Chicken, Potato and Chickpea Curry

  • Chicken Curry
    This curry balances the spiciness from the curry seasonings with the yogurt's creaminess
  • Chicken Curry with Naan Bread
    This chicken curry is delicious with naan bread or basmati rice


This chicken curry recipe has my favorite elements of Indian takeout along with the benefits of home cooking and comfort food. This curry combines chicken, potatoes, and chickpeas in a sauce that balances the spiciness from the curry seasonings with the creaminess from the yogurt.

This easy weeknight dinner has recently become a favorite in our house. The potatoes provide an earthy element to the curry, while the yogurt brings creaminess to balance the spice from the curry seasonings. The peppers, onions, spinach and cilantro bring a bit of freshness and lighten up the dish.

The seasonings can be adjusted based on your taste. For mild leave out the cayenne and use mild curry powder. For spicy use hot curry powder and fresh cayenne pepper.

This chicken curry is delicious served with either naan bread or with basmati rice – although certainly, no one would complain if you served it with both!


  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, approximately 3 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow pepper, diced
  • 3/4 lb. chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 14 oz. can chickpeas
  • 1-1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 5 oz. baby spinach
  • 6 oz. whole milk plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

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Preheat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add oil and heat until it just starts to shimmer. Add cubed potatoes. Cover and cook for approximately 5 min, stirring occasionally.

Add diced peppers, diced onions, and 1 teaspoon salt. Replace cover and cook for 7-8 min, stirring occasionally.

Add diced chicken thighs. Replace cover and cook for 7-8 min, stirring occasionally. Then add spices, spinach, chickpeas and remaining teaspoon of salt. Cover and cook 4-5 minutes until spinach is wilted and chicken is cooked through.

Stir in yogurt and chopped cilantro. Cook 1-2 minutes until heated through.


I use Yukon Gold potatoes without peeling them. If you use Russet potatoes, I would recommend peeling them, because the texture of the skins is more pronounced.

The cayenne pepper is optional and depends on your own spice tolerance and the spiciness of your curry powder.

I used whole milk yogurt for maximum creaminess, but this recipe should also work with low-fat yogurt.

This curry is excellent with either Basmati rice or naan. Many grocery stores now sell fresh or frozen naan. 

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Last Updated

November 29, 2016