September 18, 2014

Chicken and apple curry

Finished plate of Chicken and Apple Indian Curry with a bowl of rice.

Autumn apples, apple cider, and warm Indian spices come together in this delightful and unique chicken curry meal. 

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This dish is a meal that you can warm up with on a chilly autumn evening.  It's full of spices and flavors that all come together perfectly around the apples in this recipe. 

You do need to have some special spices on hand like Garam masala, turmeric, and cinnamon sticks. But, once you have a well-stocked spice cabinet, making dishes like this is easier.

The smell of this dish cooking will fill your whole house with warm spice smells. Apple and chicken curry is one of our favorite fall meals that we always have at least once after apple picking. We look forward to it every year. 

I like to use one firm tart apple and one firm sweet apple when I make this curry. I like the flavor contrasts with a touch of tart and a touch of sweet along with all the warm spices and the hot red pepper. 

Any firm apples will work though. You want them to hold their shape and some firmness as they cook and not turn mushy or fall apart.

Curry is perfect served with a side of Basmati rice, but white rice or brown rice will also work well. 

I urge you to make this curry this fall. If you are a fan of Indian spices and curry meals, this is sure to become an autumn time favorite in your house as well.

Also check out this round-up of 25 Savory Apple Recipes to Try this Fall!  

Close-up of a finished plate of Chicken and Apple Indian Curry.
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Chicken and Apple Indian Curry

Chicken and Apple Curry

Autumn apples, apple cider, and Indian spices come together in this delightful and unique chicken curry meal.


  • 1-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1-inch piece of turmeric root, peeled and roughly chopped (or 1-1/2 teaspoons ground)
  • 2 teaspoons Garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
  • about 1-1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • sea salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup chicken broth/stock
  • 2 medium firm apples, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • plain yogurt, for serving, optional
  • 1 cup Basmati rice, cooked to package directions


  1. In a food processor, blend the ginger, garlic, turmeric, Garam masala, coriander, and red pepper flakes to a paste. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil, or a couple tablespoons of apple cider to help it blend together, if needed.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and add to the pan. Cook until browned, then turn and cook the other side until browned. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  3. Add the spice paste to the skillet along with the cinnamon stick and more coconut oil, if needed. Stir the paste and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the onion and continue to cook, stirring often, until soft and golden. Stir in the cider and chicken broth and stir well to de-glaze the pan. 
  4. Return the chicken (and any juices) to the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. 
  5. Turn the heat back up to medium and stir in the apples. Cook, stirring often, until the apples are tender and the sauce has reduced, about 5-7 minutes. Taste and add more salt, if needed.
  6. Stir in the cilantro. Remove the cinnamon stick. Serve immediately with a side of Basmati rice and plain yogurt for topping, if desired.
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Recipe adapted from Apples of Uncommon Character.

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Finished plate of Chicken and Apple Indian Curry.

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in 2023 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

Check out these other apple main dish recipes: 

Moroccan Apple & Sweet Potato Beef Stew

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Turkey & Apple Cheddar-Biscuit Pie 

Three-cheese Apple & Bacon Pizza


  1. Oh, this sounds fantastic! I absolutely love curries (in fact, we had one earlier this week) and your addition of the apples is so creative. YUM!

  2. I love curry (even if I don't love the way our house smells after, lol)

  3. This is something that really tickles my taste buds - I'm really into curries at the moment - so thank you for a new recipe to try!

  4. You don't have to urge me to try it. I love apples too. I live in Washington state. It's part of our gene set. But in addition I love curry!!!!! Where I live it's 1.5 to 2 hrs to get to an Indian restaurant. So you are getting the picture.

  5. Really original recipe,
    never had apple curry before, definitely delicious and worth to try recipe!!!

  6. What unique flavors! This is a perfect fall dish. I always find curry really comforting too.

  7. We didn't get to go apple picking last year ... so I am making it happen this fall! This curry looks delicious!

  8. Wow, my husband was just talking about curry the other night. This will definitely be a recipe that I will make this Fall.

  9. I bet the apple is good in this, sounds delicious!

  10. this sounds so good! i love the apple in this. mmm!

  11. What an interesting recipe, Amy! I love curries but next time I intend to try it with apples.

  12. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing at the Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED!

  13. My adult kids really will love this dish! Thank you for sharing at our apple celebration of Celebrate 365 Blog Party!

  14. This sounds So good with the apples! And all of those spices sound amazing.

  15. This apple-forward curry looks fantastic, and I can smell it through the screen! :)

  16. I can make this! And you better believe that it will be soon! This sounds perfect for a cooler evening!

  17. I'm not one to make curry at home but this one sounds really amazing!

  18. I love the idea of apples combined with curry, yum!

  19. Love apple and pork together. Great idea


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