Succulent chicken thighs cooked in a rich, aromatic coconut curry sauce with vibrant broccoli. Is this the perfect weeknight meal, or what?
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.
These coconut curry chicken thighs 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 broccoli 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?
How to make coconut curry chicken thighs
This recipe come together in under 30 minutes so it is perfect for weeknight dinners.
- Brown the chicken: Start by searing the chicken thighs in a large, deep frying pan or skillet. Melt coconut oil (or use any oil of your preference) and add the chicken thighs. I like adding the thighs in the pan while it is still cold. This way the chicken fat renders out before it browns too much leaving the skin incredibly crisp. Once the thighs are golden brown and crisp, flip over and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Make the curry sauce: Add onions to the pan. Cook the onions until they are soft and translucent then add the garlic, ginger and spices. Cook the aromatics for 30 seconds until the spices start to stick to the pan. Pour in the coconut milk, honey (if using) and lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken thighs back into the coconut curry sauce (skin-side up) and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
- Add vegetables: I love adding broccoli to this but sugar snap peas, green beans and spinach will also be delicious. If you’re using broccoli, steam the broccoli until almost tender then add to the sauce to finish cooking. Season the dish to taste and serve with rice.
Easy Curry recipes
- Shrimp curry with naan
- Cauliflower korma curry
- Easy weeknight chicken curry
- Easy cauliflower tikka masala curry
Chicken thigh recipes
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- Rosemary lemon chicken thighs
- Crispy chicken thighs on cheesy broccoli rice
Coconut curry chicken thighs
- 1 tablespoons coconut oil
- 6-8 chicken thighs skin-on, bone-in
- 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
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder/cayenne pepper optional
- 400 g (14o) coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons cream optional
- 1 teaspoon honey optional
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan then fry the chicken until golden and crisp, remove and set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the meantime, steam the broccoli until almost cooked through and transfer to the chicken and coconut curry sauce to finish cooking.
- Season the chicken with lemon juice, salt and pepper and serve.