Cheat chicken curry

Okay, I have to confess, I don’t always make authentic Indian food! I discovered this cheat chicken curry while I was at uni. Desperate for some soul food but too lazy to go to the supermarket (like any other student), I rummaged through my cupboards to see what I could find.

In the distance, hiding behind my tower of maggi noodles and cans of baked beans,  some thing shiney and red caught my eye. It was Heinz tomato soup.

Then the idea struck. I already had chicken but had no tomatoes or yogurt to make the curry.  What if I cooked the chicken, added some spice and chucked in the tin of soup?

I hate to admit it, but Heinz tomato soup works wonders!! ( sorry mum and dad!)


  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tin Heinz tomato soup
  • 500 g diced chicken (thighs work better)
  • 1 chopped green chilli and handful chopped coriander (optional)


  1. Fry the onions until translucent and slightly golden.
  2. Add ginger and garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the spices and cook for 1 minute. It it starts to stick to the pan, add a bit of water.
  4. Add the chicken and cook until lightly golden
  5. Add the Heinz tomato soup and let it cook on high heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Then turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for another 20 minutes until the oil separates from the sauce.
  7. Add the green chillies and coriander.

Serve with rice and yogurt.





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