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This is what I call summer cozy food.

Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice |

Who says that because it’s summer we can’t have cozy food? Personally, I am all about the cozy foods. And yeah, maybe I love them just a little more come fall and winter, but summer needs a little coziness sometimes too.

And this is that meal.

Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice |

And while this may feel cozy, it is actually lite and packed to the brim with summer garden veggies, so you can still have dessert or maybe even a margarita float (…or two if this Wednesday is really not being friendly to ya).

Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice |

Plus, it’s Wednesday and I feel like if there is any day of the week for a little bit of cozy food it would be today. We still have two days left till Friday (sorry for the reminder), kids nagging us or bosses watching our every move and who knows what else. That just means our hump days need to curry. Ah duh.

I actually had this other recipe that I am jumping out of my skin to tell you about (SOON like Monday maybe?), but I don’t know, I just felt like today was a curry day.

Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice |

On a different, and completely unrelated, note I do have to tell you guys about that tiny chipmunk from Monday.

Well, the poor little thing hid in a corner between the counter in the pantry and the wall for probably close to twenty-four hours. I put the cat in my room overnight and put a cereal box in the corner, hoping he would go in there. There are about a million different places he could go, but I figured it was worth a shot. So I got up in morning and nothing. Not a thing had been moved, so I figured he was still back there. He was, because the second the cat got out he went right to the corner and guarded it for the next three hours.

At this point I was starting to worry that the thing was never going to come out and he was going to die back there. UGH. That would smell and he was in between the tiniest of tiniest cracks between the counter and wall. So how was anyone even supposed to get back there? Eew.

Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice |

At some point the cat must have given up  his watch, because as I was sitting at my computer, which is right next to the kitchen, I heard what sounded like little itty bitty feet/claws in a box (we all know what that sounds like, right?).

I turned the corner, and I turned it slowly because well that’s what you do when you are slightly afraid of a tiny chipmunk, only to see the box in the same spot. But I knew I had heard something, so I went and tapped the box with my foot. Oh yeah, he was in there.

At that point I jumped back and screamed a little because again, I am girl and apparently that’s what we do.

Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice |

Then I picked up the cereal box, ran to the door and put the box on the ground outside. The thing bolted like you have never seen. I’m surprised it didn’t give itself a heart attack.

And that’s my little chipmunk story. Hey, I saved a life on my Monday, what did you do?

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And now I will stop my yapping about the varmints in our house and talk about this curry that I love so much.

It’s everything you love about curry and everything you love about summer and it’s ready to go in thirty minutes. Because I really would rather be outside in the nice summer sunshine than inside cooking something for hours. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I love cooking for hours, but not when the weather is nice and I am busy and I really just want some good food – fast.

Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice |

I am sure you are probably figuring this out by now, but I love basil. It reminds me of being a kid and making Friday Night Pasta with my dad. Back in Ohio he would grow bush upon bushed of basil. Then, every night in the summer he would send me out in the backyard to pick some for dinner.

It’s the best smell, and in my opinion one of the best herbs.

Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice |

So instead of curry with loads of cilantro, which I do love too, I added some basil to this, mostly for a nice summery kick. Pretty sure you are going to love it.

And then of course there is all the garden veggies. You might think they are a little strange to pair with curry, but veggies are amazing when coated in spicy, creamy coconut, curry sauce.

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I also added some diced mango salsa and just a little goat cheese, because why the heck not?

Goat cheese is good stuff, and mangos should go in just about every dish they can in the summer.

And the rice!! Ginger-lime with coconut milk and basil.

And umm?? Fresh homemade NAAN?!?! So good. Yup, totally cozy and totally delicious.

Oh and last thing. To make this a vegetarian and vegan meal swap chickpeas for the chicken and leave the goat cheese off. Simple as that!

Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice |

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Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 814 kcal

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Basil Coconut Ginger-Lime Rice


  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken, diced
  • 2 bell peppers chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 2 cups ears corn kernels removed from the cob (or about 1 1/2-2 frozen corn)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic grated or minced
  • 2-3 tablespoon thai red curry paste I use 3
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 mango diced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded + diced
  • fresh naan and goat cheese, for serving



  • 1. Add the coconut milk to a medium size pot. Bring to a low boil and then add the rice, salt, and ginger. Stir to combine and then place the lid on the pot and turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook ten minutes on low and then turn the heat off completely and let the rice sit on the stove, covered for another 20 minutes (don't take any peeks inside!). After 20 minutes remove the lid and add the lime juice + zest. 


  • 1. Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5-10 minutes.
    2. Add another drizzle of olive oil to the skillet. Add the peppers, zucchini, corn, ginger and garlic. Cook the veggies 5 minutes or until they just begin to soften.
    3. Add the coconut milk, curry paste, and fish sauce. Stir to combine, bring the mixture to a boil, cook 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.
    4. In a small bowl toss together the mango and jalapeño.
    5. Serve the curry over the rice. Add a spoonful of the mangos and a sprinkle of goat cheese. Eat with Naan!


*To make this vegan swap 2 1/2 -3 cups cooked chickpeas for the chicken and leave the goat cheese off.
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And that right there is how you do hump day right. Cozy, healthy, summer comfort food.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this countless times over the years and it’s by far one of my favorites that I keep coming back to. Thank you for such a great recipe and for bringing curry flavored joy into my kitchen!

  2. 5 stars
    I found this recipe years ago and have made it many times since. It always comes out perfectly! I can’t believe I never rated it so I had to come back and do so, The coconut lime rice is delicious, too! I make it as a side for lots of other dishes.

  3. I really haven’t tried a recipe of yours that I didn’t love, but WOW this has to be my new favorite! I had to do something with a couple extra zucchinis besides make more zucchini bread and I’m so glad I chose this recipe! Truly a restaurant quality curry. The fresh ginger adds a lot in both the curry and rice. I’ll be making this again! Thanks Teighan!

  4. 5 stars
    This may be my new favorite recipe!! I didn’t have red curry paste so just used curry powder (1 t per T of paste!) and it was SO GOOD! Thanks for another winner Tieghan!

  5. 5 stars
    I had to come back and comment because this has become one of my favorite go-to recipes. It’s so versatile and the flavors are oh so good! I usually sub onions out for corn, but really will use whatever veg I have on hand and if I don’t have a ripe mango, I’ll forgo the salsa (although its SO YUMMY). It never fails. Last Christmas my whole family was together (siblings, spouses, kids, etc) and I made a version of this when it was my night to cook and everyone loved it, including the 12 year old who proclaimed she didn’t like rice. WIN.EVERY.TIME. Thank you so much for publishing and keeping the blog going!

    1. Thank you so much for leaving a comment, Kellie! I am so glad this recipe turned out so well for you! xTieghan