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Chicken Curry

Nowadays I have been eating very little meat. Not for any particular reason, or any particular goal in mind, I just found myself having almost none in my servings  even in two weeks. But when I do feel like having some, I make sure I make it DELICIOUS! Now I am falling back in love with my meat and I am having plenty of lamb and chicken now. My current favorite ways of cooking my chicken are my kuku wa kupaka (if you have not tried out my recipe yet, what are you waiting for?) and chicken curry. I was shocked when I realized I have not shared this recipe with you guys yet, and decided this month would not end without you having a taste of this awesomeness. It is so easy to make, does not take mush time and it is explosively delicious, in true Kaluhi fashion. This is about to be your newest favorite!

Get a good visual of the recipe from the video below, then come for a more in depth explaination of everything <3



5 chicken thighs

1 teaspoon of dried thyme

1 tablespoon of dried rosemary

6 cloves on minced garlic

3 tablespoon of African Kaya Sweet chili sauce

2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 red onion, finely chopped

Coriander stems, chopped

1 teaspoon of minced ginger

3 bay leaves

1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric

1 tablespoon of curry powder

1 tablespoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 tablespoon of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

3/4 tablespoon of garlic powder

1 cup of plain yoghurt

Salt to taste

Vegetable oil for frying


In a bowl, place your chicken thighs. To this, add the rosemary, thyme, apple cider vinegar, garlic and the african kaya sweet chili sauce (now known as Mama Muthoni Sweet Chili Sauce). Mix this all up and the, cover and allow to marinate over night. Always remember, the longer you marinate, the better the flavors.

I got my African Kaya Sweet chili sauce (2022 post update: She rebranded to Mama Muthoni Foods but  the product is the same same stellar one!) from Wangeci who makes the sauces her self. I  was the perfect addition to my chicken curry for that extra kick. Check out this video to see which other brunch dish you can make with this sauce too.

You can get yours by contacting 0791 924 735. Also, you will have done yourself the grandest favor by following her on Instagram too, there are a wide range of amazing products there!

Once marination is done, put the chicken to boil , and once done, set aside. if you prefer not to boil before cooking the curry, shallow frying them would be ok.

In another sufuria, add the red onion, fresh ginger, coriander stems, some salt and bay leaves. I bought my bay leaves from the supermarket spice aisle at about 70 bob a can.

Let this cook until fragrant, them add the tomato paste and all the spices. Mix them in and add 1/4 cup of hot water and let this cook down until everything is incorporated and thickened. The video shows that very well. Do not add an ocean because if you make watery soup at this point, you will not be able to fix it later. And we want a nice, thick, rich chicken curry anyway :)))

Add the boiled chicken followed by the plain yoghurt and let this cook until combined. Not vanilla/banana/chocolate, but plain yogurt. This should take about 10-15 minutes for everything to come together.

Once done, garnish with your dania leaves and prepare yourself psychologically for the tsunami of flavor you are about to experience. This. Is. Not. A. Drill!

Can we seriously first appreciate how amazing this chicken curry looks??? I had mine with rice upon my first serving, but later on had it with ugali in the evening and with chapati the following day! This beauty goes with everything!!!

Any chicken dish would not be complete without starting with a good marinade. And I am so glad I went with the five ingredients I chose, especially the sweet chili African Kaya sauce. It introduced a deeper, fuller flavor that one could not really put their finger on, but without doubt thoroughly enjoyed! The plain yoghurt not only thickened the mchuzi, but also tempered the heat of the pepper and the chili. This chicken curry was tender, spicy, flavorful and rich.

In case anything is not clear, do watch the video and don’t forget to subscribe <3

Don’t you just want to take a bite? *licks screen then eats device*

Cheers to delicious food and happy Wednesday!!


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  1. Dennis

    Hi, quick question. I always try your recipes but I have a problem with the brand of spices that I buy. Most of them are not fragrant enough or are kinda fake (mathogothanio mix of unknown dust). Which brands do you use or would you recommended. If you prefer not to mention here my email is included in the feedback form. Thank you for the inspirations. #cookingdad

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I do not mention brands because everyone has their own that thay personally prefer. What I like, may not be what you like. Secondly, I only mention brands that I am marketing. As for spices, imagine do not over think it. Do not over think. Curry powder for Tropical Heat, Nature’s Own, Zanzibar Spices, Orleys are all the same. I switch between them.What one chooses depends on their budget coz truly, the end product is the same! Do not over think, you will be ok.

      • Mary

        This. Is. Not. A. Drill I like that. Might just try it this Easter weekend….

        • kaluhiskitchen

          Hope you enjoy!!

    • Faiz

      I tried several of them but I still go back to Tropical heat. Esp when it comes to ginger and turmeric i think they r the best so far.
      Otherwise u can buy in ration stores like in Ngara westy or parklands

  2. Debbie

    Nothing short of EXCELLENCE!!!!! Last weekend was biryani, this weekend curry!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hope you looooooooooooove it!!

    • Wilson Ekiru

      I am already salivating for real! I will try this recipe in t he course of this week.

      Quick question; Can any sweet chili work with this recipe should one not be able to get the African Sweet Kaya?

  3. Confused but determined wife

    Am falling in love with your cooking

    • kaluhiskitchen

      best love you will ever feel! <3

  4. Ken

    Hey 🙂

    Made this for the second time today. Didn’t really enjoy it the first time, but only because i don’t like cumin’s sharp taste much. Personal preference kind of thing. So today i did 1/2 a teaspoon of cumin instead of the tablespoon in the recipe. Worked out really well. I was/still am so happy. I made it for my mum, we over ate and she just fell asleep there in the living room shortly after. Anyway, thank you for this. I’ve made a few other meals from here, the meatball tikka masala was my favorite so far until today. The garlic and lemon fish curry was amazing well.

    Thank you,

    I wish you all the best with everything that happens in your life from here on out.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      The beauty about cooking is you can always customize anything to suit your pallete! And I am glad both you and mum enjoyed this beauty! I wish you nothing but success in everything you do as well. <3 <3

  5. Sydney

    This recipe is so good I made it twice, the last two weekends. Instead of the plain yogurt , i used Mala and safe to say its awesome. Many thanks for this.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Perfect substitute and I am so glad you enjoyed this beauty both times <3

  6. Lisa Mugera

    Dagzy! I’m so hungry after seeing this. Lol. Guess I know what’s for diner tonight 🙂

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hope you enjoy it my sweet Lisa!! <3

  7. Suzane Williams

    Loving you always your cooking are the best ever very tasty and delicious.. one day I will come to your kitchen for real..

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Glad you enjoy boo!

  8. Shiro

    The photo has me seriously salivating. I’m definitely going to make this next week. Quick question, I’m always hesitant to use more than just a couple of spices in a meal because in my head I fear the flavours will overwhelm each other. Do you think this is a valid fear/concern?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Flavors will be overwhelming if they are added without a plan- without playing off of each other and in the wrong portions. Zikiwekwa kiholela, it will be disgusting. Same way one can use just one spice, but if they add it in the wrong portions or to the wrong dish, it will be overwhelming or disgusting. Number of spices is ok, just follow instructions.

  9. Caroline

    You’re are totally remarkable gal. I made this on Saturday for my visitors and the compliments were awesome. If only they knew I was youtubing in the kitchen. Hubby is still insisting I do it again… I have cooked your recipes for years, I should start paying. Thanks a bunch !!!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Wow!!! This made me smile!! So so soooooo happy to know you guys loved it! This was one of my fave recipes last year and ha[y you loved it too!

  10. karen

    hey dear,i have 2 questions
    1:about your of chicken,which is best,broiler ama kienyeji?
    2:hiyo african kaya sweet chili sauce,is it too hot for a kids consumption ? can i do without it if i am making a meal for people who dont do chili?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      1. Broiler
      2. It is not hot at all in my opinion. Kids can have it

  11. Shiku

    I’ve tried this twice and I still don’t like it 🙁
    I think my problem is the yoghurt and the vinegar.

    I however always try your recipes and most work for me. Especially kuku wa kupaka and the coconut beans stew

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You do realize it makes no sense to not like something you have not even tried?? Anyway, I respect your dismissal. As for me, this is one of the top 2 recipes of 2018 and not a day goes by without someone trying it out and enjoying it. If you do not want to try it out, it is totally fine, do find another recipe that you like on the blog. As for me, I will keep making this, and keep on celebrating everyone who does as well and sends me pics and videos when they do.


      • CK

        Sis she said she tried it, what’s wrong with you Kaluhi? Seriously? Your cockiness needs to tone down gosh

  12. Shantal

    In love with all yor recipes ! I have never tried till now any curry recipe, I tried this one yesterday and it was a hit !! amazing one thank you a lot ! All the love all the way from Lebanon

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I am so happy to hear from you! I hope you enjoy everything else you try out.

  13. Pee

    Tried this yesterday. Absolute yumminess. The leftovers I had for lunch were even yummier. Thank you

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It really does get better with each hour!! Glad you loved it!! <3

  14. Gloria

    Tried this, really turned out great. It was my first time making curry. 10/10 recommend this recipe..

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Makes me so happy to hear!! Cheers!

  15. GK

    What can be used instead of the african kaya chill sweet sauce because of baby

    • kaluhiskitchen

      As mentioned in the blog post, you can leave it out. I hope you read the post

  16. Faiza

    I made chicken curry yesterday, honestly I was never a fun of making or eating chicken in Currys the only chicken I enjoy is grilled, roasted, fried n such, no mchuzi in it.
    now I wish had seen this recipe but AL also make sure this have tasted esp when my buddies are around.
    N thanks for sharing this n all other recipes

    • kaluhiskitchen

      So happy you loved it!

  17. Rose

    I YouTube all the time from the kitchen. Gal! Be blessed a zillion times. Your spirit and energy 👊 Big up!!

    • kaluhiskitchen


  18. David

    How does one make proper none sticky coconut rice

    • kaluhiskitchen

      water : rice 2: 1

  19. Tiana

    I’m dying to try this out, but I really want to use the sweet chili sauce. I checked African Kaya’s website, but she’s no longer selling it. Do you know of a good substitute? I have Thai sweet chili sauce and wanted to see if you think it’s a good substitute.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You can eliminate it as I have mentioned in the blog post

  20. Connie

    Hi… I love your recipes I have a question….if I don’t have ACV and the sweet chilli sauce what can be a good substitute

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Any other recipe EXCEPT white vinegar

  21. Pollyn

    Your chicken recipes are the bomb I trully like them. Thanks for sharing May God Bless you abundantly.

    • kaluhiskitchen


  22. Kahuu

    Hey. Amateur cook her 😊 How do I make sure the yoghurt doesn’t break up/curdle?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      There is NO WAY youghurt will curdle while cooking with it

  23. Kahuu

    I tried the exact recipe and used Greek yoghurt. And it all broke up and curdled. I googled it and it seems I should have high fat yoghurt

  24. Beth

    Hi can i use maziwa lala instead of plain yoghurt?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Yes, unsweetened

  25. Saitoti

    Chicken Curry your first recipe I have tried and I love it. Thank you for sharing

    • kaluhiskitchen


  26. Irene

    We will try it out today for supper

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You will loooooove it!

  27. Vanessa

    Hello! I am so excited to make this. I’ve read and re read the blog cause I enjoyed it. I don’t have the chili sauce but I still want some heat. Do you think if I add some cayenne that it would ruin the dish?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It would be fine

  28. Carll

    I am trying this recipe for the 3rd time I bet all have been perfect but am planning to try it again tomorrow. Tell me will broiler chicken give me an owesome result like kienyeji?? What do I do it doesn’t overcook??

  29. Bea

    Here to comment N years later. The explosion of flavours is definitely out of this world. I’m glad i finally tried it. What i’d do differently next time is not boil the chicken, i think i overdid it slightly. Great recipe all the same!!!

    • Kaluhi

      Cheers! Happy you loved it!

  30. PK

    So i tried this today….. waaah sema it was a hit! Your recipes never disappoint.

  31. Heather


    I am in the UK and I cannot find the African Kaya chili sauce, can I buy it on Amazon?
    I tried calling that number but it wouldn’t call 🙁

    • Kaluhi

      Contact @mamamuthonifoods on Instagram. She rebranded but she will respond

  32. Salome Lukorito

    I tried this recipe the result was amazing! Nowadays I’m a serious cook

    • Kaluhi

      And cheers to many many more victories!

  33. Patti Simon

    Heading out to Kenya tomorrow from the US. Came across your page and just loved your recipe. I will hunt for spices while there and make this when I return! I love your post. You are talented and you have a great sense of humor. I will bookmark this page for sure!

    • Kaluhi

      Karibu Kenya!!! I hope your stay is amazing and you do get to enjoy the food!

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