Chicken Almond Curry (Chicken Korma)

This curry is loosely based on Indian food, so if you’re a purist, it may not be for you. However, to anyone who loves delicious food, this is your recipe! Creamy chicken almond curry over fluffy rice makes a delicious meal for a cool day. Some of my picky kids even ate it!

I adapted this recipe from one I found online, but I changed it a lot to make it quicker, simpler, and more suited to my taste and pantry.

Start by making the sauce. Some recipes mentioned blending almonds in the food processor, but when I tried that, I ended up with chunks in my curry that tasted like uncooked pieces of rice. Blending with the liquid ingredients makes a much smoother sauce.

Blend together until completely smooth:

1 onion, roughly chopped

3 cloves garlic

1 1/2 c. tomato sauce

1/4 c. almonds

Heat a pot and cook the sauce for 15 minutes, being careful not to splatter it everywhere. (Oops.) A lid would be great!

Meanwhile, start cooking rice. I always make mine in the Instant Pot: 3 c. rice, 4 1/2 c. water, high pressure for 5 minutes, and quick release.

Add to the sauce:

1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast or thighs, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1/2 T. brown sugar

1 T. curry powder

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

1 1/2 t. freshly grated ginger

1/2 c. coconut milk

3/4 c. plain yogurt (1 small container)

Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through (about 15 minutes). Serve the chicken almond curry over rice. A serving includes 1 c. of cooked rice.

chicken almond curry (chicken korma)
chicken korma

Chicken Almond Curry (Chicken Korma)

Creamy chicken almond curry over fluffy rice makes a delicious meal for a cool day. 
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6


  • pressure cooker
  • blender


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 3 cups rice
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt


  • Blend the sauce ingredients together until completely smooth. Pour the sauce into a pot and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
    1 onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce, 1/4 cup almonds
  • Cook the rice in the pressure cooker for 5 minutes with a quick release.
    3 cups rice, 4 1/2 cups water
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the sauce and simmer for another 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice.
    1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 3/4 cup plain yogurt
Keyword chicken, rice, tomatoes
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