Green Chicken Curry*


This was one of the best dinners I have had in forever! At first I wasn’t too sure about it…main reason being that I have NEVER made Indian food that turned out good. I have tried it a few times with horrible results. And the last time I made something with Chicken and Curry in the title it was tossed down the kitchen sink. So when I told Jorge I was making something called Green Chicken Curry…to say the least, he was not thrilled. But when he tired it, he really changed his tune! This was delicious and fresh….and ass friendly! Only 260 calories per serving (and the recipe makes 4 servings total). I changed the recipe to include chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs (for less fat/calories), a little less water, a little cayenne pepper for heat….and instead of regular yogurt, I used Chobani Greek Yogurt. I think these changes were great, especially the cayenne for the heat! And I served it with the delicious homemade Naan! Perfect dinner! Make it immediately!


Green Chicken Curry


1 bunch cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped, 1 1/2 cups
1 bunch fresh mint, leaves, coarsely chopped, 1 1/2 cups
1 red onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic
1 1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup water, plus 1 1/4 cups
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (a little less then a pound)
1/2 teaspoon malt vinegar
1/4 cup Chobani Greek plain fat free yogurt
Cooked basmati rice or warm naan bread, for serving


Add the cilantro, mint, red onion, garlic, ginger, and salt, and pepper, to taste, to a food processor or blender. Puree on high until smooth. With the processor running, add about 1/4 cup water, and blend until the mixture is the consistency of a thick paste, a.k.a. "masala". Set aside.

In a large pot or deep skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the shallot and cook, stirring often, until golden brown.

Add the spices and cook for 30 seconds. Pour the masala mixture into skillet and cook, stirring often until it deepens in color and aroma. You'll know it's ready when it looks shiny, little droplets of oil will appear on the surface, and the masala will hold together as a cohesive mass.

Add the chicken, coating every piece in the masala and stirring often. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, so that the masala really adheres to the chicken. Add about 1 1/4 cups water, just enough to cover the chicken, and the vinegar. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is tender and sauce has thickened slightly, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Remove the pan from heat and stir in the yogurt. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish and serve over rice or with warm naan bread.

Adapted from: Aarti Sequeria




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66 Responses to “Green Chicken Curry”

  1. 1

    Karen Lopez — September 2, 2010 @ 1:32 am

    Sounds great. It’s good that you went with a Greek style yogurt as it would be closer to Indian kurd (yogurt). Much thicker and creamier than American-style.

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    Lindsay — September 2, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    I would very much enjoy the yogurt! I pack one in my lunch everyday. Pretty boring but oh so tasty!

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    Connie — September 2, 2010 @ 6:09 am

    I eat a Chobani every day! I put a little honey in the plain ones, but the other ones I eat just how they come.

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    Suzy — September 2, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    I’ve never had greek yogurt *hangs head* you feel sorry for me right? I’ve wanted to, but I can NEVER catch it on sale anywhere! I love putting yogurt over cereal instead of milk, that’s about my favorite way to eat it!

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    Suzy — September 2, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    I’m already a fan on Facebook!

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    Suzy — September 2, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    aaaannnnnddd I tweeted. :)

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    Cara — September 2, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    I’ve only had Greek Yogurt once so I would like to try it again– maybe make some frozen yogurt with it

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    Cara — September 2, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    I like you on Facebook

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    The Nifty Foodie — September 2, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    I’d blend it in smoothies!

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    The Nifty Foodie — September 2, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    I’m a facebook fan! :)

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    Russ — September 2, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    I would eat the yogurt. I’ve never tried Greek yogurt but saw it son a show recently and it sounds tasty.

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    Jennifer — September 2, 2010 @ 7:47 am

    I would just enjoy the yummy yogurt as a snack!

  13. 13

    Jennifer — September 2, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    I am a facebook fan of Novice Chef and Chobani

  14. 14

    manda — September 2, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    i am your newest fan on facebook! :)

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    manda — September 2, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    oh… and i tweeted!

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    Jessica F — September 2, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    I would eat it with granola and fresh fruit, savor it alone, break a muffin or scone on top of it, etc. Yummmmmmy!

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    Jessica F — September 2, 2010 @ 9:43 am

    I’m already a fan of The Novice Chef on Facebook! I’m now a fan of Chobani too!

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    Ammie — September 2, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    I’d eat it as my morning snack! Love this stuff!

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    Krystal R. — September 2, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    I love greek yogurt with a little bit of honey, blueberries and crushed graham crackers. That’s my fave snack!

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    Krystal R. — September 2, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    I’m already a fan of The Novice Chef on FB!

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    Suzanne — September 2, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    I’ve only recently discovered Chobani, but it was love at first taste! I’m a boring yogurt eater; sometimes I add granola, but mostly straight out of the carton. I might spice it up by adding peanut butter though as was recommended – that sounds awesome!

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    Natalie (The Sweets Life) — September 2, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    ahh i LOVE chobani…paired with my mom’s homemade granola is the best!

  23. 23

    Amy S. — September 2, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    I love yogurt for breakfast! My husband and I are trying to eat one everyday.

  24. 24

    Christine — September 2, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    I would eat the chobani for an afternoon snack!

  25. 25

    Amy S. — September 2, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    I’m also a Facebook fan!

  26. 26

    Cindy Waffles — September 2, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    I’d make a yogurt parfait and maybe make some frozen yogurt too!

  27. 27

    Cindy Waffles — September 2, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    I’m a fan of Novice Chef and Chobani on Facebook too!

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    Amy S. — September 2, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    I also tweeted about your giveaway {@aat77}

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    Cassie — September 2, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Greek Yogurt is so good! Since it is flavored I would probably just eat it as it or with some honey mixed in.

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    Erica Best — September 2, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    I would eat the yogurt. I’ve never tried Greek yogurt it looks yummy

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    Erica Best — September 2, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    im a fan on fb of both name erica best

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    Kelsey — September 2, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    If I won the yogurt, I would have a hard time making it last long enough to cook with. I love eating some yogurt with a few bittersweet chocolate chips for dessert!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 2, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    I love chicken curry and have been meaning to try this recipe! Don’t you just love Aarti? Thanks for giving me the push to finally do it!

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    amy — September 2, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    i have never tried greek yogurt so i would taste test one of each flavor, try freezing one with a stick for my daughter and try using another in one of my tnt recipes

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    Debbie — September 2, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    Yeah Ass Friendly recipes! I have yet to venture into indian food, but I am willing and ready so thanks!

    I love Chobani! I would love to use in a parfait with some crushed cookies and fresh fruit!

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    Anne Conover — September 2, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

    Hmmm. Well, what would I do with my Chobani? Right now I eat one every day at my desk at work!! Yes, every day! But now, I am going to be making your green chicken curry because it looks fabulous. I JUST got my garam masala in the mail yesterday and am anxious to use it. Local grocery stores do not carry it. I’m in love with Aarti and bought it to make her sloppy joes (not the exact name of her recipe but it escapes me and I don’t have it in front of me). Now I have another recipe to try it with. So excited. Just discovered your blog but will be back for sure!!

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    Anne Conover — September 2, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    Oh, and thank you for having Printable Recipes on your blog! A lot of blogs don’t do that and printing can be a pain :)

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    Mel — September 2, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    I eat Greek yogurt every morning with some berries and granola. So good. So filling!

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    Jen_from_NJ — September 2, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    I will be giving this a try. I love Indian food and will pick up some Chobani yogurt!

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    Lindsay — September 2, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    I had chobani, the only greek yogurt I’ve had, for the first time last month. I love to just eat it. My baby also loves it!:)

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    Taren — September 2, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    I would love to eat the Chobani yogurt with fresh fruit mixed in! I love greek yogurt!

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    Alyssa — September 2, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

    I love Greek yogurt, especially the Chobani brand! If I won, I would bring one to work to eat for breakfast everyday (well, after giving some to my husband too, he also loves Greek yogurt)!

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    Cookie Sleuth — September 2, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

    I’m very exciting Aarti won Next Food Network Star. I like your adaptation.

    I would have this yogurt for breakfast and incorporate it into some breakfast bread. Yum!

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    Katie — September 3, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    Mmm! I think that my hubby and I would probably eat the yogurt for breakfast in the morning…and I might want to use some of the plain flavor for a few dips/spreads that I’ve been meaning to whip up!

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    Katie — September 3, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    I’m a Fan on Facebook! :)

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    Katie — September 3, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    I tweeted! (@SheLikesRuffles)

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    Pip — September 3, 2010 @ 10:15 am

    I would EAT my Chobani yogurt. I love the stuff. I think I need a 12 step program! :0)

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    Beth — September 3, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    Hey girl! I’ve never tried Chobani, so I’d eat it plain…in a parfait with fresh fruit and whipped cream…and I’d use it to make “Superhero Smoothies” for my little guy…

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    Kanette — September 3, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    There’s nothing like a homemade smoothie with Chobani Greek Yogurt, bananas, blueberries and strawberries! Plus, I like giving it to my two tots as a calcium supplement since they refuse to drink milk…

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    jdinsb — September 4, 2010 @ 4:34 am

    Make Labneh.

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    ingrid — September 4, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

    I gotta tell you….you are singing to the choir with this one. I love their yogurt. I think it may very well be my favorite. I’m torn between pineapple and pomegranate. SOoooo good.

    I’m gonna check out your interview. :)

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    Jackie — September 5, 2010 @ 1:09 am

    Wow, what an interesting green curry – it certainly is green! When I read the title I assumed it was going to be a Thai curry (which is both a million times easier to make than Indian ones and, in my opinion, a million times better!) but it was a nice surprise to discover that my expectations were deceived.

    And what a fun interview – good luck with your giveaway! I’m located in the UK so imagine the yoghurt would not travel as well…

    Very pleased to have stumbled across your blog, too – think your photography is beyond beautiful! Shall be back!

    Jax x

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    Chiara — September 5, 2010 @ 5:03 am

    Too bad I didn’t know you when I lived in Florida… I would have loved to cook Indian food for you! Although I’, not Indian, it happens to be my favorite kind of food and I make it as often as possible! I have never made a green curry though, and it sounds delicious… not to mention your naan. That looks out of this world!!!

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    Eat good 4 life — September 5, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    I would use with my home made granola as I always do :-)

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    Sharlene — September 5, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    I’m so excited that Aarti won Next Food Network Star! Hopefully now I’ll be able to add some Indian food into my repertoire! I love Greek yogurt with granola for breakfast so I think that’s what I would do with it. Full of protein and extremely healthy. Can’t beat that!

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    Lisa — September 5, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    I would eat the Chobani yogurt with fresh fruit – blueberries are my favorite – and a sprinkling of nuts for a snack or for breakfast
    ! Delicious!

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    cAROLSUE — September 6, 2010 @ 3:47 am

    I would just eat the flavored kind with more fruit; I would use the plain yogurt in place of sour cream
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    cAROLSUE — September 6, 2010 @ 3:48 am

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    Anna — September 6, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    I would eat the delicious Chobani greek yogurt for breakfast! Yummm

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    mariya — September 10, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

    green curry is the best and especially with naan, i can’t believe i’m just now seeing this recipe! reminds me i need to make it soon :) and i can’t believe its only 260 calories per serving, makes you feel good about what you’re eating.

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    Kevin Mckenna — September 20, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    You absolutely have my vote on foodbuzz – incidentally – this curry looks fantastic.. :)

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    LISA CHANG — February 2, 2011 @ 11:16 am


    Made this and the NAAN for dinner the other day and it was a lovely different ethnic meal for a weeknight. Thanks so much for the recipe. Here’s a link to my blog where I linked it back to you. Thanks again :)

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