Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Curry Recipe - BEST EVER! Takeaway-style (2024)

Gluten free Chinese Chicken curry recipe, anyone?! I thought that might get your attention! It’s just like what you used to order from your local Chinese takeaway. It’s also dairy free and low FODMAP btw.

Well, that’s if you can even remember the last time you ordered a Chinese takeaway… if you ever had the chance to in the first place! You can just never be sure what is and isn’t in food from the Chinese takeaway, so I decided to create my own gluten free Chinese chicken curry recipe at home. Here it is!

I loved having a Chinese takeaway when I was younger. We didn’t have one very often, but that just made it even more special.

We had our dishes that we would always order… sweet and sour fish, egg fried rice, chilli beef, chow mien and… Chinese chicken curry!

For me, not being able to have a Chinese takeaway ever again was a disastrous thought. Not only is Chinese takeaway food very often ladened with gluten but for those who have IBS and might follow the low FODMAP diet, onion and garlic is everywhere!

But not here…

So what’s it like?

Well, if you’ve ever ordered a Chinese chicken curry from your takeaway before being gluten free… it’s exactly like that!

If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying it before, then it’s a lovely, mildly spicy curry – the kind that you’d just love to dip your chips in.

(well, I’d love to anyway!)

The chicken is so incredibly tender and soft, with the carrot and peas soaking up all that lovely flavour. This recipe is basically everything I used to love about Chinese chicken curry, but I can actually eat this one!

But as you might have seen by the title, I can’t really take the credit for this recipe… as it’s one of Mark’s!

Being half-Malaysian, he absolutely loves this style of cooking, so I just let him get on with it and steal all of his recipes ?

(well, I do steal them to share with you guys so I guess that makes it ok, right?!)

Every time it’s my birthday, Valentine’s, our anniversary etc. he’ll always make me some sort of Chinese dish that I can NEVER eat. And this was one of the first he ever made for me!

As you can see in the photo above, he also made me gluten free prawn toast AND gluten free chicken chow mein… it was probably the best eating day of my life!

The gluten free prawn toast recipe is actually already up here and when I steal his chow mein recipe, I’ll post the link here too.

I think we all have a lot of happy memories sharing a Chinese takeaway with family, so it was suuuuuper kind of Mark to cook this for me. It just made me feel normal again.

And obviously, I then had to try and do the same for you lot by sharing his gluten free Chinese chicken curry recipe right here!

Here’s a couple of tips straight from the man himself:

  • Poaching your chicken in boiling water might seem a little weird, but it’s so incredibly quick to cook and the meat comes out really tender. It’s how they do it in actual Chinese takeaways.
  • If you’re not following the low FODMAP diet for IBS, then you can happily throw in a quarter of a white onion instead of the carrot.

Btw, if you’re looking for a low FODMAP vegetable/vegan stock cubes, then click here and thank me later. Here’s a low FODMAP curry powder too from Sainsbury’s.

Looking for more of Mark’s gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes? Check out this blog post here:10 gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes you won’t believe you can eat.

Right, on with the recipe!

Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Curry Recipe - BEST EVER! Takeaway-style (6)

Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Curry Recipe - Takeaway Style!

Gluten free Chinese chicken curry recipe, anyone? It's just like what you'd get from your local Chinese takeaway and it's low FODMAP too.

SERVINGS: 2 people

PREP TIME: 10 minutes mins

TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes mins


5 from 28 votes


  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • Spring onion greens* chopped

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 200g grated carrot 2 carrots
  • A dash of gluten free soy sauce
  • 400ml gluten free chicken stock check the link above for low FODMAP chicken stock cubes
  • 15 g frozen peas

For your spice mix

  • 2 tbsp gluten free plain flour
  • 2 heaped tsp of mild curry powder check the link above for low FODMAP curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes optional and more or less depending on how hot you want it!
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch ground cumin


  • Start by bringing some water to the boil in a large saucepan. Once it's boiling, add your skinless, boneless chicken thighs, whole. Cook for around 8-10 minutes. Set aside to cool a little and then chop into bite-sized strips.

  • Now for the sauce. Prep your carrot - it doesn't have to be grated, but spiralised works great too. If you'd prefer, chopped carrots are a-ok - they just take longer to cook.

  • In your wok, heat your coconut oil. Once melted, add your carrots and fry until slightly softened.

  • Add your flour, curry powder, chilli flakes, cumin and ginger to the wok and coat the carrot.

  • Pour over your chicken stock and add a dash of gf soy sauce.

  • Allow to simmer for around 10 minutes and then add your cooked, chopped chicken thighs. The sauce should be lovely and thick by this point and ready to serve.

  • Serve on top of a bed of sticky jasmine rice and sprinkle some fresh spring onion greens on top.

  • Enjoy!


* Green parts only for low FODMAP

So there you have it – my gluten free Chinese chicken curry recipe! It’s very simple to make and tastes sooo much like the Chinese chicken curry I used to order from the takeaway.

Let me know if you get the chance to try this recipe and if you have any other Chinese takeaway dish requests. I’m more than happy to give some more a try! Just leave a comment below, or on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram.

Also, if you would like to check out my low FODMAP curry powder recipe, you can find it by clickingright here.

Thanks for reading and happy gluten free Chinese chicken curry eating!

Becky xxx

Oh, and don’t forget to pin this before you leave!

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Does Chinese curry contain gluten? ›

I know most curries are gluten free, but a lot of Chinese takeaways use curry powder that has wheat in it – so remember that! You'll never believe how Mark gets the chicken to be so juicy and tender… I'll let you go over to the recipe and find out for yourself!

What Chinese takeaway dishes are gluten free? ›

  • Chinese Dining: Gluten-Free.
  • Steamed Chicken/Shrimp or Seafood: Chicken, shrimp, or seafood usually steamed with.
  • Egg Drop Soup: Beaten eggs in boiled chicken broth with condiments (pepper, scallions)
  • Fried Rice: White rice, egg, scallions, carrots, and usually meat, pork, or tofu.

What is the secret to a great curry? ›

Tips for the Perfect Curry
  1. Use fresh spices. For the best results, always try to use fresh spices. ...
  2. Give the spices a toast. ...
  3. Wrap up your whole spices. ...
  4. Blitz your tomatoes. ...
  5. Onions are the key. ...
  6. Don't overcook your chicken. ...
  7. Keep your garlic and ginger fresh. ...
  8. Add exciting toppings.

What brings out the flavour of curry? ›

The easiest way to fix a bland and tasteless curry is by adding spices like red chili powder, cumin, coriander, garam masala, curry leaves and turmeric. Just make a quick tempering and pour over the curry to give it a nice punch of spices and herbs.

How to enhance the taste of chicken curry? ›

To enhance the taste & give the curry sauce a thicker feel, ingredients like coconut, yogurt, nut paste or poppy seeds are used in smaller quantities. Back home in India, my Mom would always use white poppy seeds paste to make this chicken curry.

Why is curry not gluten-free? ›

There are two reasons why ground spices like curry powder, turmeric, paprika, and cinnamon might contain gluten: They were either contaminated in the factory, or the manufacturer added a little flour to them later to prevent caking. Most herbs and spices are safe, however, especially if they're fresh.

What is gluten Chinese ingredient? ›

There are amorphous clumps of wheat gluten, also known as seitan, which are even denser in texture. And the Chinese eat a lot of marinated wheat gluten: the clumps are soaked in fragrant oil and marinated with peanuts or sh*take mushrooms so that each tiny bit of gluten sops up the flavors of the marinating liquid.

Is takeaway curry gluten-free? ›

Curries, tandoori, tikka masala, and more!

Fortunately, most Indian food is naturally gluten-free, as major staples include rice, veggies, and meats and features beans and legumes like chickpeas and lentils. Indian food dishes vary from region to region.

What is the most important spice in curry? ›

Fenugreek (Methi)

This Indian spice is what people say "smells like curry." Of all Indian spices, this spice may be the most essential. You may use up to a few tablespoons in a family size dish near the end of the cooking process, but start with a teaspoon. Fenugreek seeds also have many health benefits.

How do restaurants make curry so creamy? ›

The actual sweetness and creaminess of such curries meanwhile, usually comes from fried onions and either cashews and/or dairy products. Instead of (or in addition to) onion, ground coconut may be used. White poppy seeds and/or watermelon seeds are also used in some creamy sauces.

What ingredients make curry better? ›

However, here are some general suggestions to make your curry taste better: Aromatics: Start with a flavorful base of aromatics such as onions, garlic, and ginger. Sautéing these ingredients well can add depth to the overall flavor of your curry.

How to make Indian curry taste more authentic? ›

Few things that have done the trick for me.
  1. You say tikka masala. ...
  2. Cashew paste - will give it that creamy flavor.
  3. If you are using besan- roast it before with ghee.
  4. Heavy cream - add that to your curries where you need richness in curry.
  5. Dry roast while spices before you make the masala paste etc.
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How to jazz up a curry sauce? ›

Add more spices: Store-bought curry sauces often lack the depth of flavour that homemade sauces have. To remedy this, you can add more spices like cumin, turmeric, coriander, and garam masala. Use fresh ginger and garlic: Fresh ginger and garlic add a lot of flavour to curries.

How do you get the strong taste out of curry? ›

Adding citrus or vinegar provides a tangy flavor that balances the heat. Yogurt or sour cream can cool down the curry. Adding a pinch of sugar or ketchup can counteract the spiciness. Starchy foods like potatoes or rice can absorb heat.


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