With a perfect balance of lean protein and vegetables, this chicken and cauliflower curry recipe can be made all vegan using extra cauliflower and served over brown rice or quinoa. Mild enough for the little ones. Large skillet for leftovers (I love them). Make it with light coconut milk if you are calorie conscious or go full fat for a creamier version (next time I’m doing that). No matter what you decide to do, this dinner is speedy and healthy!
Yesterday we went out for lunch with friends after our oldest one’s hockey game. Nothing special, just a simple homey Canadian restaurant White Spot. Three of us, adults, ordered a curry, just different versions. Must have been a frosty sunny day that made us crave comfort food.
I had yellow curry, Alex had tikka masala and a friend had a cauliflower quinoa bowl. Today I was still craving a bowl of curry. I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to recreate and happened to have a head of organic cauliflower (I finally found it at a good price => $4) and thawed organic chicken breasts in the fridge. So, I combined them and ended up with this delicious curry. Plus it comes out cheaper this way.
Curry is so simple. I remember even my Ukrainian grandma used to make curry. It is simply a combo of coconut milk, curry powder and ginger with any veggies or meat. In my world, curry is simple, heart healthy and delicious.
My absolutely favourite brand for canned coconut milk is Thai Kitchen. I love the texture of it – always smooth. There might be other curry powders out there that you are welcome to use (I think curry paste would work too), but I always have this regular yellow colour one.
I served this chicken and cauliflower curry over brown rice but quinoa would be great too. For my youngest son I diluted his portion with Greek yogurt to make it less spicy (he is super picky when it comes to spices). Oldest one made it alive.:) Enjoy!
- Brown rice or quinoa*
- 1 large onion, cut in half moons
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 inch ginger, minced
- 2 medium bell peppers, cut into 2 inch strips
- 1 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
- 14 oz can coconut milk, light**
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 2 tbsp yellow curry powder (red or green is OK)
- 2 tsp turmeric (optional)
- 1 tbsp cornstarch (for GF version) or 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 1 + 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1.5 lbs cauliflower (4 cups), cut into small florets
- 1.5 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces***
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped (optional)
- 1/3 cup green onions, chopped (optional)
- Cook brown rice or quinoa as per package instructions.
- Preheat large non-stick deep skillet on low - medium heat and add olive oil. Add onion, garlic, ginger, bell peppers and cook until soft, about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add coconut milk, honey, curry powder, turmeric, cornstarch, salt, pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, add cauliflower + chicken and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Serve hot, on a bed of brown rice or quinoa, garnished with cilantro and green onions.
*You decide how much rice or quinoa to cook depending how much you eat.:) **Use full fat coconut milk for creamier version if you wish. ***Substitute chicken for extra cauliflower for a vegan version.
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving = 1 + 1/3 cups:
Total Fat: 8.0 g
Cholesterol: 55.0 mg
Sodium: 612.4 mg
Total Carbs: 9.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
Protein: 28.8 g
WW Points+: 5