Kashmiri Saffron Chicken Curry

Preheat the oven and get ready to experience the bold and aromatic flavors of Kashmiri cuisine with our Kashmiri Saffron Chicken Curry. In the mountainous region of Kashmir, located at the northern tip of India in the Himalayas, curry dishes are mild in spice and the powder is often used in dishes featuring dried fruits. Saffron, the dried stigma of the saffron flower, is only harvested over a two-week period of time during Autumn and is long prized for its rarity and stunning flavor.

Our saffron chicken curry recipe features the Kashmiri Saffron Curry Powder, a mildly hot seasoning accompanied by hints of sweetness and earthiness created through a combination of classic curry flavors like cardamom, cumin, and chiles along with the addition of saffron for a unique and delicious Curious Spoon twist. This dish makes for an amazing authentic tasting main course meal for lunch or dinner. If you’re running short on time, this dish can also be cooked over the stovetop with cubed chicken breasts for a much quicker cook time with similarly delicious results.

Curious Spoon Culinary Team
Prep Time:
3 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time:
1 hour 0 minutes
Total Time:
4 minutes


Yield 4
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. Curious Spoon Kashmiri Saffron Curry Powder
  • 2 lb. Chicken Thighs, bone-in and skin-on
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Cream
  • 2 tbsp. ground Almonds
  • 1 medium Green Apple, cored, peeled, and diced


  • Cilantro and Slivered Roasted Almonds, garnish
  • Rice or Naan, for serving

From the Kitchen

  • Large Bowl
  • Large Skillet with lid
  • Meat thermometer

Notes from the Chef:

This is a great dish to have on a cold winter night. For a quicker weekday evening meal, try using cubed chicken breast and cook on the stovetop in minutes.

Make it a meal:
Serve with paratha and a warm spice rice pilaf.
Pairs well with:
Pair with a stout beer.
  1. 1

    Prep all ingredients.

  2. 2

    Combine yogurt, Curious Spoon Kashmiri Saffron Blend in large mixing bowl. Add chicken thighs to mixture and coat well. Cover bowl and refrigerator for 3 hours to marinate, up to 12 hours.

  3. 3

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  4. 4

    Melt 1 Tbsp butter in large skillet, add onions, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic, continue cooking until onions start to become translucent. Remove from skillet and set aside.

  5. 5

    Add additional 1 tbsp butter to skillet and place chicken thighs, skin side down and cook until chicken has some color on it. Turn chicken over and add onions, cream, leftover marinade, ground almonds, salt, and pepper to mixture. Bring to a simmer. Cover.

  6. 6

    Place in oven to cook for 45 minutes. Ten minutes before chicken is done, add in diced apple.

  7. 7

    Garnish with cilantro and slivered almonds. Serve alongside rice or naan.