Creamy Tamarind Chicken Curry

creamy tamarind chicken curry

creamy tamarind chicken curry

This creamy tamarind chicken curry tastes like a tangy and spicy Indian tomato soup. In other words, it’s delicious. The best part is that you can make it in a crock pot. It’s so nice to be able to set it in the morning and then come home to an amazing aroma.

What I love about this curry is that it’s so different. Yes, I know it looks a lot like my paleo butter chicken but looks can be deceiving. The tamarind gives this dish a slightly sour taste while the tomato sauce adds a touch of sweetness. I added 2 teaspoons of concentrated tamarind paste along with the rest of the ingredients into the crockpot. You can find this paste at any Indian store or on amazon. Let all the ingredients simmer for a few hours and then one hour before serving, mix in a can of coconut milk. This will ensure that your dish is nice and creamy when it’s done. If you don’t want to add coconut milk, just decrease the amount of tamarind paste to one teaspoon and eat it as a tamarind tomato curry instead. Either way, it’s going to be good. If you find that the tamarind is too sour for your liking just add some honey to taste.

Personally, this recipe has just the right amount of tanginess: not too sweet, not too sour – perfectly savory. Yum..

5.0 from 2 reviews
Creamy Tamarind Chicken Curry
  1. Put all ingredients in crock pot - except for the coconut milk.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is done - then add coconut milk and cook on low for another hour.
  3. Enjoy!
Add honey if it's too tangy for your taste :)


  1. Cara says

    This is soooo amazing!! My first attempt at Indian food..I made the naan to go with it and put over rice. Such a different kind of spicy that’s savory but doesn’t burn your mouth off :) thanks, love it.

  2. Lisa says

    Made the Tamarind Chicken last weekend and it is by far, my FAVE chicken dish I’ve made of yours yet! I thought nothing would trump the butter chicken, but I must say, I enjoyed this the most and I’m not even a big chicken fan! The flavors are AMAZING. I am making it again for friends tomorrow night.

    Quick Question for you Ashley…Do you think this would freeze well IF there are any leftovers? Thanks!

    • says

      Lisa, that’s awesome! I am so glad to hear that! I’m sure that freezing the leftovers will be just fine. Let me know what your friends think of it if you get a chance :)

  3. Melissa says

    Fantastic, made it for supper using less chili (for husband’s sake) and white instead of black pepper. He likes it, I love it.

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