Easy Chicken Madras Recipe (that’s just 300 calories!)


TAKEAWAYS. The Great British Institution. We love them. In fact, all of us, on average, have 2 takeaways a week. I love them, too. They’re delicious! But they should be an occasional treat. As much as you should be able to include your favourite dishes in your diet, takeaways are loaded with sugar and fat and two times a week is a little too often.

I love Indian food, so I discovered the Madras whilst at an Indian restaurant. Madras comes from a region known as Madras in southern India, which is now modern-day Chennai. It’s not actually known as “Madras Curry” in India – what we know as a “curry” was created by British restaurants.

What if I told you this Madras recipe is absolutely stunning, easy to make, only 300 calories (if you’re counting), and you can make it with cauliflower, green beans, peppers (any veg you like!), white fish and seafood instead of chicken.
Add a big scoop of rice and spoonful of yoghurt and that’s 500 calories. Give this authentic recipe a go next time you fancy a takeaway. It takes about an hour to prepare and cook – more or less the same time it takes for your takeaway to arrive!

You’ll need:
(serves 4 hungry people)

  • 4 chicken breasts, diced generously (add in 450g of veg or seafood if you like instead)
  • 2 onions, diced into chunks roughly
  • 2 red chillies
  • 4 heaped tablespoons of Madras powder (if you’re hankering after a takeaway, chances are you won’t want to make your own spice mix but go ahead if you want to! I have a great Asian supermarket near me and their Madras spice mix is amazing.)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A large, thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger root, grated
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • Salt to taste


  1. Grab a blender and put the onion, chillies, grated ginger, whole garlic cloves and a splash of water and blend into a smooth paste with salt and pepper. Heat up a large, high-sided pan, and add a tablespoon full of oil. Cook off the paste in the oil for 5 minutes until slightly browned.
  2. Warm up a small pan and scoop 4 heaped tablespoons of your spice mix to bring out the spices. Then add the paste and stir in.
  3. Add in your chicken breasts and brown those off too in the paste.
  4. Pour in a can of chopped tomatoes, and fill the same can half-full with water and add this in too.
  5. Leave on low-medium heat on the hob for 50 minutes to reduce the liquid. Season to taste after it’s reduced.
  6. Serve with a scattering of coriander, a big spoonful of basmati rice, yoghurt, and a fluffy naan.

Let me know if you make it below!

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