Chicken Curry in a Hurry Recipe – 5 Ingredients!

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Chicken Curry in a Hurry has kick from curry that is mellowed by the sweetness of honey.  With just 5 ingredients, this easy recipe comes together very quickly.

Chicken Curry in a Hurry Recipe on plate over cauliflower rice

Busy times call for a simple chicken curry recipe. When it’s 5:00 and you’re not sure what to have for dinner, this is your go-to recipe!

This is another recipe that we offered at our Make Ahead Meal Store that’s kid-tested, freezable and was very popular. It’s also a great introduction to curry, if this isn’t a spice you enjoy often.

Once you’re hooked, try Crispy Curried Chick Peas, which uses a small batch of the same sauce.  Move on to Curried Cauliflower Rice next. After that you’re ready for a night out at an Indian restaurant. 🙂

You can feel extra good about serving this easy curry sauce over everything in site because there are plenty of reasons to add curry to your diet. Often used in Indian food, it’s actually a combination of 20 different spices. But, you’ll just need one bottle on your spice rack to make this.

How to Make Chicken Curry in a Hurry

I call this sauce “curry in a hurry” because there are just 4 ingredients and it’s so quick to whip up.

Combine olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard and curry powder in a small bowl. That’s it! There’s plenty of leeway to add more or less of any ingredient. But, we suggest starting out with ratios below.

Tip: Measure the olive oil first, followed by the honey. The honey will slip right out of the measuring cup…no mess!

The sauce will easily cover 2 pounds of protein. Spoon it over chicken in a baking dish and turn to fully coat each piece.  Bake and enjoy! We use tenders because they cook a little more quickly than chicken breasts.

Easy curry sauce in a bowl

If you want to set some of the sauce aside to use as a dipping sauce, spoon it out first…before the sauce or any utensils have touched raw chicken.

Better yet,  just pour all the sauce into the pan with the chicken. When you remove the pan from the oven, spoon leftover sauce from the pan into a cup for drizzling.

What to serve with Chicken Curry in a Hurry

You’ll have about 25 minutes to pull together some sides while the chicken cooks. Here are our top choices:

  • Cauliflower rice cooks quickly on the stove top or microwave
  • Rice will take a little longer to make…so plan ahead for this side
  • Roasted vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli or potatoes. Cook in a pan next to the chicken!
  • Wilted spinach on the stove top
  • Salad greens – no dressing needed!

Top with scallions or snipped cilantro and it will feel like you’re dining out!

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Chicken Curry in a Hurry recipe

Chicken Curry in a Hurry has kick from curry that is mellowed by honey.  With just 5 ingredients, this simple recipe comes together very quickly. Popular sauce from our Make Ahead Meal Store that customers drizzled on everything in sight!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 132kcal


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • Sliced green onion, chopped cilantro optional garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine first four ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Place chicken in a baking dish.
  • Pour sauce over chicken, turning to coat each piece completely.
  • Bake chicken until no longer pink inside, for approximately 25 minutes.
  • Spoon excess sauce over chicken when serving.
  • Garnish with green onion or cilantro, if desired.


Serve excess sauce over rice, couscous, pasta and vegetables. Sauce freezes well alone or over raw chicken in a tightly sealed plastic bag.


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 37mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  1. I LOVE curry but I never make it at home. Totally delicious!

  2. Looks delicious!

  3. Love love love me some curry! Thanks for this!

  4. I’ve never actually had curry before though I’ve always wanted to try it. This in a hurry version is perfect!

  5. Ginny McMeans says

    Great title and it really drew me in. Yes, Curry in a hurry is perfect. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. I love this recipe, quick, easy and delightful!

  7. I’m diggin this curry in a hurry!

  8. Gotta love meals made in minutes! I adore marinades and sauces with mustard!

  9. This is the perfect recipe to add to my quick-and-easy weeknight standbys! Can’t wait to try it.

  10. This looks amazing! My family would go crazy for this 🙂

  11. Awesome recipe! Our week nights are so busy that unless it is “in a hurry”, we order out!

  12. I love the name! Curry in a hurry. very cute. Looks tasty!

  13. Perfect versatile quick dinner! I bet you could come up with some other variations too.

  14. Gotta love a quick and versatile dinner! Especially with only 4 ingredients.

  15. I love curry but rarely make it because it’s time consuming…I’ll have to try your quick method!

  16. I loooove curry! And this works well for me because I’m a mom in a hurry… Always!

  17. I am such a HUGE curry fan. Sounds and looks amazing!

  18. Made this recently…if possible, even more delicious the next day! ****

  19. Mmm this looks and sounds delicious. I love curry and it’s been too long since I’ve last had it. Definitely will be making this soon!

  20. I love this curry in a hurry!! I also love all your tips and your suggestions for side dishes!

  21. Girrrrrl you had me at 5 ingredients! I’m beyond in love with the simplicity of this dish and the flavors totally have me wowed! The dijon and curry together are marvelous!

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