Easy Paleo Coconut Milk Curry Chicken

9 Jun

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!

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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 Responses to “Easy Paleo Coconut Milk Curry Chicken”

  1. ashley June 12, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    I love coconut curry and this one sounds simple delish!

  2. Rachel @ Grok Grub June 16, 2014 at 1:46 am #

    Sweet! And I bet I could make this in a slow cooker. :)

  3. Jazmine June 25, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    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!

    • tsaitina July 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      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 :)

  4. tmg July 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    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.

    • tsaitina July 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

      Hi there! I serve 2-3 people with the amount in this recipe. I guess it depends how much you eat!

  5. Fooruku August 7, 2014 at 4:19 am #

    So what makes this a ‘Paleo’ dish other than the word ‘Paleo’? How is it different from this recipe http://ohsnapletseat.com/2013/05/20/easy-coconut-milk-curry-chicken/ posted 13 months ago prior to ‘Paleo’ becoming the new cool word to add to a recipe name?

    • tsaitina August 7, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      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!

  6. tony green August 22, 2014 at 4:15 am #

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

  7. Andrea November 5, 2014 at 2:36 am #

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

    • tsaitina November 5, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      Yum! I love zucchini! I will have to try that some time!

  8. Mama Malik November 18, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    Thank you for this! It tasted wonderful especially on the second day

  9. Gene November 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Looks great! I think I will use white potatoes instead of sweet and add some fresh ginger, cilantro and scotch bonnet peppers.

  10. Natalie January 25, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    The curry was really good. I like it and the hubster did too.

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