chicken and chickpea curry – easy restaurant style

Sometimes you just want satisfying. Chicken and chickpea curry delivers. Simple, balanced and delicious. It’s the real deal.

This is not a famous Indian dish. Not likely a curry you’ve heard of. But it’s one I like. So I’m sharing.

I came up with this one night because I needed dinner. No plan. Zero research. No thinking.

Chicken. Chickpeas. Potatoes. And an appetite. That’s what I had. And chicken and chickpea curry is what I came up with.

I was not thinking blog post. Wasn’t thinking anything really. Except that I was hungry. Turns out I liked it. So here it is.

Chicken and chickpea curry. Done easy restaurant style. Pretty sure it’s not on any menu I’ve ever seen. But good enough I’m writing it down. So I remember to make it again. And again.

This isn’t murgh cholay by the way. If that’s what you are looking for this isn’t it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Chicken and chickpea curry and eggplant curry in serving bowls from above.

Easy restaurant style curry

Ever wonder why all the recipes on the internet never turn out like what you get in Indian restaurants? There’s a reason. And it’s not you. It’s because restaurants come at it in a completely different way.

Restaurant curries rely on stuff like curry base. And pre-cooked chicken. A lot of prep. Just what you’d expect in a restaurant. They have to crank curries out in 10 minutes. That’s a whole different world.

Easy restaurant style gets you the taste without the prep. No curry base required. I’m not saying I don’t like cooking with curry base. Just saying if you don’t have any – or don’t feel like making any – there is another way.

It’s a different way of getting to the same place. If you want to read more read this easy restaurant cooking primer. Try it. It works.

Chicken and chickpea curry in a bowl with rice from the front.

Chicken and chickpea curry is a standalone meal

This is all in one. You can serve it like you would a regular curry. Wth rice. Some dal. Like in the pictures.

Or you can just eat it as is. Might not quite serve 4 if you go that route. But it is a solid meal on it’s own. Potatoes. Chickpeas. And chicken curry. Hearty fare.

I cooked up a storm to take these pictures. Dal. Rice. Eggplant curry. Almost made some parathas. So I could get the shot. I ate way too much for dinner.

So make chicken and chickpea curry when you want to make one dish. A really tasty dish. Don’t worry about rice. Or sides. Just make it. Spoon it into a bowl. Maybe a paratha or chapati to go with it. Enjoy.

Chicken and chickpea curry. Could be the most satisfying curry you’ve never heard of.

Table scene - chicken and chickpea curry, eggplant curry and dal from above.
Bowl of chickpea and chicken curry with rice from above.
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chicken and chickpea curry

This is just good homestyle chicken curry done restaurant style. It's a meal in a bowl.
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken and chickpea curry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 634kcal
Author romain | glebekitchen


The onion paste

  • 2 cups onions – coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

The spice mix

  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp mild kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tsp kasoor methi – dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp kosher salt – use a bit less if you are using table salt

Chicken and chickpea curry

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 3 pieces per thigh.
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic ginger paste – see notes
  • the spice mix
  • the onion paste
  • 15 oz chickpeas one can
  • 1 cup small waxy potatoes – or chunks of a large waxy potato
  • 1 cup cilantro – coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juiced


The onion paste

  • Place the onions in a microwave safe dish and cover loosely. Microwave at 70 percent until the onions are soft and translucent. This takes about 10 minutes in my 1100 watt microwave oven.
  • Remove the onions from the microwave. Be careful. They will be hot. Like burn you with the steam hot. Let them cool slightly. 
  • Place the onions, 2 tbsp vegetable oil and 1 cup of warm water in a blender and puree until smooth. Set aside.

chicken and chickpea curry

  • In a small bowl, combine the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric, Kashmiri chili powder, kasoor methi and salt. This is your spice mix. It goes in after the garlic ginger paste.
  • Heat 4 tbsp vegetable oil in a pot over medium heat until it shimmers.
  • Add the garlic ginger paste. Cook until the garlic ginger paste stops spluttering.
  • Turn the heat to medium low. Add the spice mix. Stir continuously until it starts to smell really good. This takes around 30-40 seconds. Watch it carefully. If you burn the spices at this point you have to start over. This is called blooming the spices. It is one of the secrets to Indian cooking. Works well in Mexican cooking as well.
  • Add half the onion paste. Stir to combine. Cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes. It is going to splatter. Be warned.
  • Add the remaining onion paste. Cook another 2 minutes or so.
  • Turn the heat to medium low. Add the potatoes and chickpeas. Cook for around 20 minutes. The potatoes should be nearly done.
  • Now add the chicken and stir. Cover and simmer until the chicken is done. It's done when you measure the internal temperature and it says 170F. That takes about 12-15 minutes. An instant read thermometer is a handy thing to have here…
  • If the curry is a bit thick add a bit of water or chicken stock and stir. Add the diced and cilantro and lemon juice. Let the chicken masala simmer another minute or so. Taste for salt and adjust as needed.
  • Garnish with a bit more cilantro if desired.


You can buy garlic ginger paste.  But  homemade is way better. And it’s easy to make your own garlic ginger paste. It’s so worth making it.
This recipe serves somewhere between two monster appetites and four people as part of a meal.


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 1092mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 6mg

10 thoughts on “chicken and chickpea curry – easy restaurant style”

  1. Romain, if you double or triple the recipe, do you have to also increase the 4 Tbsp of oil you use in the pot before you add the garlic ginger paste? Thank you!

    • These recipes scale linearly but you can try cutting back on the oil a bit. Triple might be pushing it. You’ll probably want to increase the cook time for the onion puree as well if you go big batch.

    • I’ve never tried that. It could work with maybe 3 cups of restaurant gravy. You could also try doubling up any of the restaurant style dishes and adding the same amount of chickpeas. I am pretty certain would work. I say pretty certain because again I haven’t tried it and I don’t ever recommend anything with certainty that I haven’t tried myself.

  2. 5 stars
    “Basic and beautiful”. When I first saw the ingredients I had to look three times thinking I was missing some spices out. I made this very simple curry as you wrote It, and it was delicious. Thanks for another great dinner. I’ll definitely make this again.

    • That is so awesome to hear. And it’s exactly what happened to me. I made it the first time and went “Huh. This is just tasty stuff. I’m going to put this on glebekitchen…”

  3. 5 stars
    10 stars for the recipe
    I have made chicken n chickpeas,taste is devine.

    Going to try with your method.
    Sounds delicious n yummy

5 from 4 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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