Easy-Peasy Thai Coconut Curry Chicken 🍛 keto, paleo & whole30

This paleo and keto Thai coconut curry chicken is true comfort in a bowl! Bursting with flavor, it’s easy-peasy to whip up and makes killer leftovers (i.e. an ideal quick meal!).

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Keto Thai Coconut Curry Chicken 🍛

The Easy-Peasy Version 💨

Most store-bought Thai curry pastes are loaded with sugars, so for this keto version we did a quick (and abbreviated version!) for an easy-peasy meal. Yet, count on explosive and warming flavors.

Said curry sauce is also a breeze to make. Think sautéed onions cooked up with the incredibly aromatic ginger, garlic, cumin, lime zest and chili (to taste). Finished off with a generous dose of coconut milk. All naturally keto ingredients, whoop whop!

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Serving Suggestions

If keto (and paleo or whole30!), we cannot recommend enough that you serve it up with cauliflower rice. It’s wonderful this way, trust us. Just keep in mind that we prefer to rice our cauliflower slightly bigger here, so you get more of a ‘mouthful’ and it doesn’t completely blend into the curry.

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Paleo, Whole30 & Keto Thai Coconut Curry Chicken

Course: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, keto, low carb, paleo, whole30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 291 kcal

This paleo and keto Thai coconut curry chicken is true comfort in a bowl! Bursting with flavor and incredibly warming, it's easy-peasy to whip up and makes killer leftovers (i.e. an ideal quick meal!). 

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Ingredients

For the keto thai coconut curry

  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil for cooking
  • 2 red peppers or color of choice, seeded & sliced
  • 1 small onion very finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger freshly grated
  • 3 cloves garlic grated or ran through a press
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest freshly grated
  • 1-2 green chili to taste, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste
  • 2 chicken breasts diced into bite-size pieces
  • 1 13.5-ounce cans full fat coconut milk or simple*
  • 3/4 cup water as needed
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or more water
  • 3 teaspoons Swerve or xylitol
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons liquid aminos
  • 2 limes juice of

Serving suggestions

  • cilantro leaves
  • cauliflower rice
  • lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Add coconut oil to a skillet or pan over medium/high heat. Add pepper slices and briefly sauté until softened, 2-4 minutes. Remove from pan, and set aside.

  2. Heat up more coconut oil and add in onion, cooking for 4-6 minutes until translucent. Add in ginger, garlic, lime zest, green chili, cumin and cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring often, until it all starts to brown (4-6 more minutes). 

  3. Add in chicken and cook, over medium heat, until it's no longer pink in the center but still tender. 

Add back in the peppers, coconut milk, water, stock, sweetener, fish sauce, liquid aminos, and lime juice. Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check for seasoning and serve right away over a bed of cauliflower rice with fresh cilantro and lime wedges.

Recipe Notes

*We prefer using full fat coconut milk and diluting it with a bit more water, but you can always use simple or light. And keep in mind that, depending on amounts and produce used, nutrition facts can vary widely for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo, Whole30 & Keto Thai Coconut Curry Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 83mg 3%
Potassium 580mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 6.5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
Sugars 3g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 38.1%
Vitamin C 95.7%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 20.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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27 comments

    • Paola says:

      Hi Eric! White onions don’t just grow in one even size, there are small, medium and large ones. Just eyeball a small one 😉 xo!

  1. Mary says:

    Absolutely delicious! A rather chilly spring day called for something warm and comforting. I made a double batch and had enough for the next day. Dare I say that it tasted better the next day, so delicious! It’s going to be a repeat for sure. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Nicole Cabbell says:

    Gonna make this tomorrow….can’t wait! I I’ve been doing standard keto since September ’17 and I’m so glad to have found your blog, Paola–I love, love, LOVE it! It feels like I’ve stumbled on a diamond mine of keto-friendly recipe gems. I love to cook (though I’m nowhere near as talented as you) and I’m always trying to stretch within the parameters of a keto diet. This blog is proof that keto does NOT have to be boring; with a little ingenuity, anyone can produce delicious replications that are just as tasty as their carb-laden counterparts!

    • Paola says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Nicole, awesome you’re enjoying the blog thus far! And definitely agree, no need to make grain free eating restrictive at all 😉 xo!

  3. Maxine says:

    Thanks so much for the effort you’ve put in to creating these amazing recipes! I’ve been trying to do the same and it’s never been this successful! This is now my go to site for my new keto way of living!! Your recipes and detail are absolutely amazing! So far, I’ve tried the butter chicken, the fried chicken (I used wings) and the bulletproof cocoa. I will be baking the new yeast bread recipe over the weekend.
    I am now in the process of making this curried chicken and am tracking my macros into a website that I’ve used for years (nutritiondata). I am plotting the recipe for 2 servings and my net carbs are coming in way way way above yours! I am using homemade coconut milk which may be different to yours but just onions and red peppers alone pack a whole lot of carbs because of their high sugar content so I’m not sure how yours is so low. I know you have the caveat of differences in brands resulting in differences in macros mine comes in at a whopping 11.6 net carbs per serving (I’m trying to stay under 20 per day). I also find your protein amount quite low per serving. Now, of course, I’m not sure about the weight of the chicken breast you used. That brings me to a wonderful point you made about the bread. Would you be able to share weights of the items you use rather than “one small onion” or “1 red pepper”?
    I look forward to hearing your response on this!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Maxine! So happy you’re enjoying! I’ll double check the nutrition info for this recipe, but given the ingredients in it I really don’t think it should be coming out at 11.6g. I have been known to make mistakes (ahem, we all do!). So I always suggest that readers do their own checks xo!

      Oh, and on the grams for savory recipes most readers complained A LOT when I was doing it so I just stopped. They still complain in the baking, but there you do get the best results.

      • Maxine says:

        I double checked mine but I guess it’s the use of fresh coconut milk. How does anyone ever know the composition though since people use different amounts of liquid to milk the coconut. Either way, I broke my recipe into 3 and enjoyed it thoroughly!!
        🙂 I get your point re people and grams! I think it’s necessary for consistency so I’m a stickler. I’m so sorry you stopped!
        I look forward to trying so many more of your recipes… and thanks again for this labour of love!!

  4. Alanna says:

    Wow this was great! Awesome flavor and reasonable weeknight recipe for a story ked keto kitchen. Thank you again!

  5. Jeannette says:

    I made this last night and was so delicious. I actually added 2 more chicken breasts and some baby bok choy for my husband and adult son and myself. There was still more than enough broth to cover the additional chicken and sadly no leftovers Will definitely make again

    • Paola says:

      So happy you enjoyed Jeannette! And thanks so much for your detailed feedback, always super helpful to future readers! xo!

  6. Patricia Lewis says:

    This is delicious! Made it for dinner tonight but substituted Miracle Noidles for the cauliflower rice. No matter that they call it rice — still tastes like cauliflower!

    • Paola says:

      Awesome! So happy you loved it Patricia! And YUP, cauliflower is still cauliflower (but I actually like it here!). Great idea about the miracle noodles though- I also saw they now have an official ‘miracle rice’ too 😉 xo!

  7. Roxana Lopez says:

    OMGosh, this looks delicious! I noticed, though, that there is no curry in the recipe. Is that correct? Can’t wait to make this.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Roxana! You are essentially making a ‘speedy and abbreviated’ curry with the onion, garlic, ginger etc. There are obviously more complex curry versions (with more obscure ingredients, think bergamot), but this is a quick take with pantry ingredients. I’ve found that most store-bought curry pastes are not keto (loaded with sugars etc).

      If you’re looking for a more complete curry check out the butter chicken (though an Indian curry) xo!

      • Andra says:

        Check out either Mae Ploy or Aroy-D (both out of Thailand) yellow curry paste if they’re available where you are. Neither contain any sugar or anything at all weird, just normal foods and spices. I‘ve used both with excellent results.

  8. Emily Buchanan says:

    Thank you for Gnom-Gnom Paola! It’s such a delight to read and cook your recipes, you can tell how much you love food (am I right or am I right?!). Finally a keto blog for foodies!

    Made this just now and the whole fam was wowed! Easy, quick and very tasty! Will become a staple!

    • Paola says:

      That’s a fabulous idea Elaine! My ‘longer’ version of this actually uses bone-in thighs and you just have to do a 30-45 minute simmer rather than 15 :). Get some much flavor out of those thigh bones if you have the time! Hope you enjoy it! xo

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