This cozy coconut chicken curry is a simple pour and cook recipe that takes minutes to make!
You need very few things to make this dish: chicken, canned coconut milk and spices. That’s it.
And that is precisely why this meal should be on your weekly dinner menu this fall/winter. It’s cozy and comforting and delicious AND easy.
When I say easy, I mean SILLY simple. Like, pour a few ingredients into the instant pot and cook for 5 minutes (with a natural pressure release).
I mean honestly, this recipe doesn’t even require a recipe. But I’ve written one up anyway because we’re friends and I’m willing to hold your hand through even the silliest of simple recipes. One day, when you’ve made this a few times, you’ll be like “
Mom Ash, I’ve got this. I don’t need you anymore.” And I’ll probably cry a little when that happens. But I want that for you… you know, to be able to do things on your own, without me.
Oh, did I forget to mention that my son is turning three this weekend? Feeling lots of feelings today… about life, about coconut chicken curry, the usual etc.
When to make this coconut chicken curry?
It’ll honestly take you more effort to find a place on a food delivery app than it will to make this dish. Seriously. You can have this coconut curry done in less time than it takes to decide what to order, let alone waiting for your food to actually arrive. You know the effort it takes you to get up from your couch to go and answer the door for the delivery? That’s the same amount of energy you’ll expend making this dish. Really.
what’s the deal with curry powder? is it Indian? (no).
I have some feelings about curry powder (I mean, what don’t I have feelings about today…).
If you happen to ask your Indian mother where she keeps her curry powder, she will one hundred percent look at you like you’re crazy (trust me, I know from first hand experience). There’s no such thing as “curry powder” – at least not in Indian kitchens. Curry powder is a British invention but it is Indian inspired. You can read all about curry powder in this post that I wrote a while back.
So back to my feelings.
I think curry powder is an awesome spice blend. The flavors are familiar and it’s quite tasty. But I do kind of roll my eyes when I see/hear others calling an Indian recipe “authentic” while using curry powder in the ingredients. You just can’t do that you guys. You cannot make butter chicken with curry powder. You cannot make tandoori chicken with curry powder. You can however share a super tasty recipe that tastes Indian but isn’t and use curry powder.
Gosh, curry powder is complicated. Bottom line: it’s tasty, but you’re not going to find an authentic dish calling for curry powder in any Indian home/restaurant.
So this (obviously) isn’t an authentic Indian recipe. Not even close. But it’s tasty.
Serve this coconut curry with basmati rice or pea pulao and maybe a side of roasted broccoli. You can also stir some leafy greens into it!
Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry
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