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Indian-Spiced Chicken

Chicken thighs are braised in a rich, spicy tomato sauce for a hearty meal.




  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 small green chile
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 28-ounce can pureed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Step 1

    Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.

  2. Step 2

    Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to hot pan. Brown on both sides. Cook in batches if needed.

  3. Step 3

    Remove chicken from pan and add onion, garlic, and ginger. Cut a slit into the chile lengthwise and add to pan. Saute the onion mixture until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add spices and cook for 30 seconds.

  4. Step 4

    Add tomatoes and 1/2 cup water and stir. Add chicken back to pan and bring up to a simmer. Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through and sauce is thickened, about 30 minutes. Turn chicken occasionally throughout cooking.

  5. Step 5

    When ready to serve, uncover and stir in cream. Simmer for 1 minute and serve.

Mad Hungry, May 2011



Reviews (2)

  • 16 Feb, 2014

    My grade-school age kids wouldn't touch this, but I liked it a lot. I might use boneless skinless breasts in the future, and I might add a little more water - mine was pretty thick.

  • 21 May, 2011

    My family LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this dish! Even my finicky 20-yr. old eater son