Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on October 3, 2013

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry #paleo #chicken #curry

There is so much behind the scenes action happening over here!

I’ve partnered up with a group of awesome individuals that are working with me to create some pretty radical stuff. Every project is just as exciting as the one behind it and I am ultra-proud of everything that we’re creating.

If you follow me on Facebook, you’re getting exclusive updates on everything Christmas Dessert Cookbook related. My cookbook, launching November 5, is a collection of classic Christmas recipes made paleo, vegan and gluten-free. Think healthy desserts for a guilt-free November, December, January and beyond. Tiramisu, shortbread, peppermint bark, rum balls, gingersnaps… oh my!

I am vibrating with excitement.

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry #paleo #chicken #curry

But for now, I’ll vibrate with some coconut chicken curry. Sure, it’s not gluten-free, vegan, paleo tiramisu, but it’s the next best thing.

Who am I kidding? Nothing comes close to tiramisu. But really, this healthy curry recipe is pretty good. And easy, too!

Now that we know how to make coconut milk using shredded coconut, making curry with a coconut milk base like this one is an absolute breeze!

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry #paleo #chicken #curry

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Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry
Allergens: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 4
A healthy, paleo curry made with fresh coconut milk, chicken and an easy Indian spice mix. Lightly spicy with a slight hint of coconut.
Cinnamon Masala Spice Blend
  • 3 dried red chilis
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 4 pieces of cinnamon bark or 4 small cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 cups homemade coconut milk
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 10 raw cashews, ground or 1½ tablespoons almond flour
  • Chopped fresh mint, to taste
  • Chopped or whole, raw cashews
  1. Add masala ingredients to a cast iron pan. Toast on medium-high for 4-5 minutes, rotating frequently. When aroma begins to release, remove from the pan and allow to cool before grinding in your spice grinder or coffee grinder. Set aside.
  2. In the same cast iron, add onions, oil, garlic and ginger. Saute on medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Add coconut milk, salt and masala mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes, rotating every couple of minutes.
  5. When 1 minute is left on the timer, stir in the ground cashews to help thicken up the curry.
  6. Serve immediately, on a bed of cauliflower rice and top with extra cashews and fresh mint. The fresh mint is SO nice in this. I highly recommend not skipping out on it.
Spice blend: if you do not have the spices listed, or a grinder, feel free to use 2 tablespoons of garam masala mixture in place of the cinnamon masala.

Vegan option: I bet that this curry would be phenomenal with chickpeas instead of chicken. Simply use 4 cups cooked chickpeas in place of chicken in this recipe.

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Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry

Making your own masala is so very, very easy. All you need are a couple of spices and a coffee grinder. As I mentioned in the recipe, if you don’t want to make your own masala for this recipe, you can switch it out for 2 tablespoons of store-bought garam masala. You don’t even have to make your own coconut milk for this curry… although I highly suggest it!

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry

Also, if you don’t do chicken, no worries! You can replace the chicken in this recipe with 4 cups of cooked chickpeas. I bet lentils would be good, too. Updating the recipe to include beans wouldn’t make the recipe paleo anymore though.

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

I love that you make your own spice blends!! That’s something I’m going to look into doing ASAP! :)



Yay savoury dish! You are too tempting with all your sweet treats. ;)


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

I know, right? I swear I don’t live on desserts…



This looks delicious Leanne! I can’t wait to pop this on my menu for the week!



Wow, very tasty ! I make my one masala too. Easy and smells so good!


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