Easy curry chicken recipe

Tue 15th, May, 2012

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So this is the famous easy curry chicken recipe that I have promised to blog about for a while now…


Twice I made it and twice it got eaten before I could take a photo, yep anyone with half a brain cell would have reserved a bit or perhaps people with half a brain cell don’t have three hungry children who seem to have hollow knees. Third time lucky then.


Now I don’t think you should be shouting out about this curry, it doesn’t have any fancy ingredients, but it is just simple and easy and tasty.

I reckon, if you make it, and anyone asks you how you did it, just pretend that it is full of special spices and exotic things from far off lands that come in tiny little jars with big prices.

Really though, you will have opened a jar of curry powder and thrown it in.

I have to say, it’s taken a bit of a journey to get to this curry…I seem to have had some sort of aversion to the use of curry powder, some sort of culinary snobbery to that little jar of orange with the oh-so 1970′s feel.

And so when I used to make a curry, there was all sorts of palaver of spices and mixing and sourcing and long drawn out visits to Indian shops in the back end of nowhere.


Back in the days when I had a life, ooops I mean didn’t have three children, this spice searching and using was totally not a problem. Nope I could spend all day making a curry if I wanted to, I didn’t need an easy curry chicken recipe with one chubby little Honeymoon Baby and not much to do. Gosh I even made my own naan bread too.

As I have said before on here though, that over time changed along with my time and lack thereof.


Fast forward a few years and I was getting my hair done and was reading one of those weekly women’s magazines that I would never usually buy…….in the back was a little section on meals that were super easy with only a few ingredients and in it was an easy curry chicken recipe made with curry powder, it had been styled beautifully and now, wanting and needing very different things from cooking and how I did it I thought that this would be worth a try…no fuss, few ingredients, throw it all in and think of England

a few days later I made it, it wasn’t bad but it didn’t have much depth and so the next time I made it, I threw in half a can of leftover coconut milk that had been lurking in the freezer and some garlic

and it’s been with us ever since…


Here we go then, this is the simplest and tastiest curry for your surfer boys – this easy curry chicken recipe – my kiddos absolutely love this dinner and I love that it ticks all the beach cottage boxes…simple to throw together, uses mega-easy ingredients and can sit on the side all day getting full of flavor while I lie on the sofa pretending to clean the house ;-)

You can do this in your Crock Pot / Slow Cooker or you can do it on the stove, I have also done it in the oven

easy curry chicken recipe

1.5 kg chicken (I like thighs)
200ml / c. 1 cup coconut milk

2 x medium onions finely chopped
2 tbsp curry powder
1 x chili finely chopped
1 x cup chicken stock
salt & pepper
squeeze lemon juice
3 x cloves garlic

1. soften the garlic & onion in a frying pan

2. add chicken to brown

3. throw in crockpot & add all other ingredients except coconut milk

4. cook on low all day or high 3/4 hours

5. about half an hour before eating add coconut milk & stir through

(you can totally lose step 1 and 2, have to say I usually do, too easy and just throw it all in)

Beach Cottage Recipe Notes **if not making this in a slow cooker just put on a low heat, minimum 1 hour for flavour but at least a few hours is best
 **I like this much hotter than this, hence I add more curry powder and more chilli after the Beach Cottage Crew have had theirs ** conversely if you have kiddos who don’t like spicy stuff, omit the chili and just go with one tbsp curry powder **adjust the garlic to your liking, have to say I throw in an extra one for us **I add a green salad to this or any kinda green like snow peas, probs not authentic but I like it** with leftovers add a couple of cans of lentils, a bit extra milk & curry powder and it makes day 2′s dinner too **a bunch of coriander wouldn’t go amiss if you like it, two people in Beach Cottage Land don’t like it so I don’t



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I hope you like the sound of it, I must say it’s pretty popular around here…

 You can find Beach Cottage Surfer Boy Crock Pot / Slow Cooker roast here and Twice Baked Potatoes here

you can find all Beach Cottage recipes here  if you are after nother easy dinner that makes you look like you have been slaving all day, when really you have not…

OK, I am off now, I will see you tomorrow



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60 Responses to “Easy curry chicken recipe”

  1. Yay! I’ve been dying to see this recipe. LOVE a good (and easy) curry.

  2. Becs says:

    Yum! What type of curry powder do you use?

  3. Glennie says:

    Yum. And I love the spoon! x

  4. Deanne says:

    This looks great, I think I will put it on my menu this week!

  5. Selby says:

    Yum! Sounds perfect:) I love your easy recipes! I tried the white bean stew, which was a big hit. Now I’ll be having a crack at this with a few minor adjustments for getting round some silly food intolerance guff that’s playing up.

    Got your Yummo choccie tart/pie thinggo on my try list too- I’m drooling just thinking about it.

  6. I used coconut milk for the first time in a curry last week and it was delicious!

  7. Nicola says:

    Thanks for the recipe, glad you managed to take the photo’s this time!
    I love the blue bowl!

  8. Melinda says:

    thank goodness!
    - was standing in the shower trying to devise a plan for dinner – cant go out to shops as I have a needy patient to care for – & cupboards are pretty bare HOWEVER we have mostly the necessary for Easy Chicken Curry – a bit of improvisation needed but I think it will go down a treat with my crew – thanks Sarah xx

  9. Danya says:

    Thanks Sarah, curry is in the crockpot as we speak!! I love your recipes, so quick and easy with great ingredients. I have snow peas in the fridge so they will be going in as well, love a bit of green in my curry!! I too have made your white bean stew and that was also a huge hit in our house!! Big thanks, and please keep sharing :)

    • sarah says:

      so glad to hear you liked it Danya :-)

      don’t throw the snow peas in too early cos they go a bit blah…not telling you what to do but I just lay them on the top of the curry right at the end so they more like steam x

  10. Rita says:

    I’m going to make this tomorrow. Love curry. What does the x stand for? Is it a measurement or direction?
    3 x garlic and 1 x chili plus others. Thanks!

  11. Rukmini Roy says:

    Good to see our curry made it to the beach cottage. Just in case you’d like to see curry powder is a mixture of turmeric, pepper, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and 5 spice. If you want, you can make your own and store them too. Had it with rice i suppose? Looks just like what ma makes…fabulous.

    Greetings from India- a land full of spices, exoticness and corrupt politicians. :D

    • sarah says:

      haha I will take the curry not the politicians, I hope you didn’t cringe at this recipe???????????????

      yep I have made my own curry powder before….in the days when I had t i m e


  12. Candice says:

    A Surfer Boy Curry .. yumo thanks Sarah .
    Gets tricky to please quailty control and teen critics .. I get those moments when I have a visual on how they would look wearing their dinner on their head . Must be my hormones still looking for them … giggle . Feeling confident with this curry after reading how you crew took to it . cheers .

  13. Neen says:

    I tried a ‘store’ bought chicken curry packet last Tuesday night, ok I suppose, but it was made o/s even though a certain female TV celeb was on the box. This BC recipe will definately be tried this week, sounds perfect for sports crazy kiddos and time poor parents. Your photos make it look sooooo yummo, my mouth is watering.

    • sarah says:

      hmm I am not sure who that celebrity is but I don’t like the sound of it lol x

      • Neen says:

        Smelled so bad hubby didn’t want to eat it, tasted delicious, but I have a problem with Aussie celebs endorsing food grown/made/packed o/s. Just my little thingy. Grow & eat local produce I say let’s support our Aussie farmers. Anyone know of an Aussie coconut cream/milk brand ????? OOOPs just realised I love blackberry jam made in France….damm……. getting off my soapbox before I fall off……

        • sarah says:

          haha I have the same soapbox but not for Peroni and Brie lol!

          I do buy only aussie fresh stuff and as many groceries as poss and only aussie meat :-)

          shall I just mention Coles & Dawn French….??

  14. I’ve been in a curry mood for a wee while, so this might just be the very one – especially for J to try. It sounds a bit similar to my own default, which I found in a similar magazine years ago, when I was a doctor’s receptionist and was tidying up the waiting room. I add a can of chopped tomatoes instead of the stock. Love the slow cooker idea.

    Jacqui xx

    • sarah says:

      hmm yes to tomatoes, I sometimes throw them in too :-) in fact I should do that more often x

  15. Carin says:

    How funny! I made a curry last week and tried to think of a way to make it quicker/ easier to suit my new life with kiddos. And here you are with the answer! Fantastic! So would you say a crockpot is a good investment? I have never used one, but keep seeing them mentioned everywhere and it certainly seems like something I could benefit from.

  16. Leonie-Australia says:

    Thanks for the recipe, its sounds yummy, I was wondering how it freezes ?

    • sarah says:

      I have frozen it a few times, it’s all good though the coconut milk sometimes separates a bit x

  17. Nancy says:

    I’ve printed the easy curry chicken recipe but have a question. Does this recipe only use 1 cup of chicken stock? When I convert to US measurements this is over 3.3 lbs. of chicken and the 1 cup of stock doesn’t seem adequate and your photos seemed to have more liquid…

  18. Rita says:

    OK, I have the chicken thighs 3.3 pounds, a can of coconut milk, 3 garlic cloves, 2 onions, 1 C chicken broth etc. and now I’m starting and it says to soften the garlic and onion and then brown the chicken in a frying pan. There is no mention of oil or butter. What do you use and how much? I want to follow exactly at least the first time. Next time I may dump it all in the crock pot. Too late for that today.

  19. What brands of curry powder did you use in UK Sarah?

    • sarah says:

      oh goodness I can’t remember, have to be honest and say I just use any old one…I think though I used Pataks in England?

      the one I have at the moment is actually from a farmer’s market from around here, though I don’t think he makes it I think he buys it in bulk and re-packages it xo

  20. Rita says:

    Just finished dinner. Very yummy and homey. I did saute the onion, garlic and chicken in a little oil. I also cut the recipe in half (two of us) then served it over rice with chopped fresh cilantro. I’ve never put cilantro on curry before. Thanks for that idea too. That was a great touch!

    • sarah says:

      oh so pleased to hear you liked it…yep I serve over rice too, I must add that in there xo

  21. Would there be any chance that you could make it so there was an easy to print recipe card? I was less than successful ending up with the recipe on one page when I tried to print out the blog post, which was a bit frustrating.

    • sarah says:

      thanks Katarina for the feedback, I am looking into that as LOTS of people have asked for the same

  22. Vicky says:

    made this last night – quick easy and the kids loved it – thank you

  23. Melanie says:

    What great timing – I was given an old ceramic crock pot from a friend a couple of years ago, which I have NEVER used (I know, I know *hangs head in shame*) and I’ve been scouring for a good recipe to give it a whirl with! This sounds so easy and scrumptious that I might just have to try it out on the weekend :) Hope it doesn’t burn the house down, though.
    Thanks Sarah!

  24. Jen ( SE Qld) says:

    Oh yum, yum, yum! Can’t wait to try this curry Sarah. I need to call in favours I think for a slow cooker but I will definitely be trying this just cooked in a pot and simmering patiently on the stovetop over the weekend.
    Sure beats a $50 trip to the Indian takeaway which we can spend the savings on other things like wine or shoes :) … Enjoy your weekend!

    • sarah says:

      yeah the last indian t/a we had had so many chemicals in it the next day I had a stinking headache and thirst…never again!

      this is too easy, I hope you like it…

      I must say the crockpot is worth its weight in gold and Aldi and BigW and Kmart all have them for budget prices…x

  25. Sam says:

    Hi Sarah…. Just had to let you know that i have just made the curry in the slow cooker today
    It is truly delicious…… Thanks for another great recipe!!
    Xx Sam

  26. Dimity says:

    If you put together a cookbook, I would totally pay good money for it! I may have to go through and print them all out in colour and make my own “A Beach Cottage dump-and-go cookbook”. :)

    • sarah says:

      I would love to put one together one day Dimity…never enough time in the day though!

  27. Melissa says:

    Hi Sarah, just wanted to let you know that I tried your beautiful curry last night – it was lovely. As I cooked it after work (as I work abit longer than 8 hours I was too worried to try this in the slow cooker) I put it all in my dutch oven on the stove top (after frying up the garlic, onion and browning the chicken) and cooked it for about 40 minutes – I added some sweet potato and only used 1 tablespoon on curry (the kids are still getting used to curry) and it was beautiful! So easy, hubby was very impressed when he walked in to a beautiful smelling house after I had been working all day :) Thanks again for sharing your beautiful recipes and making my life so much easier! p.s. I also loved the crunchy snow peas on top!

    • sarah says:

      oh thanks for the feedback Melissa, I am SO PLEASED you liked it…I was a bit embarrassed to do a recipe for curry powder lol, but we love it so much, it’s always tasty and a no brainer I had to post….had some good comments on it from other girls who have families who have enjoyed it xxxx

  28. Aisling says:

    This is a go-to recipe for midweek dinner for a time poor full time working mum with two small kids ie me! Dh often cooks but it is good that I can contribute with a yummy one like this. I must admit that I throw it all in the slow cooker the night before with raw onions and garlic etc. it marinates overnight and cooks all day till dh gets home and throws in frozen mixed green veg and coconut cream and boils up some rice. I have also been using up “leftover”curry mixes ie Thai green and red currry paste instead of curry powder and it has been a real hit especially with miss eight who is going through a hates everything phase… Tomorrow we have parent-teacher interviews and I am babysitting for a friend in the evening as well as trying to fit in a full day at work… so it is already “marinating”

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  31. Deb says:

    Sounds, and looks devine!! My kiddos would still say its too spicy, but I guess I could try a curry powder that doesnt have too much heat, and give it a whirl!
    Thanks! x

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