Some spice sure feels nice after a cold day in the mountains or long slog through a rainy wilderness. The Backpacker's Pantry Chicken Vindaloo, an East-Indian-inspired curry, brings the heat and needed calories to your cold, weary body.

  • Spicy Vindaloo curry with real chicken, rice, and potatoes satisfies your desire for strong, hearty flavors instead of standard bland camp food
  • Directions: remove olive oil packet, add oil to pouch, add 2.25 cups (540mL) of boiling water to the opened pouch, stir, seal, and let it sit 13 minutes to cook
  • Provides enough food for two backcountry travelers or one very hungry camper while only weighing 5.3oz (150g) and taking up minimal space in your pack
  • Check tech specs for ingredients, allergens, and nutritional data
  • Reviews
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So Good!

    Restaurant Quality In The Back Country!!

    Tasty & filling

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Great meal for two, very tasty. Since I was at 11,000 feet, I simmered the contents in a pot for about 8 minutes, and let stand for about 10 minutes. Came out great.

    Lots of flavor

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This was not bland or leaving me wishing I had hot sauce. The flavor was good and there was plenty of substance.

    Tasty for dehydrated food

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Slight spice but not overwhelming. Next time, I will bring some naan for it.

    Exciting. You gotta try new things

      Exciting. YUMMY

      not bad

        Pretty good and hardy. Did not even need to drown it in hot sauce

        Add Some Variety to Backpacking Food

          Easy to make, tastes great. One of my favorite of the "just add hot variety" of camp meals.

          Savor the Chickens

            This camping meal is surprisingly hearty and doesn't taste or feel watered down in the least. I used it while snowmobile touring and just boiled up a little water in my JetBoil and was good to go. It warmed my belly and I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. Not bland at all.
            If you're looking to step up your camping meal game this is a solid choice.

            All Time Backpacking Meal

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            This is my favorite backpacking meal. Hands down, best flavor and texture combo. An easy dinner that is salty and flavorful is exactly what I need when getting done with a big day carrying the pack.


              This wasn't awful, and maybe I screwed up and used too much water, but I was very disappointed with the consistency of the final product. It was way more soupier than I had anticipated it would be. Luckily, as a last minute thought, I had grabbed some naan to bring with me and that did a good job of soaking up the extra juices. It wasn't bad, and I ended up eating about half of it (there is sooo much). I probably wouldn't buy again but it wasn't the worst camp food I've eaten either.


              • Familiarity: I've used it several times

              Ive said this on pretty much all my food reviews but these things are just better when theyre spicy cause otherwise youre just going to douce it in hot sauce. This one was good with out hot sauce.

              Also i just read matt pizzas review and hes got some good ideas too...

              Pair with Pilsner

              • Familiarity: I've used it several times

              I am totally blown away by this meal. Never would I have thought something so tasty would come out of a package you fill with water. This is an excellent addition to any backpacking trip if you're into happy bellies!


              • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

              This is definitely one of my favorite BP meals. Tastes better with a little hot sauce in there... but what doesn't. The Indian flavors really lend themselves to excellent backpacking meals.

              Tastes pretty good

                My wife took this on a backcountry ski camping trip. She's picky about taste so when she says it's pretty good, it is ( I mean, I guess for backpacking food). Easy to cook per instructions and portion size is as described.


                • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

                Same 500ish calorie mark as most other dried meals but with less food. Great for the cold elevation when you need to eat but your appetite might not be there. Taste wise, this is the best dried meal ive had.

                Looking forward to this

                  I got this because I often need an escape from other bland dehydrated meals. I'm pretty excited to have something with some spice to it. I have had Backpackers Pantry before and have been pleased. I'm really looking forward to this one.

                  Taste bud explosion!

                  Lots of flavor, a little spicy. What's not to like? Probably one of BP's best entrees. (High Uintas Wilderness)

                  Taste bud explosion!

                  Did you cook outside of the pouch, or transfer the contents to the container after? I have a jetboil stove and I always wondered if I should cook the freeze dried meals inside the "companion cup" with the cozy...thoughts?

                  To save space and packaging on longer trips I put the freeze dried meals in smaller Ziploc bags and "cook" them in a quart size Ziploc container w/ lid. If your Jetboil cup is big enough you could add the freeze dried meal to heated water right in that and cook it that way, but if you have the original pouch why not use that and save cleaning dishes?

                  Spicy & Delicious!

                    Man is this good! Serious kick, really flavorful, very filling. This might be my new favorite.