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Crockpot Thai Coconut Curry Chicken

A bowl of jasmine rice and Thai Coconut Curry Chicken. There is a fork on the side.

 

This Easy Crockpot Thai Coconut Chicken Curry is Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free and dairy-free. It makes an easy and delicious dinner for the whole family. 

 

Thai food is one of my favorite cuisines with its layers of flavors and spices in every bite.

As much as I have been obsessed with going to a Thai restaurant, I never made any curry myself before Tom and I went to Thailand for our honeymoon. Thai food just seemed so intimidating for me to master.

 

 

During our honeymoon in Thailand, Tom and I fell in love with Thai Coconut Curry. We pretty much had it every single day.

Our favorite is hands down yellow coconut curry chicken. The sweet, spicy, and creamy curry paired with chicken, seafood or any vegetables are the most magical thing ever.

 

How Spicy is Yellow Chicken Curry ?

 

There are a few popular Thai Curry:

 

  • Yellow Coconut Curry (The kind I am making here)
  • Green Coconut Curry
  • Red Curry
  • Panang Curry

 

And more!

 

 

So is Yellow Curry super spicy?

The short answer is NO.

Yellow curry is usually mild to medium compare to the red curry.

However, you can always reduce or increase the amount of heat in your coconut curry by adjusting the amount of red chili pepper.

 

Easy Crockpot Thai Curry Chicken

 

After we got back home, I was determined to replicate this yellow curry recipe using in my crockpot.

Crockpot or a slow cooker makes hearty and cozy recipes super easy to make.

A few of my favorite slow cooker chicken recipes:

  1. Masala Crockpot Pulled Chicken (Whole 30)
  2. White Bean Chicken Chili
  3. Slow Cooker Whole Chicken (Whole 30)

 

All you need is to simmer a few simple and accessible ingredients: chicken, sweet potato (optional), coconut milk, curry paste, turmeric and curry powder in one pot.

 

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“Chuck” all the ingredients in one pot, and simmer

 

Slow cooker is one of my favorites this winter. I literally have been using it 2 – 3 times a week.

It is the most convenient thing ever. One of my other obsession in addition to this coconut curry recipe is my sweet potato Turkey Chili.

All you need is to throw all the ingredients in there and just leave it. Check out this 6-QT Crock-Pot I have (proud owner since 2013).

If you need one appliance this winter, this slow cooker will be it.

 

What does Thai Coconut Curry Taste Like

 

 

Before you get yourself into this recipe, you may wonder –

What is so good about Thai Coconut Curry? What does it taste like?

 

Thai Coconut Curry is a bit sweet, spicy and incredibly flavorful from the curry paste.

Curry paste is traditionally made from lemongrass, ginger, shallots, garlic, and Thai chili pepper.

Yes, a lot of flavors.

 

Make your own Thai Curry Paste

 

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Certainly, you can easily pick up a great curry paste in the store. Make sure you look at the ingredients to make sure there are no additives, preservatives and all the other fillers.

But homemade Thai Curry Paste is so much fresher. Inspired by the Thai Cooking class Tom and I did, which by the way, was so much fun, I made my own authentic Thai Curry Paste.

Since I don’t have one of those fancy Pounding Stone (this is what it looks like), I made my “authentic” curry paste in a food processor. ( I will perfect this curry paste recipe and post it soon for you guys!)

 

Is Yellow Curry Healthy?

 

Besides the traditional ingredients a curry has, yellow curry contains turmeric. Hence, the reason it is yellow.

Turmeric has a lot of health benefits. One of the most known nutritional properties turmeric has is its anti-inflammatory effect.

You can read more here.

Therefore, this Yellow Thai Coconut Curry Chicken is packed with anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting ingredients:

 

 

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Garlic

 

I also talked a little more about the benefits of turmeric and other ways to incorporate it into your diet in this post.

 

What coconut milk is the best for Thai Curry?

I love using canned coconut milk or coconut cream.

You can scoop out the hard coconut “cream” on top. It will make this Thai coconut curry come out extra creamy. Save the milk part on the bottom for smoothies

Coconut cream is much thicker and richer compare to coconut milk (such as the carton ones sold in-store). It is able to provide a much richer flavor and creamier texture. 

 

Thai Coconut Chicken Curry in Instant Pot

 

Instruction on how to make Thai Coconut Chicken Curry in an instant pot

 

 

Make Thai Coconut Curry Recipe Vegan

 

If you are vegetarian or vegan, a simple way to make this fit into your dietary restriction is to substitute the chicken with legumes of your choice.

A couple of my favorites are lentil or chickpea curry. You will need 2 cans of drained chickpeas or 2 cups of lentils soaked overnight for this vegan curry recipe alternative.

 

What To Serve with Coconut Chicken Curry?

You can either serve this sweet, spicy and hearty curry with jasmine rice or use cauliflower rice to make it a great Paleo, Whole 30 compliant option.

 

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Yield: 8

Crockpot Thai Curry Chicken (Whole 30)

A bowl of jasmine rice and Thai Coconut Curry Chicken. There is a fork on the side.

This Easy Crockpot Thai Coconut Chicken Curry is Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free and dairy-free. It makes an easy and delicious dinner for the whole family. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 can 14 oz coconut milk (full fat) or 1/2 can 13 oz coconut cream *
  • 3 tbsp yellow curry paste
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 3 medium carrots (Optional)
  • 2 - 3  cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • pinches chilli pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 - 2 cups chicken broth **
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions

  1. Chop the chicken into cubes. Finely chop the onion, mince the garlic cloves and ginger.
  2. Chop the sweet potato and carrots into cubes.
  3. Add all the ingredients into a crockpot. Stir well. If using coconut cream, add additional chicken stock.


Crockpot Instruction

  1. Cook on high for 4 hours


Instant Pot Instruction

Pressure cook (high) for 8 minutes. Release the pressure before opening the top.

Serve with Jasmin or Cauliflower rice (paleo). Garnish with cilantro

Notes

  1. * If using coconut cream, add additional 1 -2 cup chicken stock. If you are using coconut milk, use the whole 12 oz can.
  2. ** You can adjust the amount of broth depending on how thick you like your chicken curry to be.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 598mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 30g

The Nutrition Fact Below is specific to the ingredient I choose to use for this recipe, which may vary.

 

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11 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:39h, 18 June Reply

    😋😋😋

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:09h, 23 March Reply

    I am 4 hours in to cooking this in my crock pot on high and the sauce is very grainy, is that right? Have I done anything wrong? The flavor is amazing!

    • Shuang Shuang Liang
      Posted at 01:14h, 26 March Reply

      Hi hi,

      Yes, sometimes the sauce may separate a little bit because of the coconut milk. Glad you love the flavor! Hope you enjoy 🙂

      best,
      Shuang

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 01:44h, 04 March Reply

    I’m making this now in my instant pot, but you haven’t added any liquid to the recipe for this option. Since it’s supposed to have at least half a cup of liquid, it should be noted in the recipe.

    • Shuang Shuang Liang
      Posted at 21:20h, 09 March Reply

      Hi there!

      So glad you are trying this out! The coconut milk is the only liquid you will need (listed above). However, if you prefer soupy curry and have leftover broth to enjoy, You can add an additional 1 -2 cups of veggie or chicken broth. I hope this helps.

      Shuang

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:35h, 26 February Reply

    Do you have to use curry paste? I don’t like anything spicy but I really want to make this recipe!
    Is the paste that spicy? Or can I make it without it & will still taste good?

    • Shuang Shuang Liang
      Posted at 21:23h, 09 March Reply

      Hi there,

      Yes, you will need a curry paste for the flavor. You can find milder store-bought curry paste.Even if they are not yellow curry, you can add 1 tbsp turmeric powder in the mix. I will also be posting a curry paste soon where you can customize the spiciness yourself.

      Shuang

  • Hua
    Posted at 15:01h, 31 January Reply

    I like your work very much.!👍🌹

    • Shuangy
      Posted at 16:50h, 26 February Reply

      Thank you <3

    • Shuangy
      Posted at 17:05h, 04 March Reply

      THank you <3
      Best,
      Shuang Shuang

  • Wu
    Posted at 03:07h, 23 January Reply

    哇……So good!

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