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Coconut Curry Chicken

This coconut curry chicken is a healthy dinner that’s packed with flavor. The chicken simmers in curry spice and coconut milk for an easy, one-pan meal.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo) This coconut curry chicken is a healthy weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. The chicken simmers in curry spice and coconut milk for an easy, one-pan meal.

I’m off to NYC next week! KitchenAid is flying me out to have a little fun with other food bloggers – which includes a day at Food52, meals at fab restaurants and getting to cook with Chef Marcus Samuelson. As you can imagine, I’m beyond excited. Like, is this really my life?

And just this past weekend the little video I did with KitchenAid at the Housewares Show hit 3 million views on Facebook. How crazy is that? 3 million people. In two weeks. Who saw me play with KitchenAid’s upcoming sheet cutter attachment. I’m seriously speechless (and super grateful).

So given all that excitement and travel, new recipes have been a bit slow lately. But fingers crossed I should get back into the groove next week. My goal for spring and summer is to whip out 3 new recipes and/or videos a week – keep your eyes peeled.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo) This coconut curry chicken is a healthy weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. The chicken simmers in curry spice and coconut milk for an easy, one-pan meal.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo) This coconut curry chicken is a healthy weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. The chicken simmers in curry spice and coconut milk for an easy, one-pan meal.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo) This coconut curry chicken is a healthy weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. The chicken simmers in curry spice and coconut milk for an easy, one-pan meal.

Today though I’m whipping up a coconut curry chicken. And I just spent way too much time fussing with the title – ha. Do you say chicken curry or curry chicken? I asked a few friends and the results seem split (depending on what part of the world you’re from) – so I went with listing curry first.

But here’s what I love about this recipe. It’s super flavorful with just the right amount of yellow curry spice. It’s dairy-free with coconut milk. And it’s all done in one pan.

It’s a great family meal, but it also makes for a fab meal prepping meal. If you watched my Instagram stories, you saw me pack up the leftovers after photographing this recipe into my favorite Weck jars (which are just as great in the freezer as they are for pantry organization). When you’re one person and you cook a big meal like this, you’ve got dinner for the week!

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo) This coconut curry chicken is a healthy weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. The chicken simmers in curry spice and coconut milk for an easy, one-pan meal.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo) This coconut curry chicken is a healthy weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. The chicken simmers in curry spice and coconut milk for an easy, one-pan meal.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo) This coconut curry chicken is a healthy weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. The chicken simmers in curry spice and coconut milk for an easy, one-pan meal.

This coconut curry chicken recipe comes together easily and quickly. Just dice up an onion, a sweet red pepper and finely chop some garlic. Saute that with a little avocado or olive oil. Then add the chicken, which you’ve cut into 1-inch pieces, along with the curry spice, ground ginger and salt and pepper.

Once the chicken is cooked through, add the coconut milk, juice from one lime and simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve it up with some white rice or cauliflower rice and fresh cilantro.

Enjoy!

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Coconut Curry Chicken

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo) This coconut curry chicken is a healthy weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. The chicken simmers in curry spice and coconut milk for an easy, one-pan meal.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo) This coconut curry chicken is a healthy weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. The chicken simmers in curry spice and coconut milk for an easy, one-pan meal.
4.8 from 5 votes

Coconut Curry Chicken

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Lisa Bryan
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This coconut curry chicken takes less than 30 minutes - it's easy, healthy and delicious. 

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 13.5 oz full-fat coconut milk, (1 can)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups cooked white rice or cauliflower rice
  • fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the onion, red bell pepper and garlic cloves and cook for 3-4 minutes. 
  • Add the cubed chicken and sprinkle the spices on top. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, stirring frequently. 
  • Add the coconut milk and lime juice and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. 
  • Serve with rice and garnish with fresh cilantro. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1062kcal, Carbohydrates: 159g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 124mg, Potassium: 914mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 19.8%, Vitamin C: 58.1%, Calcium: 10.4%, Iron: 34.8%
Course: Main Meal
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Curry, Chicken Curry Recipe, Coconut Curry Chicken
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29 comments on “Coconut Curry Chicken”

  1. Hi, I really want to try this recipe and I’m wondering how many people this recipe serves and what the macros are. Thank you!

    • Hi Marika – this recipes serves 4 people. I don’t have the nutritional info on this recipe yet, but I’m in the process of updating older recipes with nutrition info. That should be completed shortly! :)

  2. Made this for our dinner tonight – seriously so yummy!! Thanks for another quick, easy and delicious meal Lisa. I added baby green beans which I had blanched and frozen when on special a few weeks ago. Win, win, bonus!

    • Yay, I’m so glad you loved the recipe! And more green beans, yum! Can’t disagree with that! Thanks for the kind words Anita!

  3. I preferred using spinach I added baby spinach right at the end once chicken cooked fully and covered the lid after turning off the stove. Delicious! Thanks for this one!

    Rating: 5
  4. This recipe couldn’t be more easier or delicious. I made it for girl’s night in and it was a hit. I will be keeping this recipe in circulation for sure. Thanks, Lisa!

    Rating: 5
  5. Thanks a bunch! I’ve got no left overs for lunch tomorrow!  The coconut chicken curry was a hit with all five of us, the pot was bone dry.  I cannot eat cream (immune system reacts with cream) so the coconut provided that creamy curry I sorely missed!  I didn’t have red pepper, but used sweet potato – yuuuuuuummmmm!  I made sure I spiralled enough for the egg nest breakfast first.

    Rating: 5
    • Yes, the coconut milk is a great way to make this dairy-free and you adds amazing flavor to the dish as well. So glad you enjoyed it. And sweet potato sounds like an awesome swap in! Smart of you to save some for spiralizing though – ha! ;) x

  6. Could you include the serving size for this particular recipe?

  7. I made this and loved it but was wishing it had a bit more spice to it. Would I solve that by adding more curry powder or more red pepper flakes? 

    Rating: 4
    • Hi Micah – glad you loved the recipe! Yes, you could absolutely add more curry powder (or red pepper flakes). I’ve kept it on a fairly medium level for the majority of readers, but absolutely tweak to your liking. Next time you make it, start with 3 tablespoons of curry powder and add more as needed. :)

    • I added one red chilli chopped, it provided a kick.  

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  10. I love eating coconut curry chicken, but I actually never made it myself. I had no idea it was so easy to make at home, I’ll definitely give it a try!

  11. I think that coconut curry is one of the best things ever but I’ve never tried making it from scratch. Will try your recipe at some point.

  12. This sounds so lovely, hearty and filling! Great flavour combination here :)

  13. What a beautiful and simple dish. I love curries.

  14. Coconut curry is one of my all-time favorite meals. Total comfort food!

  15. Ahh, have a fabulous time in NYC! You’re in luck that the weather on this coast is getting at least slightly warmer ;) Love warming curry recipes – great dish!