Curry is one of those dishes that will warm you up in an instant! We love Asian-inspired dishes at the Stay at Home Chef household, and Thai food is one of our favorites. What we love most about this easy coconut curry recipe? It’s easy to make with ingredients you may already have in your pantry. It’s loaded with tons of spices, tender chicken, and creamy coconut milk. You can get really creative with this dish. Add fresh vegetables like bell peppers and carrots or crunchy nuts like cashews or peanuts. If you try this coconut milk curry recipe at home, spicy and warm flavors will fill your kitchen while cooking. It’s a delicious meal to come home to!
Coconut Milk Options:
For the creamiest and thickest results, opt for full-fat coconut milk. However, you can use low-fat if you prefer. If you find your dish isn’t as creamy as you’d like, you can add ½ tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
You can also replace coconut milk with coconut cream. They are almost always interchangeable. Not surprisingly, coconut cream will make your basic coconut curry even thicker, creamier, and richer.
While this recipe is made with chicken, feel free to use your favorite meat- or plant-based option instead:
Substitute for fish sauce:
Some chefs are immediately put off by the idea of using fish sauce – we get it! Nobody wants a fishy tasting curry. Rest assured that fish sauce won’t add any weird flavor to this dish. Rather, it imparts a wonderful umami taste!
If you really don’t want to use fish sauce, or if you have an allergy, you can try these instead:
- I am willow
- soy sauce and rice vinegar
- soy sauce and lime juice
Add a little of your favorite substitute at a time and experiment until you get the flavor profile you’re looking for!
The beauty of this dish is that you can customize it to your liking. Use this coconut milk curry recipe as a base and get creative. Here are some of our favorite vegetable supplements:
- Red, green or yellow peppers
You can even add some spinach and peas to load up this dish with even more greens.
Want to add a little more crunch and flavor? Try adding:
- cashew nuts
- Freshly chopped coriander
Spice Level: How to customize it
Thai curry is traditionally served spicy, which is why we added a dash of cayenne pepper and chilli garlic sauce to this recipe. Traditional recipes call for some type of protein, curry paste, coconut milk, and lots of herbs and spices. If you want to increase the heat, add more cayenne pepper or chili garlic sauce. If you don’t like spicy food, you can omit it. Keep in mind that coconut milk will lower the spice level somewhat on its own. Add the spices little by little to get the spice level that works for you.
Slow cooker instructions:
Would you like to prepare our coconut milk curry in your slow cooker? Great idea! You can easily turn this dish into a set it and forget it recipe! You need to sear the chicken on the stovetop first. Then add all remaining ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-6 hours.
Troubleshooting: I’m worried my coconut curry is curdling
If you’re an experienced cook, you might be worried about your dish curdling. If you combine dairy products like milk or cream with lime, curdling can occur. You don’t have to worry about that with this easy coconut curry dish! Coconut milk is a non-dairy product, so it doesn’t contain the same proteins as dairy. No proteins, no clotting, no problem.