Easy Coconut Chicken Curry

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Easy Coconut Chicken Curry – a quick and easy chicken curry with coconut milk for creamy and delicious dinner. 

We love Indian and Thai food at our house. Anything that has curry in the name gets our attention. Including my son, he is a huge fan and has been since he was little. Now that he is getting older he even likes more heat in his food.

So often curries take a really long time to make, and to get all the flavors to come together. This Slow Cooker Tikka Masala is nice, because it just sits in the crock pot all day. But sometimes I want all the deliciousness that comes with a coconut chicken curry without the wait.

A plate full of food, with Curry and Chicken


Easy coconut chicken curry comes together in under 30 minutes. Curry powder and garam masala give the chicken lots of flavor. And the coconut milk and tomato sauce blend with it all and make such a great sauce. Such a quick and easy dinner the whole family will love!

What’s In Coconut Chicken Curry

  • Chicken
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Curry Powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Coconut Milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper
A plate full of food, with chicken Curry and rice

We always serve our curries over rice, and extra rice at that. All that sauce needs to get eaten, and rice is a great way to go. You could also go with Naan Bread to soak up all that great sauce. Or grab a spoon, just make sure you don’t let any of the sauce go to waste.

If you are a fan of curry at all, give this easy coconut chicken curry a try. There isn’t a lot of spice (you can definitely add some), and it is great for any night of the week.

A plate full of food, with chicken Curry and rice

How to Make Coconut Chicken Curry

  1. Brown the chicken and the onions together in a skillet with the spices.  Everything cooks together and the heat helps develop the flavors in the curry.
  2. Once the chicken is brown on the outside (but not necessarily cooked through) add the garlic and cook for about a minute until you start to smell it.
  3. Pour in the coconut milk, tomato sauce and sugar.  Mix everything together and bring it to a simmer for about 15 minutes.  
  4. Once it is nice and thick it is done.  Serve over rice with cilantro
A bowl of rice on a plate, with Curry and Chicken

Curry can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.  This is ready in under 30 minutes and it is so full of flavor.  It uses ingredients you can find in the normal grocery store, so you don’t have to run around town and make special trips to the Asian market.  You really can make a delicious curry in no time for a quick and easy dinner.  

a bowl of coconut chicken curry with rice

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Easy Coconut Chicken Curry - a quick and easy chicken curry with coconut milk for creamy and delicious dinner. 
4.80 from 5 votes

Easy Coconut Chicken Curry

By Erin
Easy Coconut Chicken Curry – a quick and easy chicken curry with coconut milk for creamy and delicious dinner. 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 – 1 1/2 pounds chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 14 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • Cilantro for Garnish
  • 2 cups cooked white rice


  • In a large skillet heat oil over medium high heat. Add chicken and onions to the pan. Sprinkle curry powder, garam masala, salt and pepper over chicken. Cook for 4-5 minutes until browned.
  • Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Mix in coconut milk, tomato sauce, and sugar. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Serve over rice. Garnish with cilantro.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 820mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 536
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  1. My daughter and I enjoyed this for our lunch the other day, and we just loved the flavors! Such an easy and very flavorful dish that I will definitely make again!

  2. Hi! I have made this dish before and absolutely love it. We are having friends over who are gluten free and dairy free, will this recipe work for them? If not, what substitutions would you recommend? Thanks!

    1. I believe everything in this is gluten and dairy free, but I would check the label on the brand of products you are using. I don’t specialize in those kinds of recipes, so without checking each product you are using, I would hate to guarantee it.