Coconut Chicken Curry


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A crazy addictive Coconut Chicken Curry made with a rich coconut creamy sauce, chicken, potatoes, eggplant and topped with fresh basil and freshly squeezed lime juice!

Coconut Chicken Curry

Here’s the thing, I don’t get sick. I’m tough and I refuse to let myself slow down. That is up until this past weekend. I guess after 5 years of not really having a cold or anything else, it was my time.  Luckily it didn’t really set in until Saturday evening and I was able to make it through a day of wedding dress shopping in Denver with one of my best friends without a hitch!

Thank goodness for Coconut Chicken Curry! I’m hooked. Can’t stop, won’t stop. It’s too good to pass up. I’ve taken to stocking coconut milk at all times, and my curry powder collection is in full force. 5 different kinds of curry spices is bound to result in a ton of upcoming curry recipes.

This one works at all times. And if you happen to feel a bit under the weather like me, then the spices in this one, along with the red pepper flakes, will kick any bad feelings right outta ya!

Coconut Chicken Curry

Coconut Chicken Curry is easy to make and fun to load up with any of your favorite vegetables. I chose to add some Thai eggplants (those cute little green things in the photo), potatoes, chicken (obviously) and opted for a basil finish to give it an extra bit of pop.

It’s hands down one of my favorite dishes ever! Easy to make and even easier to eat. I’ll serve this along side some quinoa, rice, farro or just eat it plain! Bonus – it keeps really well in the fridge for a few days. Just add an extra sprinkle of fresh basil on top before gobbling up.

Coconut Chicken Curry



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound baby eggplant cut into quarters
  • 1 cup yukon gold potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • ¾ pound chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 1 lime juiced
  • basil to garnish
  • serve with rice quinoa, farro or any other grain.


  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the sliced onion to the oil and sauté for 2 minutes before add in the red pepper flakes, baby eggplant and potatoes. Sauté everything together for 3-4 minutes and then add the garlic. Stir to combine until the garlic is fragrant and then add the raw chicken breasts. Sauté the chicken for a few minutes.
  • Add the curry powder and coconut milk. The liquid should cover all of the ingredients, if it doesn't add 1 cup of water at a time, until all the ingredients are covered, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and let the mixture simmer for 20-30 minutes until the potatoes and the chicken are fully cooked.
  • After the chicken and potatoes are fully cooked, add the soy sauce and remove from the heat. Taste and season with salt if needed and the juice of 1 lime. Toss in a few fresh basil leaves and stir to combine. Let the flavors develop for another 5 minutes before serving over rice or quinoa.

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  1. Helen Kennedy

    Sounds really yummy, Thai style curries are very comforting, probably because they’re rather like chicken soup. Hope the cold is better soon. Red pepper flakes is something I haven’t come across before, are they hot or sweet?

    • Janet

      They are the same dried red chili seeds you sprinkle on pizza. Any well stocked grocery store spice rack will have them. Also at Mexican stores in cellophane bags.

  2. Marie @ Little Kitchie

    I just made curry for my husband last night because he was feeling under the weather. I agree, such a perfect sick food! Hope you’re feeling better now!

  3. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    We have chicken tikka masala on the menu this week but you’re making me think twice about my can of coconut milk! YUM!

  4. Erin | The Law Student’s Wife

    Curry, coconut, and eggplant are my happy place. This looks divine, and I hope you feel better soon!

  5. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat

    I’ve just gotten really into curries- adding this one to my list to make. Feel better!

  6. marla

    Love this recipe ~ I’ll go with a double batch so lots of leftovers!

  7. Monika

    Mmmm. I have coconut milk in my fridge right now that is crying out for this recipe. I love curry and want to expand my use of it, so thanks for this!

  8. Julie @ Table for Two

    This looks amazing! I love coconut curry all day, every day. I wish I had a bowl in front of me now…hope you’re feeling better!

  9. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Love this, Gaby. Coconut curry is a favourite around here.

  10. Marian (Sweetopia)

    Looks so delicious, Gabby! Must be that you’re eating all these amazing foods, that you hardly ever get sick. Hope you feel better!

  11. HeatherChristo

    Any time we are slightly sick in our house we eat the spiciest curry EVER to kill the germs! This one looks soooooo good!

  12. ashley – baker by nature

    Oh my gosh, Gaby! This looks amazing. I could eat 3 bowls – no lie!

  13. Jenny

    Ok this might be a dumb question but do the garlic cloves need to be minced or are they thrown in whole? I love Thai food especially the yellow curry and this recipe looks easy enough for me to try my first at home attempt at it. Thanks!

    • Gaby

      minced!!! Silly mistake that I forgot to write that in 🙂 Thanks for catching it

  14. Aida Mollenkamp

    Sorry to hear you were under the weather! I agree that spicy stuff tends to help clear me right up!

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  16. Robert Wright


    Great recipe! Just made it with a few adjustments for personal taste and what I have in 🙂

    No potato
    No red pepper flakes
    Add 1/2 fresh chilli
    Add half inch fresh ginger

    I would never have added the soy sauce until I saw this.

    Awesome flavour.


  17. Carly A.

    I am looking to make this and was just wondering about how many servings this recipe makes? I’m probably missing it somewhere on the recipe. I’ve been craving Coconut Curry and this looks perfect 🙂

  18. Jo

    Could I sub thai eggplan with regular? I know they have pretty different textures, just trying to figure out of I can make this without a trip to the grocery store…