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The Easiest Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe

Here is an easy Indian stye coconut curry chicken with tomatoes. The sweet and savory flavors of coconut milk, spicy curry and garam masala are a great combination. If you like food from India you have to try this dish.  I like to service with some jasmine rice for a nice floral note.

Course Main dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword coconut milk, easy ethnic food, garam masala, Indian food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 4 servings
Calories 428 kcal


  • 2 lbs chicken cutlets cut into 1.5" to 2" pieces
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 onion small, diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 Roma tomato diced
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tbsp curry
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • salt and pepper to taste paleo diet: sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional for a spicy heat)


  1. Heat oil in skillet on medium and add the chicken pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and brown on both sides, about 3-5 minutes on each side.
  2. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic.
  3. Add coconut milk and curry and simmer covered for about 10-25 minutes.
  4. Add the garam masala, cilantro and the tomato and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with jasmine rice.

Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long can I save and store coconut curry chicken? You can store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container. Be sure to completely cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
  • Can I freeze coconut curry chicken? It is fine to freeze this and it presents no food hazards when thawed and reheated but the sauce can split and have a slightly grainy texture.
  • Can I make this dish ahead of time? Yes, you can make this a day or two ahead. Cool it completely before refrigerating as described above. Reheat covered in an oven proof dish for about 20-30 minutes at 300° F. The temperature of the food should hit 165° F. Some say that curry is better the second day.
  • Is coconut curry chicken healthy? Indeed, it packs protein, healthy fats, and the mighty turmeric.
Nutrition Facts
The Easiest Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 276mg12%
Potassium 1115mg32%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 1405IU28%
Vitamin C 12.1mg15%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.