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Coconut Chicken Curry

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What’s easy to make, creamy, bursting full of flavor, and can be eaten in a myriad of different ways and occasions?

It’s none other than this scrumptious and appetizing coconut chicken curry!

With tender chicken thighs or chicken breasts chunks soaked in a fragrant coconut curry made out of fresh ingredients easily found in your local grocery store, this beginner-friendly creamy coconut chicken curry is a portion of hearty comfort food that will fill up your bellies in the most satisfying way.

coconut chicken curry recipe

I am lucky to have grown up in a multiracial nation such as Malaysia as I get to eat a variety of food from different cuisines ever since I was young. This chicken coconut curry is one of my favorite dishes as it is a great way to use coconut cream and red curry paste to achieve amazing saucy goodness that is both delectable and simple. There are many delicious curry chicken recipes to make different types of chicken curry such as Thai chicken or Indian curry chicken.

This staple coconut curry chicken recipe with potatoes was my mum’s recipe that she used to feed my siblings and me for many many years. As I previously mentioned, this easy weeknight dinner can be eaten in a myriad of different ways. You can eat it with rice such as brown rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice, cauliflower rice, and quinoa. Here’s a pro tip, by adding some soy sauce to the rice you will enhance the taste of the coconut chicken curry even further. For those bread-lovers out there, chicken coconut curry is often eaten with Indian flatbreads as well such as naan or puri.

What is coconut chicken curry?

Curry is a dish that is created by using seasonings and curry spice. Chicken curry is a common staple dish found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Great Britain, and the Caribbean. The quintessential recipe for curry chicken consists of chicken stewed either through a slow cooker or an instant pot or crockpot with tomato-paste-based sauce (sometimes onion as well). Its flavor is enhanced using ingredients such as ginger, garlic, tomato puree, chili powder, diced onions, and a variety of spices, often including turmeric powder, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cardamom. Nowadays, most chicken curry recipes are made using a pre-mixture known as curry powder.

If this is your first time attempting chicken curry recipes, have no fear as this recipe for coconut curry chicken is extremely simple as I use a pre-mix curry powder instead of making it from scratch (I can already hear the relief from all our housemakers out there) and to make this a good coconut chicken curry that is more filling I add potatoes to the juicy chicken as well. This makes it a scrumptious chicken potato curry.

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Is Chicken Curry Spicy?

Curry powder is a yellowish orange spice that has a unique combination of savory and sweet. Cumin, turmeric, and bay leaf add a deep earthiness along with the bright sweetness of cinnamon and clove. Most curry powders used in chicken coconut curries are not very spicy and are instead more fragrant and carry a savory and sweet taste instead. This cumin, turmeric, and bay leaf combo give the chicken curry depth and grounds it with a savory flavor whereas the cinnamon and cloves give our curry a little sweet tone.


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If you prefer a spicier, hotter chicken curry then get curry powders that contain a higher content of chili pepper or bell pepper for that extra kick. If you are cooking this for your young ones then you should look out for curry powders that use black pepper and ginger for a toned down coconut chicken curry.

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Coconut Milk vs Coconut Cream vs Cream of Coconut

The creamy coconut milk is what gives your chicken coconut curry its name and its creamy milky texture. In this curry chicken recipe, I use regular coconut milk that can be substituted by fresh milk (but for the best results it is recommended to use coconut milk).

Some of you may wonder what is the difference between coconut milk, coconut cream, and cream of coconut and whether or not they can each be used for our curry chicken recipe. Don’t worry about the coconut flavor as you won’t taste it at all in the chicken curry.

Coconut milk is the most liquid of the three. It has a similar texture and consistency as that of regular milk. Full-fat coconut milk is always best as it thickens the curry chicken and gives you a richness that light coconut milk won’t give you.

Coconut cream on the other hand is much richer and denser than coconut milk. Hence for a stronger creamy texture to your curry chicken, you can substitute coconut milk with coconut cream to your liking.

Cream of coconut is not suitable to be used in this coconut chicken curry recipe as it is a sweetened version of coconut cream hence it is usually used in drinks or desserts.

Storing Leftovers

Do not worry if you aren’t able to finish all your delicious chicken curry with coconut milk in a day. You can always seal the leftover in an airtight container and refrigerate it. However, try to finish it as soon as possible within the next few days as the chicken curry that contains coconut milk will go bad easily if not stored properly. Always ensure your chicken coconut curry has completely cooled before sealing it and refrigerating it. The next time you want to enjoy this delectable curry chicken just reheat it and voila! The same method of storage goes for any recipe for chicken curry.

If you have tried this coconut chicken curry and loved it, I have more recipes in my recipe section for you to master and if you would love to give more sweet desserts a go, I have a cake recipe section that will definitely catch your fancy. Not forgetting our craft patterns section if you are interested in DIY and handmade items.

Coconut Chicken Curry With Potatoes

Coconut Chicken Curry With Potatoes

Yield: 10 - 12 PORTIONS OF CURRY
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

It’s none other than this scrumptious and appetizing coconut chicken curry!

With tender chicken thighs or chicken breasts chunks soaked in a fragrant coconut curry made out of fresh ingredients easily found in your local grocery store, this beginner-friendly creamy coconut chicken curry is a portion of hearty comfort food that will fill up your bellies in the most satisfying way.

Enjoy cooking them!


Ingredient A

  • 60g dry curry powder
  • 1kg chicken cut into pieces
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 3 cups coconut milk or fresh milk, add another 1 cup for more curry, or reduce for thicker curry
  • 6oz cooking oil
  • Salt to taste

Ingredient B

  • 3 fresh chillies, cut into slices
  • 15 shallots
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 stalk lemongrass (white parts only), cut into slices

Ingredient C

  • 1 cinnamon, 6cm long
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 cardamoms, crushed



  1. Grind ingredient B into a paste. Mix with curry powder to turn the mixture into curry paste. (Picture 2, 3)
  2. Heat up oil in a pot. Fry ingredient C. (Picture 4, 5)
  3. Add in curry paste, and saute until fragrant. (Picture 6)
  4. Add chicken, mix well and cook until meat is firm. (Picture 8)
  5. Add coconut milk & potatoes, and simmer until chicken is tender and potatoes are soft. (Picture 9, 10)
  6. Sprinkle some salt to taste. (Picture 10)
  7. Serve warm.

Instruction with Images

  1. chicken curry ingredientPicture 1
    Wash and clean all the ingredients.
    b. Dab dry chicken and potatoes.
    c. Cut chicken into pieces, potatoes into wedges.
    d. Cut fresh chilies and white parts of lemongrass into slices.
    e. Peel shallots and garlic.
    f. Wash and let dry the spices too and crush the cardamoms.
    g. Measure Curry powder, coconut milk, and cooking oil.

  2. coconut chicken curryPicture 2
    a. Put chilies, shallots, garlic, and lemongrass into the blender to grind until fine.
    b. Pour into a small bowl.

  3. coconut chicken curryPicture 3
    Add curry powder, stir and mix well to turn the mixture into curry paste.

  4. coconut chicken curryPicture 4
    Pour oil into the pot and heat up with medium flame.

  5. coconut chicken curryPicture 5
    Add ingredient C, i.e: cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and crushed cardamoms to fry.

  6. coconut chicken curryPicture 6
    Add in curry paste, and saute until fragrant. If the pot is too hot, reduce the flame to small.

  7. coconut chicken curryPicture 7
    The curry paste will turn to brown and you will notice oil begins to produce from the sauteed curry paste.

  8. coconut chicken curryPicture 8
    Add chicken, mix well and cook until meat is firm. Increase the flame to medium if you find that it takes too long to cook.

  9. coconut chicken curryPicture 9
    Pour in coconut milk slowly while stirring. Add or reduce the amount of coconut milk to your liking. If you want more curry gravy, add more, or if you prefer drier curry, reduce it.
    If you can’t find coconut milk, replace it with fresh milk.

  10. coconut chicken curryPicture 10
    Finally, add in potatoes, and simmer until chicken is tender and potatoes are soft.
    Sprinkle some salt to taste.

Serve chicken curry while it’s warm with rice or bread. Adding some soy sources to the rice will enhance the taste of the chicken curry even further.

coconut chicken curry


You can replace the fresh chillies with dried chillies, but the color will look duller. I used Alagappa’s Meat Curry Powder.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 608Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 156mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 31g

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Saturday 10th of May 2014

This recipe looks great. I would like to make it this comming Wednesday. But I was wondering: When do you take the cloves, cinamonstick ect. out? Or do you leave them in and do they desolve?

thanks so mutch.

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Monday 12th of May 2014

They won't dissolve and you need to take them out when serving. Happy cooking :)


Wednesday 12th of September 2012

Hi, This is the same way Indian on the west coast prepares the chicken curry. Happy to see the cultural similarity. Neha

Craft Passion

Wednesday 12th of September 2012

We are in multiracial country so we get a great chance to learn, share and improve the recipe among each other. This is the reason that you may find similarity in ingredients and method :) Thinking about this curry make me want to cook now... lol


Thursday 16th of February 2012

Looks great-yum!


Thursday 10th of November 2011

This looks really good! I love curry (^_^)

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