Quick Chicken Curry with Veggies

I promised more chicken recipes in the new year and I realized I hadn’t done a quick and easy chicken curry so it was definitely time.  Skip the flour, skip the heavy cream, skip the sugar and skip the butter….we’re making  this healthy and it’s even more delicious than the heavier traditional version…you’re gonna love it!

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I’m always surprised when I look at recipes for a simple curry and it’s loaded down with unnecessary (and unhealthy) ingredients.  You’re going to love the ease of this dish and your family is going to love the flavours.

To save time, I bought packaged broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.  They’re already cut and washed and I don’t have to worry about using up those leftover veggies in a hurry.  I’ve mentioned before that I ask my butcher to cut my chicken for me for soups and stews.  I’m not a fan of handling chicken and he can do it with his machine in no time.  All the pieces are evenly cut as well.  This saves loads of time in the clean-up and I don’t have to feel like a surgeon walking around gingerly with my knives and cutting board full of chicken meat juices – yuck!

I’ve also added in some tomatoes – let’s stretch that dollar!

Quick Chicken Curry with Veggies | Simply Fresh Dinners

This is a family friendly curry recipe and the 3 tablespoons of red Thai curry paste can be reduced if you think it will be too much but I deliberately have not made this super spicy so it should be just fine.  I’ve included some optional extra spices for those who like it hot so everyone should be able to find their own balance.

If you don’t want to put this on rice, you can toss some noodles in for the last 10 minutes of cook time.   A great time saver that I would have done if I had thought about it while I was cooking instead of while I was typing this, ha!

Over the next while, I’ll be concentrating on family friendly meals that are quick, easy and kind to your wallet.  That doesn’t mean we’re getting boring though – we’re going to rock it and you’ll be doing the happy dance in your kitchen.  Cheers!


Quick Chicken Curry with Veggies
Author: Robyn – Simply Fresh Dinners
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red Thai curry paste
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Thai hot chili garlic sauce (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3 cups of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • small handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • Toppings (optional)
  • green onions
  • fresh cilantro
  1. Heat one tablespoon of oil in large pot on medium-high heat, adding curry paste, onion, cayenne pepper, garlic sauce, garlic and ginger. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring well.
  2. Salt and pepper the chicken and add to pot, cooking until lightly browned. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and lime, cooking 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add coconut milk, tomatoes, and basil and simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes until sauce thickens.
  4. Serve immediately. Squeeze lime juice on individual servings. Top with green onions or cilantro if desired.
Calories: 196 Fat: 6.7g Saturated fat: 2.7g Trans fat: 0.0 g Carbohydrates: 16.7 g Sugar: 7.3 g Sodium: 377 mg Protein: 14.8g Cholesterol: 30 mg

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    January 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    You know I just love all things curry? And chicken curry, yes please! Perfect dinner!

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      January 16, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Thanks, Rebecca. I know I’ll be making this again soon 🙂

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    January 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    This looks so warm and comforting, Robyn – perfect for a chilly night. I love the simplicity of your recipe and the fact that it’s packed with veggies. What do you think about swapping out the chicken for tofu for a veggie version?
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      January 16, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Oh, I think tofu would be great in this, Geraldine. Although I’ll confess to still not having cooked it, lol. It’s a texture thing for me. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    January 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Oh, wow. This is making my mouth water. I don’t serve curries nearly enough. They’re so good, but I just don’t think about them regularly. Adding this to my must-try list!
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      January 16, 2016 at 8:22 am

      I don’t make it very often either, Blair, and I’m not sure why because I really love it. I especially love this quick and easy version, lol.

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      January 16, 2016 at 8:58 am

      I don’t either, Blair, but so glad this quick and easy version turned out because I’ll be making it often 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    January 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Your chicken curry looks terrific and sounds like it has just the right amount of spice.
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      January 16, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Thanks so much, Karen. I don’t make curry very often and I’m not sure why because I try love it!

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    Bam's Kitchen
    January 14, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    That first photo is absolutely stunning. This little curry is going to hit the internet by storm as you have used ingredients that you can obtain readily in a western market. Just a quick little typo fix… In your ingredient list you wrote 11/2 cups of coconut milk. Can you put a space there or the word and…thank you dear. Sharing everywhere!
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    Tania @ COOKTORIA
    January 14, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    This soup looks AMAZING!!! I am pinning it for later!

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      January 16, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Thanks so much, Tania! Have a great weekend 🙂

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    Anita Rivera
    January 15, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Good morning happy soul! Now this is a KNOCK-OUT of a photo display and I’m sure the taste is sensational! So many ideas, so little time these days to cook. Oh how I am already missing the sweet two weeks off that I had to bake, cook, read…..I hope you are keeping warm; hope to chat soon!

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      January 16, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Oh, Anita, I’m struggling again with my photos, lol. Will I ever find an even balance? lol. I’m missing that laid-back time over the holidays too. I was happy to get back to work….for about 5 minutes!

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    January 17, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Hi Robyn,

    This looks delicious and chicken is one of my favorite foods. This soup would be perfect for a cold Winter’s day and would not only fill your body with healthy food but warm your heart and soul. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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    Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom
    January 18, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    This is such a gorgeous photo, Robyn! I seriously want to dive right in – forget the bowl, I’m taking the pot and a big ol’ spoon! This has comfort food written all over it!
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    Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon
    January 20, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    This looks yummy! I love curries and I think this one would be great with chickpeas for a vegan night, or of course with the chicken, depending on my mood that evening.

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    January 13, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Robyn – We tried this tonight and it was wonderful! So delicious! Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

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      May 4, 2019 at 10:11 am

      So glad to hear that, Marie! It’s one of my favorites 🙂

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