Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce

Chicken and Coconut Curry

Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce
Curried chicken cooked in cardamom infused coconut milk and tomatoes makes a rich, deliciously creamy, and hearty dish with a mild curry taste. This recipe is one of the various variations of coconut chicken curry; Popular in asian cuisine and loved, enjoyed in all parts of the world. This curry is made with chicken drumsticks, coconut milk and cardamom. The aroma and flavor of this delightful dish will awake your senses. This most basic version of chicken recipes is also one of the tastiest recipe. This curry goes well with hot steamed white rice, naan bread, chapati.

Pairing Ideas:

Grape Raita Basmati Jeera Rice Matar Pata Gobi Ki Sabji

Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce

Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Indian ()
Serves: 2


  • 1 lbs Chicken (drumsticks, skin removed)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut milk
  • 8 Cardamom (crushed green cardamom pods)
  • 3 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt (or as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Salt and Black Pepper (to season the chicken before frying)
  • 1 tbsp Garlic (Paste)
  • 1 tsp Ginger (Paste)
  • 3 tbsp Cilantro (Chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion (Or white onion sliced in half moons)
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce (I often use Hunts Tomata Sauce or Tomato Puree)
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric


  • Step for Recipe - Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce 1. In a bowl, combine crushed Cardamom Pods and Coconut milk. Set aside.
    Step for Recipe - Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce 2. Season skinless drumsticks with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep sauce pan and fry drumsticks till light brown from all sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Step for Recipe - Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce 3. In same pan, add 1 tbsp oil, fry onion, sugar and garam masala till onions are light carmelized.
    Step for Recipe - Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce 4. Add Red Pepper, turmeric and fry for 1/2 minute. Add chicken back to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Add little water if it sticks to the bottom of pan.
  • Step for Recipe - Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce 5. Add tomatoe sauce (mixed in 1 cup water), salt, ginger and garlic paste. Cook on low heat till oil separates.
    Step for Recipe - Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce 6. Add coconut milk, cover and cook on low heat till chicken is fully cooked.
  • Step for Recipe - Chicken In Cardamom Coconut Sauce 7. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and serve hot with your choice of Naan Or Chapati.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi @khilna, for cardamom, recipe is referring to green cardamoms. Tomato sauce is not ketchup, I generally use canned Hunts Tomato Sauce. You can replace Tomato Sauce with 1/2 cup Pasta Sauce too. Tomato ketchup will be too sweet for this recipe, however, if you have Tomato Paste Concentrate, then mix 3 tbsp in 1/2 cup warm water for recipe. Let me know if you need any help with any other ingredient. Enjoy Cooking. Happy Holidays!!
  2. Hi, I really want to make this, but I am not sure whether I should be using black cardamom or green and I am not sure if tomato sauce means ketchup or something else, I clicked on the tomato sauce tab but the page has no information. Much appreciated.
  3. Hi ChefDeHome, I tried your Coconut Chicken Curry recipe and loved it. It is first time I made a curry at home. I never thought making Chicken Curry will be that easy and will came out so so so good. Love your website. I think I need to try more recipes from here.
  4. This looks delicious. I will definitely try it at home.