, I’ll use cubes of lamb which imparts incredibly richness to the curry (but it does take a bit more time to cook).

What makes korma such a crowd-pleaser is that you get all the warm, intense spiciness that you want from a good curry but none of the heat (although I do tend to serve it with freshly chopped chillies/chilli oil for my guests to add the heat themselves). And the cashew base along with the yoghurt adds incredibly creaminess. You’re left with a seriously delicious korma curry that is simply perfect served with steamed rice/Naan bread and crispy poppadoms. Impressive, easy AND delicious? Yes please!

Chicken korma curry

How to make chicken korma

Blend cashews, spices and aromatics until smooth then pour over cubed chicken and allow to marinate. To make the curry, cook the onions in butter until soft and fragrant then add spices and garlic and the chicken mixture. Allow to brown slightly then add the chicken stock, reduce the heat and allow to cook until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Adjust seasoning then serve with rice, naan bread or poppadoms.

What to serve with chicken korma

  1. Naan bread 
  2. Steamed Basmati rice.
  3. Buttery Roti
  4. Crispy Poppadoms

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Chicken korma

Chicken korma

Chicken korma curry is all kinds of delicious. Made with a spiced-cashew base, the curry is mild, intensely flavourful and perfect served with steamed rice.
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Course: Chicken, Curry, Indian
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken curry, Chicken korma curry, Korma curry
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 6


  • 1 cup cashews soaked overnight in cold water then drained
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons korma curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala/curry powder I used a medium-hot curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups full fat plain/Greek yoghurt
  • 1 kg 2lbs chicken thighs, cubed

for the curry

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon korma curry powder
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar optional

to serve

  • Steamed rice
  • Poppadoms
  • fresh coriander


  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in a blender (except for the chicken) and blend until smooth.
  • Pour over the chicken thighs and allow to marinade,covered, in the fridge for at least 1 hour but ideally up to 24 hours.
  • When you are ready to start the curry, remove the chicken from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Melt the butter in a hot pot and add the onion. Allow to cook until soft and translucent then add the garlic and korma curry powder and allow to cook for a minute.
  • Add the chicken and all the marinade to the pot and allow to cook, stirring to prevent the marinade from catching and burning, for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock, stir to combine then reduce the heat and place a lid on the pot.
  • Allow to cook for 30-45 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the lid then season with salt, pepper and sugar (if using) and allow to simmer for a further 10 minutes until the sauce has reduced slightly.
  • Serve the chicken korma over steamed rice with poppadoms and fresh coriander.


Korma curry powder can be replaced with the same quantity of garam masala/curry powder.


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 485mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 2.1mg


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  1. Are the cashews roasted? Toasted in a pan? Raw? I’m trying to make this to replace my package sauce go-to but idk which cashews to get. TY!

  2. Your recipe is absolutely fool-proof. I’ve made it many times and it is always a hit. Thanks for a great, reliable recipe!

  3. Can you answer a question for me? What is garam masala/curry powder? I have in my cupboard garam masala and curry powder. Is what you’re referring to a mixture of some sort? I NEED to make this, so I want to get it right! 🙂

      1. Thanks for responding! Are you saying I could use one or the other? I have both. I didn’t realize they are interchangeable?

        1. There are many different types of curry powder so it definitely offers something different to Garam Masala but I have interchanged them many times before without too much difference. As long as the curry powder you are using is of good quality, it should be perfectly fine to use instead of Garam Masala. Taste them and see which one you prefer 🙂 Or use both!

  4. I put the chicken in the marinate tonight and it smells amazing!! Can’t wait to have it for dinnner tomorrow night!