Spiced chicken masala with coconut sambal

Spiced chicken masala with coconut sambal
  • Serves icon Serves 2

A quick curry using ready-blended spices. If you like the sambal, stock up with the coconut as it freezes really well.


  • 2 chicken breasts, skin on
  • 4 teaspoons Seasoned Pioneers tandoori masala spice blend (visit deliaonline.com for stockists)
  • 2 teaspoons groundnut or other flavourless oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon English Provender very lazy ginger
  • 200ml tub half-fat crème fraîche

For the coconut sambal

  • 50g fresh organic coconut chunks
  • ½ small onion, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ piece jalapeño pepper, from a jar
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. To make the sambal, simply add all the ingredients to a mini-chopper and whizz until everything is very finely chopped (you will need to stop to push the ingredients down into the chopper occasionally.)
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a medium saucepan until very hot. Cut the chicken into largish pieces and brown half of them in the hot oil, tossing them around till golden-brown all over. Then remove them to a plate and brown the other half.
  3. Meanwhile, finely chop the garlic, onion and ginger in a mini-chopper. When all the chicken has been browned and removed from the pan, add the rest of the oil and cook the chopped mixture for about 5 minutes, or till tinged brown at the edges.
  4. Next, add the tandoori masala blend, stir that around for a few seconds, then return the chicken to the saucepan. Add some seasoning and stir in the crème fraîche. Bring to a simmer and cook gently, with the lid on, for 10-15 minutes. Serve with the coconut sambal.


Fancy getting a copy in print?

Subscribe to our magazine

Rate & review



Share a tip

Subscribe to our magazine

Subscribe to delicious. magazine for HALF PRICE


Join our newsletter

Packed with menu ideas, recipes, latest competitions and more...

We treat your data with care. See our privacy policy. By signing up, you are agreeing to delicious.’ terms and conditions. Unsubscribe at any time.