Coconut Curry

This meal? It was crazy delicious. Not only did it taste incredible but as it was cooking, my house smelled like curry heaven (actually it smelled like that for days after – potent ingredients!). Honest to goodness, I hoarded the leftovers and sent my husband to work with PB&J and ate this for lunch for three days and I still wasn’t tired of it. The flavors are utterly amazing – the sweet coconut milk and subtle heat of the curry made the perfect combination. I omitted the cayenne and used paprika, which was perfect for my family since we like the low-end of spiciness. Initially, I was skeptical about the potatoes, but oh my, I think their velvety goodness was my favorite part of the dish. I’m not exaggerating when I say this meal could easily make it in a weekly meal rotation and I would love it every time. If you have never made curry or swear you don’t like it, give this one a try – I can almost guarantee it will make you a fan.

What To ServeRice (or better yet, Coconut Rice)
Fresh, seasonal fruit
Spinach Strawberry Salad with Homemade Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Coconut Chicken Curry

Coconut Chicken Curry

Note: Often, I make this dish right up to the step where you are supposed to let it simmer for 40 minutes. At that point, I pour it all in my crockpot and let it sit at low heat for 4-5 hours to finish up cooking. This means I can make it earlier in the day and have a fuss-free dinnertime when the kids are running around trying to beat each other up with wooden spoons while I get dinner on the table.

In a serious pinch, I have also put all of the ingredients in the crockpot with frozen chicken breasts and let it cook on low for 8-9 hours. An hour before serving I pull out the chicken and shred it, then add it back in. This method also works really well.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks or strips
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika (substitute cayenne pepper if you like the heat)
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk, light or regular
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, Italian style
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Hot cooked Jasmine rice or brown rice

Directions

  1. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat oil, curry powder, and paprika in a large skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat for two minutes, until fragrant (but don’t let it burn). Turn the heat up to medium and stir in onions and garlic and cook 7-9 minutes more or until onions are very clear. Add chicken, tossing lightly to coat with curry oil and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and is cooked through or nearly cooked through (it will continue to simmer in the next step). Add potatoes, coconut milk, tomatoes (I lightly crushed the stewed tomatoes with my fingers before adding), tomato sauce, and sugar into the pan, and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30-40 minutes. The sauce thickens slightly upon standing, but is great served piping hot (and a bit thinner), too. Serve with Jasmine rice (or your favorite rice) and garnish with cilantro, if desired.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/coconut-chicken-curry/

Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Favorite Family Recipes

101 Responses to Coconut Chicken Curry

  1. Shari says:

    We had this for dinner tonight….a definite hit! My son declared it “better than ice cream”. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I tried it last night. It’s a little too sweet for my taste. Next time I’ll omit the extra sugar. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Sophie says:

    :) This looks like something that would yield delicious leftover’s I’d like to use the savor all on my own too. I’ve actually had something like this before and loved it!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I came to your blog from a friends blog and I love your style of cooking and can’t wait to try the many, many yummy recipes you have tempted me with. I tried the sweet and sour chicken and it was a fav with my husband. I plan on trying this one next. Thanks for you effort and time.

  5. Rebecca says:

    This was very easy to make, and sooooo good. We followed the recipe exactly as written, except that we used 3 lbs of chicken (we bought a family pack). While the sauce itself was a bit spicy (used cayenne instead of paprika) it wasn’t as spicy the second day. My 19 mo old son ate the chicken and by itself it wasn’t spicy. Great dish and it will be made again and again.

  6. The Snow Queen says:

    Melanie-this is Melissa again and I made this again this week. It turned out as good as before! I garnished mine with a few springs of cilantro and it was a good combo (I love cilantro and I could eat it like lettuce!) This time I used a “sweetened coconut milk” instead of the regular kind and I liked it too. Thanks again. This time mine was almost as pretty as yours!Melissa

  7. Melanie says:

    Kristin – how was the kung pao chicken? You’ll have to let me know what other recipes to try that come well recommended from you. Anonymous – glad you can find a way to make it less sweet for your tastes. Thanks for checking in and letting me know you tried it.

  8. Emily says:

    Oh yum! I am crazy about coconut curry! Plus I have 6 types of rice in my cupboard that need to make a dinner table appearance! This sounds/looks wonderful!

  9. The Snow Queen says:

    I made this…and my oh my is it good. I mean like seriously good. Mine did not look that pretty though. That is one good lookin’ picture. Thanks for all the great recipies.

  10. Erica says:

    I am so glad you liked this recipe! It is one of my favs for sure! Your blog is awesome! I love it! Can I add it to my blogroll? -Erica (favorite family recipes)

  11. amisparky says:

    This is delicious. We really enjoyed it. Thank you (possibly again) for the wonderful directions.

  12. Patti says:

    I’m definitely going to try this. It looks yummy.

  13. Shannon says:

    this sounds fantastic!!

  14. Cara says:

    Looks yummy! I’ve never cooked curry before at home, but you’ve convinced me to give it a try!

  15. Melanie says:

    Melissa – it’s always nice to get a comment like that so I don’t have to wonder if I’m the only one who crazily raves about a meal. Thanks for letting me know you made it and loved it (and for the nice compliment on my picture)!

  16. Katie says:

    I LOOKS crazy delicious! I’m drolling over here!

  17. Kristin says:

    Tried it tonight – thanks for hooking me up, as always. I love that blog, I’ve already tried their kung pao chicken and I’m trying two other recipes this week.

  18. Jamy says:

    OH MY GOSH! I cannot WAIT to run out of food this week so I can make it next week! It looks TO DIE FOR! And I also love potatoes with anything curry. YUM!

  19. Melanie says:

    Erica – of course you can add my blog to your blogroll. I have several of your recipes bookmarked to try so you’ll probably be hearing more from me soon!

  20. Melanie says:

    Carlsons – thanks for trying this and letting me know you loved it! That is always good news for me to hear!

  21. Joie de vivre says:

    Well goodness, after a rave like “It was crazy good”, I MUST try it! I wonder if I could make it in the slow cooker….

  22. Joanna says:

    I just made this for dinner tonight and it was fabulous! This was the first time I have ever made curry and it turned out great. I love it!

  23. Melanie says:

    Rebecca – thanks for your comment! This is one of my favorite meals and I am very glad you liked it, too!

  24. Beth says:

    Yum, this looks fab

  25. Melanie says:

    Hey Melissa – I have no doubt yours was probably prettier than mine because a garnish of cilantro on top would add great color to the dish! Did the sweetened coconut milk add a great deal of extra sweetness? You’ll have to let me know in case I’m in a pinch and that’s all I can find.

  26. PheMom says:

    See! Another great dinner idea – hoarded it for three days you say? I have to try this. So, what brand of curry powder are you using? As I don’t have any I might as well use what you know and love right? :)

  27. grace says:

    so this is one of those things that doesn’t deteriorate in the fridge? awesome. coconut milk is simply not used enough in my household. :)

  28. Mikaela says:

    I really enjoyed this recipe and love your blog for meal ideas- thanks!

  29. Melanie says:

    Shari – Wow! Better than ice cream? That’s saying a lot. :) I’m glad you liked this meal – we actually just ate it on Mother’s Day because it is one of my favorites.

  30. Melanie says:

    Mikaela – glad you liked this! It is one of my very favorite meals.

    Joanna – I’m glad your first try with a curry recipe didn’t disappoint. Curry is so delicious and I’m glad you liked this recipe!

  31. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – My husband and your husband would get along if sweet and sour chicken was the deciding factor because my husband loves that meal, too! Thanks for letting me know you liked it. I appreciate you checking in!

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  33. Nicole says:

    Very very tasty and I love how Scott kept saying, “Is that dinner!?” in excitement over the smell. The smell was soooo wonderful! I wonder if your husband smelled it at work today- Kevin brought left overs :)

  34. Melanie says:

    Hey Nicole – glad you liked this. Scott is so cute with his little comments!

  35. The Carlsons says:

    This recipe was SO GOOD! We are going to be making it often. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Melanie says:

    AmISparky – I love your comments! Thanks for letting me know when you try things. I’m glad you liked this curry, I think I am going to make it again this week. Feel free to let me know when directions/ingredients aren’t straight forward enough!

  37. Laura says:

    Ok, I have never made anything like this before, but it sounds delish. I have a can of coconut milk I bought at the store a while ago when it was on sale, in order to save it for something exotic. I am going to use it up and give this a try. Cross your fingers it will get my family’s seal of approval.

  38. Melanie says:

    Holly – I think the brand of curry powder I have in my cupboard right now is Spice Islands. Seems to work great in this recipe!

  39. Melanie says:

    I’m crossing my fingers, Laura! Let me know how it turns out.

  40. melanie says:

    i made this for dinner last night and it was so good! i added a little more garlic (we love garlic!) and a bit more sugar(we love sugar!) to taste and it was great! i am gaining quite a reputation with my husband’s co-workers. they can’t wait to see what my husband brings for lunch. tonight we are having your honey lime chicken enchiladas. can’t wait!

  41. Melanie says:

    melanie – your comment made me laugh since my husband says the same thing about his coworkers – they all gather around to see what he brings for lunch. They are pretty bummed out when it is just PB&J! Glad you liked this!

  42. Traci Healey says:

    this was great! i added pineapples to please my husband and copy his favorite dish from a local restaurant. it added a nice tangy flavor. i love your blog! thanks so much!

  43. Melanie says:

    Traci – the addition of pineapples sounds delicious with this dish. Thanks for letting me know you and your husband liked this!

  44. Chris and Janeil says:

    Yummy! I was a little nervous because I have never made anything even close to this but after you raved about it I thought I would give it a try. My husband loved the flavor but he is not a fan of tomato chunks so he said as long as I blend them up smaller next time he would love to have it again. Yea I love it when he loves what I do so I can make it over and over.

  45. Melanie says:

    Janeil – thanks for checking in about this recipe. I’m glad that this recipe was a hit and that you found a way to modify it even more to your husband’s liking!

  46. Brittany says:

    yeah, this is really good! thanks so much!

  47. Another of your recipes that I've enjoyed eating myself. Thanks!

  48. Melanie says:

    Thanks, Felicia!

  49. Jenny says:

    I tried this not too long ago! It’s fantastic! It has a slight sweetness to it, it’s creamy, has the perfect amount of curry, and the potatoes (I agree with you) made this dish fantastic! Thanks for posting this recipe! I’m a huge curry fan, too!

  50. Mel says:

    Jenny – I automatically love people who love this recipe since it is such a favorite of mine. Thanks for checking in to let me know you liked it!

  51. Ashlee says:

    I’m kind of an Indian food snob, because I love it so much and have had really good food at restaurants, so I’m very picky about my curry. This was fantastic! We like heat, so I did the cayenne pepper, but I think next time I may do 1 tsp cayenne and 1/2 tsp paprika. My husband liked the sweetness factor and wanted even more. I’ve also had your chicken tikka masala (fantastic!), naan and mango lassi and they were so good! We had the bean curry too, but it didn’t have as much flavor as I wanted, but I think I’ll add more garam masala or something to it. Have you ever tried making a pakora or samosa? They’re really good too!

    • Mel says:

      Ashlee – glad you’ve liked those Indian recipes. I’m actually posting a new recipe I tried for tikka masala and it is fantastic – should be posted next week. I haven’t tried pakora or samosa – if you have a good recipe, feel free to send it along to me!

  52. Annabeth says:

    Yep, super delish. I chopped my onions instead of slicing. I didn’t even add the stewed tomatoes (knew kiddos wouldn’t like them). And it turned out yummy! THANKS!

  53. Shelly says:

    I LOVED this dish! I made it for my husband and he loved it too! It’s now one of my favorite dishes to make and eat!

  54. atlantagator says:

    A suggestion… boil the potatoes first for a few minutes to soften, then add… found cubed russets still firm to the bite after 30 minutes on the stove. i wouldn’t bother browning the chicken either — 30 minutes in the broth, the chicken would done anyway. nice recipe!

  55. shelvia says:

    o m g – this is super delicious. thanks so much for this recipe! :) you rock, mel!!!

  56. Charlotte says:

    Made this the other night and it was amazing! My husband came in from work and I thought he’d just die on the spot! He LOVES curry and was shocked to come home to the smell. My kids even loved it! My 8 yr old said that he wanted me to make it every week. Thanks for a great new recipe!

  57. Atzimba says:

    Wow! This was amazing. My husband’s friend from his childhood came over for dinner. When he learned that we were going to have curry he wasn’t as exited… But when he got home with his family, oh the smell sold him over. But when he ate it, he thought that he had died and gone to heaven… And I am not exagerating, nor am I the greatest cook. But this curry was fabulous. I served it over quinoa and wild rice combo.
    Thanks for all your recipes!!

  58. Bri says:

    We will be making this tonight! Atzimba, thanks for the quinoa idea. That is what I’m going to serve it over. We eat a lot of brown rice in this house, and it will be nice to change it up a bit. Excited to try this recipe!

  59. Bri says:

    This was yummy! Not sure which one I like better, this or the basil chicken coconut curry. I guess I will just have to make both often. My 2 year old ate ALL his dinner tonight. Is it weird I find it shocking a 2 year old loved curry? Thanks for another great dinner!

    P.S. the quinoa worked great. I think I would probably like it more with the brown rice, but this is a great grain to use.

  60. kb*mo says:

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  61. Danielle says:

    I can see why you like this so much. It is so good! I like things on the saucy side, and this was the perfect amount of sauce. Everyone in our family loves curry, so I’m always glad to find a new recipe. This is a keeper!

  62. Lindsay says:

    Hmm.. I’m sort of a novice in the cooking world. I probably did something wrong. I seem to be the only one whose potatoes didn’t soften enough. I think next time I’ll take the crock pot route. You can’t really go wrong with the crock pot. Other than that, the taste was excellent.

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  64. Amy says:

    I’ve made this before just without the potatoes. It is SO yummy. I really love to add in chunks of avocado right before I serve it. My 2 year old loves this with the avocado in it too. It’s a nice burst of cool and creamy while you’re eating.

  65. Kat says:

    I made this tonight and it turned out great! Mine wasn’t as yellow as yours though; it was very red. I figured it would be because of the tomato sauce but yours had it too and was still yellow. I don’t know. Regardless of color, the taste was amazing. My husband had 4 helpings while exclaiming, “This is so good, I just can’t stop!” Thanks for another great recipe! Oh ya, and I halved the recipe (for just 2 of us), so I borrowed an idea from your sticky coconut chicken and used the leftover coconut milk as part of the water in the rice. Yum!

  66. Susannah says:

    I have this cooking in the crock pot right now and IT. SMELLS. SO. GOOD! My husband was giddy when I told him I was making curry. Coconut + Curry = heaven to him! I don’t know who is happier – my husband or me. He is so thrilled that I actually cook “real” food now. No more boxed/frozen food. What a downer that would be after all this deliciousness. I feel so much better about it, and it’s all because of your yummy and easy to follow recipes. I am just so happy I stumbled upon your site. I can’t wait to keep trying more and more recipes! How exciting!!! I can cook after all!

    By the way, about the stewed tomatoes. Geez, I’m such a newbie. I assumed that I just needed to add the tomatoes without all the juice in the can. Did I do it right?!?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Susannah! I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipes. I really hope your husband enjoys this curry!

      In a recipe, I will always state whether the tomatoes should be drained so in this case, I always add the tomatoes undrained (I add the tomatoes with their juice) but don’t fret – it will be fine either way! It’s not a big deal…let me know how it turns out!

  67. Susannah says:

    I wanted to let you know that he loved it!!! Thanks again!

  68. I made this for dinner tonight and wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have because I put in a 14 oz. can of tomato sauce rather than just an 8 oz one! I kept thinking it looked nothing like your picture and finally figured out what I did! It was still very yummy and my husband and I both had seconds. Even my 5 year old and 3 year olds ate it (drinking lots of milk between bites- I used 1 tsp Paprika and 1/2 tsp. Cayenne- it was still pretty spicy!!!) Thanks for all your great recipes. I have been loving them! I don’t know how you do all of this with those boys!!

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  70. Cindy says:

    I found you via pinterest and made this tonight for dinner. I omitted stewed tomatoes because I didn’t have any – but this was fantastic!!! I too will be hoarding the leftovers! Thank you for such a easy recipe!

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  72. Laura says:

    Hi Melanie,

    I attempted to make this tonight and failed miserably. When you say simmer for 30-40 minutes, is that on medium temperature? I turned my heat to low and let it simmer and 45 minutes later my potatoes are still hard–as if they weren’t even cooked. I’m kind of a newbie at cooking, I guess–so what do you think went wrong? Should I have kept my temperature on medium to let it simmer? We love curry, so I was so excited to try this! Thanks for your help!

    Laura

  73. Laura says:

    Hi Melanie,

    I attempted to make this tonight and failed miserably. When you say simmer for 30-40 minutes, is that on medium temperature? I turned my heat to low and let it simmer and 45 minutes later my potatoes are still hard–as if they weren’t even cooked. I’m kind of a newbie at cooking, I guess–so what do you think went wrong? Should I have kept my temperature on medium to let it simmer? We love curry, so I was so excited to try this! Thanks for your help!

  74. Mel says:

    Laura – I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you! Each stove varies in temperature but on my stove, I simmer it on about medium, sometimes medium-low. I’m surprised your potatoes were still firm after 45 minutes of simmering…try cooking it at a bit higher temperature. The goal is to get a pretty vigorous simmer going on (active, light bubbles popping on the surface constantly). Good luck if/when you try it next time!

  75. Naomi says:

    Made this for the first time tonight. Tonight was one of those “What’s for supper??? Better go check Mel’s blog quick and find something!” nights. Ideally I wanted to make it with your soft wrap bread or naan but with the late start it wasn’t going to happen. I also found out I was out of rice but I did have time and ingredients for biscuits! :) Coconut chicken curry spooned over buttered biscuit halves (fluffy whole wheat biscuits recipe from allrecipes.com) was just fabulous and I quickly got over breaking any curry “rules” of serving with rice. Just thought I’d let anyone know in case they’re short on time or rice. :)
    Thanks SO much for this recipe and your site!

  76. Karen says:

    I guess that my family is the only ones on here that didn’t care for this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly. I used paprika instead of the cayenne pepper. I don’t know, but this recipe was just “ok”. It seemed like it was missing something though. Also, I thought it was strange to eat potatoes on top of rice.

  77. Beth says:

    You are amazing. This is the BEST curry meal I’ve ever made!! I might have added a little too much cayenne (I used 1 tsp cayenne plus 1/2 tsp paprika), but I still love it. Makes it taste even more authentic. The only thing I did different was I added red and yellow peppers instead of potatoes. Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes.

  78. Jennifer says:

    I am in the middle of making this. I had to sneak a bite and OH MY is it good.. :) I have been looking for a coconut chicken curry with potatoes recipe for quite a while. I had some in a little Thai Restaurant once and have never been able to find it or come close to duplicating it until now..
    The only thing I had trouble with is it didn’t seem like enough liquid (oil) to saute everything at the beginning. I had to add a little extra oil, but this is definitely filling my house with yummy curry goodness right now!
    I just found your website today through Pinterest and now I am going to be looking at all your other recipes. :)
    Thanks!

  79. Deb says:

    Made this tonight with some leftover Thanksgiving turkey and it was amazing, mm mm mmmmm! Love the spice from the curry and the sweetness from the coconut milk and the sugar. Came together easily in one pan which I also love. Thanks for another winner, Mel!

  80. Julianne says:

    LOVED this! We made this tonight. I only used 1 tsp of paprika and there was still plenty of heat for my not-heat-adventuring mouth. We also only used 1 lb of chicken and light coconut milk. This was a great meal, thank you!

  81. Hey Mel,

    Is this recipe like Thai Massaman Curry? I am looking for an easy Massaman Chicken recipe. I made your Indian butter chicken last night, so easy and so good. So I am hoping to find a Chicken Massaman recipe and hope you have one. :)

  82. Natalie says:

    Oh Mel you should try Massaman it is totally addicting. I will try this out soon and let you know if it is similar. :)

  83. Katherine says:

    Testing 1 2 3
    1hr later
    It’s wonderful!
    I ground up the tomatoes,mushrooms and 3/4 of the peas,makes a nice thick purée to add if its watery.It tastes beautiful with naan though
    Thx Mel

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  85. Georgia says:

    Loved this recipe, but it had been around 40 min. of simmering and my potatoes were still rock hard ;(. Had to take them out and boil separately. Other than that annoyance, this was supper delicious!

  86. JenniferB says:

    We had this for dinner tonight and it turned out great! The best homemade curry recipe I have tried. Thanks for sharing!!

  87. Lori says:

    That was DELICIOUS!!! It was so easy too! I love your website and haven’t had a bad recipe yet!!! Thanks

  88. Megan says:

    Made this for dinner last night for my husband and I and it was delicious-so tasty we both went back for seconds! I omitted the sugar and added more curry and cayenne (we like things spicy). Substituted sweet potato for the regular potatoes and loved it!

  89. Katie says:

    Man, this was sooo good! I’m beginning to realize that coconut and curry are a new favorite flavor combo for me. Served it over your coconut jasmine rice to give a little extra coconut boost…delish! Thanks for another winner!

  90. Becky says:

    This was yummy! Do you think it would freeze well?

    • Mel says:

      Becky – good question! I haven’t tried it but my theory is that it is always worth freezing at least once to see how it goes.

  91. Cristina says:

    Yum! I subbed Tofu for the chicken, but the sauce was so good, I think we will start making it every week! Such a versatile recipe too, you can swap out the protein and add different veggies. I ran it through the my fitness pal calorie calculator and with the tofu substitution and using white rice, for a serving size of 1 cup rice and 1 cup curry the calorie value came in at 384 and was very filling. Healthy and delicious!

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