coconut curry chicken

Easy Paleo Coconut Milk Curry Chicken

One of my most popular recipes is probably this Easy Coconut Milk Curry Chicken recipe.  It’s easy and it’s yummy, so I guess what’s not to like!  I guess, if you are a paleo eater that doesn’t like white potatoes, then you might not like it.  But that’s okay, because you can totally change it up and cook it with sweet potatoes like I do sometimes!  Here’s the recipe!

Easy Paleo Coconut Milk Curry Chicken
Easy Paleo Coconut Milk Curry Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

  • 4 boneless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 cup of chopped onions
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 can of coconut milk (~13.5 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons of curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Cooking oil of choice
  • Sea salt, as desired

By the way, this dish is super customizable!  Want to spice it up? Add chilli powder or jalapenos. Love veggies? Try mushrooms, green/red peppers, cauliflowers, and more!  Just wanting to try different flavors?  You can try lemongrass or basil too!  I also would like to let you know that the curry powder you use could impact the taste a lot, so choose a good one!  A few suggestions are:  Thai, Chinese, Jamaican, Indian.


  1. In a large skillet, heat up your butter on low heat. Once it melts, add curry powder and swirl it around until well blended with a spatula.
  2. Add in the can of coconut milk, and swirl it around.
  3. Continue heating the coconut milk blend, while in a separate skillet, sauté the garlic and the onions with the cooking oil of choice.
  4. Once the onions are translucent, add in the cubed chickens.
  5. When the meat is cooked very lightly, add the cubed sweet potatoes and sautéed chicken/onion/garlic mix in to the coconut milk mix in the other skillet.
  6. Mix well together, and turn the heat up to high. Once it starts simmering, lower the heat to medium low, and cover.
  7. Let it cook for about 30 minutes or when your chicken is cooked thoroughly, occasionally stirring.

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17 thoughts on “Easy Paleo Coconut Milk Curry Chicken

  1. Hey there!
    This looks delicious and I’m planning on making it for dinner tomorrow but, I was wondering, at what point should veggies like peas or mushrooms be added? During the simmer? I wanted to add some peas (probably of the frozen variety hehe) but I wasn’t sure at what point I should add them.
    Thanks, and I love your blog!

    • Sorry I’m responding so late! I would add the veggies last (couple mins before you’re done cooking the whole thing). So that they are not over cooked when you’re done :)

  2. question: how many servings does this recipe make? I though possible 3-4 with the 4 thighs, but then with only 1 sweet potato, I just wasn’t sure.

    • Hi there! Very good question – the “paleo” distinction between the two can be moot depending on how you eat paleo. (I do kind of talk about the difference between this this one and the old one in the first paragraph but it’s okay if you missed it, I will make it more clear here!) Originally, white potatoes are not considered paleo. Nowadays, the paleo committee are mostly fine with it. Since I know some people out there would not care for the original recipe because they do eat strict paleo (no white potatoes) I made this variation for them. As for adding the word “paleo” to recipe names to make it more “cool” – I didn’t know it worked like that! If I did, I would’ve slapped that word on more of my recipes that are really considered paleo! :P Anyway, the point is – if you don’t eat paleo and are ok with white potatoes – go ahead and go at the original recipe!

  3. Hi there, welcome from the UK. I’d just like to tell you that your coconut curry is the tops.
    best wishes,
    Tony x

  4. I had great success adapting this dish for my carb eschewing partner by swapping out the potatoes for thick slices of zucchini. :)

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