This simple and authentic chicken curry is one you need to make! So good.
Restaurant staff curries are awesome. Try this simple chicken curry!
A few years after I started writing this blog, I was invited to Punjabi restaurant, Sachins in Newcastle to learn some of their recipes.
One of the recipes that I learned was this simple chicken curry which also happens to be one of their staff curries.
Since then, I have seen Punjabi staff curries like this made on numerous occasions at different restaurants. Now I would like to show you how it’s done.
What is a staff curry?
Most restaurants will have a lamb, seafood or something like this simple chicken curry cooking in the kitchen for staff.
In Sachin’s case, I think this Punjabi chicken curry was also on their menu.
Usually, however curries like this are served to staff as they are much more like the curries they eat at home.
It might be the chicken tikka masalas, lamb madrases and vindaloos that get people in the doors of a restaurant but that is not what the staff want on their plates.
Make this simple chicken curry your own…
This simple chicken curry is delicious as it is. There is so much you can do with it though.
If you like spicy curries, you might like to add some Mr Naga pickle to it to taste. This makes an amazing naga chicken curry.
You could also add black mustard seeds, curry leaves and coconut milk to the mix for a more south Indian flavour.
Like saag curries? Why not blend up some spinach and fresh chillies and pour it in with a little cream?
I often add chicken tikka to this simple chicken curry along with the bone in thighs. Then I take the tikka out with some of the broth and use it in my BIR (British Indian Restaurant) style curries.
In the winter months I like to cook this simple chicken curry but with mild flavoured game birds such as pheasants and partridges. When I do, I cook the whole birds cut into about three or four pieces.
There really is no reason why you couldn’t use other meats too. Lamb leg cut into small chunks on the bone is always a big hit at my house. This is also a popular staff curry at some restaurants.
Just in case you like cooking with step by step photos, I have photographed the method for this simple chicken curry for you…
What makes this curry so easy?
One thing I really like about this authentic Punjabi chicken curry recipe is its simplicity! You only need one pot. Get your ingredients prepared before starting and the recipe is so easy.
The flavours are out of this world too. Just let the curry simmer slowly and you will be in for a real treat.
Just like most curries, this Punjabi chicken curry is even better the next day.
I thought I should point this out. If you are having friends over or a curry feast, cook everything the day before and then just heat it up to serve. Your friends will be amazed at the flavours in this easy curry and you won’t be left standing in front of the oven. Get your curries cooked and then enjoy the party!
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