Simple Chicken Curry With Saffron Rice

chicken curry saffron rice

There’s nothing like a decent chicken curry to leave you feeling nourished and warmed up. Try this easy recipe with saffron added to the rice for that extra something special (if you don’t have it, you could substitute for turmeric).


For the Chicken:

  • 8 skinless chicken thighs fillets
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp turmeric

For the Rice:

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) boiling water
  • Pinch saffron threads (roughly 1/8 tsp)
  • 1 cup (225g) basmati rice
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup vegetable stock


Season the thighs with salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in the pan, fry the thighs on both sides until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.

In the same pan sauté the diced onion, garlic and ginger for 3-4 mins, often stirring — season with pepper and turmeric. Then add chopped tomatoes, and 1/4 cup of water, season with salt and bring to a boil.

Place the chicken thighs in the simmering sauce, cover with a lid and cook for about 30-45 mins or until the meat is tender.

In the meantime cook the rice. Combine saffron threads and boiling water and allow to ‘brew’ for at least 5 minutes.

In a medium pot, combine saffron and the water with the rice and all other ingredients.

Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for covered another 10 minutes before serving.

Serve 2 chicken thighs along with sauce and a serving of saffron rice.

Tip: Rice can also be prepared in a rice cooker, prep the saffron as above and then follow rice cooker instructions.

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