Chicken Pasanda is a rich, creamy, mild curry made with yogurt, spices, cream and ground almonds. Quick to prepare, it’s on the table in under 30 minutes!
This is a great curry if you’re cooking for kids or grown ups who don’t like spicy-hot food.

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I love the vibrant yellow colour of this curry.
And the taste, although not spicy, is still rich and full of flavour.
For once I’m making a curry with no tinned tomatoes, stock or coconut milk – the flavour comes from the garlic, ginger, spices and thick natural yogurt.

You would think it would be quite tangy, using yogurt for a sauce base, but the addition of that little bit of cream and the slight sweetness of the ground almonds really balances out the yogurt.

📋 What do we need?

Ingredients for chicken pasanda on a wooden table.
  • Although more traditionally made with lamb or goat, I’m going with a chicken pasanda, using chicken breast pieces – meaning we can cook it faster. You can use well-trimmed chicken thigh meat if you prefer. Chicken thigh meat works particularly well if you feel like making a chicken tikka version of pasanda.
  • For the yogurt – go with natural full-fat yogurt – don’t replace with a low fat yogurt, otherwise the sauce will split.
  • Use double (full-fat) cream too. The higher fat content helps to ensure the sauce won’t split.

🔪 How to make this Pasanda curry

**Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.**

  1. Fry chopped onions in a large pan in some ghee until softened.
  2. Add in chopped chicken and cardamon, followed by the garlic, ginger and spices.
  3. We cook that for a couple of minutes, then add in natural yogurt, cream and ground almonds. Stir it all together and simmer for 6-8 minutes until the sauce thickens and the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Stir in a little fresh coriander right before serving.
6 image collage showing how to make chicken pasanda.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP I like to use just a little bit of mild chilli powder in mine, for just that slight hint of heat, but you can leave the chilli out entirely and it will still taste fantastic.

Serve up with more fresh coriander, plus a sprinkling of flaked almonds that have been toasted in a dry pan for a couple of minutes. The toasty almond-y crunch works brilliantly with the pasanda flavours.

Dark bowl filled with Chicken pasanda. Bowl is sitting on a wooden chopping board on a light blue background. Further ingredients scattered around.

📺 Watch how to make it

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Also, some torn up chapati on the side makes this meal extra special!!

Dark plate with Chicken pasanda, rice and chapati on. Pasanda has coriander and toasted almonds sprinkled on top.

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Chicken Pasanda

Chicken Pasanda is a rich, creamy, mild curry made with yogurt, spices, cream and ground almonds. On the table in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian


  • 2 tbsp ghee (or sunflower oil)
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 chicken breasts approx. 525g/1.1lbs, chopped into bite-size chunks
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1.5 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp mild chilli powder (optional, leave it out for no heat)
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 240 ml (1 cup) full-fat plain yogurt
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) double (heavy) creamy
  • 3 tbsp ground almonds (almond meal)
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander (cilantro)

To Serve:

  • 2 tbsp toasted almond flakes
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • boiled rice and/or chapati
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  • Heat the ghee in a large frying pan over a medium heat, until hot.
    2 tbsp ghee
  • Add the chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until softened.
    1 onion
  • Add the chicken breast pieces and cardamom and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is sealed.
    3 chicken breasts, 3 cardamom pods
  • Add the cloves of garlic, minced ginger, cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, mild chilli powder, turmeric, salt, and pepper.
    2 cloves garlic, 2 tsp minced ginger, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1.5 tsp garam masala, ½ tsp mild chilli powder, ½ tsp turmeric, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Cook for 2 minutes, stirring, until the chicken is coated.
  • Add the yogurt, cream, and ground almonds. Bring to a gentle boil, then simmer for 6-8 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
    240 ml (1 cup) full-fat plain yogurt, 60 ml (1/4 cup) double (heavy) creamy, 3 tbsp ground almonds (almond meal)
  • Stir in the fresh coriander (cilantro), then serve the pasanda topped with toasted almond flakes and more fresh coriander (cilantro).
    2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander, 2 tbsp toasted almond flakes, 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
  • Serve with rice and/or chapati.
    boiled rice and/or chapati


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Can I make it ahead?
Yes you can make this curry ahead.
Make the curry, then quickly cool, cover and refrigerate for up to a day.
Reheat in a pan, over a medium heat (not high), stirring occasionally, until piping hot throughout.
The sauce will thicken as it cools, so you may want to add in a splash of cream or stock when reheating.
Can I freeze it?
Yogurt can sometimes be funny about freezing, and can sometimes split or go a little grainy on defrosting.
However I’ve frozen and reheated this curry and it was fine.
The key here is to ensure you’re using full fat cream and full fat yogurt. Lower fat dairy products are much more likely to split/curdle.
  • Also ensure you cool the pasanda quickly and freeze as soon as possible after cooking.
  • Ideally freeze in portions so it defrosts quicker.
  • Defrost in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in a pan until piping hot throughout. Be sure to heat on a medium heat (rather than a high heat) and stir occasionally while re-heating.
How to scale up and scale down this recipe
You can double or half this recipe, sticking to the same ingredient ratios.
It will take slightly longer for the chicken to cook if you’re doubling up.
Nutritional information is per serving (this recipe serves 4) without the serving suggestions of rice or chapati.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 428IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Kaela says:

    5 stars
    Tried this recipe and loved it, so easy and quick and tastes delicious! I’ve decided to make again tonight and another success. Thank you so much!

  2. Lumy says:

    Delicious and easy. Added to favourites list!

  3. Lei Agnew says:

    Is there a recommended substitution for the ground almonds? I’m deathly allergic.

  4. Anton says:

    5 stars
    Hi Nicky,
    This is the 2nd time now making this dish. I have to say it works very well indeed. I used Chicken breasts and added just under 2 teaspoon of Chilly Flakes, it just gives just a little kick but not to much. Will be making this again. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Mike Turver says:

      4 stars
      Hi Nicky
      I made the Chicken Pasanda dish last night and Mrs T was well chuffed. I’m not sure if it was because the meal was good or because I actually set foot in the kitchen 😜. Well chuffed with my first attempt at making a curry 😋. Thanks for the simple and easy recipe to follow. I’ll definitely be makung again but maybe with some chilli the next time.

  5. Dawn W says:

    Morning Nicky, I just found you and am loving all your recipes! Currently, I am only able to find the cardamom whole seeds not the pods. How many would you recommend using and do I change my preparation for the dish as the pods were to be added while the chicken seals?

  6. Ken Knight says:

    Sorry for MY spelling error of PASANDA ( I put two SS in it).

  7. Ken Knight says:

    Hi Nicky, just mentioning a rather glaring spelling error on your PASSANDA ingredients ie. C O R I NADER instead of CORIANDER. I suppose it’s been brought to your attention before but at least it shows I am reading your recipes.
    Good wishes and I love your website.
    Ken Knight. Uk.

  8. Kay Riley says:

    5 stars
    I didn’t think my husband was going to like this as he like spicy food. He loved it as although not spicy such a delicious flavour.

    Yet another success from you

    Thank you

  9. Maria says:

    5 stars
    Thank you Nicky, this curry was really easy and delicious. Great mid week dinner.
    I doubled the chilli and it was still mild!

  10. Chistine says:

    5 stars
    So full of flavour, the whole family loved it. Definitely one we will make again😋