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Crockpot Coconut Chicken Curry with Crispy Shallot Basil Oil. A cozy Thai-inspired chicken curry for cold winter days. Made in the crockpot by mixing chicken with ground turmeric, ginger, and spices, then adding coconut milk, sweet potatoes, and a splash of fish sauce for a Thai-inspired curry. It’s perfectly creamy, spicy, and warming. Serve over rice with crispy shallot oil and fresh herbs. Looks fancy, but is so easy!
The very first recipe of 2023 and it’s such is a cozy one. Oh, how I love this curry. It’s a reflection of how I cook today, simple, but with plenty of flavor and one special element (the shallots you all!). I am so excited to share!
With the short, cold January days, my plan is to share only cozy, yet wholesome recipes. We may all be doing a January reset, but our food should still warm us up inside!
This curry is that perfect dish! And I love how simple it is to create.
My family has all been here in Colorado for the holidays. New Year’s Eve was filled with snow, it was very pretty and so cozy.
The only thing I wanted to cook was soup or curry. Since everyone had been outside in the snow all day, I thought a creamy curry could be perfect. Especially one with some spice to help keep the winter cold away!
I wanted this dish to have flavor, so I used a mix of turmeric, ginger, shallots, and garlic. A touch of fish sauce and lime helped to tie in the Thai flavors even more.
There’s really nothing fancy about this dish. Everything is put together in the crockpot. Mix the chicken (I use a mix of breast and thighs) with ground turmeric, ground ginger, and cayenne pepper. Use the cayenne to your taste.
Then, the fresh ingredients: shallots, garlic, and a handful of ginger slices. Pour over a couple cans of coconut milk and add the sweet potatoes and fish sauce. If you don’t enjoy fish sauce, use a touch of tamari or soy sauce.
Let everything slow cook and allow the crockpot to do its thing. If you’re cooking longer than 4-5 hours, I recommend adding the sweet potatoes about 3 hours before serving. The sweet potatoes get really soft and fall apart the longer you cook. They end up melting into the coconut sauce, which actually makes it even creamier.
So it’s up to you! Just a heads up that they will break up the longer you cook them.
Technically, this step makes this a 2-3 step cooking process, which I know is annoying when using the crockpot. But the oil is worth it.
First, fry the shallots in sesame or peanut oil. This only takes a few minutes. Next, remove the heat and add Thai red curry paste and lots of fresh basil. I used regular Italian basil since it’s all my grocery had, but if you have access, use Thai basil.
Fry the shallots before serving. Then make a big pot of rice. Enjoy the chicken and curry sauce over the rice with lots of chili oil and shallots. Oh, and be sure to find some naan or your favorite flatbread to really sop up all the sauce.
I always add fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime too. Such a flavorful, colorful dinner to start off the New Year. Fresh, but cozy! Exactly how I want 2023 to feel!
Looking for other cozy, wholesome dinners? Here are some favorites:
Sheet Pan Sticky Ginger Sesame Chicken and Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Chinese Mushroom Dumplings with Sweet Chili Ginger Sesame Sauce
Easiest Coconut Cauliflower Adobo
Sheet Pan Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa and Potatoes
Roasted Garlic Butter Chicken with Lemon Olive Dressing
Lastly, if you make this Crockpot Coconut Chicken Curry with Crispy Shallot Basil Oil, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Delicious! Made this in the Instant Pot and it was simple. I don’t yet have a knack for creating the perfectly crisp shallot so sautéed them and mixed them in along with the curry paste. So tasty. Your combinations are lovely. Thank you!
Amazing!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was tasty for you, thanks a lot for giving it a try!🥑🥝 xT
This was such an interesting recipe. On the first day, it was quite bland. I think, as another commented found, that the flavours hadn’t come together yet. I tried the leftovers two days later and it was amazing. I’ll make this one or two days ahead of when I need it in the future.
Happy Wednesday!! Thank you so much for making this recipe and sharing your review, I am so glad it was delish! xT
Yeah in a crockpot this sauce never thickens. You just end up with over cooked chicken.
Sorry to hear that this recipe was not enjoyed. I never intended for this sauce to be thick:) Please let me know how I can help! xx
Not my favorite recipe. Flavors did not meld well.
Thanks for giving this dish a try and sharing your review, so sorry to hear it was not enjoyed. Please let me know if there is something that I can help with! xT
Hi, great recipe! If using chicken breast, would you put them into the instant pot whole or slice them in the 3rds or 4ths? Thanks!
Love to hear this! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your comment! You can leave the chicken breasts whole:) Have a great weekend!🌼🌴
I have not yet made this. I looked at it and really want to make it, but my wife is not a fan of sweet potatoes. Is there something you would suggest I substitute?
You could use regular potatoes:) Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xT
Now that the busy ski season is almost over, I have time to enjoy your blog and cooking again. This was dinner tonight and leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Added to our rotation. Made it in the duch oven, 23 minutes on medium + 10 min lid off higher, the thickness of the sauce was perfect.
Happy Wednesday!! 🌞 Love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT
Tried this recipe this evening in the crockpot and it’s delish!
Happy Wednesday!!🌈 🐇 I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you! Thanks for sharing your feedback and trying it out! xT
Already have made this 4 times! It’s on our rotation and we love it! Bonus: works with clean eating! We use an extra large cast iron/lid on the stovetop. On busier nights, we skip the shallot oil and just stir in a touch of red curry paste.
Happy Sunday!! Love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT
My sauce is pretty thin. Do you have any suggestions on how to thicken it up, or should I just let it sit like you suggested?
I would just let it sit, it really shouldn’t be super thick! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx