This coconut curry rooster will be made in a single pot and is full of scrumptious flavors! This curry will be made in 30 minutes or much less making it the proper weeknight dinner.

Pair this coconut curry with rice and/or naan bread. A facet of roasted carrots or roasted sweet potatoes would additionally pair properly.

Image of the ready to eat coconut chicken curry with a fork in it and rice on the side with naan bread

Once you’re undecided what to make for dinner, this creamy coconut curry rooster at all times comes by way of.

It’s quick, flavorful, and wholesome! That is one in every of my husband’s all time favourite meals, and whereas I are likely to favor veggies over meat (hiiii butternut squash curry), that is one in every of my favorites as nicely.

Image of the chicken and red peppers in the sauce pan for this chicken curry with coconut milk

Coconut curry taste

At the moment we’re utilizing pink curry on this dish alongside yellow curry powder and an excellent quantity of coriander. For those who’re questioning what coconut curry tastes like, it’s a bit candy, however largely savory with hints of spice from the pink curry. Crimson curry is usually constructed from crushed pink chilies, garlic, lemongrass, shallots, ginger, and fish paste. We amp up these flavors with further garlic, ginger, and onions.

So so far as spiciness: I might price this dish as delicate, however it does depend upon the model of pink curry you utilize. I’ve discovered Thai Kitchen is usually fairly delicate.

Image of the coconut milk being added to the chicken and peppers for this Thai coconut chicken curry

Coconut curry rooster taste FAQs continued…

What makes curry candy?

  • Cooking the onions slowly and for an extended interval causes the onions to brown and develop a sweeter taste 
  • Coconut milk makes this curry sweeter than common cream
  • We add a little bit little bit of brown sugar (non-obligatory) for sweetness
  • Coriander is of course a sweeter spice. Curry powder tends to be on the sweeter facet as nicely (extra on this under)

What does curry powder style like?

Curry powder has a singular taste with each savory and candy spices. Cumin, turmeric, and bay leaf give curry powder a deep, earthy, and savory taste whereas the candy spices comparable to cinnamon and cloves add brightness and sweetness. 

Image of the chicken coconut curry in the sauce for this coconut chicken curry recipe

With all the numerous coconut merchandise, it’s onerous to know what is going to work greatest in your coconut curry rooster. To assist, I’m breaking it down under.

Coconut milk vs coconut cream

  • Coconut milk has the liquid consistency of cow’s milk. It’s the premise of most Thai curries and is made by simmering 1 half shredded coconut to 1 half water.
  • Cream of coconut is a sweetened model of coconut cream. It’s typically utilized in drinks or desserts. With all of the added sugar, it’s not an awesome substitute for coconut cream.
  • Coconut cream has a a lot thicker and richer consistency than coconut milk. Coconut cream is constructed from simmering Four components shredded coconut to 1 half water.

Can I exploit coconut cream in curry?

On this coconut curry rooster, we use full fats coconut milk. Lite coconut milk gained’t thicken and provide you with a wealthy full taste like common coconut milk. Cream of coconut is much too candy and coconut cream tends to be too thick (and overpoweringly coconut flavored) for this coconut curry rooster.

Image of coconut chicken curry ready to eat on rice with a fork in it

Coconut curry rooster additions

With just some elements, this creamy coconut curry rooster goes from good to WOW. 

Our will need to have additions: recent lime juice, finely chopped cilantro (or basil!), a little bit little bit of brown sugar.

Different nice additions: chopped peanuts or cashews, fish sauce


  • Coconut curry rooster and greens: this curry has some pink pepper in it, however be at liberty to extend the veggies! You’ll be able to add some carrot sticks (add together with pink pepper) and spinach (stir in on the very finish — residual warmth will cook dinner it down)
  • Coconut curry rooster thighs: thigh meat will work nice as a substitute of breast meat (seize boneless skinless and alter for cooking time).
  • Hen curry with coconut milk and potatoes: strive including child yukon gold potatoes (to do that, I microwave full potatoes for 5-Eight minutes or till tender; reduce them into quarters, and add them in alongside the pink pepper (that is to barely crisp them and taste them with spices to not cook dinner them as a result of the microwave ought to do this!]). 
  • Coconut rooster curry gradual cooker recipe: do that recipe!

up close image of the chicken curry with coconut milk with rice

Extra scrumptious rooster dinners

The best way to make coconut curry rooster:

Coconut Hen Curry

This coconut rooster curry is full of scrumptious flavors and a straightforward one pot meal. This curry will be made in 30 minutes or much less making it the proper weeknight dinner!




Indian, Thai

Key phrase:

coconut rooster curry

Servings: 4 servings

Energy: 411 kcal

Writer: Chelsea


  • 3
    coconut oil,
  • half
    medium yellow onion,
    diced (~half cup)
  • 3
    minced garlic
    (~1 and half teaspoons)
  • 2
    finely minced ginger
    (from a 1 and half inch piece)
  • 2
    yellow curry powder
  • 3
    pink curry paste
    (I exploit Thai Kitchen; scale back or enhance as desired for spice ranges)
  • 2
    floor coriander
  • 1
    pink bell pepper
  • 1
    boneless skinless rooster breast or thighs,
    reduce into 1 inch items
  • Effective sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1
    full fats coconut milk (NOT lite)
  • 1
    lime juice
  • 1-2
    brown sugar
  • 2
    fish sauce,
  • 1/4
    cilantro and/or basil,
  • Serve over/with: cooked basmati rice and naan bread with further lime wedges
  • Non-compulsory: chopped peanuts or cashews


  1. Begin by prepping elements: cube the onion, mince the garlic, and mince the ginger. I peel the ginger with a spoon or vegetable peeler after which finely mince it. Thinly slice the pink bell pepper into lengthy vertical strips after which reduce these strips in half horizontally.

  2. Warmth 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a big deep skillet over medium-high warmth. Add the onion and saute for 3-5 minutes or till onions are starting to get golden. Add the garlic and ginger. Stir to coat all the things with the oil. Decrease the warmth to low and add within the curry powder, pink curry paste, and coriander. Stir usually for 2-Three minutes or till flippantly toasted and aromatic.

  3. Return the warmth to medium excessive. Add within the remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil and the pink pepper. Stir for 1-2 minutes after which add within the bite-sized items of rooster. Sprinkle on salt and pepper to style (I add 1 teaspoon superb sea salt and half teaspoon pepper). Cook dinner, stirring usually for about 4-5 minutes or till the rooster is browned on each side, however not cooked by way of.

  4. Pour within the coconut milk, lime juice, and brown sugar (to style; I begin with simply 1 tablespoon). Stir till rooster is cooked by way of (juices run clear and it’s cooked to 165 levels F) and curry is barely thickened (Observe 1). If desired, stir within the fish sauce.

  5. Serve over rice and/or with naan bread. Garnish particular person plates with cilantro, basil, and/or crushed peanuts/cashews. Serve further lime wedges by the facet if desired.

Recipe Notes

Observe 1: If you’d like a thicker sauce, you’ll be able to take away 1-2 tablespoons of the sauce to a small bowl and (with a fork) whisk in 1 tablespoon cornstarch till easy. Whisk this combination into the curry.

Nutrition Facts in coconut chicken curry