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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

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  • 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. This is such a great curry recipe for a quick weeknight meal! I tend to substitute the chicken for cauliflower and potato to make it vegan/vegetarian, depending on your brand of ingredients.

  2. 5 stars
    I love curry and this one turned out so tasty! Decided to julienne a yellow onion and added that in the same step as the chicken and curry powder. I also threw in a little extra cayenne for some more heat. HFH recipes just do not miss. This was the perfect Sunday meal 🙂

    1. Hi Courtney,
      Happy Monday!! Thanks a lot for making this dish and sharing your review, I am so glad it was enjoyed! Have a great week! xx

  3. 5 stars
    This curry was scrumptious!
    I have made many different curries and this one stands out for its depth of flavors. This will be another recipe of yours that will be in regular rotation at my house. Everyone loved it!
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Mary,
      Wonderful!! I appreciate you taking the time to make this recipe, I am so glad it was a hit! Happy Wednesday:)

  4. I love curry and I’ve never attempted to make it at home! Decided on a whim to try this recipe and opted out of the mango topping. It was so easy, so quick, and absolutely delicious! I cannot wait to make this again and next time incorporate the mango topping. I am a new INSTA follower and I’ve tried a few of your recipes and everything has been amazing!

  5. 4 stars
    The recipe was delicious, but the ingredients do not include the sesame mango topping ingredients! I sadly did not buy them at the grocery store so I feel like I missed out on part of the flavor.

    1. Hi Manuel,
      Thanks for making this recipe! So sorry about the mango topping, it’s optional which is why it’s not in the ingredient list! xx

  6. 5 stars
    I made this on a night when I wasn’t feeling excited or inspired to cook, and definitely didn’t want to go to the store! This was quick, easy, and way better than the takeout I was contemplating! Thank you so much for all the lovely recipes!

    1. Hi Rachel,
      Awesome!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks for making it! Hope you’re off to a great Saturday! xT

  7. 5 stars
    Soo good and creamy and relatively fast to make. The curry paste adds a slightly different taste compared to other curries I’ve made.

    1. Hi Lala,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this dish and sharing your feedback! I love to hear that it was a winner! Have a great weekend! xx