Chicken in Creamy Coconut-Tomato Sauce

Remember the vegan take on Methi Malai Matar (try saying that as fast as you can 20 times ;)) where I swapped methi with spinach and cooked it in a coconut-tomato gravy? Well! I just couldn’t have enough of it and decided to try it with chicken this time. While the veg version continues to remain my favorite, the rest of the clan better accepted the chicken. Try this simple Chicken in Creamy Coconut-Tomato Sauce recipe with little spices when next time you and the family want some variation to the usual chicken curry. Here is the recipe:

Chicken in Creamy Coconut-Tomato Sauce


  • Chicken drumsticks or thigh, skin removed- 400 gms (if using thigh portion, cut the meat into desired size pieces)
  • Garlic, minced- 6 pods
  • Tomato, chopped fine-2
  • Coconut milk/cream or whipping cream-200 ml
  • Fresh or Dried Basil – 6-8 leaves or ½ teaspoon
  • Oregano- 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves- 6-8 pieces
  • Butter-1/2 tablespoon to shallow fry the chicken
  • Salt-1 teaspoon or to taste+ ½ teaspoon
  • Pepper-1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil-1 tablespoon


  1. In a heavy bottomed pan heat butter. Once the butter is hot reduce heat to medium-high and add the chicken pieces. Add ½ teaspoon salt and pepper and cook for 5-7 minutes until the meat is light golden brown and 80% cooked. Turn off the heat and place the pieces on a paper towel to absorb excess butter
  2. In the same pan add 1-tablespoon oil and add curry leaves and minced garlic when the oil is hot. Stir on medium-high heat for around 2 minutes until the curry leaves and garlic are fragrant, then reduce heat to medium and add tomatoes
  3. Cook, stirring intermittently until the tomatoes are soft, then add oregano and basil. Mix well and stir in the coconut cream
  4. Give it one final mix, bring to boil on high flame, then reduce heat, cover and simmer till the chicken pieces are cooked through. If the mixture starts to get thick, you could add some hot water


Calories (per serving/per drumstick)- 150 Nutrition- Good fat/ Protein punch/Vitamin C It did wonders for your-Heart, Skin, Hair, Bowels, Immunity This is “My 1pm Meal

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