This Easy Coconut Thai curry Chicken is so flavorful and easy to make in your crockpot or instapot. This recipe makes a fast and delicious weekday dinner for the whole family to enjoy. It surely has become a fans’ favorite in the SKS community!

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.

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

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 Red or Yellow Curry?

There are a few popular Thai Curry:

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

Yes, they are made from red or green chili peppers. Does that mean they are super spicy? 

The short answer is it doesn’t have to be. Depending on what brand of curry paste you use.

Some curry paste I’ve tried legit set my mouth on fire. But other ones are very mild, yet still flavorful.

If you can’t handle much of a kick, or you are trying to make this for the whole family including your toddlers, I recommend Thai Kitchen Red Curry. it is very mild. 

If you want a kick, Mekhala curry paste needs to be your list to try!

Here is How to Make Instant Pot Thai Curry Chicken

A crockpot, instant pot or a slow cooker is all you need.

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

The 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 obsessions 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. This is the perfect one pot meal to stay warm in the winter, and also all year round!

What does Thai Coconut Curry Taste Like

A bowl fo Thai Coconut curry chicken served with jasmine rice, and topped with cilantro.

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.

The coconut milk adds a sweet taste and creamy texture to the curry.

Yellow curry sauce made with coconut milk. There is healthy red pepper and cilantro in the picture as well

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.

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 the 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.

How To Serve Coconut Thai Curry Chicken

You can either serve this sweet, spicy, and hearty curry with jasmine rice or use cauliflower rice.

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A bowl of thai coconut curry chicken with chicken, red pepper cilantro and rice in it.

A bowl of thai coconut curry chicken with chicken, red pepper cilantro and rice in it.

Get the recipe:Coconut Thai Curry Chicken {Crockpot and Instant Pot}

This Easy Coconut Thai curry Chicken is so flavorful and quick to come together for a delicious weeknight meal for the whole family to enjoy.
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  • 1 1/2 pound chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 can 13 oz coconut milk, full fat
  • 3-4 tbsp curry paste, red or yellow
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1- inch ginger, minced
  • 1/4 cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 -2 tsp Salt , or to taste

Optional Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet potato cubed, optional
  • 3 medium carrots chopped, Optional
  • 1/2 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chicken broth *, optional
  • 1 bunch cilantro, for garnish


  • Cut the chicken into cubes. chop the onion, mince the garlic cloves and ginger.
  • Chop the bell pepper, sweet potato and carrots into cubes if using any.
  • Use saute function in instant pot or crockpot to heat up 1 – 2 tbsp of cooking oil. Once the oil shimmers, add in onion, garlic and ginger. let it cook for 20 – 30 seconds or until frgrant.
  • Add carrots, sweet potatoes and bell pepper if using any. Cook for another minute or so.
  • Add in chicken and/or chickepeas, curry paste and coconut milk. Stir well.

Crockpot Instruction

  • Cook on high for 4 hours

Instant Pot Instruction

  • Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes **.
  • Release the pressure completely before opening the top.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!


  1. * Use broth if you prefer more liquidy soup-like curry. The recipe itself will result creamy and thick broth. 
  2. **  Make sure to chop sweet potatoes and carrots into small cubes so they will be tender enough when the chicken and chickpeas are done cooking. 
Serving: 1g, Calories: 423kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 598mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.

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