Easy Indian-Style Chicken Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
  • 1/2 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chile paste (optional)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, and fry for a few minutes until they become fragrant and begin to pop. Stir in chopped onion, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Stir together tomato paste and water, and pour into skillet. Stir in chicken, and cook until it has firmed and turned white, about 5 minutes. Add coconut milk, brown sugar, chile paste, cayenne pepper, turmeric, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bring mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and continue to simmer until the chicken is tender and no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.