Coconut Chicken Curry

Plated curry.I love Indian cuisine with it’s complexities of flavors and perfect harmony of ingredients. That’s why I was ecstatic when a friend gave me this amazing recipe a few years back, which I consider a phenomenal chicken curry which hits all of the right notes. It also happens to be ridiculously simple and quick recipe to whip up so I frequently make it for busy weekday dinners. This is also a versatile dish so I like to mix it up sometimes by adding in veggies like carrots, potatoes, eggplant, peas, etc.

Coconut Chicken Curry
Makes 6 servings

  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon curry
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (12.5 ounce) can coconut milk *You can use light coconut milk but I don’t recommend unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into small bite-size pieces *I think the thighs have better flavor but you can certainly use breasts if you prefer.
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped *I love cilantro so usually add more but you can adjust the amount to suit your taste.
  • Cooked basmati or jasmine rice to serve with the coconut chicken curry

Directions:

1. In a large skillet or medium soup pot, over medium heat, melt the butter and sauté garlic.

sautéd garlic

Add the spices and salt and sauté for a few minutes, stirring constantly.

sautéd spices

Add the sugar and onions and sauté for several minutes.

2. Add the coconut milk and chicken and bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium.

Raw chicken in pot

Simmer until chicken is cooked all the way through, approximately 10-15 minutes.

Chicken cooked

3. Once chicken is cooked all the way through, add the tomatoes and chopped cilantro.

Added tomatoes and cilantro

Serve in bowls over rice and enjoy.

Plated curry.

 

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