Leftover chicken curry

This tasty recipe is a great way of currying leftover roast chicken, which doesn’t stand up to prolonged cooking.


Vegetable oil

1 onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, very finely chopped

1 tbsp fresh ginger, very finely chopped

1 tin chopped tomatoes

300ml chicken stock

leftover roast chicken, roughly chopped

salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp plain yoghurt

steamed rice, to serve

fresh coriander, chopped, to serve

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1/2 tsp ground chilli powder (or to taste)

Tip: Don’t have all the spices? Just use two teaspoons each of garam masala, ground coriander and ground cumin. This is also a good dish for using up a few odds and ends of vegetables like cauliflower

The How to bit

  1. Heat about two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large heavy-based saucepan. Gently fry the chopped onion together with a pinch of salt for about 15 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and ginger. Continue to gently fry for another two to three minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the spices and ensure that they are well mixed with the onion. Continue to gently fry for another three minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes. Stir well and cook for another minute or so. Add the chicken stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes so the flavours infuse.
  4. Add the roasted chicken and warm through. Dollop in about 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt. Gently warm through so that it doesn’t curdle.

Serve with steamed rice and sprinkle over a little fresh coriander and chopped fresh tomato.