Easy Recipe: Indian-Spiced Chicken

I used to cook with the kids at least a few times a week.  They would strap on their aprons and we would have the best time stirring, tasting, smelling, and spilling.  But somewhere along the way, life got too busy.  Dinners became rushed, and when the kids asked to help I would say no.  We are in too big of a hurry, so just let Mommy do it!  

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you are probably sensing a theme here.  As I’ve started to untangle from the cloying web of “busy” I’m finding joy in making time for important things.  Like reading books with Leila, pausing life for family movie nights, and cooking with Joe.

Last week, we whipped up a meal together, making Indian-spiced chicken, coconut quinoa, and roasted broccolini.  He helped me sprinkle on spices, stir quinoa, and toss broccolini with coconut oil.  We chatted about school, nutrition, and the benefits of coconut oil for dry skin (of which his is the worst).  It was a soul-filling hour for both of us, and in the end we had a delicious meal to share with the family.

A little less crazy is proving to be good for us so far.

Indian-Spiced Chicken - A simple recipe from InspiredRD.com #glutenfree

Indian-Spiced Chicken - A simple recipe from InspiredRD.com #glutenfree

Easy Recipe: Indian-Spiced Chicken

This dish is easy to make and full of flavor!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1-2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs (preferably organic)
  • 1 Tbsp. garam masala
  • 1.5 tsp. sweet curry powder
  • 1.5 cups low-sodium chicken broth check to make sure it's gluten-free if needed
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar


  • Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Mix garam masala and sweet curry powder in a small bowl. Season chicken on one side with half the spice mixture. Place chicken seasoned-side down in the skillet. Season other side of chicken with remaining spices.
  • Cook until chicken is browned on both sides, about 4 minutes on each side.
  • Pour in chicken broth and vinegar, scraping up brown bits from bottom of the pan as it comes to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.




  • Katie, Healthy & Happy Hour November 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    This looks great! Do you have a favorite recipe for coconut rice to go with it? Sounds delicious!!

    • InspiredRD November 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

      1 can coconut milk + 1 cup quinoa = my favorite recipe 🙂

  • Hazel November 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    (this is a nice request) Can you be more specific about what brand of spices you are using. There are a million different curry’s out there and I am not sure which one is sweet? and is garam masala all the same? Thanks!

    • InspiredRD November 19, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Hi Hazel 🙂 The sweet curry I used is from Penzey’s (they have stores or you can order online). Garam masala should all be the same, yes. I usually get it from the bulk spices at my local Sprouts store.