This simple, one pot chicken curry recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! In a simple coconut curry sauce – great over rice or pasta.
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I dare you not to faceplant directly into this saucy, coconut-y, curry-y, chicken-y, potato-y goodness.
Curry is one of a handful of dishes I remember my mom making pretty frequently while we were growing up. It’s also one of the foods I remember HATING as a kid. (Ohhhhh, how things change, right?)
Somewhere in the last few decades, my taste buds flipped a switch and decided to go into full-on can’t-stop-won’t-stop curry mode. And while my ultra-Americanized curry experience might be less-than-authentic, this easy chicken curry is definitely more-than-delicious.
This has become one of my favorite easy weeknight go-to meals. It’s ready in less than an hour, has VEGETABLES (wahoo!) in it, and is the perfect hearty, warm comfort food after a long day. (Did I mention the vegetables? #HealthFood, even though it’s really just carrots and potatoes).
Plus, ummmm, leftovers. They’re amazing.
Mix it up by adding any vegetables (zucchini! peas!) you have on hand, use your favorite cut of chicken (or forego the chicken for a tasty vegetarian version), and serve with a scoop of fluffy jasmine rice for top-notch results.Print
A simple chicken curry recipe – full of flavor and perfect for busy weeknights!
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 lb. chicken (I used drumsticks in these photos, but use whatever cut you have on hand!)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb. potatoes, diced
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 2 Tbsp. curry paste
- 3 tsp. curry powder
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1 can coconut milk (13.5 oz)
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Cooked rice (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe pan over medium-high heat. (I like to use a deep, flat-bottomed skillet for this recipe)
- Season chicken on all sides with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add chicken to hot oil and sear 3-5 minutes on each side to form a golden brown crust and lock in flavor. Be careful using hot oil to sear the chicken – it can spatter, so keep an eye on it!
- When chicken is seared on all sides, remove to a plate and return the pan to the stove. Don’t worry that the chicken isn’t cooked the whole way through yet!
- Add onion, garlic, potatoes, and carrots to skillet and saute 7-10 minutes until onion is translucent and potatoes have started to crisp up. Add another drizzle of olive oil if the pan is looking dry.
- Stir curry paste, curry powder, cinnamon, and cumin into potato mixture.
- Add coconut milk to pan and stir to combine. Add another dash of salt and pepper to taste and remove pan from heat.
- Return chicken to pan, nestling it into the curry mixture. It’s ok if the curry doesn’t completely cover the chicken – just spoon some of the curry on top of the chicken pieces to keep it moist!
- Put the chicken curry pan into your 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until chicken has cooked through. Top with chopped cilantro for garnish and serve with a scoop of rice (optional).
I like my curry spicy – if you like a milder flavor, cut back on the curry paste and curry powder.
The amount of chicken called for is enough to give each person 1-2 drumsticks. Feel free to increase the amount of chicken depending on your family’s preferences! This recipe is also great with chicken thighs, breasts, or with extra veggies in place of the chicken for a vegetarian option.
Kyle recommends drizzling a little bit of honey on top of your curry for a hint of sweetness (#KyleApproved).