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Chicken Vindaloo

Chicken vindaloo is a popular Indian curry with vinegar and spices. Easy chicken vindaloo recipe that originated from Portugal. |

Chicken Vindaloo Recipe

Chicken vindaloo is a popular Indian curry with vinegar and spices. Easy chicken vindaloo recipe that originated from Portugal. |
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1 whole chicken, cut up into 8 pieces and skin removed
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Salt and pepper as per taste
3 tablespoons oil

Spice Blend:

½ cup vinegar (white)
4-5 dried red Chile peppers (you can use any moderately hot Chile and adjust the quantity as per you liking)
4 cloves
8 garlic cloves, skin removed
1 2inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
1 teaspoon paprika powder
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon sugar

Wash and pat dry the chicken pieces and keep aside in a large non-reactive bowl.

In another clean glass bowl add vinegar and soak all the ingredients needed for the spice blend for 15-20 minutes. Then blend these into a fine paste using a blender.

Add the spice mixture paste to the chicken and toss well to evenly coat all the chicken pieces. Let the chicken marinate for 4-6 hours.

In a large and deep skillet/wok heat the oil on medium heat. Add the marinated chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes. Stirring often.

Add the chopped onions, tomato paste, salt and pepper to the chicken. Give everything a good stir. Finally add ½ cup of water, cover the lid of the skillet and lower the heat to low. Let the chicken simmer on low for 15-20 minutes or till well done and the oil start to ooze from the curry.

If you prefer little thinner gravy add water as need and let it simmer for another 4-5 minutes before serving. I prefer the gravy to be thick and sticking to the meat pieces.

Chicken Vindaloo
Chicken Vindaloo pictures (3 of 4)

I don’t cook Indian food that much but I always have requests from readers on popular Indian recipes on Rasa Malaysia. Recently, someone requested for chicken vindaloo recipe and I immediately reached out to my good friend Simply Reem to share her recipe. So here it is, the chicken vindaloo recipe, from a talented cook and photographer Reem. I have tasted Reem‘s Indian food on many occasions and she is an EXCELLENT cook. I have never tasted better home-cooked Indian meals. Enjoy!

Vindaloo is a spicy Indian curry from the region of Goa. The Portuguese brought the dish very similar to this to India leading to the origin of Vindaloo. The name Vindaloo is itself derived from the Portuguese dish that was known as “Carne de Vinha d’Alhos” that literary means a dish made of meat usually pork cooked with wine. Slowly the locals of Goa added their touch of spices and blends to the Portuguese dish and replaced the wine with the vinegar and finally the beautiful hot Vindaloo curry was created and is now a pride of Goan/Indian Cuisine.

Chicken Vindaloo

Often the restaurant regards this dish as fiery hot and has potatoes added to it. This is a spicy curry but not necessarily a fiery hot one. Also potatoes are not included in traditional preparation of Vindaloo. Even though the word aloo means a potato in Hindi but it doesn’t means potatoes here in the name of the dish Vindaloo. The reason potatoes became a part of the dish was merely it increased the quantity of the dish keeping it cost effective as meat is an expensive ingredient and also it made the curry a little thicker.

As this dish started to gain popularity among the different regions of India, people started using different form of meat such as lamb, beef, mutton or chicken instead of pork. Today I am sharing the recipe for Chicken Vindaloo, a beautiful version of the famous and scrumptious Vindaloo Curry. If you want to use pork or any other meat instead of chicken you can do it here, just adjust the final cooking time accordingly.

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22 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Hello, just to comment on the Portuguese origin of Vindalho (as they call it in Goa). You are right in saying that it cames from Vinha de Alhos and this means wine(vinho) and garlic(alho). To these two main ingredients, usually we add a paste made from red peppers(not hot) and some vinegar is added towards the end.
    I have learned so much here, it’s time to give something back

  2. Mario1970

    Hello Bee, since I was the requester (or one of several requesters) for the Vindaloo recipe you are referring to in your introduction let me thank you for considering my wish to get a nice recipe of this excellent meal. I will try it out immediately this weekend and will keep you informed about the result. Thousand thanks and all the best wishes from Germany, Mario
    (BTW: for many months now there is hardly a week where your cook book or your webpages are not guiding or inspiring me on some nice meals)

  3. Love that vibrant curry colour! Looks like it’s super doable at home. Gonna have to try this. I love making curry paste to giveaway.

  4. Candice

    Hi Bee,

    Can you clarify the instructions? “In another clean glass bowl add vinegar and soak all the ingredients needed for the spice blend for 15-20 minutes. Then blend these into a fine paste using a blender.”

    Am I suppose to throw in all the spices into the vinegar and let it soak for 15-20 min. before blending it?

    • Yes, just soak all the ingredients for the spice blend including powdered spices n sugar for 15-20minutes. Then in a blender blend them into a fine paste.

      • Mekirin

        Hi, sorry, but it is still unclear to me. Did you mean discard the vinegar, taking only the spices out for blending OR blend it along with the 1/2 cup vinegar? I had a fight with my husband actually arguing about this part of the instructions.

        Many thanks.

  5. This is one of my favorite Indian recipes, I love it when it’s extra hot! I never knew the original version was not spicy hot. I grew up near “little India” here in New Jersey (US) and dish always made me sweat!

  6. This looks awesome! We feature cuisines of different nations on our blog, and I feel like vindaloo could be used to represent India, England, and probably all kinds of other places the Indian diaspora has settled.

  7. Anh

    I made it in a rush and only let it marinate for 2 hours vs the recommended 6. I wonder if this impacted the taste of the chicken..
    my recipe came out a bit bland and I omitted the cloves because at first I didn’t know what cloves were until after I had looked up other recipes and found out it wasn’t a typo for ‘cloves of.. ‘ but cloves as an ingredient by itself..

    Recommendations on how to make this recipe for flavorful??

  8. Cody

    This recipe was great and very easy to make! I didn’t feel like chicken so I used a little over 2 lbs. of boneless pork ribs (cut into large cubes) and it came out really well! I also used butter instead of the oil. Not the healthiest substitutions but it tasted great!

    Thanks for providing this recipe!

  9. Crumpet

    Am I the only one who ended up with something REALLY vinegar’y? I might have done the conversion to metrics wrong, but my vindaloo tasted of nothing but really sharp vinegar D: I’ve looked at other recipes for this dish and they all use way less vinegar. Just a heads up!

    • dave

      I found that on other peoples recipes so I cut down to 50 mil of white wine vinegar to be sure it wasn’t vinagery. Turned out perfect *****.will definitely make it again.

  10. dave

    Hello bee, just tried your recipe for chicken vindaloo and must say its the best I’ve ever made and yet so easy. I’ve tried numerous other peoples versions but none compare to you. I’d give you 5 ***** plus. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Can’t thank you enough for sharing your experience with me.

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