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Coconut Basil Chicken Curry

This Coconut Basil Chicken Curry is an incredibly fragrant coconut milk based curry and ready in just 30 minutes. Perfect for a busy weeknight.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Indian, Thai
Keyword: 30 minute meals, chicken curry, coconut basil chicken curry, coconut basil sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 483kcal


  • 1 1/2 pound chicken breasts boneless and skinless (2 or 3 depending on size), cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil fresh and torn roughly
  • 14 ounce coconut milk (1 can)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth low sodium or no sodium added


  • Add the chicken to a small bowl and sprinkle the curry powder, chili powder and salt and pepper. Toss the chicken so that each piece is well seasoned. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet add the olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes, just until the chicken starts to brown. 
  • Add the onion to the skillet and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 more minutes. 
  • Stir in the garlic and jalapeno pepper and cook for another 30 seconds just until the garlic becomes aromatic.
  • Add the chicken broth and coconut milk to the skillet. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to a medium and cook for 5 more minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper as needed. Stir in the basil and remove from heat.
  • Serve warm over rice.



Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Nutrition: Nutritional information does not include rice. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 970mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 5.1mg