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Quick Thai Curry Chicken Recipe

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You’ll love this mouthwatering Thai Curry Chicken recipe that will satisfy your cravings for exotic flavors. Bursting with aromatic spices and tender chicken, this dairy-free dish is easy to make for a quick weeknight dinner idea.

red thai curry chicken recipe with rice, basil, and lime

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Thai Curry Chicken

ingredients to make a fast thai curry chicken


  • Coconut oil.
  • Chicken breasts.
  • Small yellow onion. Use whatever onion you have on hand, red onions are delicious in curries.
  • Red bell pepper.
  • Yellow pepper.
  • Zucchini.
  • Fresh ginger. Tip: store your leftover ginger in the freezer and use a small grater to shred the ginger as you need it.
  • Garlic cloves.
  • Canned coconut milk. Use the full-fat variety for the best flavor.
  • Cornstarch.
  • Thai red curry paste. The Thai Kitchen brand is Randa’s favorite.
  • Soy sauce. If you’re gluten free, see the highlighted note below.
  • Lime.

Optional Garnishes:

  • lime wedges
  • fresh basil
  • fresh cilantro
  • peanuts
  • green onions
  • You can also serve it with this easy naan recipe.

Ingredient substitutions for this Thai Curry recipe

  • Coconut oil. You can substitute coconut oil for avocado oil. Usually, coconut oil is used for its high smoke point, so if you’re swapping it out in a recipe, swap it with a similar heat point (don’t use olive oil).
  • Chicken breasts. Feel free to use chicken thighs or make it vegan or vegetarian by adding tofu for your protein.
  • Vegetables. This recipe uses yellow and red peppers and zucchini, which makes it perfect for the later summer when these vegetables are in season. However, you can swap it with your favorite vegetables. Mushrooms, cauliflower, or broccoli would also be tasty.
  • Cornstarch. You can use a thickener like arrowroot powder instead.
  • Soy Sauce. Tamari or coconut sauce is a great alternative. See the note below on the gluten-free adaptation.
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Make It Gluten Free

To make this Thai Curry Chicken gluten-free, swap the soy sauce with a gluten-free variety. There are many gluten-free soy sauce options available in stores or online (Randa’s favorite is coconut aminos or coconut sauce). Double-check the labels to ensure they are certified gluten-free.

Tools you’ll need

You can use a large skillet or an enamled dutch oven to make the thai curry chicken recipe.

Storing Leftovers

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

These are currently my favorite leftover meal prep containers.

Reheat the curry in a skillet or microwave until heated through before serving. You may need to add a splash of water or coconut milk to restore the sauciness.

overhead view of thai curry chicken with a round lime in a bowl

Thai Curry Side Dish Ideas

Complete your meal with some delicious side dishes that complement the flavors of Thai Curry Chicken. Here are a few ideas:

  • Jasmine rice or brown rice: Serve the curry over a bed of fragrant jasmine rice or opt for healthier brown rice for added fiber and nutrients.
  • Noodles: Thai curry is delicious over noodles. The gluten-free ramen noodles are a personal favorite.
  • Steamed vegetables: Pair the curry with a side of steamed broccoli, snow peas, or bok choy to add freshness and even more veggie crunch to your meal.
  • Thai-style cucumber salad: Prepare a refreshing cucumber salad by tossing thinly sliced cucumbers with a dressing made from rice vinegar.

How to Make Quick Thai Chicken Curry

Clean-up is a breeze with this chicken curry recipe, as it only uses one pot to make the main dish.

With only 10 minutes of prep and 15 minutes of cook time, this dinner can be prepped, cooked, and served in 25 minutes.

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Hot Tip: Prep your vegetables before hand so you can have a quick and healthy dinner ready in 15 minutes! It’s perfect for busy weeknights.

Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet, dutch oven, or saucepan over medium heat.

Once it’s melted, cook the cubed chicken until it’s no longer pink.

Next all your veggies, ginger, and garlic. Stir it around for 2-3 minutes, softening the vegetables a bit and extracting all that delicious flavor.

Pour in the canned coconut milk (make sure you get all the solid coconut cream) and whisk in cornstarch. Stir it well.

Add the red curry paste, soy sauce, and lime juice.

Pro Tip for Slicing Chicken Breasts

Stick the chicken breasts in the freezer for 15 minutes before slicing. When chicken is partially frozen it’s easier to slice and cube.

Bring the curry to a boil. Once the bubbles start, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. You want the sauce to thicken.

Serve with lime wedges and fresh herbs like basil and cilantro over rice, noodles, or eat on its own.

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Thai Curry Chicken Recipe

This red Thai Curry Chicken recipe is perfect for beginner cooks. In just a few easy steps and using easy to find ingredients, you'll create a Thai curry bursting with rich flavors. The tender chicken, vibrant vegetables, and aromatic spices blend harmoniously in a creamy coconut sauce that will leave you craving more.
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red thai curry chicken recipe with rice, basil, and lime
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes



  • Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken and cook until it’s no longer pink, around 5-7 minutes.
  • Toss in the bell peppers, zucchini, ginger, and garlic, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the coconut milk and cornstarch, and give it a good stir.
  • Mix in the red curry paste, soy sauce (or gluten free option), and lime juice.
  • Bring the curry to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve the chicken curry over rice, noodles, or eat on it's own.
  • Don't forget to add a touch of freshness with lime wedges, basil, and cilantro as garnish.


  • For a thinner sauce add water or chicken broth to achieve your desired consistency.
  • Don’t have coconut oil? Use avocado oil or any oil with a high smoke point.
  • Thai red curry paste and full-fat coconut milk in the international/Indian aisle of your local grocery store.
  • Season to your preference. If using reduced-sodium soy sauce, consider adding ¼ teaspoon of Kosher salt to the sauce for balance.
  • To make slicing the chicken easier, place it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to slicing. Partially frozen chicken is more manageable to work with.
  • Get creative with vegetable add-ins! Consider including baby corn, spinach, kale, broccoli, or cauliflower to add extra color and nutrition to your dish.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 29gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 906mgPotassium: 965mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2305IUVitamin C: 107mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 5mg
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 410kcal

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