Coconut Basil Chicken Curry

This is a quick and easy way to make chicken coconut curry with basil. I like to buy Thai red curry paste in a jar to make this. It’s very convenient and doesn’t require adding a long list of spices to the dish. I used regular basil in my dish, because obtaining Thai basil would require going to the special Asian market. I’ve found that although they aren’t the same, I can substitute regular basil in some  Thai dishes, where it is not the main focal point, and get away with it. I also like to use coconut cream in this dish. I have recently found coconut cream beside the coconut milk at my local grocery store. Either coconut milk or coconut cream will work in this dish. Coconut cream is of course higher in calories, so if your watching your calories, stick to the milk. I learned from a friend a while ago to add potatoes to curries. I like doing that because it’s filling and ads another vegetable.

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Yield: Serves 4

Coconut Basil Chicken Curry

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2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
2 baking potatoes, dices
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 - 14 oz can coconut milk or cream
1 tablespoon red curry paste
1/2 cup torn basil
kosher salt
steamed white rice


Salt and pepper chicken. Preheat large skillet. Drizzle with olive oil. Add chicken and potatoes. Cook over medium heat until they start to caramelize. Add onions and a little kosher salt. Cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add coconut milk or cream and curry paste. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Simmer until thickened.

After sauce has thickened and reduced, remove from heat, and stir in fresh basil. Stir until wilted. Then serve chicken curry over white rice.

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  27 Responses to “Coconut Basil Chicken Curry”

  1. Belinda Chiu — October 10, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    Great recipe! Oh, coconut is so good for your skin…and nothing beats Thai basil!

  2. Cookin' Canuck — October 10, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    To me, this is the ultimate kind of comfort dish. Wonderful flavors!

  3. MaryMoh — October 10, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    I love curry. I cooked red curry chicken today and had it for lunch and dinner. I used a ready paste in a packet. It was really delicious! Looks like we are both thinking of curry 😀

  4. Harriet — October 10, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    This looks great, well done on another great recipe! But can you explain what you mean by kosher salt? I’ve never heard of it!

    • Angie — October 10, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

      Kosher salt is I prefer it because of its larger grian size and it’s easier for me to measure by hand. I use regular salt for the table and for baking. You can definitely use regular salt anytime a recipe calls for kosher salt.

      • Harriet — October 10, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

        Cool, thank you for explaining!

  5. Monet — October 10, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

    I have never heard of coconut cream, but I imagine it adds such richness to this dish! I’m actually trying to gain weight, so the cream would be perfect for me! I love Thai flavors, and I have a whole packet of chicken in my fridge. Thanks for sharing a recipe that I want to make tomorrow night!

  6. Lisa — October 11, 2010 @ 1:29 am

    I love coconut curries. They’re one of those things that I always order at Thai restaurants. Yours looks and sounds every bit as good as anything I could get in a restaurant.

  7. Lisa — October 11, 2010 @ 1:30 am

    I love coconut curries. They’re always one of the things I order when I go to Thai restaurants. Yours looks and sounds just as good as any curry a restaurant could offer.

  8. Le Petit Pierogi — October 11, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    This looks so delicious – I’m definitely going to be making it this week! Thanks for the recipe – I’m sure this will be something my husband and I will both love!

  9. marla {family fresh cooking} — October 11, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    Love this coconut curry. I cooked & shot something kinda similar last week. Great minds think alike 🙂 I too opt for the less caloric coconut milk. Has so much flavor even though lower in fat. Missed you this weekend 🙂 xo

  10. Pretty. Good. Food. — October 13, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    This looks delicious 🙂 I love coconut curry dishes. Do you have to used a different type of basil? I think there are Asian types, no?
    In any case, sounds yummy 🙂

    • Angie — October 15, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

      I would have used Thai basil, but regular basil was more convenient for me to get.

  11. Gennaro — October 18, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    That looks like some tasty chicken curry. I love Thai dishes with coconut milk. I tend to make a lot of green curry, but I’d really like to try this dish.

  12. moraira Costa — November 16, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    I love curry, I can’t wait to try this 🙂

  13. Randell Lemucchi — December 4, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    Thank you, that wasvery interesting. I was born in Thailand in 1974 but my parents fled the country and came here to England. To be honest, I didnt care much about my Thai heritage until my mum died last month, now I’ve been trying to discover as much as I can. Seemed like food culture was as good a place as any to start ! Anyway, I found a thai food recipe site here that your readers might be interested in too.

  14. natalyn — December 9, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    This sounds delicious. I will definitely be making this.

  15. Samantha — January 17, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    I want to add more veggies to this dish, like peas or diced carrots like in other curry dishes that I’ve had. If the veggies are frozen when should I add them?

  16. Rachel — January 18, 2011 @ 1:18 am

    This looks delicious!
    I love curry and I usually add potatoes, too!
    I’m definitely going to have to try this. YUM

  17. Rebekah — April 20, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    Mmm. I liked it! I actually doubled the curry paste, though– mine may just have been particularly mild. The potato was a nice addition. I served it with chopped fresh cilantro and sliced green onions.

  18. Marla — November 3, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    This curry looks fabulous! Linking back to it in my upcoming post.

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  22. Tina — July 27, 2016 @ 10:33 am

    I like it!

  23. hamilelik — January 23, 2018 @ 6:31 am

    i love coconuts 🙂

  24. Sahte Kızlık Zarı — March 9, 2018 @ 6:21 am

    This looks so delicious – I’m definitely going to be making it this week! Thanks for the recipe – I’m sure this will be something my husband and I will both love!

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