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This Simple Coconut Chicken Curry with sweet sesame mango is full of yummy Indian-inspired flavors and is so quick to make. Made with flavorful yellow curry powder and red curry paste, lots of ginger, garlic, and creamy coconut milk. The chicken is simmered in the sauce with garden broccoli and served with a bright mango topping. A side of rice soaks up all that yummy curry sauce, so delicious. I highly recommend some fresh, warm naan too!

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For the past few summers, every time the warm weather arrives, I lean more and more into creating only the simplest of recipes. Just like all of you, I want to be outside spending time chilling, hanging with family, or just enjoying the sun.

Plus, life in general is just busy. We’re traveling, entertaining, and pretty soon, we’ll all be heading back to school. That’s when things get really crazy busy.

Point is, I’m here for the simple recipes, the quick recipes, but most importantly, flavorful recipes.

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So how do you make quick dinners actually taste good? Well, thankfully that’s my job. And with some thinking, I figured out a pretty good formula that really seems to work.

Use spices, use sauces, and use some help from the store. Which is exactly how I made this curry!

Fun fact about this recipe? It’s one of the very first recipes I shared with you all – way back in February of 2014. I updated it, but not by much, I just made it a little easier.

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The process is simple

Grab a big skillet, toss the oil with the chicken, and stir in a mix of yellow curry powder and red curry paste. Then add tomato paste, butter, garlic, and ginger. Let that salty butter brown around the chicken, then toss in lots of fresh broccoli and pour over a can of coconut milk.

Once you’ve added the coconut milk, simmer the chicken in the sauce until it’s cooked through, no more than 8 minutes. Then stir in some cilantro and you’re done.

Easy, easy.

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While the chicken cooks, I dress up some sweet mango. This is totally extra, but we love a bright pop of color and the sweet flavor alongside the spicy curry is delicious.

Toss the mango with cilantro, sesame seeds, lemon, and a pinch of chili flakes. Sometimes I throw in some mint too. This was not part of the original recipe, but we sure do love it.

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The mango ended up being just what the dish needed to really elevate it to a special level.

For serving, keep it simple, steamed rice and lots of cilantro with a side of naan.

This dish is definitely becoming a quick, weeknight family favorite. Creighton has always loved this recipe, and the rest of the family enjoys it too. Even my dad, who’s not really a curry fan, thinks the sauce is delicious!

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Looking for other quick summer curries? Here are some favorites:

Coconut Curry Salmon with Garlic Butter

Saucy Coconut Curry with Rice Noodles and Garden Vegetables

Weeknight 30 Minute Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs

20 Minute Red Curry Basil Garlic Oil Noodles

Lastly, if you make this Simple Coconut Chicken Curry 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!

Simple Coconut Chicken Curry

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 435 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. In a large skillet, combine the oil, chicken, curry powder, and a pinch of salt. Set over medium-high heat, then cook 3 minutes. Add the curry paste, tomato paste, butter, garlic, and ginger. Cook another 2 minutes.
    2. Add the broccoli, then pour in the coconut milk. Season with salt. Cook 5-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
    3. Stir in the cilantro. Serve the chicken and sauce over rice and with mango topping on the side (recipe below).

Sesame mango topping

  • 1. In a bowl, mix 1 diced mango, 1 cup chopped cilantro, 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and a pinch of chili flakes. Serve with the chicken.
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    1. Hi Kelly,
      Happy Sunday!!🍂 Thanks a bunch for making this recipe and your review, so glad it was enjoyed:) xx

  1. 5 stars
    Super easy and creamy flavors for this chicken curry. My husband and I love it. I did not add the broccoli and just used frozen peppers and onions. The curry sauce is a perfect balance.

      1. Great! Would you throw everything in at once, sear the chicken first, or do something totally different? A bit of a newbie but I love your recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this dish today and it’s very good 😋. I added a bit more cilantro and about a half teaspoon of fish sauce. Delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Delicious! A little spicier than we like though. Can you tell me what brings the spice level up, is it the amount of curry powder or curry paste or the type of powder or paste you buy. I didn’t see any label for spiciness on either one, wasn’t marked mild or medium or anything.
      Would definitely make it again though.

      1. Hi Sandy,
        Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your review! So glad to hear it turned out well for you! Did you use regular curry powder? I would try that and then a lot of the heat comes from the red curry paste, so you can reduce that next time. I hope this helps! xx

    2. Hi Sue-Lynn,
      Wonderful!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad it was a hit! Happy Memorial Day weekend!🇺🇸

    1. Hi Leena,
      Amazing!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was tasty for you, thanks a lot for giving it a try!🥑🥝 xT

    1. Hey RiAnna,
      Sure, that will be just fine for you to use! Let me know if you give this dish a try, I hope you love it! xT

        1. Hey Aubrey,
          Happy Monday!! Love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT

  3. 5 stars
    Considering this did not take long to make the flavour was incredible and it will definitely be a regular in our house!!!! Love all your recipes I have made!!❤️

    1. Hey Deborah,
      Fantastic!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:)

  4. 4 stars
    This was good! Sauce didn’t thicken up as much as the picture suggests, if I cooked it longer the chicken would have been very overdone. Could have been my skillet though. Didn’t have time to make the full mango topping but served it with sliced mango and naan on the side. Kids liked it, too!

    1. Hey Taylor,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it was a winner! xT

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made other recipes for coconut curry chicken in the past and always felt that something was missing. So happy I came across his recipe cause wow!!! It is so delicious. Has a bit of spice and it’s so creamy and delicious. The red curry paste is definitely what makes it. I make this twice a month and get so excited for it every time.

    1. Hey Tessa,
      Happy Sunday!💐 I really appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was a hit! xT

    1. Hi Ellen,
      I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was delish! Have a great weekend! xT