Chicken Coconut Curry

I found this recipe on Food52’s website under a section of cheap meals. Supposedly the cost per person for this meal is around $2.50. Sara and I like Indian cuisine a lot, and normally this would be like $10 per plate, so it’s a pretty good deal to make it at home. The original recipe was not very spicy and we like some kick to our food, so it’s been adapted for that reason, if you want more or less spice, adjust accordingly.


2 T Vegetable Oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

2 1/2 tsp Curry Powder, divided 1 tsp into spice mix, 1 1/2 tsp into a bag with the chicken

2 tsp Ground Cumin

1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (original recipe called for 1/4 tsp)

1 tsp Ground Turmeric

A Pinch of Chili Powder (original recipe didn’t call for this, so leave it out for less spicy, bigger pinch for more spicy)

2 Chicken Breasts, cubed

1 1/2 tsp tomato paste

1 cup Coconut Milk

1 tsp Salt


1. Prep everything, because the cooking part goes pretty fast and you don’t want stuff to burn, so mince your garlic, chop your onions, and measure your spices out (I mix all of the spices into a small cup or bowl since they all get added at the same time. Put chicken into ziploc bag with remaining curry powder and use salt and pepper to taste.

2. Heat your oil in a wok or large fry pan on medium-high heat. Start with onions for a few minutes then add garlic for a minute or so.

3. Add spice mix and tomato paste.

4. Add chicken and brown for about 5 minutes.

5. Add coconut milk, the fat will make it creamy so if it has separated be sure to get some of the fat in there. Simmer for another 7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Usually a can of coconut milk is about 13 oz, so if your liquid has cooked down too much add some more.

6. Serve over rice, you’re done!

Chicken Coconut Curry


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