Coconut Chicken Curry

This has been a staple in my group cooking repertoire for quite some time so I don't know why I am just now posting it... That being said, it is tried and true delicious and pleases a crowd well!

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed, diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 head cauliflower (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 cup snow peas
  1. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil and curry powder in a large skillet over medium-high heat for around two minutes. Stir in onions and garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Add chicken, tossing lightly to coat with curry oil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center and juices run clear.
  3. Pour coconut milk, tomatoes, and tomato sauce into the pan, and stir to combine.  Add cauliflower. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.  With about 10-15 minutes remaining add snow peas and bell pepper.
  4. Serve over steamed white rice.

  • This recipe is also good with tofu, or no meat at all and lotsa veggies
  • If you don't have curry on hand, it is simply a blend of spices, so you can make your own (courtesy of Alton Brown) and I personally like to add a dash of cinnamon in there as well: 


2 tablespoons whole cumin seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons whole cardamom seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds, toasted
1/4 cup ground turmeric
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne


Place all ingredients in a container with an airtight lid. Shake to combine. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. When ready to use, grind and add to dishes according to taste.

Yields 6-8 servings


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