Make Mid-Week Delicious With Almond Chicken Curry

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My family and I have two favourite, but very different Indian chicken curry recipes. This one is almond based and free of tomatoes. It’s very aromatic, mild and so delicious. Try this one for the whole family, it’s gentle on the spices and I find the cinnamon flavour often appeals to kids.

So, what’s so good about THIS chicken curry recipe?

Well the chicken forms a complete protein and the almonds contribute mood elevating fats and proteins. The ginger, garlic and spices offer immune boosting, antioxidant plant nutrients and the coriander is, of course, very detoxifying and nourishing. There’s so much here to love!

Almond Chicken Curry

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 500 grams chicken thighs boneless, skinless, and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 2-3 cm fresh ginger root peeled and finely grated (a lemon zester works well)
  • Small red chilli to taste and finely chopped (or add individually at the table to control the heat)
  • lemon (half) juiced
  • 50 gram almond flakes toasted
  • 2 onions peeled and sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cardamom pods crush slightly with the top of a knife handle
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 50 grams almond meal
  • 20 gram sultanas or currants, optional
  • 300 ml natural yoghurt
  • ½ cup peas frozen or fresh
  • Coriander leaves to serve


  • In a large bowl mix the chicken, ginger, garlic, optional chilli and lemon juice. Allow to marinade for an hour or so. This is optional, you can jump ahead if time is an issue.
  • In a large fry pan, toast the slivered or flaked almonds over a low heat and set aside.
  • Now heat a tablespoon or so of coconut oil or ghee over a low to medium heat and cook the onion until it starts to soften. Add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and cloves and cook for a few minutes until the aromas are released. Then add cumin, coriander, turmeric powders and almond meal.
  • Mix together, add the chicken to the pan and stir gently as the chicken starts to turn opaque (only a few minutes).
  • Next, add the yoghurt and currants or sultanas and mix well. Cover the pan and simmer slowly for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, making sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Just before serving stir in the peas and top with coriander.


To Serve

I like to serve this with brown or basmati rice (or even quinoa), and green salads or simply some steamed vegetables, dressed with lime juice and olive oil. If I’m feeling lazy I’ll just add some broccoli, cauliflower and or carrots to the curry just before it’s served to lightly cook in the sauce and with that, a complete meal is served!


Use coconut oil to sauté the onion and coconut cream instead of yoghurt.
Replace the chicken with chickpeas.
Use the dairy free and vegetarian substitutions.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, School Lunches
Cuisine Indian
Keyword almond flakes, Almond meal, Chicken, cloves, coriander, cumin, garlic, Ginger, Turmeric
Allergy Gluten Free, Legume Free, Oil Free, Peanut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free
Value Halal, Kosher, Paleo

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About the Author: Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a Naturopath (20+ yrs exp.) author, mother and passionate health educator. On her website (Well Nourished) she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories. Georgia is committed to supporting the health of this generation and especially loves to help parents feed their children ‘well’. She endeavours to simplify nutrition and make cooking nourishing meals achievable for everyone.

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