Coconut Curry Chicken with Peanuts

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Coconut Curry Chicken is chock full of sweet, slightly spicy flavors and is the perfect warm, comforting meal for any night of the week. There’s something for everyone to love with this tasty dish!

Coconut Curry Chicken with Peanuts, Potatoes, Carrots, and Peas in a white bowl with a bowl of rice and peanut sauce on the side

Coconut Curry Chicken

Coconut Curry Chicken is one our family’s favorite meals to make together when we’re craving take-out but want to stay cozy at home. This recipe is a cross between a Thai curry and an Indian curry, with naturally sweet coconut peanut sauce paired with spicy, tender chicken, potatoes and all kinds of veggies. It plates up beautifully and tastes even better! If you’ve never tried a good curry, start with this one, because it uses easy to find ingredients and spices. You will love this recipe!

Coconut Curry Chicken with potatoes, carrots, and peas served in a white bowl with a fork and spoon to the side

What is the Difference Between Thai and Indian Curry?

There are several types of popular curry recipes out there, it’s hard to know how to differenciate between them. Indian curry usually features a creamy coconut milk or tomato base with a wide variety of delicious spices. Thai and Chinese curries are kind of like beef stew and can be a little more mild than Indian curry. Chinese and Japanese curry also tends to use the same types of spices, like cumin and ginger. This recipe is the perfect blend of both worlds; sweet, creamy, slightly spicy and full of delicious ingredients that are familiar enough that the whole family will enjoy.

Coconut Curry Chicken plated with a jasmine rice bowl and peanut sauce to the side

Suggestions for this Recipe

  • We love the big chunks of carrots and potatoes in this recipe along with crisp, vibrant peas, but you can add any vegetables you like! Some of our favorites are cauliflower, corn, tomatoes, red peppers, edamame or even green beans.
  • This coconut curry chicken recipe may seem like an endless list of ingredients but they’re all things you can find in your regular grocery store. For a milder sauce, use less spice than called for.
  • Coconut Curry Chicken can easily be made in the Crock Pot! See the recipe card below for easy to follow instructions. Let the slow cooker do all the work and you can enjoy a delicious meal without any fuss.
  • This recipe can be served alone in a bowl or over rice. We love to use jasmine rice for its delicious aroma and slightly sticky texture, but you could substitute any kind of rice you like.
Ingredients for coconut curry chicken, carrots, rice, spices.

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Coconut Curry Chicken with potatoes, carrots, and peas served in a white bowl with a fork and spoon to the side

Coconut Curry Chicken

5 from 3 votes
Coconut Curry Chicken is chock full of sweet, slightly spicy flavors and is the perfect warm, comforting meal for any night of the week. There’s something for everyone to love with this tasty dish!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Thai
Servings 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat chili oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  
  • When oil is hot, add onion, garlic and ginger. Saute for about 45 seconds.
  • Add chicken broth, cumin, turmeric, paprika, curry, and salt and pepper. Simmer for a few minutes, then stir in coconut milk.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • While curry sauce is simmering, cut the chicken into small pieces and coat with cornstarch.  In a medium skillet, heat oil and saute chicken until cooked through. When fully cooked, remove and drain on paper towels.
  • When curry sauce has finished simmering, add carrots, potato, peas and cooked chicken. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes, until veggies become tender.
  • When serving, plate the rice and drizzle some of the peanut sauce over the top. Serve curry sauce around the rice or to the side. Garnish with peanuts and green onion.
    Coconut Curry Chicken plated with a jasmine rice bowl and peanut sauce to the side

Crock Pot Instructions

  • Follow the instructions for preparing the curry up to the point of stirring in the coconut milk and bringing the curry to a boil.  Instead of simmering for 30 minutes, add the curry to the crock pot, cover and set heat to high.
  • Prepare the chicken as per instructions above and add to crock pot.
  • Add potatoes and carrots to the crock pot and continue to cook on high for 2-3 hours.  The vegetable should be al dente at 2 hours.  At 3 hours the vegetables will be cooked soft.  
  • 15 minutes prior to serving, stir in the frozen peas.  
  • When serving, plate the rice and drizzle some of the peanut sauce over the top. Serve curry sauce around the rice or to the side. Garnish with peanuts and green onion.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 839kcalCarbohydrates: 124gProtein: 20gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 353mgPotassium: 743mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 7153IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 5mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    WOW! This recipe was delicious! My favorite dish at Cheesecake Factory is Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp and this is right up there with Cheesecake. Thank you for sharing, we will definitely make it again!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!
    I love this website:) I had never made curry before and it turned out so delicious. I used an Indian curry powder called Vindaloo.

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Made it on Sunday for dinner and my husband and I loved it….it was even better the next day for lunch.

  4. Help!!!!! You did not put the amount of chicken broth. I went to the store and bought all the ingredients I needed and started into the instructions and then it said add chicken broth!!! Can you help?

    Besides that I l;love all the recipes! The fish taco’s are to die for. Thanks for sharing.