Chicken Coconut Curry

This may be my new favorite recipe.

It’s that good.

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This curry is rich, creamy, full of flavor, with just a hint of heat.

You need to try it.  Like, right now.

Chicken Coconut Curry

(Modified from this recipe)

Serves about 4


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 heaping tbsp (good quality) curry powder
  • ¾ large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and finely diced
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (may want to just use 1 pound, and then you’ll have more sauce to get sopped up with bread!), cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk *
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes (juice strained but saved, tomatoes diced) *
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (my curry powder is mild … if yours is hot, omit this!)
  • Basmati rice, for serving
  • raisins and sliced almonds, optional, for serving
  • Naan bread, optional, for serving

* Note: I made this recipe twice.  One time, I used full fat coconut milk and NO stewed tomatoes.  The other time, I used light coconut milk and a can of stewed tomatoes.  It was great both times.  So you can make it either way!


  • Heat vegetable oil and curry powder in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat for a few minutes (3-4 minutes), stirring continuously. Add the onion and continuing stirring the mixture for about 6-7 more minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the chicken. Cook the chicken for several minutes, stirring often, until the chicken is cooked through.
  • After the chicken is cooked through, briefly take the pan off the heat. Add the coconut milk, tomatoes, salt, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Stir the mixture together, then return it to the burner. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Cook the mixture (uncovered) for about an hour, stirring often. The sauce will eventually get thick and creamy.
  • Serve over Basmati rice, topped with raisins and almonds, with Naan bread on the side for dipping!

Just one more note: if you do make this recipe, please be sure to follow the directions regarding time pretty closely.  Don’t try to rush and only cook the onions for a couple of minutes, or let the curry only sit for 20 minutes.  It will taste different.  It won’t have the depth of flavor that you’re looking for.  Trust me on this! Winking smile


My mom is pretty particular with her food.  She knows what she likes, and she’s very honest when she doesn’t like something.  So I was nervous trying this recipe for the first time while she was visiting.  Fortunately, it was a huge home run with both of us.  She said it may even become her go-to curry recipe.  Score! Thumbs up

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11 Responses to Chicken Coconut Curry

  1. amy @ fearless homemaker

    Sounds fab! Will have to try it out, as I love a good curry!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Let me know if you do! I respect your expert foodie opinion! :)

  2. kaceyjt

    This recipe looks delish! I tried making a few different curry recipes last year, but couldn’t find one that was worth making again:P Maybe this one will be a winner! Is it terrible that the best thing I’ve eaten this week is some ice cream we had for dessert last night?!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Well that depends … what flavor was it? ;)

  3. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    The best thing I have eaten this week was crockpot chicken cordon blue!

    Oh, and I was loving all over Addie’s pictures in Facebook today! What a little cutie! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks so much, Jana! Love your friendship! :)

  4. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Just decided – making this for dinner tonight! I had something else in mind, but this sounds easier, more delicious, AND I have all of the ingredients on hand, so why not? :) Can’t wait to try it out!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I really hope you like it!! It’s super easy … just make sure you follow what I said about the time and it will be so flavorful!

  5. Naomi

    This looks delicious! I will definitely be trying it sometime. What brand of curry powder do you use? I’ve never bought it before.

    • notsodomesticated

      Good question! The stuff we use is actually from England, because I have some relatives from over there. You can do a google search and see what other people say. I just did that, to see if I could help you, but of course everyone has their own opinion haha. I would think you might have better luck at a food specialty store vs. the grocery store. If you find one you like, let me know, because mine is running out soon! :)

  6. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    Definitely trying this!!

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