Chicken Curry with Crème Fraîche

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I remembered something I hadn’t made in a long time!  Chicken Curry with Crème Fraîche, although when revamping the recipe I had to admit, it’s just a ‘Fraîche’ take on Butter Chicken!


Ingredients for Chicken Curry with Crème Fraîche

  • 800g chicken breasts/thighs/ any cut of your choice 
  • 1 Sliced onion
  • 6 red dried chilies 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds 
  • ¼ tsp black peppercorns 
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 6 cardamom pods 
  • 4 pieces saffron soaked in water
  • 1 tbsp garlic/ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala 
  • 2 tsp Dhania (coriander)/jeera (cumin) powder
  • 2 tsp masala powder
  • Fresh Coriander
  • Crème Fraiche (1½ cups)
  • Salt to taste

Two chicken breasts in a soup plate


How to prepare Chicken curry with Crème Fraîche

  1. Dry roast the spices in a pan for 2 minutes.
  2. Add all spices into a grinder and grind to a powder.
  3. Once the spices are ground, marinate the chicken with all the spices and powders and leave overnight or for 3 hours.
  4. Heat oil in a pot and add onion.
  5. Add ginger and garlic to the onion and oil and fry until soft.
  6. Then you need to add the marinated chicken and cover and cook 10-15 minutes until cooked (depending on the cuts of the chicken).
  7. You might want to add a splash of boiling water.
  8. Add the saffron that has been soaked in water. And cook another few minutes.
  9. Then add the Crème Fraiche and cook without lid for a further 15 minutes / 20 minutes.
  10. Add chopped fresh coriander and turn off heat.
  11. Serve with Roti or Basmati rice


Spoons full of pepper, curry, rock salt


Dictionary result for Crème Fraîche?

  • a type of thick cream made from heavy cream with the addition of buttermilk, sour cream, or yogurt.


Prepared, tried and tested by Melanie Kramar 

Curry Chicken, yes I agree, it is on your menu, but need to decide which one to choose?

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