Aromatic chicken curry

Make this curry with its fragant flavours of cinnamon, cardamom and star anise – you won’t need that Indian takeaway menu!

Serves: 6
Skill level:Easy peasy


    • 2tsp vegetable oil
    • 6 skinned chicken thigh fillets, trimmed of fat, halved
    • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 6 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
    • 2tbsp Kashmiri curry paste
    • 250g carton low-fat Greek yogurt
    • 25-30g (about 1oz) fresh coriander leaves and stalks, chopped
    • 60g (2oz) sultanas

To serve:

    • 300g (10oz) basmati rice
    • 1 cinnamon stick, 4 cardamom pods and 2 star anise, to flavour the rice, optional
    • 100g (31/2oz) green beans, chopped into short lengths
    • Fresh coriander leaves, to garnish
    • Mango chutney and low-fat yogurt, flavoured with chopped spring onions


    1. Heat a large frying pan, add the oil and fry the pieces of chicken for 5 mins, until they brown on the underside. Turn them over and cook them for another few minutes. Remove from pan, leaving pan juices, and set aside.
    1. Add the onion, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and crushed cardamom to the pan and cook until the onion is softened – for about 5 mins.
    1. Put the chicken back in to pan. Add the curry paste, yogurt, 150ml (¼ pint) warm water, coriander and sultanas. Stir well, cover with a lid and cook for 20-25 mins over a very low heat. Add more water if the curry doesn’t have enough sauce for you.
    1. Cook the rice, along with the spices, if liked, following the pack instructions, adding the green beans halfway through cooking. Drain off any water. Serve rice with the curry, garnished with coriander, and mango chutney and flavoured yogurt, if you like. (Not suitable for freezing).

Note: Calorie and fat values are for the maximum number of servings stated.Feature: Kate Moseley. Photos: Chris Alack. Stylist: Sue Radcliffe

Nutritional information per portion

fat 6.0g saturates 1.5g calories 360(kcal)

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.