Simple & delicious chicken madras recipe

Day 1 of our fourth lockdown here in Melbourne and I am cooking one dish every day to hopefully brighten up the days. Because it was so good I would…

chicken thighs in madras sauce with rice in the background

Day 1 of our fourth lockdown here in Melbourne and I am cooking one dish every day to hopefully brighten up the days. Because it was so good I would like to share this simple &delicious chicken madras recipe with you guys. Maybe it will sweeten your day too. It is uncomplicated yet full of flavour and requires only a little chopping.

As you might have noticed I am always very conscious of what I cook for my family. And with winter and cold season starting here in Melbourne I am paying extra attention to what goes into our meals. That’s why I cooked this typical South Indian curry with tons of onions, garlic, ginger, and spices. Did you know that all of these ingredients are very well known for their immune-boosting properties?


Take the onions for example. The health benefits related to onions are quite impressive. This nutrient-packed vegetable contains powerful compounds that may decrease your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. What is even more important today, onions have antibacterial properties and promote digestive health, which is shown to improve our immune function.


And now let’s look at the garlic. Garlic contains allicin, a very strong antibiotic that is used as an antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal agent. It boosts the immune system and helps the body to resist or destroy viruses and other microorganisms. Bye-bye cold!


Last but not least, this delicious Indian curry contains ginger. People have consumed ginger all around the world since ancient times. The unique flavour of ginger comes from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol. Gingerol is a bioactive compound that is known for its great medical properties. Gingerol enhances immune response and has powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties (source).

For me, meals like this delicious Madras chicken curry are a perfect example of what good food is supposed to be, nourishing for our bodies and our souls. Enjoy your dinner and boost your immunity while eating it.

chicken in madras sauce on a plate with basmati rice and fresh coriander leaves


Simple and delicious chicken Madras recipe

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chicken thighs in madras curry sauce in a plate

Simple & delicious chicken madras recipe

  • Author: Elena
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 4 serves 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This simple chicken madras recipe is absolutely delicious. Tender chicken cooked in coconut milk with lots of spices such as coriander, turmeric, and cumin. Furthermore, it is packed with immune-boosting compounds that will help you and your family to fight off viruses and infections and stay healthy. Enjoy!



1 kg of chicken thighs, skin on, bone-in (you can also use Marylands)

3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

45 fresh curry leaves

1 large onion finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped

3 cm fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped

1 tsp chilli powder, skip it if cooking for kids

1 tsp ground tumeric

1 tbsp ground coriander

1 1/2 tsp ground cummin

1 tsp salt

1/2 tin organic diced tomatoes, always use BPA-FREE variety

1 cup good quality coconut milk

Fresh coriander to serve


Heat olive oil in a large heavy saucepan over low heat. Gently fry the onions, garlic, coriander, and curry leaves for about 10 minutes or until the onions are soft. Stir frequently. 

Add spices such as chilli (if using), turmeric, coriander and cumin, fry for 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes and salt, stir and cover with the lid. Let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Add chicken turning them around until they are fully coated in the spice mix. Cover and cook for 30 minutes on very low heat.

Now add coconut milk, stir and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. 

Serve with fresh coriander and basmati rice. Enjoy!


This recipe is adapted from The Hot and Spicy Book by Charmaine Solomon.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: madras, chicken curry, Indian curry

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  1. Made this on the weekday for the family dinner. Came out wonderfully! Thank you for sharing

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