Say hello to an easy, healthy solution to lunch and dinner: Coconut Curry Chicken Bowls.
These bowls are brimming with healthy, flavorful ingredients.
Seared chicken breasts are simmered with creamy coconut milk and a vibrant blend of spices. Toss in roasted sweet potatoes and kale for a burst of color, texture, and wholesome goodness.
You may think a sumptuous curry bowl at home requires hours of simmering and a laundry list of ingredients.
Or maybe you’ve resorted to a bottle of pre-made curry sauce full of sugar and artificial additives.
Good news: you can craft an incredibly flavorful and nutritious coconut curry chicken bowl in your own kitchen — without a lot of fuss (or ingredients)!
Why KJ Loves
Healthy Coconut Curry Chicken Bowls
This is on our weekly dinner rotation and we absolutely love it! The coconut curry pairs so wonderfully with the roasted sweet potatoes – even my husband prefers this over rice with this recipe!
Coconut Curry Chicken Bowl Ingredients
Chicken breasts (cubed)
Cut your boneless skinless chicken breasts into 1-2 inch cubes. If you prefer to use chicken thighs, you can swap those in.
Coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil work great for this recipe.
Red curry paste
Get the curry paste in the jar for your curry sauce. You’ll want to refrigerate it after you open it.
Make sure to select the canned, full-fat coconut milk.
Sweet potatoes (cubed)
How to Make Coconut Curry Chicken Bowls
Roast the veggies.
Toss the sweet potatoes, oil, and seasoned salt on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake. Add kale on top of the baking sheet partway through baking. Toss and roast until crispy.
Sear the chicken.
In a large skillet, sear the cubed chicken pieces in the oil for a couple of minutes until just browned. Add the curry paste and spices and stir to coat evenly.
Simmer the chicken and coconut curry sauce.
Pour in the coconut milk, stir, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through.
Assemble the bowls.
Add your potatoes and kale at the bottom of each individual bowl. Cover with the curry chicken and sauce. Garnish your coconut chicken curry bowls with your favorite toppings, like cilantro or peanuts!
Wash the dishes. How sad.
How To Serve Chicken Curry Bowls
You don’t have to do anything extra to make this a complete meal. It’s loaded and ready to go!
Make some brown rice, jasmine rice, or coconut cilantro rice to make the bowls go farther.
Quinoa is a healthy addition to these curry bowls!
Rice noodles are an excellent gluten-free option if you want to add some carbs.
- Thai basil
- Shredded carrots
- Purple cabbage
- Bell peppers
- Lime juice
Coconut Curry Chicken Bowl FAQ
Can I make this recipe spicier?
Yes, you can certainly adjust the spice level according to your taste. If you prefer a spicier curry, you can add red pepper flakes or chili peppers for an extra kick
Can you meal prep these bowls?
Yes, coconut curry chicken bowls lend themselves well to meal prep. You can prepare a larger batch of the curry and divide it into individual portions for easy grab-and-go meals throughout the week. Story the chicken and curry sauce separately from the potatoes and kale to avoid making them soggy.
Does curry need coconut milk or cream?
While some curry recipes may call for coconut cream, this particular recipe uses coconut milk. Get the coconut milk in a can (Full-fat! Don’t skimp here.)
Why do people add coconut milk to curry?
Coconut milk is added to curry for its creamy texture and ability to balance spiciness with subtle sweetness.
What to add to bland coconut curry?
If you want to add additional flavor, increase the spices or add other toppings like cilantro, peanuts, or mango!
Does coconut milk thicken curry?
Yes, coconut milk can thicken curry due to its high fat content. When heated and simmered, the fats in coconut milk emulsify and thicken the sauce, creating a creamy and rich consistency.
Other Healthy Weeknight Meals
- These light Honey Chipotle Salmon Bowls are quick and packed with smoky, spicy, and sweet flavors!
- Fresh vegetables, red curry paste, and tender chicken bring this Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Soup to life.
- If you’re in the mood for a substantial salad, try Roasted Butternut Squash Salad topped with prosciutto, blue cheese, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries.
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