Coconut Curry Chicken

This delicious Coconut Curry Chicken is flavorful and filled with potatoes, carrots and spices. Serve it with any kind of rice or bread and you’ll have made the perfect chicken curry meal.

Curry Chicken

Coconut Curry

Curry Chicken is always in our monthly meal rotation. Some of our favorites include massaman curry, spicy sweet potato curry, and this yellow coconut curry chicken. They’re all easy dishes to prep/make. Plus curry is a great way to get our kids to try new veggies and bold flavors.

What to change up the flavors?

This particular yellow curry includes potatoes, carrots and chicken. But you can add whatever veggies you want. What other vegetables go with coconut curry? We like…

  • Cauliflower
  • squash
  • sweet potato
  • celery root

Sometimes we like add chickpeas or chopped nuts for added protein. Just remember, no matter what protein you add, it’s going to be really delicious!

How to Make Chicken Curry

How to Make Thai Coconut Curry + Coconut Curry Sauce

Making curry chicken is simple! Sauté the onion and garlic until fragrant, cook the chicken until browned, then stir in potatoes and carrots.

Sprinkle the seasonings over top and add the red curry past along with the yellow curry powder.

COCONUT CURRY TIP: Toasting the seasonings will help develop the flavors in the curry. It’s a trick I use all of the time. You wouldn’t believe what a difference it makes!

Pour in the coconut milk (full-fat is recommended) along with the chicken broth (or vegetable broth if you plan on keeping things vegetarian), brown sugar, and fish sauce. Yes, I said fish sauce. A teaspoon gives this coconut curry sauce depth without being detectible, or even worse, overwhelming!

Let the curry simmer for 20 minutes or until it thickens up and the vegetables and chicken are cooked through.

Coconut Curry Sauce

We love to serve this curry over rice. White rice or brown rice works well with this dish. If you’re trying to eat extra healthy I’d suggest serving it with cauliflower rice.

Do you have to use full-fat coconut milk for this recipe? That’s what we suggest – it really adds so much flavor to the coconut curry sauce!

How to reheat coconut curry? Store in airtight containers and place in fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, cook in a saucepan or wok on medium heat until heated through. You can also microwave until heated through.

Coconut Curry Chicken

Best Sides for Chicken Curry

Most veggies, rice and noodles are great with this chicken curry recipe, but other favorites include:

  • Nan bread.
  • Chapati bread
  • Paratha bread
  • Salad

We love this chicken curry recipe because it’s simple, delicious and a meal the entire family enjoys. It’s a quick dinner recipe that requires minimal prep (always a win in my book)! Any leftovers reheat really well the next day, just add a few tablespoons of water to each serving to help thin it out.

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Curry Chicken Recipe

5 from 14 votes
This delicious Coconut Curry Chicken is flavorful and filled with potatoes, carrots and spices. Serve it with any kind of rice or bread and you'll have made the perfect chicken curry meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 286 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 carrots cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp. yellow curry powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. red curry paste
  • 1 14 oz. can full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 c. low-sodium chicken vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce


  • In a large skillet set over medium heat, add oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken and brown, about 3 minutes per side. Add carrots and potatoes, cook until lightly browned. Stir in curry powder and curry pastes. Cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • Whisk in coconut milk, broth, sugar, and fish sauce. Gently simmer (covered or uncovered) for 20 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are cooked through. 
  • Remove from heat and serve with rice and garnish with cilantro, if desired.


- Swap the chicken for 1 can of drained chickpeas, for a vegetarian curry.
- Add chopped roasted cashews or peanuts for added protein and crunch.

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Natalie Dicks

I'm the food photographer and blogger behind Life Made Simple. I'm passionate about creating from scratch family-friendly recipes ranging from healthy to decadent.

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  1. 5 stars
    Pinning this so I can make it for my husband. Coconut curry is one of his favorites, but I’ve never made it at home. Time to change that!

  2. My stomach can not tolerate spice too well. On a scale of 1 to 10, how hot is this dish with the amount of curry added? If I want to add flavour but keep out the heat, how much curry would you suggest?

  3. This became literally a soup for me. I followed the recipe to a t and Rechecked probably 5 times. Any idea what i couldve messed up? It was 3 cups of broth right? Thanks!

    1. Hmmm..yes, it is 3 cups of broth. This is a contributors recipe, so I wish I knew for sure. You added everything else?


  4. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! I did add a touch of salt. quick, super easy, and flavorful. I’ve bookmarked this recipe.

  5. When you listed “3 c. low-sodium chicken vegetable broth”, I took it as “3 CUPS”. It was unclear what you were trying to say with just the letter “c”. Anyway, I added 3 cups of the broth and the recipe turned out just OK. It was a more LIQUIDY COMPARED to the PICTURES you POSTED of your finished product.

    1. Yes, it is 3 cups. This recipe is from my friend, Natalie, from Life Made Simple, so thank you or giving it a try 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Thai Food is an absolute favorite of mine. I Love Curry! This recipe is so simple to make and packed with so much flavor!

  7. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I have been searching for this recipe since college. Im going to make this all the time, now that I know how:)