Spicy Coconut Chicken Curry

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This is more of an Indian than Thai curry, and has a condensed, pungent sauce. It is unusual and really wonderful. Curries are hit or miss with our kids, but they all loved this one (except for the peas...which meant more for me!) We served this with a brown/white rice mix and steamed brocco-flower. The sauce on this is so pungent that rice and a simple steamed vegetable go perfectly with it. This recipe is adapted from one in Braises & Stews by Tori Ritchie. It's the first we've tried, and I think I'm going to like this cookbook!

分量: 6-8


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  • 6 chicken drumsticks and 6 chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3 Tbsp curry powder (preferably Madras, but any will do)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (we skipped this due to the kids)
  • 1 (14.5oz) can chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (15oz) can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Coat bottom of a 5-7 quart stew pot or dutch oven with a small amount of oil and set over medium high heat. Add chicken skin side down without crowding, in batches if necessary, and cook until skin is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn the pieces over and cook until they are brown on the other side, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.
  2. When the chicken is all browned, add the onion to the pot and cook, stirring for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and ginger to the pot and cook, stirring, until the they are soft about 1 more minute. Add the curry powder, cumin, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp salt and cook for 30 seconds until the spices are fragrant then add the tomatoes and 1 cup of coconut milk. Stir well and let them come to a boil.
  3. Return the chicken and any juices to the pot. Surround the chicken with the sauce so that the topmost skin is exposed. If there is not enough liquid to bring the sauce almost up to the top of the chicken, add as much of the remaining coconut milk as needed. Reduce heat to simmer and cook uncovered about 45 minutes. Stir in the peas and cilantro, cover, and cook until the peas are hot, about 5 minutes more. Test the chicken by cutting to the bone, if needed continue to cook, covered, until chicken is done. (To save our kids from having to cut the chicken from the bone, we took the chicken out, cut it into bite size pieces, then returned it to the pot for about 5 minutes of additional cooking.)
  4. Serve hot over rice and with a vegetable side.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 168g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 207  
Calories from Fat 138 67%
Total Fat 16.47g 21%
Saturated Fat 13.66g 55%
Trans Fat 0.02g  
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 101mg 4%
Potassium 393mg 11%
Total Carbs 10.28g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.8g 9%
Sugars 2.71g 2%
Protein 7.87g 13%


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  • danny6114
    You wanna speed this up and infuse the the curry flavor into the chicken even more? Pressure cook it for 8 to 10 minutes, release the pressure, then simmer 'til thickened and finish as directed. Just sayin'!
    • Micheline
      My kind of comfort food. Thanks for sharing John. It looks fabulous. Will try this soon.
      • Kristi Rimkus
        This looks like a nice light curry recipe. I love the dark meat, so much more flavor.
        • Kathleen
          This recipe is fantastic!!! Just made it and will be making again!!! I made a slight variation because I only had boneless, skinless breasts on hand..so I diced them and cooked them until they were almost done and left them in, instead of removing them to a platter. Turned out wonderful! Thank you for a great new recipe )
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        • Salad Foodie
          Absolutely over the top, John! I am so delighted to have tried this out and found another keeper here. I posted a photo of mine showing it served on a bed of angel hair pasta, as that's what was on hand, and for a blending of ethnic flavors, was superb. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts and cut them in large chunks. Everyone has given this a thumbs up.
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        • Anne Kruse
          I finally cooked this tonight. It was pretty good. I didn't love it, but there aren't a lot of curry dishes that I do love. I left the cayenne pepper out so that my daughter would eat it. I think if I make it again I will put that in. On the plus side my daughter tolerated the chicken and my son loved it. I'm giving the left over’s to my parents. They will probably love it. On a side note...I feel like you could add raisons to this dish...I don’t know why...I don't even like raisons that much, but it just seems like something to do...is that crazy or does it make sense? I think I made a similar recipe and it had raisons in it...Also, I didn't taste any coconut, should you be able to taste the coconut milk?
          • Marianne Richards Castiglia
            This is the best recipe we've found yet for Chicken Curry. Easy too!
            • Toni Hiatt
              My family really loved this recipe. My husband told me it needs to be a repeat! I also loved how fragrant it was. Mmmmm.... makes me hungry just reviewing it!
              • Ufolie
                Another great stewing recipe. I doubled recipe (except for the curry, cumin and cayenne because my family prefers milder curries). I prepared it the day before and reheated it for supper the next day. The left overs were deboned and froze for an instant meal to which I added chickpeas and served over rice.
                • TobeNourished
                  I made this tonight for dinner. I loved it! Great Favor...I love Indian/Thai food and curries, this tasted great, and will go in my file to make on frequent rotation! Thanks for sharing :)
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                  • John Spottiswood
                    Thanks for another great review, TobeNourished. It really helps others decide what to try when they can read reviews like this. Thanks for taking the time!
                  • very good-I too made it with skinless, boneless chicken breast. Used all of the coconut milk. Left out the cayenne so my son would try it, but both my husband and I ended up adding some sriracha to spice it up.
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                  • ShaleeDP
                    I like spicy foods. This looks good to try. Indian curry is a hit to my kid, I'm sure this will be too.... yeah, except the peas! :D
                    • Karthikeyan
                      Good one...John. I think this one is more of Thai curry coz we traditionally make the coconut chicken curry in a different way in Madras. I would surely try this...