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Restaurant Style Chicken Chasni

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 Chicken Chasni – Red or natural… You decide.

Many people say that chicken chasni is the new chicken tikka masala. Only time will tell if it is to become one of the nation’s favourite curries. One thing is for sure… People love it.  

If you’d like to make your chicken chasni curry into a curry feast, be sure to try plain or flavoured Basmati rice, homemade naans or chapatis, a good dal and a selection of chutneys. Don’t forget the samosas!

chicken chasni curry

Chicken chasni curry. Remember, the food colouring is optional.

How is this chicken chasni recipe differ to the one in my cookbook?

Not a lot really. I love this chicken chasni recipe and wanted you to try it the way I make it at home.

In my cookbooks, the recipe is family size to serve 4 or more as part of a multi-course meal.

The recipe below is a curry house portion that will serve 1 – 2 people. I just halved the recipe.

Chicken chasni is the perfect beginner curry!

Chicken chasni is one of those curries you can really have a play with. There is so much going on in this British invented curry.

You’ve got sweetness from the ketchup and mango chutney and a nice sourness from the mint sauce and lemon juice.  As there really isn’t any hot spices in the curry, it is a good one to serve to kids and those who don’t like spicy curries. 

Be sure to taste the curry before serving. You can adjust the sourness and sweetness to your own preference.

Why not have a play with the ingredients?

You probably already have some if not all of these ingredients but if you don’t, they’re readily available at most supermarkets! 

My wife likes me to add coconut milk to this chicken chasni recipe instead of cream. Coconut milk isn’t normally used in chicken chasni but it does offer a nice touch. 

I prefer my curries spicier so I add a little red chilli powder to mine. Again, this isn’t normally done in a chasni but if it sounds good to you, do it.

What about the colouring?

Chicken chasni curries are famous for being bright red in colour. I’m afraid that is done with food colouring.

I’ve heard stories about how chicken chasni curries are actually sent back because they aren’t red enough. That’s a bit silly as there is no flavour in that red food dye. 

Of course the colour of this chicken chasni curry is completely down to you. I usually leave the food colouring out but added it this time. If you want it bright red, purchase some food colouring and add it until you are happy with the colour. 

Just a little should usually be enough. 

Prepared ingredients…

This is a curry house style curry and that means there is some forward preparation required. 

You will need to pre-cook your chicken. Try this stewed chicken recipe or perhaps you would like this tandoori chicken tikka better.

You will also need to make the base curry sauce. I make mine in large batches and then freeze what I don’t use. This makes whipping up a restaurant curry really easy.

One thing you might also like to do is pre-cook your chicken in the base sauce. This adds a nice flavour to the sauce too. 

I recommend getting all of your ingredients ready before starting cooking. You don’t want to have to look for ingredients when the pan is hot. 

Chicken Chasni step by step…

Frying garlic and ginger paste.

Heat the oil over medium high heat and stir in the garlic and ginger paste to fry for about 30 seconds.

Adding turmeric to the pan

Stir in the turmeric. I like to add the cumin later in cooking but if you like a weaker cumin flavour, add it now too.

Adding base sauce to the pan

Stir in a couple of ladles of base sauce and bring to a simmer.

Adding pre-cooked chicken to the pan

Stir in the pre-cooked chicken. Add more base if needed to coat.

Simmering chicken chasni

Bring the base sauce to a simmer, only stirring if it is obviously sticking to the pan.

Adding ketchup, mango chutney and mint sauce

Stir in the mango chutney, mint sauce and ketchup.

Adding cream to the pan

Then add the cream.

Chicken chasni curry without food colouring

Your sauce is just about finished. You can now add food colouring if you want.

finished chicken chasni

To finish, stir in the coriander and season with salt to taste.

Here are more curry house curry favourites you might like to try!

Chicken Korma
Chicken Madras
Chicken Dhansak
Lamb Rogan Josh
Lamb Vindaloo
Chicken Chilli Garlic
Chicken Patia
Lamb Bhuna

Chicken chasni curry

Dig in!


Yield: 2

Restaurant Style Chicken Chasni

Chicken chasni curry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. When hot, stir in the garlic and ginger paste and fry for about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in the turmeric and cumin and then add about half the base sauce. Bring this to a rolling simmer, stirring only if the sauce is obviously sticking to the pan.
  3. Add the pre-cooked chicken and stir it into the sauce.
  4. Now Add the mango chutney, mint sauce and ketchup and bring to a simmer adding more sauce gradually.
  5. When the pathia sauce has cooked down to your preferred consistency, add the single cream and red food colouring, if using.
  6. To finish, add the garam masala and garnish with the coriander (cilantro). Season with salt to taste.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 757mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 32g

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I hope you enjoy this chicken chasni curry recipe. If you do give it a try, please don’t be a stranger. Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you. 

Nicolle Aitken

Tuesday 16th of April 2024

Amazing loved it 🥰

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 17th of April 2024

Thanks very much, really glad you enjoyed it. Dan


Sunday 7th of April 2024

Absolutely amazing. I have followed your recipes for a very long time and have never been disappointed. I live in Spain and some ingredients are difficult to come by, especially since the UK decide to leave the EU. Thank you so much, I appreciate your work.

Dan Toombs

Monday 8th of April 2024

Thank you very much David. I'm glad you are enjoying the recipes. Much appreciated. Dan


Tuesday 5th of March 2024

In the Prepared ingredients section it has a hyperlink to base curry, in the ingredients section it says 300ml base curry and has hyperlink, but these both take you to 2 different base curry recipes, I took the first one and it came out fine, which should I be doing please?

Dan Toombs

Saturday 9th of March 2024

I do have a few different ones, it doesn’t matter which one you use. If you liked it, stick with that one. Thanks Dan


Saturday 18th of March 2023

I've made this a few times, but have also used the 'nutri bullet' to make the sauce then add to the chicken...I think that was also your recipe? If so, can you add or email the method as I can't find it any more.

The recipe is awesome both ways, I just find the nutri-bullet version sometimes a bit more time efficient.

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 22nd of March 2023

Here you go Thanks very much. Dan


Tuesday 31st of January 2023

Looks beautiful and mouth watering. As an alternative use beet juice or beet powder. All natural and very nutritious.

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 7th of February 2023

Thanks for that, Lesley. I’ll give that a go. Dan

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