Curry Chicken With Potatoes


Curry is one of the best-known and most popular dishes in British Indian restaurants. Curry Chicken With Potatoes is hugely popular with any curry fan as it has a delicious blend of soft chicken, perfectly spiced potatoes and creamy, crunchy onions. This easy recipe is a sure-fire winner with your family and friends.

Chicken Curry with Potatoes

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings


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1 cup heavy cream

Juice of 1 lime 

1 tablespoon cardamom 

1 tablespoon cumin 

1 tablespoon turmeric 

2 teaspoons black pepper 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes 


1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

1 large yellow onion, diced 

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced 

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 

1 teaspoon cumin 

1 teaspoon ground ginger 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 pound baby Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch dice 

One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes 

1 cinnamon stick 

1 tablespoon tomato paste 

1 cup chicken stock 

1 cup coconut milk 

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantroAdd to Shopping List


  1. For the marinade: In a resealable plastic bag, mix together the cream, lime juice, cardamom, cumin, turmeric, black pepper and salt. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours and up to 4 hours.
  2. For the curry: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, jalapenos and garlic and cook until soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the cumin, ginger and salt and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, cinnamon, tomato paste and chicken stock; stir to combine. Raise the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and all of the marinade. Cook, covered, until the potatoes are easily pierced, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Stir in the coconut milk and cook until the sauce has thickened slightly, another 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro. Taste for salt and pepper and add more as needed.

Chicken Curry With Potatoes

Easy chicken curry recipe that takes 30 minutes from start to finish. This chicken curry with potatoes and coconut milk is a common chicken curry in Malaysia.

Chicken Curry with potatoes is an easy chicken curry to make at home.

Chicken Curry Recipe

There are many variations of chicken curry in Malaysia: Chinese, Malay, Nyonya and Indian style.

Curry chicken with potatoes is the most common chicken curry recipe in Malaysia. Everywhere you go where curries are served, you will find this type of chicken curry.

For the Nyonya in Penang, chicken curry is especially popular and often served with nasi kunyit which is Malaysian coconut milk and turmeric-infused sticky rice.

In fact, there is a Nyonya ritual that celebrates the first month of a new born baby. Called “mua guet” or 满月 in local dialect, this celebration comes complete with a nice food package.

In the old days, the food package was packed in a delicate and beautiful Nyonya sia na (wood basket) that contains chicken curry, nasi kunyit, and a few other goodies.

I often make chicken curry here in the US and I love serving the it with roti canai. I buy the frozen ones from Asian food stores but you can check out my link and make at home.

How to Cook Curry Chicken?

To make the curry, I use my favorite instant curry paste which is made in my hometown, Penang.

How Many Calories per Serving?

This recipe is only 246 calories per serving.

Spreading butter on a super soft homemade dinner roll.

What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?

This meal is best served with naan or rice. For a wholesome meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.

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Chicken Curry with Potatoes Recipe

Chicken curry with potatoes is a common chicken curry in Malaysia. This easy chicken curry recipe takes 30 minutes from start to finish.

PREP TIME5 minutes

COOK TIME20 minutes


TOTAL TIME30 minutes


  • 1 pack instant curry paste (8 oz. or 250 g)
  • 8 oz. (226 g) peeled potatoes
  • 2 lbs. (1 kg) chicken (4 drumsticks and 4 thighs or 4 leg quarters)
  • 3 shallots, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 lemongrass, use the white parts only, pounded
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (100 ml) coconut milk
  • 1 sprig curry leaves, optional


  1. Cut the chicken into pieces. Leave the chicken bone-in. If you prefer boneless chicken meat, then debone the chicken.
  2. Heat up a deep pot and add the oil. Saute the sliced shallots until aromatic or light brown in color. Add the curry paste into the pot and stir until aromatic. Add the chicken meat and lemongrass. Stir for 1 minute before adding the water.
  3. Cover the pot and lower the heat to medium. Bring the curry chicken to boil and then lower the heat, add the potatoes and simmer for 20 minutes or so or until the chicken become tender. Add the coconut milk and bring it to boil. Serve hot.
  4. Alternatively, you can leave the chicken overnight before adding the coconut milk the next day. This cooking method ensures that the chicken meat is really tender and aromatic as the flavor develops overnight. Serve the chicken curry the next day if you use this method.


Malaysian curries taste different compared to Thai curries. First of all, we don’t use fish sauce and sugar in Malaysian curries. Also, Malaysian curries are not as rich and milky as we use much less coconut milk, so the tastes of the various spices really shine through.

Hence, Malaysian curries are more spice-laden and aromatic in my opinion. According to my Indian friends, Malaysian curry is closest in taste to Indian curry.

Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Potatoes

Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Potatoes! Chicken, golden potatoes, onion, coconut cream, and an absolutely incredible homemade yellow curry paste sauce.

Major rich delicious takeout vibes but you made it your very own self and it is absolutely craveable.

Yellow chicken curry in a bowl with a fork

**applause** I have never left a comment for a recipe before, but good GOLLY Ms. Molly this deserves the highest of fives. Make the paste. Just do it.

Super creamy and lush, thanks to the coconut cream, level the spice just where you want it and then let your Thai-inspired yellow curry dreams come true. Impeccably savory with a teensy bit of sweet, scooped over a bed of steamy rice. Yes, yes please right now.

Okay, so, there is a tiny 45-minute detour TOTALLY WORTH TAKING here, to make your own yellow curry paste first. Please trust us. Don’t run away! Because here is the thing, it will freeze beautifully and then be ready for you for the next, like, five times you want to make this super easy creamy, silky bowl of yellow chicken curry comfort. And you’re going to want to make it. Like, a lot.

Yellow chicken curry in a bowl with a fork

Ingredients For Tender Yellow Chicken Curry

You can find everything needed to whip up your very own homemade batch golden yellow curry paste here [link]. After that, the ingredient list is beautifully short! Like, aaaalmost 5-ingredient short.

  • curry paste
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts (chicken thighs can also work)
  • golden potatoes
  • onion
  • coconut cream
  • fish sauce & brown sugar (optional but SO good!) and rice & cilantro for serving! (We just made this all one point so you could see we were *so close* to 5-ingredients)

Simmer, Stir, and Get Ready To Fall In Love with This Curry Dish

Once you’re in curry paste business, this lil’ treasure is so so easy to make. Like, weeknight dinner easy. Yes please, here for it.

  1. Sauté. Grab a skillet or a large pot and get your onions going first over medium heat until nice and fragrant. Then, toss in your chicken and curry paste and let that do it’s thing. Finally, toss the potatoes in there.
  2. Simmer. Pour that luscious coconut cream in there with a bit of water and let it simmer away until the chicken and potatoes are cooked.
  3. Stir. Add in a little splish splash of fish sauce and a sprinkle of brown sugar to really make it sing.
  4. Serve. On a pile of steamy rice. Fall in love forever.
Yellow curry in a bowl with a fork

Big Flavors From The Curry Paste

We don’t know about you, but sometimes that yellow curry paste is hard to find in our go-to stores. Green, red, yep yep…but that beautiful golden deliciousness, where art thou?! Well, homemade yellow curry paste it is then. It takes a little time to come together, but it’s a big batch and then that is on hand for the next time your yellow curry craving strikes. Like, maybe tomorrow for breakfast? (Seriously, don’t knock it until you try it. We’ve been known to scrape a pan or two of cold curry in the morning as, like, a pre-breakfast. Worth it, every time.)

You’ll roast up some aromatics first, like a whole bunch of garlic, some ginger and some shallot. You’ll rehydrate some Thai chilis, you decide on the spice level. And then it’s just blend up and store in a jar and ta-da, curry paste at the ready!

Homemade yellow curry paste in a jar with a spoon.

We love that this recipe is also pretty flexible. The chicken/potato combo is such a delicious win but you could absolutely sub tofu or throw in any other veg you might have hanging out in the fridge. And if you only have coconut milk on hand, that can totally work, you’ll just adjust the liquid amounts accordingly to get the right consistency. But if you are ready to swim in a sea of lush, rich, unbelievably smooth creaminess – then coconut cream it simply must be! You will not regret it.

Such a beautiful bit of rich, creamy, surprisingly easy, takeout-vibe comfort food which we can get behind any day of the week. Yum.


Can I use coconut milk instead of coconut cream?

Coconut milk would work fine in this recipe, if you just adjust the amount of water based on the consistency you want for the sauce. But if you can find it, coconut cream will make this REALLY delicious.

What other protein options would work well here?

This beef curry recipe is similar and beef would be great! For a vegetarian-friendly option, you could use tofu or chickpeas.

What can I serve with this?

This is really filling as-is, but some type of flatbread (like naan) would be delicious to soak up the curry sauce.

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