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Chicken Curry Recipe With Coconut Milk

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Chicken and coconut curry

Chicken curry recipe with coconut milk – Great served with dosas and naans!


I used to love going out for this simple but delicious chicken curry with coconut milk! I first tried it at a Middlesbrough restaurant near my home called Dosa Houze. Unfortunately, the restaurant didn’t make it but I learned the recipe from the head chef at the time.

Not many people know what dosas are in Middlesbrough. They are much more popular in London and the south but hopefully my local dosa house returns someday.

At the restaurant they served dosas first with a selection of chutneys and then brought out the curry coconut curry and naans. I had some great times there with friends and of course some amazing food.

Luckily I got this chicken curry recipe with coconut milk so I can make it at home. That’s something I do often.

As curries go, this is quite unique. Perhaps not in southern Indian from where the recipes stems but here in the UK it is special.

You can make it as spicy or as mild as you like. I prefer mine on the spicy side and use a lot of chillies which is the traditional way of serving this coconut chicken curry.

My kids don’t like spice much so I leave the chillies out for them.

I’ll leave that one up to you.


Ingredients for chicken and coconut curry

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Chicken and Coconut Curry

Chicken and Coconut Curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 kilo (2lbs) chicken breast meat - skinned and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 large Spanish onions
  • 2 red chilli peppers
  • 400ml chopped tomatoes
  • 800ml coconut milk
  • 20 fresh or frozen curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 small bunch of fresh coriander - finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and mix with the turmeric, lemon juice and a little salt.
  2. Set aside for about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large wok or pan until bubbling.
  4. Add the curry leaves and the spices and allow to sizzle for about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour in the chopped onions and fry over medium heat until they are translucent and soft. Stir regularly.
  6. When soft, sprinkle a little more salt over the onions. This will help them release some moisture into the sauce.
  7. Now add the garlic and ginger paste along with the chopped chillies.
  8. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and the chicken.
  9. Stir the chicken pieces into the sauce and top up with a little water or chicken stock so that the meat is just covered.
  10. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  11. Add the chopped coriander and the coconut milk.
  12. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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I hope you enjoy this chicken curry recipe with coconut milk. It really is so easy and delicious too. If you get a chance to leave a comment, please do. I would love to hear from you. 


Friday 14th of January 2022

What can you substitute curry leaves with when you haven’t got curry leaves?

Dan Toombs

Friday 21st of January 2022

I am afraid there is no substitution for curry leaves so you would have to leave them out. They so freeze well so if you ever find then buy a lot! Thanks Dan


Saturday 11th of May 2019

Hi Dan, I have a few questions. What do you do with curry leaves after frying them? Are they left whole and discarded or kept in the dish? When your recipes call for 2 tbsp of garlic and ginger paste is it a combination of 1tbsp of garlic and 1 tsp of ginger or 2tbsp of each for a total of 4 tbsp? I look forward to hearing from you so I can attempt this recipe!

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 29th of May 2019

Hi Monique

Garlic and ginger paste is a combination of garlic and ginger blended together. As for the curry leaves, I love them. Leave them in the dish. They're good for you too.

Thanks, Dan

Keith Murch

Saturday 8th of September 2018

Great recipe Dan taste is beautiful I added half a block of coconut to thicken up.

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

Great to hear Keith. Thank you.



Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Nice one dan i enjoyed makeing this one and the kidz loved it :)

James Travis

Sunday 1st of March 2015

Good recipe

Dan Toombs

Thursday 5th of March 2015

Thank you James. :-)

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