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Healthy Chicken Korma

Chicken in Creamy Almond Sauce

  • Heat Mild
  • Serves 4
  • Dietary Info CONTAINS-NUTS
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Marinade 30 mins
  • Cook 20 mins
Healthy Chicken Korma

Beautifully tender pieces of chicken delicately spiced and cooked in an almond sauce.

Hari says

The Korma is still one of the most popular Indian takeaway dishes but because they are usually ladened with cream and sugar they can be heavy, sweet and sickly. To help all you curry lovers out there that want this delightful dish but are worried about the calorie content here is my healthy version.

It is flavoured with lots of mild spices and is really simple to prepare. I've used almonds to give it the creamy sweetness but steered clear of the coconut milk to keep the calories low. If you like your dishes with a bit more of a kick then just add a little extra chilli. I hope you enjoy it!

To buy the main ingredients for my Korma recipe, check out my Chicken Korma curry kit.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 6-8 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, ground 
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 3cm fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 skinless free range chicken breast cubed 
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion very finely chopped or grated
  • 2–3 tbsp ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp ground coconut
  • 1 tbsp flaked toasted almonds
  • large pinch fresh coriander, chopped 


  1. Grind your whole spices in a spice grinder.
  2. Place the yoghurt into a bowl with the turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, saffron, ginger and garlic and mix well to combine the flavours.
  3. Add the chicken pieces into the yoghurt mixture and coat all the chicken. Leave to marinade for as long as possible.
  4. Heat some oil in a pan and cook the onion until it softens and just starts turning golden (you don't want them too brown). If the onions catch on the bottom of the pan, just add a splash of water to help them cook down.
  5. Add the chicken and marinade to the pan and stir until the meat just starts to cook.
  6. Reduce the heat and place the lid on the pan and leave to cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid and stir in the ground almonds and coconut. If it seems dry, add a little splash of hot water and allow the chicken to cook for a couple of minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the pan from the heat.
  8. Toast some almond slivers in a dry pan until golden, remove and set to one side.
  9. When ready to serve, add some fresh coriander and the toasted almonds.

Served with

Serve with just some plain basmati rice - this requires nothing more.


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Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)7
of which saturates (g)1
Carbohydrates (g)13
of which sugars (g)2
Fibre (g)6
Protein (g)31
Salt (mg)11
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (2)

  • John


    23 September 2019 at 02:21 |
    No link to Korma coconut/almond video. Clicking Videos does not get me to online demo. Will now have to go to youtube


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