James Strawbridge's Chicken Saag Masala Curry

James Strawbridge's Chicken Saag Masala Curry

This aromatic saag masala recipe is filling, comforting and goes beautifully with a pile of fluffy basmati rice or your favourite breads. The coconut milk creates a delicate creamy texture and you can adjust the amount of chillies to suit your preferred level of heat!
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Serves 4-6


For the chicken

X2 free range boneless chicken thighs
200g Cotswold salted butter
6 tomatoes
2 brown onions, roughly chopped
30g fresh coriander, finely chopped
3 fresh green chillies, finely sliced 
2 tbsp root ginger, crushed
1 tbsp fresh turmeric, crushed
6 cloves of garlic, crushed
2-4 tbsp spices – homemade mix including: garam masala, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, paprika, yellow mustard seeds & black onion seeds
Sea salt to season

For the saag:

500g baby spinach
400ml organic coconut milk
1 tbsp chunky mango chutney
1 tbsp cornflour


Served with white basmati rice



  1. Start by chopping your chicken into bitesize pieces and marinading the thighs in spices, crushed ginger, turmeric, and garlic. Drizzle with a little oil and season with sea salt.
  2. Next chop your onions and fresh chillies and mix in with the chicken. Melt the butter in a large skillet until golden and bubbling and place the spiced chicken into the pan skin side down with the onions. Cook on a high heat for 10-12 mins and then add in the tomatoes and coriander. Stir well and cook for a further 5 mins so that the tomatoes soften.
  3. Steam your spinach for 2-3 mins and then blitz with coconut milk and a dollop of mango chutney using a stick blender. Incorporate into the chicken curry and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the curry for 20-25 mins until the chicken is tender and the sauce thickens. Use a tablespoon of cornflour to thicken the sauce slightly.
  4. Serve your chicken saag masala curry with plenty of fluffy white basmati rice and extra mango chutney on the side.