Easy Coconut curry chicken thighs

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Succulent chicken thighs cooked in a rich, aromatic coconut curry sauce with vibrant broccoli. Is this the perfect weeknight meal, or what?

Coconut curry chicken thighs

You know those days when you stand in front of the fridge for what seems like days and nothing speaks to you? Yep, we’ve all had them. And I have been having quite a lot of those lately. It seems that I have found my peak creative times and those times almost never (actually, just never never) happen around dinner time. 11pm right before I’m going to bed, you betcha! Sunday morning at around 10am? Yep, creative as heck. But dinner time seems to be the time that I have the least amount of will to cook. Go figure.

Coconut curry chicken thighsCoconut curry chicken thighs

So I’ve been doing a lot of the same by cooking a lot of chicken (what else is new?) and my other staple recipes,  but changing things up just enough so we all feel like we’re eating something new all the time. Sometimes it works, other times Aidan wants to know when we WON’T be eating saucy fries for dinner. Rude.

This coconut curry chicken thighs situation happened a few weeks ago when I had a pack of chicken thighs desperate to be used in the fridge and a head of broccoli that was looking a little worse for wear. I was going to make a very simple roast chicken, rice and broccoli kind of dinner but then decided to spice things up (literally) by making a rich, silky coconut curry sauce to cook the chicken and brocc in. And let me just toot my own horn here by telling you that this was so damn delicious. Such a quick and easy recipe to throw together on a weeknight and we all practically licked our plates when we were done. To keep things low carb you can serve this as is but a bowl full of steamed, fluffy Basmati rice is perfection to soak up all that intense coconut curry sauce. Perfection on a weeknight, what more could you ask for?

Coconut curry chicken thighs

Coconut curry chicken thighs
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Recipe type: Chicken, Curry, Gluten free
Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder (I used Garam Masala)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder/cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 x 400g can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cream (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan then fry the chicken until golden and crisp, remove and set aside.
  2. Fry the onion in the same pan (add a little more coconut oil if needed) until soft and translucent then add the ginger, garlic and spices and fry for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
  3. Pour in the coconut milk, cream and honey and allow to come to a simmer. Add the chicken thighs to the sauce then turn down the heat and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
  4. In the meantime, steam the broccoli until almost cooked through and transfer to the chicken and coconut curry sauce to finish cooking.
  5. Season the chicken with lemon juice, salt and pepper and serve.

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  • Blair

    Are you supposed to drain the fat after cooking the chicken?

    • Alida Ryder

      You definitely can if the chicken has rendered a lot of fat. If there is not a lot of fat, I leave it in to fry the rest of the ingredients.

  • Sharon

    Hi there! Do you think this could be cooked in the slow cooker? Thank you – plan on making it tomorrow, looks very good. Also will use chiken breast.

  • Sabrian

    Yum! Love the spices you use. This chicken dish looks so tasty and comforting 🙂

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Sabrina! I just love chicken cooked in spices and this one is a winner! 🙂

  • Reply

    This chicken dish looks incredible Alida! So savory with just the perfect amount of spice! That sauce is leaving me drooling!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks so much Mary Ann! 🙂 That sauce is simply drinkable.

  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    Love all quick skillet chicken recipes and this curry looks great!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Karen! We need as many of those quick chicken recipes as we can get. 😉

  • Sarah

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm I am a curry addict. This has my mouth watering. I love the idea of putting broccoli in there to add some veggies. Delicious 🙂

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Sarah! Yeah, the broccoli just adds enough goodness to make this a guilt-free meal. 😉

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