Wow. Really. Wow. Thank you so, so much for all of your comments about our new bundle of love. I can’t believe how much support you all give me. Thank you! And let me tell you, I wish I could take all of you up on your offer to bring me dinner. I’m still working out how I can make that happen.

I’m definitely not back to cooking, but I have an arsenal of recipes I have saved to post in the next little while. This is one I was excited to tell you about. From Robin Miller on the Food Network, it was so simple…and tasted fantastic.

My husband was a bit skeptical about the couscous but it was fabulous and a great change from rice. The flavors of this dish were mild but very flavorful, the texture was creamy, thanks to the coconut milk, and it was a great change-up on a traditional curry dish.

Talk about a quick and delicious weeknight meal – this is perfect. I can’t wait to tell you about the Indian bread I made to serve with it…I was in heaven, that’s all I’ll say for now!

What To ServeNaan or Soft Wrap Bread
Simple green salad
Fresh Fruit

Chicken with Green Curry Sauce

Chicken with Green Curry Sauce


  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, sliced into 1/2-inch strips
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup couscous, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves


  1. Season both sides of chicken with salt and black pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook 2 minutes per side until golden brown.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut milk, green chilies, curry powder, garam masala, and cumin. Add mixture to chicken and bring to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and sauce reduces slightly. The sauce will be quite runny. To thicken it up a bit, I mixed one teaspoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water and added it to the sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes to thicken. Serve chicken and green curry sauce over couscous and garnish with cilantro.

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Robin Miller

47 Responses to Chicken with Green Curry Sauce

  1. jen says:

    Is this something that Penzey’s sweet curry powder would work well with? (I have no idea what classic red curry powder is… all I’ve ever seen in the grocery store is like a mccormicks yellow powder)

  2. […] Adapted ever so slightly from a recipe on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. […]

  3. Jessica F. says:

    I made this last night and LOVED it. We are a little bit obsessed with anything curry, so I knew it would be a hit. My hubby and I probably went back and forth 10 times commenting about how good it was. I think my favorite part was your recipe of “fluffy couscous” that we paired with it. I thought I loved couscous before! So good! Thank you!

  4. Donna says:

    i made this tonight, and i, too, paired it with quinoa (made with chicken broth). i made a few changes to the original recipe, since you mentioned it was kind of runny. i cooked the chicken, and then drained it, and cleaned the pan. then, i added it back to the pan, along with the curry/coconut mixture. i simmered it for about a half hour.

  5. Anissa says:

    This was DELICIOUS. I paired it with quinoa instead of couscous and it was SO good. Thanks!

  6. Mel says:

    Brynn – I’ve never substituted anything for the coconut milk but if you did, I’d choose cream or half-and-half. Hope it works out!

  7. Brynn says:

    This looks so yummy, I came across it from your Naan posting! I love curry and and this recipe looks so easy, I want to make it for my parents, but my mum is allergic to coconut. Can you substitute regular milk or maybe cream in place of the coconut milk? Thanks!

  8. Marie says:

    Quick Question. When your recipe’s call for “curry powder” what brand/kind do you use?
    I have seen yellow, red, indian, thai, etc….


    • Mel says:

      Marie – I usually use the classic red curry powder but I’ve also bought the Hot Madras Curry Powder and loved it, too, but it is pretty spicy.

  9. Natalie says:

    I just found this blog and am loving it! My husband and I love Indian food so I appreciate this simplified and yummy curry. I added frozen cauliflower and peas for some veggies and it was a great meal. Thank you!

  10. Shelly says:

    I just made this, and it was DELICIOUS! I’m mad… I totally just remembered I forgot to top it with cilantro. Oh well… next time! I also couldn’t find Garam Marsala at three local grocery stores. I found the recipe for this spice online. You mix, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, cloves, nutmeg… etc. It was yummy!!! Thanks again! I have yet to try a recipe of yours that I dislike!

    • Mel says:

      Shelly – glad you liked this even without the cilantro, I bet you’ll love it even more with it. Great idea to make your own garam masala! Thanks for the tip.

  11. Melanie says:

    Alisha and Braeden – thanks – I'm so glad you liked it!

  12. Alisha and Braeden says:

    This was so good! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Raylene says:

    I made this as one of the dishes for my Indian themed birthday dinner. So Yummy! Even my sister who claims to not have liked any Indian food that was not made at a restaurant loved it. Thanks so much :0)

  14. Melanie says:

    Raylene – that’s a success when someone claims they don’t like something and they eat it up! I’m happy for you – thanks for letting me know.

  15. Melanie says:

    Aubri – you can find garam masala in most grocery stores in the spice aisle. Good luck!Liz – to be honest, I’m not familiar with the differences between curry powders but I imagine that red curry powder would work just fine. I had red curry powder in my spice cabinet for the longest time until it ran out and I bought the yellow variety. I haven’t noticed a big difference. Let me know how this turns out for you!

  16. Maria says:

    You should be resting, but thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  17. Melanie says:

    Bentley Family – no, this definitely wasn’t spicy but that may be because I used mild green chilies. Depending on the heat of the chilies, you’ll probably get more spice. It has great flavor but not a lot of heat.

  18. Nikki says:

    What is that on the side of the plate? Is it Indian bread, because I would love the recipe for that, too! Congrats on the beautiful baby, and I love your blog!

  19. Natalie says:

    I’ve been anonymously stalking your blog for months now and LOVE it!!! Thanks for all the awesome recipes! We tried this today and my hubby loved it. I’ve tried several other, way more complicated, curry recipes and lucky me… this was his favorite! Thanks again.

  20. Melanie says:

    Natalie – what a nice comment! Thank you for making my day. I’m so glad you and your hubby liked this and what a bonus that it isn’t as complicated as some you’ve tried! My husband manages to like all the difficult meals. 🙂

  21. Melanie says:

    LilRed Hen – Thanks for letting me know this recipe was a hit with your family! I sure appreciate you checking in.

  22. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – what a fantastic idea to add toasted cashews. That would be delicious. I’m glad you liked the recipe!

  23. Erica says:

    I just discovered your blog via the article on food blogging in the SL Trib, and I wanted to tell you how much I love it! I live in the Bay area now but went to school at BYU. Anyway, I’m excited to explore your past posts. Congrats on your new arrival!!

  24. Dave and Julie says:

    I made this today for the fam! It was a winner! I thought it might be spicy with the curry and green chilies. I bought the mild green chilies and even my toddler ate it! The coconut milk is found in the Asian section at the grocery store. It took me a while to find that, but made a GREAT base to this sauce. It was pretty quick to make. A sure winner! Thanks!

  25. grace says:

    cilantro rules. i’m actually really start to like robin miller’s food–great recipe execution, and bring on that bread!. 🙂

  26. Aubri says:

    This looks so yummy! I love curry! I haven’t heard of garam masala though. Where do you find that? This looks fab, and I can’t believe you are finding time to blog…but Thank YOU! What a beautiful little guy. Congrats!

  27. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – I can’t believe those stores don’t have garam masala! I live in a fairly small community and our Wal-mart and other grocery stores have it. How bizarre. I promise you aren’t crazy! If you want to email me your home address, I’d love to send you some. I want you to be able to try this dish and I know I can get garam masala in my area. My email is mykitchencafe {at} gmail {dot} com

  28. Melanie says:

    Nikki – I’ll be posting the Indian bread recipe soon!

  29. Tori says:

    Melanie, looks delicious!! As always!! Hope you are getting some rest and baby is sleepling well. I will be calling you soon!

  30. Melanie says:

    Cristie – you don’t sound stupid, I promise! I didn’t know what garam masala was for the longest time. It is an Indian spice and you can find it in most grocery stores (I found mine at Walmart) in the spice aisle. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  31. Traci Elizabeth says:

    I think this looks fab! I am excitd to try it. Congrats on the baby…he is heavenly.

  32. Cristie says:

    Not to sound stupid, but what is “Garam masala”? I love green curry and would love to try this recipe, but I have no clue what that is! Thanks!

  33. Tasty Trends says:

    that looks great…hopey ou are getting some rest these days!

  34. Amy says:

    Sounds really good and simple. Aside from the couscous, I have everything in the house. Thanks for sharing.

  35. What A Dish! says:

    I was just craving a meal like this- thanks, I have everything in the house!

  36. Melanie says:

    deejay – thanks for letting me know you liked this! I agree that the coconut milk makes a great, creamy base to the sauce. Glad you and the fam liked it!

  37. The Bentley Family and Aussiemuminthekitchen says:

    Sounds yummy. Was it hot/spicy at all? My hubby isn’t a fan of anything too hot and spicy. I’m looking forward to trying this one and am dying to hear about the Indian Bread you made. I LOVE bread!

  38. Anonymous says:

    This was so good. I made it two days ago and I’m already looking forward to making it again. I left out the cilantro and next time will add toasted chopped cashews. It tastes like Chicken Coconut Kurma that you get at an Indian restaurant. Thanks for your blog!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Mel,This may be a silly question, but what in the world is couscous? I’m excited to try this! I made the Chicken Tikka Masala and Aaron and I absolutely loved it! (I made it pretty spicy so the kids ended up eating something else!)Congrats on Baby Ty! He’s darling and I love the name! 🙂Missy

  40. Dazy says:

    This recipe is really going to keep me busy in the kitchen with all its glamor. This is another must for the weekend! My cousins would just hug me for this.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I went to Wal-mart today to get the garam masala and they did not have any (spent about 20 minutes digging through the spice isle). Then I went to the Smiths grocery store and they didn’t have any either! I had three employees trying to help me find it. Finally the lady who had stocked the spice isle for over 5 years told me that she had never heard of such a thing. They all thought I was crazy! HELP!!! I bought everything else that I need to make this yummy recipe but I can not find garam masala anywhere!

  42. LilRed Hen says:

    YUM! My family loved it! I will definitely make it again. Love your blog!

  43. Anonymous says:

    I am going to make this today…I am so excited! ( I found garam masala in the spice isle at walmart today) My store only had the red curry powder. Do you think that’s ok to use?Liz

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