Green masala chicken curry

This green chicken masala recipe is an authentic and healthy curry recipe with a hearty kick of chilli.

  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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  • 2 bunches fresh coriander (130g), roots, stems and leaves chopped coarsely
  • 1 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 120 grams baby spinach leaves
  • 1 fresh jalapeño chilli (25g), seeds removed, chopped coarsely
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion (150g), sliced thickly
  • 8 small skinless chicken thigh fillets (1.2kg)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup (250ml) canned coconut cream
  • 40 grams (1½ ounces) baby spinach leaves, extra
  • 1/3 cup (25g) natural flaked almonds, roasted
  • 1 medium lime (90g), cut into wedges


  • 1
    Reserve a handful of coriander leaves and mint leaves for serving. Blend or process remaining coriander and mint with spinach, chilli, garlic, juice and the water until smooth.
  • 2
    Heat oil in a large deep frying pan over medium-high heat; cook onion, stirring, for 5 minutes or until starting to brown. Add chicken; cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is browned on both sides. Add spices; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • 3
    Stir in coriander puree and coconut cream; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly and chicken is cooked through. Season to taste.
  • 4
    Serve curry topped with extra spinach leaves, reserved coriander and mint, almonds and lime wedges.


This is a great sauce for a vegetable curry. In step 3, add chunky chopped vegetables such as pumpkin, potato, sweet potato (kumara) or cauliflower and drained and rinsed chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or lentils. Simmer until vegetables are tender.

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