This Chicken Curry will be the best you ever tried! Chicken simmered in a flavorful sauce with coconut milk and yellow curry powder, then served over rice is a 30 minute dinner heaven. So aromatic!
Chicken Curry Recipe
In my world, everyone should be able to make chicken curry at home. This simple, healthy and absolutely delicious curry recipe will convince you that eating out is unnecessary. I remember even my Ukrainian grandma used to make chicken curry with sour cream in absence of coconut milk.
Chicken curry comes together in 30 minutes in any skillet. Its simple ingredients will surprise you a lot. One thing I highly suggest is to use fresh and quality yellow curry powder. How do you know that? When you open a jar it is so aromatic, you want to eat the jar. 🙂 Mine is organic and I am not saying yours should be but definitely not from a dollar store. I am sharing this because I couldn’t believe what a difference!
My family, all 3 boys, big and small, “inhaled” this chicken curry! I cooked brown basmati rice in Instant Pot while making curry, and dinner was off the charts!
Ingredients You Will Need
- Chicken: Boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs are the best. Breast is more dry but I feel like rich sauce helps a lot. Dark meat is more fatty and I would love thighs in this recipe too.
- Coconut milk: Use coconut milk from a can and not carton. I used full fat but low fat is fine too. Cream accumulation on top during colder months is normal. My favorite brand is Thai Kitchen because it is not gritty, not GMO and I believe BPA free.
- Onion, garlic and ginger: A lot of onion makes curry sweet and flavorful along with fresh garlic and ginger. You could use 1 tsp dried ginger instead.
- Yellow curry powder and turmeric: As mentioned above, fresh and quality yellow curry powder is the key. You can use any other colour powder and add more if you like things spicy!!! It is such a personal preference and an easy fix. Turmeric adds colour and flavor but you can skip if don’t have any.
How to Make Chicken Curry
- Saute onion, garlic and ginger in generous amount of oil for about 5 minutes or until veggies are translucent and fragrant. Then add curry powder and turmeric and cook for 30 seconds. Mixture will appear dry and you want to stir constantly, but this step will enhance curry flavor drastically.
- Add coconut milk and maple syrup, stir and bring to a boil. Watch coconut cream melt and syrup will make sauce sweeter. You can also use honey or any other sweetener.
- Cook chicken for 15 minutes by adding it raw to a boiling curry sauce. Distribute evenly and make sure it is submerged in sauce. Boneless chicken releases juices, so no broth is necessary. And keep skillet uncovered.
- Thicken the sauce (optional) by adding a slurry of cold water and cornstarch, then let it boil until thickened in a few minutes.
How to Serve, Store and Reheat Chicken Curry
Serve chicken curry over brown rice, quinoa or white rice if it’s your jam. I won’t stop praising Instant Pot cause it’s simply the best – I cooked brown rice in it. This is how we eat curry. No salad or naan bread but you can add either.
If you would like to add veggies, sometimes I add 1 lb of finely chopped cauliflower or a bag of cauliflower rice towards the end and simmer for a few more minutes. You might want to stir in additional tablespoon of cornstarch in a slurry as cauliflower will release more water. However, cornstarch is completely optional.
Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days in a glass container with a lid. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.
Reheat chicken curry by simmering on low in a skillet and stirring occasionally. So easy!!!
More 30 Minute Dinner Recipes
- Thai chicken curry
- Thai shrimp curry
- Chicken stir fry
- Shrimp stir fry
- Teriyaki chicken and cauliflower skillet
I hope you enjoy this best chicken curry and be healthy!
This Chicken Curry will be the best you ever tried! Chicken simmered in flavorful sauce with coconut milk and yellow curry powder and served over rice is a 30 minute dinner heaven. So aromatic!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 27 minutes
- Total Time: 37 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings (no rice) 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: Indian
- 2 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into 1.5″ cubes
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 tbsp yellow curry powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 14 oz can coconut milk, full fat
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 tbsp cold water
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- Cook brown rice or quinoa as per package instructions.
- Preheat large skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add yellow curry powder and turmeric; saute for 30 seconds, stirring often.
- Add coconut milk, maple syrup, salt and stir until incorporated and bring to boil.
- Add chicken, stir, reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a small bowl, whisk cold water with cornstarch and pour over sauce. Stir and cook for a few minutes until sauce has thickened.
- Season with pepper to taste and serve over brown rice or quinoa. So good!
Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container for 5 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Reheat chicken curry by simmering on low in a skillet and stirring occasionally.
- If you would like to add veggies, sometimes I add 1 lb of finely chopped cauliflower or a bag of cauliflower rice towards the end and simmer for a few more minutes. You might want to stir in additional tablespoon of cornstarch in a slurry as cauliflower will release more water.
- However, cornstarch is completely optional. Just sauce won’t be as thick.
- You can use anywhere from 1 to 2 lbs chicken.
- Substitute chicken for chickpeas or cauliflower for a vegan version.
- This curry is mild for kids. Add more curry powder for more spice.
- Make sure you curry powder is fresh and aromatic!!!
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