Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Coconut Curry Chicken

September 24, 2014

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
See that right there?
That's today's lunch, and last night's dinner, and yesterday’s lunch and it’s going to be tonight’s dinner too.
That’s just the way it is.

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
Actually, as I type, the Crock-Pot is bubbling away in the kitchen; and I’m not afraid to say that I've made this recipe three times in the past...well...three days.
Which goes to show just how good this creamy coconut curry chicken is. Or maybe it shows that I’m an intrinsically obsessive person when it comes to food.

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
When I find something I like, I keep making it (and eating it, of course) over and over.
Luckily for me - most of the time - I don't have to worry about it. Because it’s mostly healthy food I’m obsessing over.
Green protein smoothie, green juice, caramelized cauliflower and mushroom casserole, Thai-flavored honey glazed chicken, cauliflower crust garlic breadsticks and more recently zoodles. They have all been in my so-called food obsession list.

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
Then there’s food I’ll never get tired of. Which is different from temporary obsessions.
Such as guac, plain avocado, blueberries, sharp cheddar, a juicy T-bone steak on the BBQ with a baked potato, or sunny-side up eggs slathered with Sriracha. I could literally eat those foods every single day and never grow tired of them. Yum!
I’d better stop. I’m getting hungry already and I just had breakfast.

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
Back to this Creamy Coconut Curry Chicken.
This one is a cinch. Actually, it is so easy, it’s embarrassing.
Making the sauce takes 5 minutes, then you throw everything in the slow cooker and leave it to do the work.
When it’s done B-O-O-M: a uber-creamy, slightly spicy, oh-so-addictive, melt-in-your-mouth coconut curry chicken.

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
It’s pure comfort food, just lighter.
It’s seriously good and perfect for quick weekday/weeknight/weekend - basically every day - meals.
I love comfort food that is not really comfort food.
I love food that so good I can't stop eating it.
Now that I'm thinking about it, there is only one way to describe this coconut creamy chicken, and that is “addictive”. Lunch can't come soon enough...

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
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Ingredients
Serves 6

2 lbs / 900 gr free-range organic chicken breasts, cut into chunks
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (13.5 oz / 400 ml) can full fat coconut milk (I used BPA-free Natural Value)
1 (6 oz / 170 gr) can tomato paste (I used Muir Glen)
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder*
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

*arrowroot powder acts like cornstarch

Directions

Heat coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute’ for 4 to 5 minutes, until translucent. Add garam masala, curry powder and chili powder and saute’ for 1 minute, until fragrant.
Stir in coconut milk, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and add arrowroot powder. Whisk until the lumps are gone, turn off the heat.
Grease the inside of your crockpot bowl with a bit of olive oil. Add chicken chunks, pour the sauce over it and stir to coat. Cover and cook on low setting for 5 hours.
Sprinkle with chopped coriander before serving.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 357 calories, 14 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbs and 41 grams of protein.

52 comments:

  1. I say - why wait for lunch??? Throw a fried egg covered in Sambal Oelek on the side and voila - this can be breakfast too! At least that's my plan :)
    I do love me some chicken curry made with coconut milk! Mike - I have never used arrowroot powder in mine though - other than thickening it up - does it add a different taste?

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    1. Fried egg covered in Sambal Oelek? Now you're talking my friend!
      About the arrowroot powder. It's just a thickening agent; which I feel is necessary because cooking in a crock pot usually generates quite a bit of liquid and there typically isn’t much thickening action.

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  2. My oh my, looks delish!

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  3. On a scale from 1 to 10, how hip is coconut sauce + chicken?? Jokes aside, this is getting better and better!

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    1. IMO coconut milk + chicken is like the hippest combo ever *fist bump*

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  4. Once again we seem to be on the same plain - I photographed my easiest curry recipe yesterday!!! I'm super excited about yours though with the Indian flavors and it's made in the crockpot - what more could you ask for! :)

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    1. Maybe we should merge our blogs Kari and create "TheIronGI365" or "TheGI365You" or "GIIron365" What do you think?

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  5. You know, I must say we are very similar as far as food tastes go - your list of stuff you could eat every day gave me a huge smile, I would go for all of those without any problem, ok maybe the baked potato I could skip, but if you change that for sweet potato fries, I WILL fight for the last one with all my bravery. I am brave, only lose it around rodents.

    the photos of your recipe today are food magazine-worthy....

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    1. I'm ready to fight for sweet potato fries, bring it on Sally! ;)

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  6. This looks super delicious!! So creamy!

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  7. Love the new look, it very much suits your website Mike. The proper looking indian dish looks darn good too, and so simple, shukriya!

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    1. Thank you so much Chantelle, it means a lot to me!

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  8. There is no dish that can compete with coconut chicken curry as far as comfort food goes. If I were to choose one dish and only one for the rest of my life, chicken curry would be my choice...!
    ... Although I would miss my guacamole... And sweet potato fries.. And steak... You know what, I'm pretty happy I don't have to choose!

    That aside, this truly looks beautiful, and I'm intrigued by the idea of doing it in the crock pot! I have to try that out.
    And the new layout is gorgeous, btw!

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    1. I'm right there with you Line, picking one food to eat for the rest of your life is so hard. I don't think I could actually do it.
      I'm really glad you like the new layout, thanks!

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  9. This looks like the ultimate comfort food, Mike! And I"m with you...I find something delicious *ahem beer ahem* and I stick with it. My wife has to remind me to mix it up so I don't ruin it...but what does she know?? Haha! Love the new site layout, too. #WolfpackEats

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    1. We're talking about Belgian beer right? ;)

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  10. This is what I want to eat for dinner for the rest of my life.
    The end.
    But seriously, we eat coconut curry like it's going out of style but I haven't made it in a crock pot! Pinned!

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  11. The rain is finally pouring down in otherwise persistently dry and sunny California (so grateful) and this gorgeous comfort meal is going on today's menu. Thank you!

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    1. I was just reading about California drought, which has just been categorized exceptional (the worst category of drought); I really hope fall rains will help resolve the water shortage! :)

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    2. me too. meanwhile, your chicken is in the crock-pot - the garam masala is so gorgeous in this recipe... I haven't had a bite yet but I'm already swooning - my kitchen smells divine from the skillet prep. Can't wait for dinner!!

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  12. Hi Mike, this comfort food is superb, look so inviting and delicious. Very impressive photography skill and nice pictures. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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    1. Thank you Amelia, you're always super nice!

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  13. Damn delicious and comforting curry!!!
    my Indonesian licking would be dance with it...

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  14. I love paleo crock pot meals! This one looks beautiful. Pinned!

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  15. Simply delicious. I'm so going to prepare this!

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  16. Dude... I'm so with you on sticking with certain foods... I get obsessed with stuff all the time. I see it as a positive... we are loyal and dedicated hahaaha. This looks awesome! Definitely #wolfpackeats worthy

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    1. "Loyal and dedicated", I couldn't have said it better myself! #wolfpackeats

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  17. Help. Need Arrowroot powder and Garam Masala. I live in Houston, apparently we only speak McDonald's.

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    1. Garam masala is available in most large grocery stores in the spice aisle. Whole Foods, Trader Joes...all carry garam masala.
      Same goes for arrowroot powder (but if you can't find it you can replace it with cornstarch)

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  18. This looks amazing! Do I put the chicken chunks into the crockpot raw? Or do I cook them first? I am new to using a crockpot... :) Thank you!

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    1. I would like to know that as well. Can you add veggies at some point?

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    2. I'm looking for the same answer.

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    3. Having made this recipe I would say: yes, you put the chicken in raw and yes, you can shove veggies in at any point, but it's easiest to put them in with the chicken.

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  19. I am keen to try this recipe but don't have a crock pot, could this be cooked in the oven?

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  20. I make this all the time and it always turns out perfect. I simmer the sauce for about an hour on the stove, and then add the raw chicken chunks and cook until they're done (for some reason, meat always ends up oevrcooked and tough in my slow cooker). It's the perfect basic curry. Thanks for coming up with such a delicious and easy recipe!

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  21. This was amazing, I made this last night: What a great tasting meal!

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  22. Ohmigoodness.. I just found your site and am in love with your recipes. This one especially looks so easy and delicious! I do love a good curry. :)

    Think I'll be cooking this one next week! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. Could I add sweet potatoes to this and not have an issue?

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  24. I'm making this for dinner tonight. Will report back with results!

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    1. First off it was delicious! Very good flavor and the difference slow cooking it made to the tenderness of the chicken was very apparent.

      My sauce wasn't as thick but that could be because I substituted the arrowroot with about half of the amount of cornstarch.

      I cook a lot of Asian dishes and it can be difficult to find some of the more obscure ingredients, even at Asian grocery stores. BUT, for dry items like powders, pastes, spices, etc you can find almost anything on Amazon.

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  25. Just made this for dinner last night and it is amazing! Simple, delicious, and now I have lunch and dinner for the next week hahah. Thank you!

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  26. One of the best dishes I've ever made! I could eat this for every meal! I fried up some cauliflower "rice" and it was delish with this over it. Thank you for this recipe!!!!

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  27. We made this for dinner last night and the whole family loved it! This is going on repeat for sure. Thanks for an easy and flavorful slow cooker recipe to keep in my back pocket!

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  28. This is a fantastic recipe! I made a small change that really made it amazing though. I used 1/2 of the tomato paste in the recipe and replaced it with 2 heaping spoonfuls of natural peanut butter. Absolutely divine.

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  29. Hi Mike,
    Just thought I would drop you a line as this recipe is a family favourite. I made it yesterday for my teenage son and his buddy before Scouts. Both came back for seconds. Soooo tasty

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