Creamy Coconut Curry Chicken

Creamy Coconut Curry Chicken

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Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure with this delectable Creamy Coconut Curry Chicken recipe. Tender chicken pieces are lovingly simmered in a fragrant coconut curry sauce infused with aromatic spices, ginger, and garlic, resulting in a dish that's both comforting and exotic. Served over a bed of fluffy rice or noodles, this creamy coconut curry chicken is sure to transport your taste buds to the tropics. Let's dive into the recipe and discover how to create this flavorful masterpiece in your own kitchen!


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger

  • 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste (adjust to taste)

  • 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional, for sweetness)

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

  • Cooked rice or noodles, for serving


1. Sauté the Aromatics:

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add finely chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

  • Stir in minced garlic and grated ginger, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

2. Prepare the Curry Sauce:

  • Add Thai red curry paste to the skillet and stir to combine with the aromatics. Cook for 1-2 minutes to toast the curry paste and enhance its flavor.

  • Pour in coconut milk and chicken broth, stirring well to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

3. Simmer the Chicken:

  • Add the bite-sized chicken pieces to the skillet, ensuring they are submerged in the coconut curry sauce. Season with soy sauce, fish sauce, and brown sugar (if using). Stir to combine.

  • Cover the skillet and let the chicken simmer gently in the sauce for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through and tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

4. Adjust the Seasoning:

  • Once the chicken is cooked, taste the curry sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. Add salt, pepper, and additional soy sauce or fish sauce to taste.

  • Squeeze in the juice of one lime to brighten the flavors of the curry sauce.

5. Serve and Garnish:

  • Serve the Coconut Curry Chicken over cooked rice or noodles, spooning the fragrant sauce over the top.

  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for a burst of freshness and color.

Tips for Perfect Creamy Coconut Curry Chicken:

  • Choose the Right Curry Paste: Thai red curry paste is traditionally used in this recipe, but you can also use green or yellow curry paste according to your preference. Adjust the amount based on your desired level of spiciness.

  • Use Full-Fat Coconut Milk: For a rich and creamy sauce, opt for full-fat coconut milk rather than light coconut milk. Shake the can well before opening to ensure the coconut milk is well combined.

  • Customize with Vegetables: Feel free to add vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, or spinach to the curry for extra flavor and nutrition. Simply stir them in along with the chicken and simmer until tender.

  • Don't Boil the Coconut Milk: Avoid boiling the coconut milk as it can cause it to separate and become grainy. Keep the heat gentle and simmer the curry sauce slowly to maintain its creamy texture.

  • Adjust Sweetness and Sourness: Taste the curry sauce before serving and adjust the sweetness and sourness to your liking. Add more brown sugar for sweetness or lime juice for acidity, as needed.

  • Make It Ahead: This Creamy Coconut Curry Chicken tastes even better the next day as the flavors have a chance to meld together. Prepare it in advance and reheat gently on the stovetop before serving.

By following these tips and tricks, you'll be able to create a creamy and flavorful Creamy Coconut Curry Chicken that's perfect for any occasion. Enjoy the exotic aromas and comforting flavors of this tropical-inspired dish with every spoonful!

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