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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!

Simple Coconut Chicken Curry |

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!

Is curry better with coconut milk or cream?

This recipe calls for canned coconut milk. Coconut milk and cream are interchangeable for most recipes, but note that coconut cream contains more of the coconut meat and therefore has a higher fat count. This can provide a richer flavor and texture, but we think canned coconut milk works well for this recipe.

Is coconut milk the same as cream of coconut?

Cream of coconut is often used in dessert recipes since it is pureed coconut meat blended with sugar. Creamy of coconut will be much sweeter than canned coconut milk. Coconut milk is already naturally pretty sweet.

At what point do you add coconut milk to curry?

This recipe calls for adding coconut milk to the skillet toward the end – once all of the ingredients are in the skillet, the coconut milk is added and the chicken is cooked thoroughly on simmer for a little less than ten minutes.

Can you taste coconut milk in curry?

This recipe leads to a balanced flavor, but you should be able to pick up on the flavor in this dish.

Should you shake the coconut milk can before opening?

Yes! The coconut meat will typically rise to the top, so you want to make sure the milk is mixed well with the coconut fat for balanced flavor.

How do I store leftover coconut milk?

You can store leftover coconut milk in an airtight container.

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. 5 stars
    LOOVVEEE this recipe!! I’m wanting to make it for about 13 people, would there be a way I can convert this to a crockpot/instant pot?

  2. Excited to try this tomorrow! Can I use some/ all of the ingredients as a marinade for the chicken first? How would you go about that?

    1. Hey Jasmin,
      Sure, I don’t see why not! I would just use the ingredients from step 1, I think that would work nicely for you! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT

    1. Hey Kellie,
      So glad to hear this recipe turned out nicely for you, thanks for making it and your comment:)

    1. Hey Miyako,
      Happy Monday! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a lot for making it! Xx

    1. Hey Sophia,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this dish and sharing your feedback, so glad it was delish! The sauce is on the thinner side so that’s normal, but you could simmer it longer next time. xT

    1. Hey Steve,
      Amazing!! I’m so glad to hear this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xT

  3. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! The dish was full of flavor and the mango relish added a touch of sweetness that was a perfect addition. As a personal preference, I will use chicken thighs next time. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

    1. Thanks so much Tiffany!! I love to hear that this dish turned out well for you and appreciate you making it! xT