Yellow Coconut Curry Chicken

A simple, flavorful meal packed with protein and vegetables. This yellow coconut curry chicken is our go-to meal for busy weeknights or when we’re cleaning out the fridge!

An overhead view of a bowl of yellow coconut curry chicken.

Curry chicken bowls are always in our monthly meal rotation. Some of our favorite curry recipes include massaman curryspicy sweet potato curry, and this yellow coconut curry chicken. They’re all easy dishes to prep/make. Plus curry is a great way to get our kids to try new veggies and bold flavors.

Curry is a great way to use up the odds and ends that you have left at the bottom of your veggie drawer or hidden in the back of your freezer. Everything comes together in a thick, golden sauce and it tastes heavenly.

This particular yellow curry includes potatoes, carrots and chicken. But you can add whatever veggies you want. What other vegetables go with coconut curry? We like…

  • Cauliflower
  • squash
  • sweet potato
  • celery root

Sometimes we like add chickpeas or chopped nuts for added protein. ?

A close up shot of yellow coconut curry chicken and vegetables.

HOW TO MAKE THAI COCONUT CURRY

Making curry chicken is simple! Sauté the onion and garlic until fragrant, cook the chicken until browned, then stir in potatoes and carrots.

Sprinkle the seasonings over top and add the red curry past along with the yellow curry powder.

FYI: this is NOT a spicy curry, at all. If you’re looking for a little heat add some chili oil or cayenne pepper.

COCONUT CURRY TIP: Toasting the seasonings will help develop the flavors in the curry. It’s a trick I use all of the time. You wouldn’t believe what a difference it makes!

A can of organic coconut milk used in the recipe for yellow coconut curry chicken.

Pour in the coconut milk (full-fat is recommended) along with the chicken broth (or vegetable broth), brown sugar, and fish sauce. Yes, I said fish sauce. A teaspoon gives this coconut curry sauce depth without being detectible, or even worse, overwhelming! We don’t do seafood over there. ??

Let the curry simmer for 20 minutes or until it thickens up and the vegetables and chicken are cooked through.

A measuring spoon with red curry paste for yellow coconut curry chicken.

We love to serve this curry over rice. White rice or brown rice works well with this dish. If you’re trying to eat extra healthy I’d suggest serving it with cauliflower rice.

You can garnish it with chopped peanuts or cashews, cilantro or thai basil.

A close up of a spoon scooping a serving of yellow coconut curry chicken and vegetables.

We love this chicken curry recipe because it’s simple, delicious and a meal the entire family enjoys. It’s a quick dinner recipe that requires minimal prep (always a win in my book)! Any leftovers reheat really well the next day, just add a few tablespoons of water to each serving to help thin it out.

A yellow cloth napkin and an overhead view of a bowl of yellow coconut curry chicken.

What’s your favorite kind of curry? Red, yellow, green? Leave a comment below!

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A bowl of yellow coconut curry chicken.

Yellow Coconut Curry Chicken

A simple, flavorful meal packed with protein and vegetables. This yellow coconut curry chicken is our go-to meal for busy weeknights or when we're cleaning out the fridge!
4.88 from 16 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Natalie Dicks
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. oil - coocnut, olive, canola
  • 1/2 yellow onion - diced
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts - cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 3 carrots - cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 russet potatoes - cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp. yellow curry powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. red curry paste
  • 1 14 oz. can full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 c. low-sodium chicken broth - more if needed
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce - optional

Instructions

  • In a large skillet set over medium heat, add oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. 
  • Add chicken and brown, about 3 minutes per side. Add carrots and potatoes, cook until lightly browned. Stir in curry powder and curry pastes. Cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. 
  • Whisk in coconut milk, broth, sugar, and fish sauce. Gently simmer (covered or uncovered) for 20 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are cooked through. 
  • Remove from heat and serve with rice and garnish with cilantro, if desired. 

Notes

- Swap the chicken for 1 can of drained chickpeas, for a vegetarian curry.
- Add chopped roasted cashews or peanuts for added protein and crunch. 
- Add vegetables like cauliflower, zucchini, sweet potato, peas or celery root.

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  1. I made this tonight and it didn’t get thick 🙁 I let it simmer 20-30 mins until the veggies were soft and the liquid was still super.. liquidy haha. I used full fat canned coconut milk. Any idea why?

    1. Perhaps yours just needed less chicken broth. I always find mine gets really thick so I tend to use more broth. Maybe next time only add 2 cups instead of 3 🙂

  2. This curry was awesome and had great flavor. My son loves a curry dish from a local Thai restaurant and he thought that this sauce was even better!
    I did have the same problem though in it being very thin. I added 2 T of cornstarch mixed with some broth toward the end of the cooking time and that thickened it up perfectly.
    Will definitely make this again!

  3. Nice flavor, but too much chicken broth. Just use 2 cups of chicken broth which will leave you with enough curry sauce.

    1. Hi Stan, I prefer a thinner curry, but you can definitely reduce the chicken broth according to your tastes. Glad you enjoyed it anyway 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This looks so flavorful!! I personally haven’t made a lot of dishes with curry, but I need to…it’s a delicious spice!

  5. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe and I absolutely loved it. Instead of potatoes I did broccoli,bell pepper and bamboo shoot! 3tbsp of brown sugar and a lil sprinkle of sugar and some salt. I like the 3cups of broth extra saucy 😋 my guy liked it very much ! Will def save this recipe thank you so much 

  6. 5 stars
    Hi, everyone! I tackled a variant of this recipe a month ago, using carrots, white onion, potatoes and chicken. I’m a senior man who never had asian foods growing up, first exposure was Indian cuisine (Chicken Madras)…then, early this year, discovered Thai Yellow Curry…Right up my alley!!!
    I’m making it again tomorrow, but my first curry ended up VERY oily, along with the creamy sauce. Did I add too much chicken broth? That seems to be the only ingredient which may contain oil (grease?)…Maybe just use water instead, a cup or more if needed, along with the coconut milk?
    Your recipe reads like a winner, btw…I’ve been reading lots of them (again) in search results…I believe I’m at the point where I can put together a winner anyrime! Thanks for the recipe…Keep on cooking, everybody!

  7. Heyyyyy..

    I’m planning to make this for dinner tonight.
    But I want to make sure, should I cook the potatoes and the carrot a little bit before adding them to the skillet?