British Pub Chicken Curry Recipe is a traditional chicken curry dish that is served in British pubs. It is a spicy and sour curry with an extremely flavourful sauce.
In this recipe, I will share how to make the authentic Pub Style Chicken Curry at home. The curry has a slight tanginess to it from the addition of lemon juice or vinegar but can be made completely without vinegar or lemon juice if you prefer a curry that is more on the sweeter side.
I have used chicken thighs in this recipe as they are much juicier than breasts, but you can also use breasts if that is what you prefer. The pub-style chicken curry tastes best when served with plain boiled rice and lashings of fresh homemade garlic mayonnaise.
How To Prepare British Pub Chicken Curry Recipe
However, if you are looking for an authentic British curry with chips or on top of a jacket potato, please see this recipe – Chicken Korma. Enjoy!
Ingredients for British Pub Chicken Curry Recipe
- 1kg Chicken Thighs (cut into bite-size chunks)
- 2 Large Onions (chopped roughly!)
- 2 tsp Minced Garlic
- 1 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 tsp Tumeric Powder
- 6 cloves of Garlic (crushed)
- 1 Fresh Red Chilli (optional) (de-seeded and chopped finely!)
- 3 Medium Sized Peeled Tomatoes (or 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes)
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Powder
- 1 Tbsp Tomato Puree
- 4 Tbsp Water
- Optional – 1 Fresh Green Chilli (finely chopped) (to give an extra kick!)
Instructions to Make British Pub Chicken Curry Recipe
1. Add the oil, onion, Garlic and ginger to a large saucepan or casserole dish. Fry the onions on medium to high heat until they are soft and golden brown.
2. Add the Minced Garlic, Tumeric Powder, Fresh Red Chilli, Crushed Cloves of Garlic, Cayenne Pepper and Tomato Puree to the saucepan/casserole dish stir about 1 minute on medium heat to ensure that the ingredients are combined thoroughly.
3. Add the chicken pieces to the saucepan/casserole dish and stir well until all chicken pieces are coated in spices. Then add one tablespoon of water at a time to deglaze any spices stuck to the bottom of the pan. This should take about 3 minutes.
4. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir well. Then add the water so that the chicken pieces are covered by about 1 inch of liquid and stir for a final time to mix everything nicely.
5. Turn up the heat, bring everything to a boil, reduce the temperature, and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes, occasionally stirring to make sure that the chicken does not stick to the bottom of the saucepan.
6. If you are using fresh green chilli’s, add them to your curry and stir well. Leave to simmer for a further 10 minutes, giving it an occasional stir. Make sure that all of your chicken pieces are coated in curry sauce.
7. Serve your British Pub Style Chicken Curry with boiled rice and chips and lashings of fresh garlic mayonnaise (see further instructions below to make garlic mayonnaise). Garnish the curry with a few coriander leaves and serve while still hot. Garlic Mayonnaise Recipe – Beat together 3-4 tablespoons of mayo with 1 tablespoon of crushed Garlic and add a few drops of lemon juice.
Serve your British Pub Style Chicken Curry with boiled rice and chips and lashings of fresh garlic mayonnaise! Garnish the curry with a few coriander leaves and serve while still hot.
Do’s and Don’t for British Pub Chicken Curry Recipe
Do stir your curry often
This will stop it from catching and sticking at the bottom of your pan and burning. Don’t ignore the simmering times. These are very important as too much time spent boiling rather than simmering means that you will lose flavour and result in a watery dish!
Make sure that your chicken pieces are properly cooked. They should be white all the way through with no pink bits left.
This means that your chicken is fully cooked and ready to eat. Please don’t use too much water as it will ruin your curry! A lot of water evaporates when cooking curry, so you need a good bit to start with, but don’t go overboard!
Make sure that you serve your curry as soon as it is ready. If you leave it for too long, then the sauce will turn into a pool of water.
This is not nice!
The Bottom Line
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