Chicken is such a versatile meat, making it a home-cook’s dream protein as there are so many ways to cook it, infuse it with robust flavour, and transform it into a flavourful meal. Which is why a chicken dinner (or lunch) is always a winner because it’s perfect for creating a filling and flavourful meal.One of the many ways to transform this meat into a tantalising meal is with a creamy, spicy, homemade curry sauce.
A curry sauce is the perfect way to infuse your chicken dish with unforgettable spicy flavour as it envelopes your protein in a rich, hearty sauce that enhances the taste of your ingredients. A well-balanced curry sauce can be the difference between a nice-enough chicken dish and one that is a mouth-watering taste adventure.So, at What’s For Dinner we’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide to help you make your own delightful, full-of-flavour curry sauce for chicken. So, read on for tips to help you make the tastiest homemade chicken curry sauce.
How Do You Make Homemade Curry Sauce?
One of the wonderful things about making a curry sauce is that it’s super simple and requires just a few ingredients in order to infuse your sauce with the most delectable flavours. So, for the tastiest curry sauce, here are 3 factors that are essential for helping you to develop the best flavour.
1. Balance Your Flavours
The best curries are those that are bursting with irresistible aromas and robust, spicy flavours. To successfully make a curry sauce that fits that bill, you need to balance your spices. The key ingredients in any curry sauce are the curry powders and spice blends that flavour it. When those flavours are not balanced, the taste of your sauce will be affected as one spice overpowers the rest. So, getting that balance of flavours just right is essential for a mouth-watering curry sauce.
2. Use Curry Powders and Pure Spice Blends
We’ve established how important it is to have a well-balanced blend of spices as your base for a delectable curry sauce, so this step highlights how you can achieve just that. Making use of a curry powder or spice blend will save you a lot of time in the kitchen and go a long way in helping you create a well-balanced, flavourful dish.
With Rajah’s range of curry powders and pure spice blends, you’re well on your way to a wonderful curry dish. Masterfully blended from a careful selection of the finest quality herbs and spices, the Rajah range was made to help you deliver the most delicious, well-balanced curries.A few recipe examples that use Rajah's range of spices for a delicious curry sauce are this creamy Butter Chicken curry and this delectable Curried Chicken Liver Bunny Chow recipe.
3. Use A Good Quality Stock
Using a quality chicken stock as a base for your curry sauce will help you to add some serious flavour to your dish. Stocks are packed with a variety of savoury flavours that when combined with your Rajah Curry Powder will help to unlock robust, hearty flavour notes that will enhance the taste of your curry. With this trifecta of tips to get your delicious curry sauce started, let’s explore the ingredients and steps to achieving an unforgettable curry sauce.
What Ingredients Are Used In Curry Sauce For Chicken
For a full-of-flavour curry sauce, here are the main ingredients:
- Vegetable oil
- Finely chopped onion
- Crushed garlic
- Crushed ginger
- Diced tomatoes
- Chicken stock
- Salt and black pepper
- Coconut milk/ cream/ yoghurt
- Your choice of Rajah curry powder
- Chicken pieces
Now, let’s get into the simple steps to put all the ingredients together for a curry sauce packed with generous flavour and satisfying heat.
Step By Step Guide To A Scrumptious Chicken Curry Sauce
1. Start by searing the chicken pieces in a large pot over high heat in 2 tbsp of oil until light-golden brown in colour.
2. Remove the chicken and lower the heat to medium. Add 1 tbsp of oil to the same pot then add the onions, garlic, and ginger and fry until their fragrances are released.
3. Add your Rajah curry powder, stir, and add the chicken stock. Pour in your cream, season to your taste with salt and pepper, and allow to cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce has reduced.
4. Add the chicken to the pan, mix and then add the tomato and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Taste and season again if necessary.
6. Serve with a side of your choice. We recommend either steamed bread or some dumplings to help you swipe up all of the rich sauce.
There you have it, a rich, creamy, flavourful curry sauce perfect for any chicken curry dish. The thick sauce will generously coat your chicken pieces so that you don’t have to worry with questions like, ‘How do you get curry sauce to stick to chicken?’
With these tips you’re ready to hop into the kitchen and create the most delightful, fragrant curry sauce to transform your chicken curries or any other curry dish into a sensational spicy meal.