Sweet and Spicy Indian Chicken

This sweet and spicy Indian chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices and finished with a sweet and sticky maple syrup glaze. It’s outrageously delicious and will easily become your go-to chicken dinner.

This sweet and spicy Indian chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices and finished with a sweet and sticky maple syrup glaze. It's outrageously delicious and will easily become your go-to chicken dinner.

A couple of weeks ago when Brandy and I went to the spa for the afternoon, we left as one always does after a massage and spa day, looking like greased rats.

Now, I’m all for essential oils (actually just ordered my starter kit and am getting into this whole oil thing!) and I do love a good rub down (um, who doesn’t?) but when they get all up in your head and neck area there’s just no avoiding the fact that you’re going to leave the place looking like you either took a grease shower or spent the whole day in bed with sex hair.

Don’t act like you don’t know what that looks like.

So, we emerge back into the real world in this greased state and although no one should ever be seen in public in a condition such as we were in, we decided we needed food.

Like asap too because instead of eating lunch we got pampered all afternoon and our stomachs were making obscene noises.

This sweet and spicy Indian chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices and finished with a sweet and sticky maple syrup glaze.

The options were Thai, BBQ or Indian and we went with Indian because I couldn’t even remember the last time I had Indian food not from the frozen food aisle of Trader Joes.

An hour later (gotta love how fast an Indian joint is), we walked back out into the cold now as greased rats who smelled like curry from head to toe.

Quite the sight (and smell).

While I drove home as fast as possible, the shower calling my name, I decided Indian food needed to be recreated, specially some Indian chicken.

There’s no reason to leave it up to Trader Joes chana masala when getting the flavors of Indian food is no more difficult than raiding your spice cabinet.

A little garam masala and curry powder go a long way when it comes to Indian chicken recipes.

This sweet and spicy Indian chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices and finished with a sweet and sticky maple syrup glaze will easily become your go-to chicken dinner.

I could go on and on about how freakin’ delicious this Indian chicken dish is but I think it says it all when I say that between Ulysses and I, we polished off the entire 1.5 pounds of it for LUNCH.

Not even dinner, lunch.

It’s just amazingly spicy, sweet and sticky and I guarantee if you make it, it’ll become your new go-to chicken recipe for eternity.

Just beware, your house will smell like curry. It’s inevitable. Embrace it and maybe throw in some greased hair for the full effect.

It’s reminiscent of my favorite Thai chicken just with a little Indian flare.

Indian food has always been one of my favorite cuisines thanks to all the delicious spices used. Doesn’t matter if it’s a drier tandoori dish, a sticky sweet and spicy dish like this Indian chicken or, a saucy tomato base like butter chicken, I’ll take them all!

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Sweet and Spicy Indian Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Indian Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This sweet and spicy Indian chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices and finished with a sweet and sticky maple syrup glaze. It's outrageously delicious and will easily become your go-to chicken dinner.


  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon roasted red chili paste (*you can omit if you don't have and just use an additional tablespoon of the red curry paste instead)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

For the glaze

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon


  1. Combine the yogurt, all the spices including the curry and chili paste and the lemon juice in a small bowl and mix together with a spoon.
  2. Place the chicken in a large baking dish and coat in the yogurt mixture. You can let the chicken marinate like this for up to 8 hours if you'd like or you can cook it right away.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high.
  4. Add the coconut oil. Once melted and hot, add the chicken to the skillet.
  5. Cook 5-7 minutes on one side until golden brown then flip and cook another 3 minutes on the other side until the chicken is cooked through.
  6. Whisk the maple syrup and lemon juice for the glaze together in a small bowl and add to the skillet with the chicken.
  7. Cook down 1-2 minutes until bubbly and starting to reduce. Flip the chicken a few times in the glaze to coat. Turn off the heat and serve.
  8. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with a yogurt, cilantro, lemon juice mixture if desired.


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  1. Nutmeg Nanny

    This chicken looks amazing! Between the mix of body oils and curry I was smelling like a hot mess when I got home. Plus, sex hair. Next time I come over I need you to make me this since Art would kill me if I got the house smelling like curry…haha.

  2. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    I am totally chuckling about the idea of you two looking like greased rats. Ha! I hate coming out of a massage, and all I want to do is hide or go to bed. The last thing I want is to be seen in public. And DUDE this chicken is insane Gina. I am buying the ingredients asap.

    1. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

      It was amazing Gina. We had it for dinner tonight. I bought Thai Kitchen Red curry paste. Not sure that’s what you meant, but that’s what I used and it was fan-freakin-tastic. The whole family loved it and Jase and I are fighting over who gets the left-overs for lunch tomorrow. Totally making again!

  3. Kaylin@Enticinghealthyeating

    Ha! You cracked me up with the sex hair/greased hair comment. Too true! I’m actually getting a nice massage that will include that bit this weekend. This chicken looks fantastic, with flavors I’m not used to seeing too often. Pinning!

  4. Cookin Canuck

    Oh my…I have to make this! The list of spices is telling me that this is going to be beyond delicious and totally addictive. As for the massages…as much as I love them, I could live without the whole greased hair look afterwards!

  5. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    This post was so fun to read!! :) With my hubby being indian/paki we eat our fair share of foods and I have to say that this chicken looks out of this world. Gonna surprise my hubby one day and make it for him. Pinned!

  6. Julie

    I hate having to do the drive home after a massage – it takes a little of the relaxation out of it! Might be worth it if I stopped for some delicious Indian food though…

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  8. Chantelle @ naked cuisine

    My house always smells like curry anyways haha I practically sweat the stuff out. I would pretty much give anything to get that greased rat look someday soon, and is it just me or do massages always make you absolutely starving afterwards? Definitely gonna try this sticky goodness, thanks Gina.

  9. Becky

    Life. Changing. Made it as a “make ahead” for a busy week. My husband took one small bite (after grilling steak for this evening) and said, “can we please eat this tonight?” Just amazing!!!!

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  12. Elizabeth Leadon

    I haven’t tried this yet. But I am going to.
    But could you grill this?
    I do a marinated tandoori chicken that i do on the bbq.

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  14. Mandi

    I made this last night using chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs. It was incredibly good. I only made a small amount in case I didn’t like it. (Didn’t want to waste my expensive organic chicken breasts.) I’ll definitely be making a large batch tonight. This will be in my rotation as a go-to recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Aine

    This is a go-to staple in our house, but I’ve tweaked it a little bit: when I tried to fry the chicken over medium-high heat, I just ended up burning the yogurt marinade, leaving the chicken still semi-raw inside. Instead, I now either sautee the chicken for a minute on each side in the coconut oil and then bake it in the oven for 35 minutes, or, more often, simply bake it in the oven for 45 minutes at 375 F (with greased foil on the baking sheets to make cleanup easier). Then, I glaze it in the pan with the maple syrup/lemon juice as per the recipe. We serve it with rice and a yogurt/dill/garlic sauce. It’s *so delicious* and takes so little time to make. Thanks very much for the recipe, Gina!


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