Easy Curried Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled chicken breast marinated in Garam Masala and aromatic spices then grilled until golden and juicy. Easy, healthy and delicious!

Curried Grilled Chicken Breast

Ingredients needed

This recipe is so simple and requires a few spices to make the delicious marinade. However, if you don’t have all the spices mentioned on hand, using a good quality Garam Masala or similar spice mix will be a good substitute.

  • Boneless skinless Chicken breasts. Skinless boneless thighs can also be used.
  • Oil. I used canola oil but olive oil, avocado or grapeseed oil can also be used.
  • Lemon juice. Lime juice can be substituted.
  • Spices: Garam Masala, turmeric, paprika, chilli flakes/red pepper flakes, cardamom, garlic powder.
  • Salt and black pepper. 
  • Curry leaves (optional).

Chicken breasts in curry marinade.

How to grill chicken breast

  1. Flatten the chicken: To allow the chicken to cook evenly, I prefer flattening them out slightly. Place the chicken in between two sheets of parchment paper and flatten with a meat mallet or a rolling pin until even in thickness, approximately 1.5-2cm thick. Place the chicken in a suitable dish for marinating.
  2. Make the chicken marinade: Whisk together oil, lemon juice, spices, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over the chicken and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes but up to 24 hours, covered in the fridge.
  3. Grill the chicken: Cook the chicken on a hot grill or grill pan set over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes then flip with tongs and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the chicken is golden with grill marks and tender. Remove from the heat and allow to rest for a few minutes then slice and serve.

How long to grill chicken breast

Depending on the thickness, chicken breasts should take no longer than 8 minutes to cook on a hot grill. Flattening the chicken allows it to cook evenly and much quicker. Chicken breasts are done when the internal temperature reads 70ºC/160ºF on an meat thermometer, or when the chicken is white throughout. Remember the chicken will continue cooking while it rests.

What to serve with grilled chicken breast

I served the chicken with roti, yogurt and fresh coriander/cilantro leaves for everyone to make their own wraps but you could serve it with a simple salad, steamed rice or crispy potatoes too.

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Curried Grilled Chicken Breast

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Curried Grilled Chicken Breast

Easy Curried Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled chicken breast marinated in Garam Masala and aromatic spices then grilled until golden and juicy. Easy, healthy and delicious!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Curried chicken, Easy grilled chicken, grilled chicken breast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 750 g (1½lbs) chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 10 curry leaves (optional)

Instructions

  • To allow the chicken to cook evenly, I prefer flattening them out slightly. Place the chicken in between two sheets of parchment paper and flatten with a meat mallet or a rolling pin until even in thickness, approximately 1.5-2cm thick.
  • Place the chicken in a suitable dish for marinating.
  • Whisk together oil, lemon juice, spices, salt and pepper.
  • Pour over the chicken and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes but up to 24 hours, covered in the fridge.
  • Cook the chicken on a hot grill or grill pan for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to rest for a few minutes then slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Hi, I have yet to try this recipe. It looks great but it should have a different name, in my opinion as someone who is Indian and familiar with the cuisine. “Curry” means sauce in many Indian languages. I thought this chicken would be marinated and then served with a sauce, given the “curried” description in the name, but it doesn’t seem that way. A more appropriate name would be Indian-Spice Grilled Chicken or Masala Grilled Chicken. “Masala” means mix of spices, which is closer to this recipe’s actually content.