Coconut Chicken Curry

Coconut Chicken Curry - incredibly easy to make at home!

Only relatively recently did I start making my own curries at home. I’ve always loved eating curries when I order them at a restaurant or someone else makes them. But, for some reason, I had this perception that they were complex flavors and not that easy to make at home. I honestly don’t know why I ever thought that and, boy, was I wrong. Curries are one of the easiest and quickest dishes to make at home.Β Coconut Chicken Curry has quickly become one of my favorite weeknight meals. Creamy coconut, chicken and fresh veggies combine to create an intensely flavorful meal the entire family with love.

Are there any dishes that you absolutely love to eat when someone else prepares it, but have never actually tried to make yourself? When I realized how easy it was to actually make coconut chicken curry at home, I started thinking about all the other dishes that I eat often but rarely make myself. To be honest, I don’t cook a lot of international cuisine at home. Sure, I’ve made homemade Italian pasta, chicken gyros, and chicken and broccoli stir fry. But, baklava. I love it, but I’ve never actually made it myself. Fried plantains, obsessed with them. And Cuban and Indian food is some of my favorite cuisine, in addition to certain sushi flavors. I’ve never actually made Indian cuisine or sushi even though I eat it quite often. I guess you could say that I’ve added cooking and baking more international flavors to my culinary bucket list.

As I begin to experiment with new international dishes, I will be sure to share them with you. And please share some of your own favorite international recipes so that I can try them too.

Coconut Chicken Curry - incredibly easy to make at home! Coconut Chicken Curry - incredibly easy to make at home! Coconut Chicken Curry - incredibly easy to make at home! Coconut Chicken Curry - incredibly easy to make at home!

Coconut Chicken Curry
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  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 (about 1 pound) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small bite size pieces
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • optional: cooked white rice


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat add peanut oil. Toss the chicken with the curry powder and saute until cooked, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add an additional teaspoon of oil, if needed. Add snow peas, onions, and red pepper and saute over medium-high heat until veggies are tender, 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and fresh ginger and cook another minute, until garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add coconut milk and red curry paste. Stir in cooked chicken. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve over warm rice and garnish with cilantro.

Source: Spoonful of Flavor


  1. Medeja

    I love curries and this one looks really yummy!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Medeja!

  2. marcie

    I don’t experiment with international flavors enough either, and I really love them. I’ve made curry dishes exactly twice and that needs to change because I love them! Your dish looks so delicious, Ashley — all of those flavors are just divine. Have a great weekend!

  3. Ashley

    I think I’ve made curry once at home – and the recipe was awful so I never tried again! lol But I may need to give it another go – this looks delicious Ashley!! Did I mention how much I love coconut milk in savory dishes?? So so good.

    • Ashley

      I think you would love this recipe, Ashley! The coconut milk makes it so creamy, I can’t stop eating it.

  4. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Coconut curry chicken sounds delicious! I’ve never made it before but you make everything seem so easy I have to try πŸ˜€

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Cindy! It really is easy πŸ™‚

  5. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I am the same way with international food — love it, never make it at home. Especially curry. But this dish looks too good to pass up and probably tastes better than anything I could get at a restaurant — I’ll have to try it soonest!

  6. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    Beautiful and vibrant – the colors are fantastic. I bet this dish is so delicious!

  7. Kristen Edwards

    Looks delicious! Love the vibrant colors and the use of red curry.

  8. jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled

    Ashley, I always order curry at restaurants as well but I have never made it at home and I can’t wait to try your recipe. It looks delicious and your photos are gorgeous! Pinned πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Jenn! I couldn’t believe how easy curry was to make once I actually made it myself. Now, I don’t have to wait to eat at restaurants to enjoy it πŸ™‚

  9. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Looooooooooove coconut curry! The only curry I’ve made at home is Japanese curry. I’m so inspired to start getting into making other kinds!

  10. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    Wow Ashley this dish is a serious stunner! I’ve never made curries and honestly don’t eat it too much, not because I don’t like it but just like other things more. But this dish with all the flavors, coconut milk, cilantro, and curry sounds awesome. And the pictures are just beautiful. Pinned this and can’t wait to see what the family thinks! πŸ™‚

  11. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Ashley, I make a lot of curries, stir fries and Chinese during the week! Love love curries. Coconut milk is a staple in my kitchen for that reason. I can’t wait to try this. It looks so delicious. And your photos are stunning. Since you mentioned it, I fry plantains every week. We snack on it at least once a week πŸ™‚ I wish I could make some for you! It’s an African favorite that my husband now can’t get enough of.

    • Ashley

      I am obsessed with plantains. I actually love the baked ones from Whole Foods, so I just buy them instead of making my own. I am sure that I would love the ones you make, Zainab!

  12. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Homemade curry is one of my favorite things to eat! Your version looks terrific and I’d love it for dinner soon :”)

  13. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    Curries are one of my favorite foods ever and I love them really spicy! This one looks absolutely delicious. Such a great weeknight meal. Pad Thai is the one food I love to order but I never make at home.

    • Ashley

      Pad Thai is a favorite of mine, too!


    This is my first visit to your site and I’ll be back! Your pictures are beautiful and this recipe sounds great. I love curries, and even better when they’re simple and quick!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for stopping by, Maria!

  15. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker

    Ugh I can’t even explain how much I love chicken curry, this coconut version looks sooo delicious!!

  16. Kelly

    Love coconut curry and yours looks incredible Ashley! The red curry paste and Japanese curry are my favorites to cook with especially with coconut milk – yum! This sounds so good with the snow peas and red peppers too – totally want this for dinner now πŸ™‚

  17. Jodee Weiland

    This looks delicious, Ashley! I have to try this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Can I just tell you how great your pictures are? You do such a fantastic job, I think you need a photo food book asap! This dish looks great!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Pamela! You made my day with your sweet comments πŸ™‚

  19. Deana J.

    I’m so excited to make this. I’m 5 mo. pregnant and the closest Indian restaurant is over 100 miles! This recipe mentions ginger but isn’t listed in the ingredients. How much fresh ginger??

    THANK U!!!

    • Ashley

      Hi Deana, I just updated the recipe with the amount of ginger. Thanks for catching that! I hope that you enjoy πŸ™‚

  20. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    This is comfort in a bowl!! Love all the beautiful colors and your pictures look absolutely stunning, as always!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kathi! I totally agree, it is definitely a comforting and delicious meal!

  21. taylor @ greens & chocolate

    This chicken curry looks fabulous! I love the flavors of curry but haven’t made a red curry recipe that I’ve loved…I’m going to need to give this a shot πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      You should definitely try it, Taylor!

  22. Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    I am totally the same way! There are several foods that I order out all the time because I’m too afraid to make them at home! I always just assumed these dishes must be difficult to make … although I never really looked into making them!
    This looks delicious – and not too hard at all! Mmmm … pinning and making soon!! Can’t wait to try this – looks like something the whole family will love! Thanks, Ashley! πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      I have a false perception about a lot of recipes, I just assume they are too difficult. But I’m trying to make more of my favorite dishes at home and I’ve been amazed at how easy they are. I hope that you get a chance to try this chicken curry, Gretchen!

  23. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    I only “discovered” curry about 2 years ago, and I am obsessed! All these years of missing out! Coconut curry is my favorite. Your recipe sounds delicious!

    • Ashley

      Same here, Natalie! I’ve only been eating it for a few years, but I’m definitely making up for it now.

  24. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    I so agree with you! There are a lot of dishes that I love to eat when ordering out, but just never thought about making at home… especially a lot of Thai food. It would be amazing to make a great pad see ew, thai iced tea, and coconut rice at home!

    This coconut chicken curry looks amazing! Looks so warm and inviting!

    • Ashley

      I love Thai food, especially Pad Thai! But I’ve never made it at home. Coconut rice sound delicious too!

    • Ashley

      You should definitely try it, Deb! Thanks for pinning πŸ™‚

  25. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Ooohh… I love finding new curry recipes… this one sounds great! I will definitely have to try it! πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Jess! I hope you get a chance to try it!

  26. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    I have a confession to make. My husband and I get yellow chicken curry every Friday night at a local thai take-out place and I’ve NEVER tried to make it myself at home!!! I am way too scared and thought it would be hard, lol! This curry looks totally doable. I’m going to try it, Ashley! Gorgeous pictures as always! Thanks so much for sharing on Saturday Night Fever – pinned!

  27. Diane Ugo

    Hi I found this post via the Show Stopper Saturday link party. This dish looks so delicious. I’ve added it to the recipes folder on my home screen and plan to make it during the week.

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  29. Vicky

    Love the sound of this! I’m all about adding coconut milk to curry dishes and love the taste! I even have been adding coconut milk to pasta dishes to make a creamy dairy free sauce! Just can’t get enough of it : ))

  30. Deana J

    I made this with grilled shrimp on Friday and it was SO good!!!!

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  33. Kate

    Despite only one person I can see in the comments actually having made this, I decided to give it a shot! Sadly it was pretty disappointing. I followed the recipe exactly- but I think the whole can of coconut milk watered down the curry way too much, because the constancy was more like soup than curry with sauce, and I could hardly taste the curry or other flavors at all. πŸ™ I ended up not eating past the half a bowl I forced myself through, and going with my backup takeout for dinner. I’ve found in the past curries can be hit and miss, this was sadly a miss.

    • Ashley

      Hi, Kate! I am diappointed to hear that you didn’t enjoy this recipe. There is nothing more disappointing than having to throw away dinner and order take out. I make this recipe a few times a month and always love it. Did you use classic coconut milk or reduced fat/light coconut milk?

  34. Kate

    Thanks for replying! I used regular coconut milk. Perhaps this recipe just wasn’t to my taste, after all I can be kind of picky with my curries πŸ˜› I have some good Indian restaurants around that must have spoiled me!

  35. gab hitch

    would any oil sub for peanut oil? – my son is allergic

    • Ashley

      Sesame oil or canola oil are the best substitutes for peanut oil.

  36. Hanieh

    I made this tonight. Very delicious! I made tiny bit of change to it. I added a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter, put more red curry paste and a dash of cayenne pepper as we like a little heat. It turned out very yummy. We used to buy this pre-mix powder for coconut chicken and it was discontinued. We were quite disappointed and have been looking for a recipe to replace that one. This is close enough and will be saved in my saved recipes for future use. Thanks Ashley for the recipe!

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