Quick Coconut Chicken Curry

This is the ideal week night meal when you want a quick,  tasty and satisfying meal.  It may seem like a long list of ingredients but it all comes together and ready for the table in the amount of time it takes your rice to cook.

Quick coconut chicken curry

Quick Coconut Chicken Curry


2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp coriander seed bruised
½ tsp cumin seed bruised
½ tsp chilli flakes – more if you like it hotter
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp turmeric
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 inch piece of ginger grated
Zest of half a lemon
1 tsp chicken stock powder
1 tsp brown sugar
400g tin coconut cream
4 chicken breasts sliced
Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and add the spices and gently fry for one minute.
  2. Add the ginger, garlic, zest, stock powder and sugar and fry for one minute.
  3. Add the coconut cream and allow to reduce by one third.
  4. Add the chicken and simmer until chicken is cooked through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with basmati rice.



52 thoughts on “Quick Coconut Chicken Curry

  1. Oh that does sound very tasty…what a nice combination of ingredients. This is going on the must try list. Is it getting chilly there? We’ve just had about as perfect a week that you could imagine finally – dry, sunny, no humidity. And to think that just 2 weeks ago I gave in and turned my heat on to get the chill out of the house!

    • We are having the strangest weather at the moment Diane. One day its boiling hot like mid summer and the next it is freezing cold! Very frustrating with being hot and cold all at the same time. Isn’t it amazing how the weather can change over night. So glad you are having lovely weather. Must help with the hip too. 🙂 xoxo

  2. Totally yummy! Love a good chicken curry and this one is making my mouth water!

  3. It’s such a cold day today that a warming chicken curry would be perfect for dinner. And…as I have to take my son to swim squads late this afternoon, something that can be quickly put on the table is what I’m looking for as well xx

  4. This looks and sounds wonderful – I love, love, love any sort of chicken coconut curry – in Kenya it is a favourite of the East African Asians and we call it Kuku Paka (translates from Swahili to chicken cooking)! Need to add this to my ever-growing list of thing to cook…

    • Hi Selma, thanks for adding my little recipe to you collection. I will have to tell my hubby to enjoy a curry like this when he is next in Kenya. Have a super day. 🙂 xo

    • Hi Bec, thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed this 3 times over as my hubby is away so I didn’t have to share. 🙂 Think I shall be making it again soon and will add cardamom and lemongrass in place of the lemon zest. Have a super day. 🙂 xo

  5. This sounds like the perfect week night meal Mandy. Actually for an Asian dish that really is not that long of an ingredient list. I think I actually have everything on hand to make that dish right now! Sharing now. Take Care, BAM

    • I do hope you enjoy this if you make it Bam. I bet you could add wonderful flavours to it. Next time I am thinking of adding cardamom and replacing the lemon zest with lemon grass which I didn’t have on hand. Have a super day. 🙂 xo

  6. BOOM… Love me a chicken curry, even more a quick coconut chicken curry. I don’t cook much in my kitchen these days, but always make sure I have the above ingredients on standby – Just in case. 🙂 I decided that to avoid starvation, I should make friends with my local Indian and Thai restaurants, now days when I call in my order, as I say I’ll have the chicken curry, they giggle and say, not a problem Anna… Good thing or sad?! LOL!
    Hope you are having an amazing week lovely lady. Hugs across the oceans. Mwah! x

    • Quick, easy and tasty are my motto’s. Lordy, I can’t go 2 hours without munching so I fully support your avoiding starvation. 😀 Good think darlin, cause you are keeping them in business and your are eating a good meal. I am heading into the kitchen to make some butternut, sweet potato and carrot soup. Have a beautiful day my friend and love to you. 🙂 xoxoxo

    • Thanks Belle! This is a winner for a quick and tasty meal and the flavours seem to develop even more the next day when I reheated some for lunch. Have a wonderful day, I can’t wait to get over and read about your cauliflower pizza crust. 🙂 xo

  7. A long list of ingredients means more flavour. This looks really delicious. Perfect for a very rainy day. Just glad I’m not huddling under an umbrella at Wimbledon. GG

  8. I prefer the long list of ingredients. It’s the best way to make a curry in my opinion. It lets you customize it exactly to your liking. This looks delicious Mandy and best of all – easy!

  9. Hi
    I am from India , and from a coastal town as well. Although I am staying in a city right now.. My food influence is from my native coastal time where we use a lot of coconut in our cooking.
    Try to make one of our recipes too.. In addition to the ingredients used you can fry a little onion,add a little turmeric and kashmiri chilli powder (not hot) .. It will be a different take on this curry try it!!

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