Healthy Curry Chicken Recipe

This healthy Curry Chicken recipe is a staple at our house. It’s easy to make and it’s good for you. The recipe originally came from the Dr. Atkins (all protein) diet, and the first time we ate it, we were hooked! Since years ago when we first started eating it, it has morphed several times into what it is today. You can put your own spin on it too!

Healthy Curry Chicken Recipe

This healthy curry chicken recipe is not only good for you, it's also versatile and easy to prepare.

Healthy Curry Chicken Recipe
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  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound chicken breast fillets, cut into 1 inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper (less if you like less "heat", or more if you like a lot of spice!)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup coconut milk -or- heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Optional: frozen peas and/or carrots, roasted broccoli


  1. Heat butter in a heavy casserole over medium-high heat until foam from butter subsides. Add chicken strips and cook in batches until browned, 5 minutes per batch.
  2. Add spices, onions, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Add hot water and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Add vegetables.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer chicken and sauce to a serving plate. Garnish with cilantro. Serve over brown rice.

Fast, easy, yummy, and healthy curry chicken recipe! If you want to make preparation even faster, you can buy cooked chicken from the deli counter and chop it up and throw it in instead of cooking chicken. Another tip would be to buy already prepared curry seasoning and use about two to three tablespoons instead of buying turmeric, cumin, ginger, and cayenne pepper (but the homemade way does taste better).

Looking for more ways to get creative with chicken? Check out all of my chicken recipesCilantro Lime Chicken is another one of our favorites. I’ve also got more healthy recipes here. Still want more? You can visit my Healthy Eats and  Chicken board on Pinterest.


  1. Sounds and looks delish. My husband loves curry do I just might have to give this a try. I cook MAYBE six times a year so it'll shock the he'll out of him!thanks for the easy receipe. I'll let you know how it goes.
  2. Wow! I'm touched that you even took a photo! It looks so good and healthy to boot. I'm totally trying this one!!
  3. The Urban Cowboy says:
    Looks very tasty! Will definitely give this a try soon.
  4. says:
    Looks great :) Definitely on my list to try soon! BTW visiting you from Tasty Tuesdays :)
  5. Maureen says:
    That looks yummy! We love curry too :D
  6. Natalie, I make chicken curry all the time too but your's look really good because the curry is made from scratch. Mine comes from a box...hahaha! But like you, I never take pictures while cooking because I'm trying not to be run over by my 1 year old in her walker! :)
  7. Cranberry Morning says:
    That sounds delicious! I haven't made anything with curry for a while, so I think it's about time. thanks for the recipe! :-)
  8. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says:
    This looks YUMMY!!

    And I love curry!
  9. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli says:
    Also when you have to take lots of food pictures your camera gets covered in guck. Your iPhone too.
    Looks like a very yummy recipe. Ken would love it
  10. blueviolet says:
    I actually really, really love the taste of curry. I'm going to make this for sure!!! I'd do it tonight if I had the coconut milk or cream.
  11. MommaKiss says:
    so you'll be over when to make this for me?
    come on. i'm sick :(

  12. I think it sounds delicious. I love "throw together" meals. I'll definitely be trying this!
  13. Sharlene T. says:
    Definitely, a winner! Love curry, love the ease, and love the sharing... thanks... will definitely give this a try... come visit when you can...

    Twitter: SolarChief
  14. Belle's Butterfly says:
    This sounds really yummy. I'm going to have to try this.
  15. Courtney says:
    LOVE chicken curry! Thanks for your spin on it!
  16. Yum! This sounds delicious! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
  17. I've never eaten curry - but my stepson likes it, so thank you for the directions, I will have to try it out
  18. Just made this last night and it's wonderful! I recommend switching out the peas with other veggies just for variety. My family loved it and it's going into the line up of chicken recipes I use often. I served mine on a basmati wild rice blend made with coconut milk. Thanks for the recipe luv, I'll be paying it forward. :)
  19. Tried it, it was delicious. Very easy, I used lite coconut milk because that was what I had on hand. Will make this dish again


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