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Curry Chicken Bread Rolls

Ever tried curry bread? This is one of the more unique bread that you can find in Indonesia, Malaysian, and Singapore. There are not many bakeries selling this, and I definitely haven’t been able to find any in the United States. So, if you are intrigued, let me share with you this recipe for curry chicken bread rolls.

Curry Chicken Bread Rolls

Curry Chicken Bread Rolls

Chicken curry filling

First, make the chicken curry filling.

We will need some chicken meat, either breast or thigh works but I prefer the juicier thigh meat for this, some potatoes, curry leaves and curry powder (both are crucial to give the curry taste, so please don’t skip), along with garlic, shallot, and some other dry spices.

To speed up on cooking time, dice the chicken and potato into tiny cubes, like about 1/4" cubes, definitely not bigger than 1/2" cubes.

Cooking the curry is really fast, just a quick stir fry until both the chicken and potato cubes are cooked and tender, and make sure to cook until the sauce is really really dry, preferably no liquid, as in all the sauce sticks to the meat and potato dry.

Then, transfer the curry to a mixing bowl and chill in the fridge while we prepare the dough.

Curry Chicken Bread Rolls

Curry Chicken Bread Rolls

Killer toast (single-proof) bread dough

I make a double batch of killer toast bread dough.

And since the dough needs only one proof, once we finish kneading the bread into a smooth, soft, and elastic dough, you can immediately divide the dough into portions and start filling each with the curry filling. That’s about the hardest part really.

Next step is just wait for the dough to proof until volume is doubled, it should only take at most 1 hour in a warm kitchen.

Curry Chicken Bread Rolls

Curry Chicken Bread Rolls

Baking chicken curry bread rolls

Once the dough has finished proofing. Let’s preheat the oven to 180 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).

Mix an egg with 1 teaspoon of water to make an egg wash, then brush each bread with egg wash.

Bake the bread in preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. I store any leftover bread in the fridge (inside a tupperware).

I simply pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to reheat, they should return to their soft, fluffy, just-out-from-the-oven state once out from the microwave.

Curry Chicken Bread Rolls

5.0 from 8 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours

Serves: 18

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  • Curry filling
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 100 gram onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 50 gram shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 sprig curry leaves
  • 400 gram chicken (breast/thigh), cut into small cubes, about 1/4" to 1/2"
  • 200 gram potato, cut into small cubes, about 1/4" to 1/2"
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Curry paste (mix together the following)
  • 4 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Bread dough
  • 240 gram warm milk (38 Celsius or 100 Fahrenheit)
  • 10 gram sugar
  • 6 gram active dry yeast
  • 600 gram bread flour (or all purpose flour)
  • 10 gram sugar
  • 10 gram salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 60 gram butter, room temperature
  • Egg wash (mix together the following)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon milk/water


  • Curry filling
    1. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high heat, sauté onion, garlic, and shallot until fragrant. About 3 minutes.
    2. Add curry leaves and curry paste into the pan, mix well, cook until fragrant. About 3 minutes.
    3. Add chicken and potato, mix well. Add water, mix well, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cook until chicken and potato are cooked, and until the sauce is really really dry.
    4. Turn the heat off, remove to a mixing bowl, and chill in the fridge.
  • Bread
    1. Mix together warm milk with 10 gram sugar and active dry yeast. Set aside for 15 minutes until foamy.
    2. Whisk together bread flour (or all purpose flour), 10 gram sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Make a well, then add the foamy yeast solution, 2 eggs, and butter. Knead until the dough is non-sticky, soft, smooth, and elastic. You may need to add a bit more flour if it is too sticky. Kneading time is about 20 minutes.
    3. Divide the dough into 18 portions.
    4. Roll each portion of dough into a flat circle, about 4" in diameter, place 1 medium ice cream scoop of chicken curry filling (1 1/2 tablespoon of filling) at the center of the dough, seal by pinching the edges together, and gently shape into a ball. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
    5. Repeat for another 17 portions.
    6. Cover the bread with a wet kitchen towel/saran plastic wrap. Proof until the volume is doubled, about 1 hour in a warm kitchen.
    7. Preheat oven to 180 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit). Brush each bread with egg wash. Bake the bread for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
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  • Lynn Lynn says:

    Thanks for the metric measurement! I will try out this recipe with more confident. I have yet to try Roti Coklat Pisang Cream Cheese – Chocolate Banana and Cream Cheese Bread Rolls as I have no idea what are the weight for the rest of the ingredients given in cup. I normally weighed 1 cup bread flour for 120gram.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Lynn, I was actually using all purpose flour in both roti coklat pisang cream cheese and chocolate banana and cream cheese bread rolls. My typical conversion is 1 cup all purpose flour = 150 gram all purpose flour.

  • Lynn Lynn says:

    Btw. I have some left over roasted chicken. Do you think I can use them in this recipe?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Lynn, I am sure you can use the roast chicken :)

  • Anthony Pereira Anthony Pereira says:

    Hello there from Goa India. I came across your recipe after I saw interesting series on TV and wanted to try out the same so had been looking for measures and liked your recipes. Can I try making the same using wheat flour instead for a healthy option? Thank you. Tony.

    • Anita Anita says:

      I would start by substituting only 25% of the bread/all-purpose flour with wheat flour since wheat flour is drier and the texture of the bread will alter. If you find that the result is okay, you can try substituting up to 50% of the flour with wheat flour. I don't think a 100% substitution will work.

  • Kacey Perez Kacey Perez says:

    Oh my gosh these look amazing! My family makes a similar type recipe, but using chicken and curry sounds so delicious!

  • Anjali Anjali says:

    I have never tried curry bread before but this recipe looks absolutely amazing!! I love all of the spices and flavors in it!

  • Mirlene Desir Mirlene Desir says:

    I have never tried curry bread before but one thing I am absolutely sure about is that I will. I just need to get the ingredients for it and I am all set!

  • Krissy Allori Krissy Allori says:

    Oh my goodness, this recipe looks so amazing. My mouth is watering for sure. I'm going to be giving this a try this weekend. Yum!


    OMG! These Bread Rolls are so genius! I need to make this ASAP! I know it'll be a hit in my house!

  • Syarifa Syarifa says:

    Hi Anita, this bread looks so delicious. What kind of curry powder do you use, and where can I find curry sprig? Thank you, Syarifa

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Syarifa, you can use any brand of curry powder. If you are in the US, McCormick brand would probably be the most common one. I usually buy curry leaves from either an Chinese/Asian market or an Indian market. If you can't find curry leaves, it is okay to omit.

  • YF YF says:

    Hi. I tried this today but wasn't able to get the window pane effect. Think i over worked the dough. Can i check if the 20 min to knead the dough is from start ( mixing of the ingredients before making the well) or from the time the dough is fully mixed? I was advised not to let the mixer run for more than 10 min or it will overheat.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi YF, the 20 minutes is from when the dough is fully mixed. I usually use hand to knead the dough, so I think it should be faster if using electric mixer. Also, I think you can rest the mixer for 30 seconds to 1 minute in between mixing if it overheats.

  • Real410 Real410 says:

    Great recipe. I wonder what the best freezing method would be? Freeze unbaked once proofed? Or perhaps bake, then freeze?

    • Anita Anita says:

      It is better to freeze baked bread. You can reheat frozen bread in a microwave for 15-20 seconds, depending on the power of your microwave. Alternatively, placing the frozen bread for 5 minutes in a 350F oven works just as well.

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