How to make Chinese chicken curry

How to make Chinese chicken curry

A crowd-pleasing easy chicken curry, packed with Chinese flavours. Serve over rice.


  • 250g/9oz long grain or basmati rice
  • 500g/1lb 2oz skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 brown onions, thickly sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely grated garlic
  • 3 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 600ml/20fl oz chicken stock
  • 200g/7oz fresh pineapple chunks
  • 225g tin sliced water chestnuts in water, drained (140g drained weight)
  • 2 mixed peppers, thickly sliced


  1. Cook the rice according to the packet instructions and keep warm.

  2. Mix together the chicken with the soy sauce, cornflour and Chinese five-spice. Toss to coat evenly.

  3. Heat the oil in a wide, non-stick wok or frying pan and add the onions. Stir-fry over a medium heat for 6–8 minutes, or until softened and lightly browned.

  4. Stir in the ginger, garlic and curry powder and stir for 1–2 minutes. Add the coated chicken and stock and simmer for 12–15 minutes. Add the pineapple, water chestnuts and peppers. Cook for 5–6 minutes or until the peppers are just tender and the curry has thickened.

  5. Serve in warmed bowls, ladled over the rice.