The Original Thermomix Easy Chicken Curry!

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Easy chicken curry is one of my most popular Thermomix recipes because it’s a super quick weeknight meal, which is full of authentic Indian flavour. Plus, there are no difficult to source ingredients!

Overhead shot Easy Chicken Curry in black pan with yoghurt and chili

The Thermomix is exceptional at making full-flavoured curries. The machine is able to meld the Indian flavours so well together. When I did my cooking classes in India I found that most Indian kitchens had three different-sized blenders.

The blenders ranged from a mini blender to mill spices,  a medium blender to make garlic and ginger paste, and a regular-sized blender to puree the finished curry sauce. The actual curry, or “gravy” as it’s known in India is made in a pressure cooker to help tenderise the meat and combine the flavours. Thankfully by using Thermomix Indian recipes can be made simply whilst still keeping the authentic flavours.

This recipe is being shared from the first book I published called “An Indian ThermoKitchen”. The recipes have been sourced by spending time in India and learning from the locals. I have decided to give readers a little “taste preview” of the book. If you like this recipe please take a look at some of the other dishes.

An Indian Thermokitchen Cookbook

Easy Chicken Curry Substitute Ingredients

Yoghurt v’s Coconut Cream

This recipe uses regular unflavoured yoghurt which gives the dish a lovely tart lemony flavour. If you’re dairy free you can substitute the yoghurt for coconut cream. This will give a more South Indian style of curry.

Oil v’s Ghee

Clarified butter made into an Indian spiced ghee on a white background

In my cookbook, I give a recipe for spiced ghee which is the basis of most Indian recipes. If you don’t have access to my recipe just use mild flavoured vegetable oil. Vegetable oil is preferable to commercially prepared ghee. The quality of ghee available in Australia isn’t as nice as the ghee I sampled in India.

Thermomix Indian Chicken Curry on white background with yoghurt

Overhead shot Easy Chicken Curry in black pan with yoghurt and chili

Thermomix Easy Chicken Curry

Julie Carlyle
The Original Easy Chicken Curry Recipe! Shared!! Easy chicken curry is one of my most popular Thermomix recipes because it's a super quick weeknight meal, which is full of authentic Indian flavours.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 34 mins
Total Time 39 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 440 kcal



  • 30 g vegetable oil or Indian Spiced Ghee (recipe in Thermokitchen Indian book)
  • 200 g onion cut in quarters
  • 2 green chili fresh (cut in half)
  • 20 g ginger fresh
  • 20 g garlic fresh
  • 20 g coriander fresh
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander seed
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 120 g liquid chicken stock
  • 80 g tomato paste
  • 500 g natural yoghurt
  • 700 g diced chicken thigh fillets (cut each thigh fillet in 6 large pieces only)


  • Place the oil, onion, garlic, ginger, fresh coriander and chili in the TM bowl. Chop 10sec/Speed 5.
    30 g vegetable oil, 200 g onion, 2 green chili, 20 g ginger, 20 g garlic, 20 g coriander
  • Scrape down the bowl. Cook 6 min/Varoma/Speed 2 (MC OUT).
  • Add turmeric, cumin and ground coriander. Cook 3 min/Varoma/Speed 2 (MC OUT).
    2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground turmeric, 2 tsp ground coriander seed
  • Add the stock to the spices. Cook 5 min/Varoma/Speed 1.
    120 g liquid chicken stock
  • Add the tomato paste, yoghurt and chicken to TM bowl. Cook 22 min/Varoma/Speed 1 (Reverse Blade)
    80 g tomato paste, 500 g natural yoghurt, 700 g diced chicken thigh fillets
  • Serve with rice.


To make this recipe dairy free the coconut cream can be used instead of yoghurt.
Serving Suggestion
The Easy chicken curry is delicious served with minted raita, naan bread and saffron rice. All of these recipes can be found in my book, "An Indian ThermoKitchen".


Calories: 440kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 42gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 505mgPotassium: 1256mgFiber: 4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 775IUVitamin C: 42.1mgCalcium: 284mgIron: 5.7mg
Keyword Easy Chicken Curry, Indian Chicken Curry, Thermomix curry, Thermomix recipe, Turmeric Recipe
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Saffron Butter Rice from an Indian ThermoKitchen Cookbook

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54 thoughts on “The Original Thermomix Easy Chicken Curry!”

  1. Raelene says:

    Hi Julie, I would like to try this recipe but cannot justify making anything without vegetables! Could I add vegetables at the same time as the chicken, in similar size to the chicken?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Raelene
      You could steam any vegetables you like on top will the curry cooks, or even serve with cauliflower rice.
      I hope that helps.

  2. liz says:

    I’ve made this recipe a few times so yummy I don’t use stock but I use 1/2 yogurt and half coconut cream the last 2 times
    I must eve over cooked it and it shredded the chicken still yummy though

  3. Andrea says:

    5 stars
    Lovely flavours and easy to make. Will definitely make this again and again

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Andrea
      I’m so pleased you liked the recipe. We make it often at our place too 🙂

  4. Karen says:

    I used chicken breast. Very tender

  5. Kaz says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely YUM. Thank you. A bonus is it increased my confidence in using the thermo to cook without an auto recipe.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Oh Kaz, I’m so pleased xxx

  6. Belinda tiziani says:

    I’m not a fan of chicken thigh is there anyway you can use chicken breast?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Belinda
      Thank you for your question. Chicken thighs behave differently in dishes than breast meat. It really has to be thigh meat or the meat will fall apart and be inedible.
      So sorry, please try the dish with the thigh meat and let me know how you go.
      Happy cooking

  7. KimTham says:

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe! I added a few pieces of curry leaves into the fragrant mix and the curry turned out deliciously! The spices and tangy flavor from the yogurt made this such a delightful ensemble! So easy with the TM6. Thank you!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Kim,
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe xx
      Curry leaves would be fabulous in this dish.

  8. Cassandra Benelisha says:

    Hi, just eondering if I can slow cook this recipe or will the yoghurt curdle?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Cassandra
      It may work as the temperature will be low. I haven’t tried. If the yoghurt does curdle you can fix it by dissolving 2 tsp of cornflour in 2 Tablespoons of water. Stir this through the sauce just before you serve it. It will thicken the sauce, getting rid of the curdled appearance.

  9. Yumi says:

    Hi Julie! Is it Okay to use Greek Yoghurt as it has higher protein compared to Natural Yoghurt? Will the taste be greatly altered?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Yumi
      Thank you so much for asking this question. Please don’t use Greek yoghurt in this recipe. Greek yoghurt is thicker, creamier and far less tangy. The result is not a good flavour for the curry. It will reduce the flavour of all the spices giving the finished dish a dull, slightly sweet flavour which is not at all nice.
      I hope you enjoy the recipe.

  10. Britt says:

    Delicious ! Thank you. Kids loved it too, although I might remove the seeds from the chilli next time as they found it a little spicy!

  11. Abbie says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe so easy and such a pleaser!!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Thank you so much xx

  12. Peter says:

    Is this for TM31 or TM5?

    1. Brett Carlyle says:

      Hi Peter,
      this recipe is suitable for all Thermomixes (TM31, TM5 and TM6).
      Happy cooking!
      Julie xx

  13. Tracy says:

    5 stars
    Delicious!! The whole family gobbled this up. Thank you.

  14. Angela Mohr says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this delicious curry. We had it for dinner tonight and it met my husbands approval.
    I made a few adjustments. I didn’t have Yogurt so replaced it with coconut cream and added some carrot, celery and capsicum.
    This is definitely a keeper.
    Thank you.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Angela
      I’m so pleased your family enjoyed the curry 🙂
      Thank you so much for letting me know 🙂

  15. Joanne says:

    Hi, I followed the steps but my chicken turned out shredded and mushy! Any idea why? Thanks

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Joanne
      There are a few reasons this may have happened.
      1. Chicken thigh fillets should be used and NOT chicken breast, the structure of the fibres react differently in the cooking process.
      2. The Thermomix should be on reverse blade.
      3. The thigh fillets should be kept very large. Cut each fillet into 6 pieces only.
      I hope this helps.

  16. Bronwen Mullen says:

    5 stars
    Just made this for the first time – Delicious 😋

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Bronwen
      I’m so pleased you like it. We make this recipe at least once a week. 🙂
      Happy Cooking

  17. Florence says:

    Hi. Can we substitute green chillies with red ones?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Florence
      Yes you can absolutely change green chili for the red chili.
      Happy Cooking

  18. Micheline Noack says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe will definitely make it a favourite
    How do you make coriander paste😳

  19. Amanda says:

    5 stars
    ***** rating! I can’t get the rating to work! This was amazing changed it up to suit what i had already like ground ginger not fresh, coconut cream, and red chilli’s, also added extra chicken baked diced sweet potato and baby spinach at the end. Certainly will be making this again 🙂

  20. Erin says:

    5 stars
    This was delicious and really easy to make on a weeknight. I didn’t have any green chillies so I just used the red one I had and it was still yummy. I also used a coriander paste I make (my husband is a killer of coriander so it’s easier to make it and freeze it before he gives it the kiss of death lol) and I added a tablespoon of so of honey. I also used chicken breasts and it was still really tasty. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  21. Catherine O'Driscoll says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! And I loved the fact there wasn’t too many ingredients and I had them all on hand. I used tenderloins as I personally don’t like the taste of thigh.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Thank you so much for coming back and commenting xx I love tasty dishes with minimal ingredients 🙂
      Happy Cooking

  22. Belle Harris says:

    5 stars
    My 6 yro’s favourite dinner! She can eat 3 bowls!

  23. Dougie says:

    5 stars
    Fabulous recipe……thank you 😁

  24. Rose says:

    5 stars
    This is such an easy and quick recipe but tastes delicious! Thank you for such a great recipe. Perhaps using thigh meat rather than breast will ensure that the chicken is more tender.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Rose
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I agree, I always use the thigh meat in this recipe as it does keep the dish moist and falvoursome.

  25. Laura says:

    5 stars
    One of the nicest curries ive ever made in the thermomix!!! Even my 10month old devoured it (I added some veges to the Varoma, too).

    Thank you!!!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Laura
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed it 🙂 I love adding peas and cauliflower to the varoma and stirring them through the curry at the end 🙂
      Thank you so much for coming back and sharing
      J xx

  26. Dani says:

    This is smelling Devine- I’ve used cream instead of natural yogurt as I didn’t have any- hoping it will work!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Dani
      The yoghurt gives the curry a little bit of a lemony tang. I hope you enjoyed the dish. I would love you to try it again with yoghurt and give me your evaluation of both curries 🙂
      Thanks for commenting

  27. Ann Musat says:

    Hi Jess,
    If vegetables are to be substituted for chicken would you use the same amount – 700g and would you:reduce the time? Also would it work well without using coconut milk or yoghurt?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Ann
      Thank you for your question
      Yes you could substitute 700g of vegetables for the chicken. The cooking time would depend on the vegetables which are chosen. I would probably keep the cooking time the same to let the sauce flavour develope but add the vegetables in the last ten minutes. The yoghurt or coconut milk is necessary in the recipe for the curry sauce.

  28. Jess says:

    Hi, I don’t have any green chillies.. I’ve got dried chilli flakes, could I use those? Will be wanting a mild flavour so the little ones can enjoy too 🙂

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Jess, I would only use about 1/4 tsp of chili flakes if you are serving it to children as chili flakes can be quite hot.
      Happy Cooking

  29. Lucy says:

    Can I make this ahead and reheat?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Lucy, yes this recipe is great to freeze. I always freeze the leftovers.
      Happy Cooking

  30. Tatum says:

    Hi, can this recipe be used for the TM31 model? Like exact measurements and quantities.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Yes, this recipe is completely suitable for the TM31 as it is, without any modifications.
      Happy coking Tatum

  31. Niomi says:

    Looks lovely! Just wondering if I use the bcb veggie stock what would 120gm be equivalent to and would I mix it with water?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Niomi
      Thank you for the question. You can use 1 1/2 tsp of BCB vegetable stock and 120ml of water instead of using commercially prepared liquid stock.
      Happy Cooking 🙂

  32. Jett Tritton says:

    5 stars
    ohh wow. This is a really tasty chicken Curry recipes.

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