This easy Weeknight Chicken Coconut Milk Curry is the meeting of quick and delicious! Starts with boneless chicken breasts.
At my house, when it comes to quick, easy and delicious weeknight meals, my motto is “when in doubt … curry!”. And one of my favourites, is this Indian-style, easy Weeknight Chicken Coconut Milk Curry.
This chicken curry starts with just two boneless chicken breasts and then pretty basic pantry items. It cooks up quickly in one pot on the stovetop and is ready about the time your rice is cooked.
The plentiful sauce is great with rice (and Naan bread!). Add a veg or salad and you’re good to go.
Cook’s Notes for Weeknight Chicken Coconut Milk Curry
Everyone has different spice and heat tolerance, so feel free to adjust the spicing up or down to suit. If you’re not sure, hold back a bit of the spice mix, then taste at the end and add more if you like. You can always add more spice but you can’t take it out :)
Salt is critical to bring all the flavours of this curry together. Be sure to taste at the end and add salt as needed.
As noted in the recipe, you can use either a fresh tomato, diced or a small can of drained diced tomatoes.
While I love the flavour coconut milk brings to this curry, if you don’t have any one hand, you can substitute yogurt here.
Turmeric is a wonderful spice, but it also stains terribly (hands, counters, dishes, dish clothes, clothing!). You’ll want to keep it well contained when measuring etc. It is used in Indian curries more for its colour than its flavour, so if you don’t have any, don’t worry. Simply omit.
Don’t stress if you don’t have all the other spices listed in the ingredient list! Garam Masala is a spice mix that generally contains cumin and coriander (among other spices). So if you are missing one or two, simply increase the amount of Garam Masala.
Weeknight Chicken Coconut Milk Curry
Easy and delicious, this Indian-style chicken curry, starts with boneless chicken breasts and basic pantry items.
- 2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil or coconut oil
- 1/2 red or yellow onion thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp ginger paste or 2 tsp minced fresh
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 large tomato diced or small can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste optional
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup water
- 2/3 cup stirred coconut milk *see notes
- Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
Start rice cooking, if using.
In a small bowl, stir together the turmeric, garam masala, cumin, coriander and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
In a large pot (preferably with a lid), heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring until golden brown. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring for one minute. Add your spice mix and cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds more. Add the diced tomatoes and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Add the cut up chicken to the pot, along with a sprinkling of salt. Mix well. Let cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup water to the pot, cover with a lid (or a sheet of aluminum foil), reduce heat slightly and let cook 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked and tender.
Remove lid. Add coconut milk and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes more. Taste and add salt as needed. You can also add more of spices if you feel it needs it.
A small 5.5oz/160ml can of coconut milk is perfect for this curry, but if you are starting with a larger can, be sure to stir after opening the can, to stir the cream into the milk, then measure out the amount you need. Leftover coconut milk can be frozen.
Be sure to read the "Cook's Notes" in the original post, for more tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!