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This Simple Spicy Summer Coconut Chicken Curry is quick to make and full of yummy island flavors. It’s made with spicy gingered mango, flavorful red curry paste, lots of ginger, shallots, and creamy coconut milk. The chicken is simmered in a sauce of garden vegetables and served with a bright mango topping. A side of rice and fresh naan – for soaking up all that yummy curry sauce – make this dish so delicious.

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than a summer curry or stir-fry. Throw everything in a skillet with some seasonings, then serve with rice. The simplest of dinners that always comes out so flavorful and delicious.

Curries might be my favorite, however. They’re summer comfort food with lots of fresh vegetables and a creamy sauce. And they’re usually coconut based, which is my favorite.

Today I’m sharing a new summer curry that came together so wonderfully. I’ve been excited to share this for days! This spicy curry is all about the sauce. It’s creamy but seasoned up with a mix of tropical Jamaican-inspired spices and Thai red curry paste.

I used a lot of ginger and shallots, then all the summer produce in my fridge: sweet yellow corn, zucchini, and red bell peppers.

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This is how I make a simple summer curry

Step 1: make the ginger rice

Technically this is not a part of the recipe, but I’m going to tell you how to make it here because I love this rice so much.

Bring 2 cups of coconut milk and 1 cup of water to a boil. Then add in 2 cups of dry basmati rice and about 1/3 cup of pickled sushi-style ginger. Quickly cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to LOW. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Turn the heat off and let sit for another 15 minutes.

During this time, do not take any peaks inside. When the rice is ready, fluff with a fork. I adore the addition of creamy coconut and ginger, it really makes the rice so special!

Step 2: make the curry

Start with the chicken. Cook it in a skillet with smoked paprika, cayenne, and pepper. Then add curry paste, a couple squares of butter, the shallots, fresh ginger, and thyme.

Once that has cooked and is fragrant, add the vegetables. You can use any mix of vegetables you love, I use fresh summer corn, zucchini, and red bell peppers.

Mix in the coconut milk. Then add a dash of cinnamon and some fish sauce (alternatively, use tamari or soy sauce). Let the sauce cook until it thickens up.

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Step 3: the mango

Toss together a diced mango along with jalapeños and pickled ginger. This is a sweet, spicy bite that you can spoon over your curry.

It balances the dish out so beautifully.

Step 4: serve and enjoy

Spoon the rice into bowls. Then spoon the curry and sauce over the rice. I love to drizzle over a spicy curry butter and finish with fresh basil.

For serving, add a side of warm naan – the best!

This dish is definitely becoming a quick weeknight family favorite. It’s also fun because you can use any mix of summer produce!

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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 Spicy Summer 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 Spicy Summer Coconut Chicken Curry

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 632 kcal

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

Instructions

  • 1. In a large skillet, combine the oil, chicken, paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Set over medium-high heat, then cook for 3 minutes. Add the curry paste, cinnamon, butter, shallot, ginger, and thyme. Cook another 2 minutes.
    2. Mix in the vegetables, let cook 5 minutes, then pour in the coconut milk and fish sauce. Season with salt. Cook 5-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened. Stir in the basil.
    3. In a bowl, combine the mango, jalapeño, 1/4 cup freshly torn basil leaves, pickled ginger, and 1 tablespoon ginger juice.
    4. Serve the chicken and sauce over rice and with spicy ginger mango and curry butter (below). Serve with naan for soaking up all that sauce.

Spicy Curry Butter

  • 1. In a small skillet, melt 6 tablespoons butter with a big pinch of Korean or regular chili flakes. Cook until lightly golden, then remove from the heat and add 1 tablespoon fresh thyme and season with salt. Spoon the sauce over the curry.

Notes

To make ginger rice:
Bring 2 cups of coconut milk and 1 cup of water to a boil. Then add in 2 cups of dry basmati rice and about 1/3 cup of pickled sushi-style ginger. Quickly cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to LOW. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Turn the heat off and let sit for another 15 minutes.
During this time, do not take any peaks inside. When the rice is ready, fluff with a fork. I adore the addition of creamy coconut and ginger, it really makes the rice so special!
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  1. 5 stars
    I NEVER leave reviews, but this is a really delicious recipe, deserving of 5 stars. It has become a family favorite!

    1. Thank you so much, Bonnie:) I love to hear that this dish was enjoyed and appreciate you sharing your review! Have a great day! xT

    1. Hey Savannah,
      Happy Monday! So glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Xx

  2. 5 stars
    This is hands down one of my favorite HBH dishes. We make this on repeat in my house and eat it with Trader Joes garlic naan! I would love to convert this into a slow cooker meal so I can throw it in the slow cooker before work – any tips??

    1. Hey Brittany,
      So glad you enjoy this recipe, thanks for making it so often!! I would just combine everything from steps 1 and 2 in the crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. I hope this helps! xT

  3. This was definitely a winner in our house last night. The spiciness and warmth of the dish was perfect for a cold winter’s night. This was so good that we will make it again sometime soon. A few things for others’ consideration when making it:
    – I substituted boneless/skinless chicken thighs for the breast – it is my family’s preference
    – I recommend planning at least 10-15 min of additional prep time – there is a lot of chopping involved and for many home cooks like me, it takes longer than 10 min to chop those up
    – Pay attention to the coconut milk ingredients – there is a separate recipe for the rice that includes 2 additional cups of coconut milk. You will not have enough coconut milk if you based your shopping list on just the chicken recipe. Or just make plain rice. The curry will be just as good with it.
    Well worth the effort in making this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    This will definitely be made again! The medley of flavors was the star of the show. The only thing I messed up is the sauce didn’t seem to thicken much even after 30+ mins so I added a little corn starch slurry which then made it a little too thick so… idk may just add the coconut milk as I go next time

  5. making this right now…. the recipe calls for 1/2 cup basil, but later says out 1/4 cup in mango/jalapeno relish…. does only 1/4 cup basil go into the recipe or should the total amount be 3/4 cup basil, divided?

  6. 5 stars
    I’m currently eating this dish and it’s so yummy!! Only substitution I made was using thighs instead of breasts. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Delicious! Love this recipe and will definitely make it again. My chicken came out a bit tough though, where did I go wrong?

      1. I’m guessing I probably cooked it too long. Is the key to tender chicken either just long enough or so long it slow cooks? It was still absolutely delicious, 100% recommend.

  8. Hi! Is this 2 1/2 c coconut milk for the curry, and an additional 2 for the rice? Or is it just the remaining 1/2 c that goes into the curry? Thank you!!

  9. 2 stars
    Two comments on this recipe:

    1. On behalf of Jamaicans (of which I am one), I would love to know what the “tropical Jamaican-inspired spices” are?

    2. I made this. It took me 90 minutes, start to finish, and I’m a fairly experienced cook. I would neither categorize this recipe as “simple” nor as a 30-minute dish. And frankly, you risk demoralizing newer cooks when you underestimate the length of time it takes to make one of your recipes.