Juicy Baked Curry Chicken Thighs

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This is a delicious and easy bake cuisine recipe for Baked Curry Chicken. It is full of flavor and perfect for a quick and easy meal. These juicy chicken thighs are great for meal prep and can be made ahead of time.

Baked Curry Chicken

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Simple Ingredients: I love that this baked curry chicken recipe uses ingredients that I usually have in my pantry.
  • Flavorful Outcome: The combination of spices creates a deeply flavorful dish that’s always a hit.
  • Versatile Meal: It’s perfect for any occasion, easily paired with rice, vegetables, or salads.

Best Spices for Baked Curried Chicken Thighs

There are many different spices that you can use to make this dish. However, the best spices to use are curry powder, paprika, garlic powder, and ginger.

These spices will give the chicken a nice flavor and will also help to keep the baked chicken moist. All the spices needed in this recipe can be found in your local supermarket.

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Recipes Ingredients

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs: The main protein that becomes tender and juicy when baked, soaking up all the flavors of the spices. You can keep skin on the thighs if you love crispy skin.
  • Olive Oil: Ensures the chicken doesn’t dry out during baking and enhances the overall flavor.
  • Curry Powder: Provides the main flavor profile, giving the dish its distinctive warm and earthy taste.
  • Paprika: Adds a smoky undertone and a bit of heat to the dish.
  • Ground Ginger: Infuses the chicken with a zesty, slightly sweet flavor that complements the curry.
  • Cinnamon: Contributes a subtle sweet-spicy note that deepens the complexity of the dish.
  • Minced Garlic: Enhances the savory aspect of the chicken, adding a robust, pungent flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper: Can be added to taste, enhancing the flavors of the other ingredients. You can also opt for kosher salt.
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How to Make Baked Curry Chicken?

Step One: Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). If you prefer, you can opt for higher temperatures for oven roasting instead of baking.

Step Two: Combine Ingredients

In a large bowl, mix the oil, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, salt, and other Indian spices. This is the right combination needed for your chicken thighs.

Step Three: Coat Chicken in Curry Seasoning

Add the chicken thighs or breast to the large mixing bowl. Toss and coat the chicken well with the spices.

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Step Four: Prepare the Baking Sheet

Place the chicken on a baking sheet.

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Step Five: Bake in the Oven

Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until fully cooked through.

Step Six: Serve and Enjoy!

Serve your baked curry chicken thighs with rice and vegetables or enjoy as is. Enjoy!

baked curry chicken thighs

Cooking Tips

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: This will make a big difference in the flavor of your dish.
  • Choose the Right Chicken: Chicken that has bones will give the dish more flavor.
  • Enhance the Flavor with Spices: If you like your curry to be more flavorful, add more spices such as cumin powder or garam masala.
  • Use Coconut Milk: This will make the curry flavor richer and more flavorful.
  • Cooking Technique – Simmer: Once the meat is cooked, you can simmer it in a sauce for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Optional

  • Green Onions: Adds a fresh, mild onion flavor and a pop of color. Finely chop and sprinkle on top before serving for enhanced taste and visual appeal.
  • Fish Sauce: Adds a unique depth of flavor and umami. Blend it with the olive oil and spices to marinate the chicken, enhancing the overall taste profile.

Substutution

  • Chicken Wings or Chicken Breasts: Can be used as substitutes for thighs in the baked curry chicken recipe, offering varied textures and flavors. Use wings for a crispier bite or breasts for a leaner option, adjusting cooking times accordingly.

What to Serve With This Recipe?

  • Rice and Vegetables: This dish pairs well with rice and vegetables, offering a balanced meal.
  • Southern Green Beans: Consider the fantastic Southern green beans recipe for a tasty side.
  • Buttery Corn on the Cob: Cook this delicious buttery corn on the cob for a great accompaniment.
  • Basmati Rice: Baked Curried Chicken goes perfectly with basmati rice for a classic pairing.
  • Baked Sweet Potato: Serve it with a baked sweet potato or even roasted for a hearty side.
  • Air Fryer Chicken Curry: For a variation, try cooking Air Fryer Chicken Curry. It tastes divine.

FAQ’S

Best Curry Powder for Curried Chicken?

Many curry powders are on the market, but we opt for a mild or medium-quality one in this recipe for flavorful chicken without excess spiciness. I used McCormick Curry powder here.

What Pan Should I Use for Baked Chicken?

I recommend using a baking dish or sheet pan for this recipe. If you don’t have either of those, you can also use an oven-safe skillet. I love this cast-iron baking tray…it is of great quality and will last for years.

How Do You Know if the Chicken Is Done Baking?

Stick to the cooking time in the recipe. To check if the chicken is done baking, use a meat thermometer. Insert it into the thickest part of the chicken and ensure the internal temperature is at least 165°F. If no thermometer, check if the juices are clear by cutting into the chicken.

Which Is Better Baked Curried Chicken Drumsticks or Chicken Thighs?

Both chicken thighs and drumsticks can be used in this recipe. However, we prefer to use chicken thighs as they are more juicy and flavorful.

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Baked Curry Chicken Thighs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Dive into the savory world of Baked Curry Chicken, a mouth-watering dish packed with bold spices that's super easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. Boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 3 tsp. Curry powder
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • ½ tsp. Ground ginger
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Minced garlic
  • Salt to taste if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). If you prefer, you can opt for higher temperatures for oven roasting instead of baking.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oil, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, salt, and other Indian spices. This is the right combination needed for your chicken thighs.
  3. Add the chicken thighs or breast to the large mixing bowl. Toss and coat the chicken well with the spices.
  4. Place the chicken on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until fully cooked through.
  6. Serve your baked curry chicken thighs with rice and vegetables or enjoy as is. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: This will make a big difference in the flavor of your dish.
  • Choose the Right Chicken: Chicken that has bones will give the dish more flavor.
  • Enhance the Flavor with Spices: If you like your curry to be more flavorful, add more spices such as cumin powder or garam masala.
  • Use Coconut Milk: This will make the curry flavor richer and more flavorful.
  • Cooking Technique – Simmer: Once the meat is cooked, you can simmer it in a sauce for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 294Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 366mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 37g

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