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Chicken, spinach and lemon curry

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Meat mains

Chicken, spinach and lemon curry

Main Serves 2 40 min
A tasty curry with no creamy sauce. It freezes well too. We like a good chilli and citrus hit - add both to taste. This can also be made with diced chicken leg, but simmer it for a little longer, 20-30 minutes. Serve with rice or naan and a dollop of yoghurt and mango or other Indian chutney.

Cook's notes

To get the most juice from your lemons use them at room temperature, rather than straight from the fridge. Before squeezing, roll the lemons on a work surface, pressing them down with the palm of your hands as you roll, to release more juice. If using baby spinach or true spinach leaves (stripped off their stalks), they can be stirred straight in. If using cooking spinach, strip off the leaves, blanch in boiling water, refresh, chop and add them at the end.


  • Oil for frying
  • 300g diced chicken breast, or 1 large chicken breast, diced, if you're stretching a whole chicken over several meals
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3-4cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped, with or without seeds for more heat
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cardamom pods, bashed slightly
  • 2 lemons
  • 300-400ml hot chicken or veg stock
  • 200g spinach
  • Small bunch coriander, leaves chopped
  • Salt and pepper
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Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 30 min
  • Step 1

    Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pan. Season the chicken and fry to lightly brown the meat. Transfer it to a plate.
  • Step 2

    Add the onion to the same pan with a splash more oil. Gently fry for 10 mins, stirring often.
  • Step 3

    Add the garlic, ginger, chilli and stir for 1 min. Stir in the cumin, coriander, turmeric and cardamom.
  • Step 4

    Return the chicken to the pan. Add the juice from 1 lemon and enough stock to cover the meat. Simmer for approx 10-15 mins, until the chicken is cooked.
  • Step 5

    Stir in the spinach leaves until wilted (you may need to add a little more stock) and coriander leaves. Add more lemon juice and season to taste.

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