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Irish Curry Recipe for Chicken Chips: How to Make Curry Sauce

Whether it’s a Friday night out with friends or a quiet evening in front of the telly, there’s one thing that Irish people universally love: a good helping of Irish chips with a spicy curry sauce. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to recreate this Irish favorite right in your own kitchen with our Irish curry recipe.

Cultural Fusion: Irish Curry Recipe

Irish curry sauce poured over crispy chips

Most people associate curry with Indian food, but this Irish curry recipe is a unique combination of East meets West. Traditionally served at local chip shops, Irish curry sauce has become a favorite late night snack and a beloved part of the Irish culinary landscape.

Choosing the Right Potatoes

Steak fries served on a white plate

Now, the first of our big decisions: the potatoes. While you may be tempted to use regular French fries, the Irish equivalent to this is steak fries. These are thicker and will hold up better under the curry sauce. You can use a large skillet or a frying pan to fry them up until they’re golden and crispy.

Creating the Curry Base

Various spices used to create curry base

The next step in our Irish curry recipe is the curry base. This is where the aromatic spice blend comes in. It includes ground coriander seed and chili powder, along with other spices. In a large pan over medium heat, add vegetable oil and gently fry your chopped onions and garlic cloves until they become caramelized onions. This will give your curry sauce a satisfying sweet flavor.

Adding the Extras

Added extras like apple and raisins in curry sauce

For that extra dimension of flavor, we add a diced apple and the sweet surprise of golden raisins. This gives the curry sauce a delicious sweetness and a textured sauce that is unlike regular Indian curry which often has fewer veggies. This is the gourmet food twist that makes Irish curry sauce unique.

Building the Sauce

The building blocks of our curry sauce recipe include coconut milk and tomato paste. In a small bowl, mix them together until well combined. Then, add this mixture to the caramelized onions in the large skillet. Cook this on a low heat until it reaches the boiling point.

Enjoying homemade Irish curry chips at home

Thickening the Sauce

For our Irish curry recipe, the sauce thickener of choice is often flour or cornstarch. Slowly add this to your curry base while stirring to avoid lumps. This will help create a smooth curry sauce that is ready pour over your Irish chips.

Simmering and Seasoning

Once the sauce has thickened, it’s decision time. The heat level of your sauce can be adjusted by adding more or less chili powder. You might also want to add a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and a teaspoon of lemon juice for a hint of tanginess. Let this simmer on low heat for about 20-30 minutes.

Serving the Irish Curry Chips

Irish curry chips served on a plate

Once your curry sauce is at the desired consistency, it’s time to serve up your curry chips. Pour a generous amount of curry sauce over your crispy, golden fries. The combination of the spicy sauce, the crunch of the fries, and the unique flavors of this dish make it an unforgettable experience.

Enjoying Your Homemade Irish Curry Chips

And there you have it! Your very own homemade version of the classic Irish curry chips. Whether you’re reminiscing about your last trip to Ireland or simply want to try something new, this Irish curry recipe is sure to hit the spot. Enjoy!

Irish Chicken Curry Recipe

Irish Chicken Curry Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

This Irish curry recipe is a delightful fusion of Irish and Indian flavors. It's not overly spicy, but it's packed with aromatic spices that will tantalize your taste buds. It's the perfect comfort food for a cold day, and it's easy to whip up in less than an hour.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 tablespoon mango chutney
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  • Steamed rice for serving


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and fry until they are lightly browned. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add the chopped onions and minced garlic. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent.
  3. Add the curry powder, turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, and chili powder (if using) to the pan. Stir well to mix with the onions and garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes until the spices are fragrant.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan. Crumble in the chicken stock cube and add the water. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Return the chicken pieces to the pan. Mix well to coat the chicken with the curry sauce. Cover the pan and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the flavors have melded together.
  6. Stir in the peas and mango chutney. Continue to simmer for another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve the Irish curry over steamed rice, garnished with fresh coriander leaves.


For a vegetarian version, replace the chicken with chickpeas or tofu. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 500mgCarbohydrates: 50gNet Carbohydrates: 40gFiber: 10gSugar: 10gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 30g

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