The most flavorful Coconut Curry Chicken made with Thai green curry, full-fat coconut milk, and fresh lime juice!
If you love chicken in the crockpot, you’ll love our crockpot chicken chili, crockpot salsa chicken, and crockpot honey garlic chicken, too!
Best Coconut Curry Chicken!
This recipe is made in the slow cooker because that’s what us Minnesota girls do with green curry paste and full-fat coconut milk.
Literally, all you have to do is mix a delicious coconut curry sauce into the slow cooker, throw in your chicken, and then shred it for a delicious and easy meal!
We are all about shredded chicken recipes that make life easy. Our shredded chicken tacos are a go-to recipe for so many people! We love shredded chicken in the Instant Pot, in the oven, or in a slow cooker just like this coconut curry chicken recipe.
I highlighted green curry paste and full-fat coconut milk above and wanted to mention that I use the brand Thai Kitchen because it’s the easiest to find and what I love most!
As for the coconut milk, If you follow one thing in this recipe, please use full-fat coconut milk. The flavor is so much better than that lite stuff and I highly recommend it.
Other Ingredients You Need
- Chicken breast– we suggest using boneless, skinless chicken breasts in this recipe!
- Thai Green curry paste – you can find curry paste in the global cuisine isle in the grocery store. We love the green curry paste in this recipe, but if you only have red curry past that will work, too!
- Minced garlic– use fresh minced garlic or pre-minced garlic to add depth to your curry sauce.
- Garlic powder– we use both fresh garlic and garlic powder in this recipe!
- Salt– don’t you skip the salt, it enhances all the flavors in this recipe.
- Chili powder– a little chili powder in this recipe compliments the curry chili paste and all of it’s wonderful flavors.
- Thai basil or cilantro– serving this recipe with fresh Thai basil or cilantro is the way to go!
- Fresh lime juice– adding fresh lime juice to the chili sauce adds so much brightness to this recipe.
How to Make Coconut Curry Chicken in the Slow Cooker
When we say this coconut curry chicken is easy, we mean easy! Here are the few steps that it takes to make the slow cooker coconut curry chicken and then a few steps on how to prepare some veggies to serve with it.
- Mix the sauce: add the coconut milk, curry paste, garlic, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt to the slow cooker and mix everything together until the sauce is smooth.
- Add the chicken: Once the sauce is combined add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker and make sure the chicken is submerged in the sauce.
- Cook everything together: Cook everything together on high for 2-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
- Prep the veggies: While the chicken is cooking sauté the onion and peppers together in coconut oil for 5 minutes.
- Shred the chicken: When the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred the chicken with two forks.
- Mix everything together: Add the shredded chicken and pepper mixture back into the slow cooker and mix everything together until the chicken and peppers are coated in coconut curry sauce.
Feel free to keep the peppers and onions separate from the chicken and just serve them next to your coconut curry chicken.
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In addition to the slow cooker coconut curry chicken, we also cooked up some lightly sautéed onions and peppers and a side of brown rice.
Don’t forget to give a lime wedge a big squeeze at the end because it really makes the flavor of this recipe.
You’ll notice that we opted to serve this deliciousness with brown rice, but if you’re looking to make this a full-on keto chicken recipe or paleo meal, I suggest serving this coconut chicken curry next to…
- Cauliflower rice
- Mixed greens
- Riced broccoli
Coconut Curry Chicken Q&A
Can you make coconut curry chicken in the Instant Pot?
Yes! Follow our Instant Pot Shredded Chicken and then turn on the sauté feature of your Instant Pot and add the rest of the ingredients to the instant pot, mix everything together, and sauté all the ingredients together until everything is heated!
What do you eat with curry chicken?
Typically curry chicken is eaten with basmati rice and some kind of stir-fried vegetable.
Is coconut curry good for you?
Coconut curry is high in protein and healthy fats, so the short answer is yes!
Can I use coconut cream instead of coconut milk?
You can use either coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk to make this coconut curry chicken. We do not recommend low fat coconut milk.
Can you put raw chicken in a slow cooker or should you brown the chicken before putting in slow cooker?
You can put raw chicken in the slow cooker so there is no need to brown it. Just make sure your chicken is fully thawed.
Will coconut milk split in a slow cooker?
Since the slow cooker heats the coconut milk, it will not split once turned on. It will actually melt into a liquid.
Can you use curry powder instead of paste?
We do not recommend using curry powder in this recipe because it calls for green curry paste which is a Thai-inspired product.
Let the coconut curry chicken cool completely and then place it in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
Can you freeze coconut curry chicken?
To freeze coconut curry chicken, let it cool completely. Then, transfer it into a freezer-safe gallon-size bag and remove as much air as possible. Seal and freeze for up to 3 months.
Coconut Curry Chicken (Slow Cooker)
Crockpot Curry Chicken
- 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 15 oz. canned full-fat coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons green curry paste
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt or more, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons fresh Thai basil or cilantro
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or more to taste
Peppers and Onions
- 1 large green pepper sliced
- 1 large red pepper sliced
- 1/2 medium red onion sliced
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
- Place the minced garlic, coconut milk, curry paste, garlic powder, salt, and chili powder into the slow cooker and whisk everything together until combined.
- Submerge the chicken breast in the sauce, making sure that both sides get coated.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours (recommended) or high for 2-4 hours.
- When there are about 20 minutes left of cook time for the chicken, prepare the peppers and onions.
- Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat.
- Then, add the sliced veggies and sauté for about 5 minutes, just enough to flash fry them so they aren't soggy. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
- Once the chicken has cooked all the way through and has an internal temperature of 165ºF, remove and shred chicken with 2 forks.
- Place the shredded chicken back into slow cooker with the sauce and mix. Add the cooked peppers and onions and fresh lime juice to the slow cooker and toss everything together.
- Serve with Thai basil or cilantro with your favorite grain.
Tips & Notes
- The slower and lower you cook your chicken, the more tender it will be.
- Nutrition does not include the rice.
- The method of this recipe was updated on March 16, 2021. The chicken used to be cooked by itself in the slow cooker, but we have updated it to cook in the sauce so that it's much more tender and flavorful. New photos were also added.
So good! What is considered a serving from this recipe?
Very tasty and easy to make. I just heated two bags of frozen seasoned vegetables instead of the peppers. I also added extra tablespoon of the green curry.
This had the right flavor but was missing something. It also seemed to become very watery while cooking. I think I’d either double the sauce next time or make an extra batch of sauce to pour over at the end. Also, if you like a little heat add some red pepper flakes. Overall I’d make it again.
Once a week I have a late work night and my husband has to do daycare pick up and get dinner on table. Only way we can make this work is if I put something on slow cooker (preferably that has veggies and everything so it’s a one pot meal) before I leave for work so it’s ready for them when they get home. This recipe looks great but he won’t be able to sauté that pepper mixture. Any possible way for me to prep the pepper mixture in morning and he just throw it in the curry before eating it or will it be gross? Also any other great dump and go one pot meals are much appreciated!!
I’m not sure what happened, I followed this recipe exactly and we all thought the curry smelled funky and didn’t enjoy the taste. I didn’t think it was flavorful at all. Not sure what I could have done wrong.
Love this recipe! So easy and flavorful. The only thing I would change next time is to make it a little spicier. Thanks for such a great recipe!
This is DELICIOUS! I felt like I was eating take out curry. I added broccoli & chickpeas – yum!!
This was delicious!! So flavorful. I could barely get the chicken breasts out of the crockpot to shred- they were falling apart from how tender they were.
I added freshly grated ginger, a little curry powder, and some fish sauce to this as well and served over jasmine rice. Will definitely be making again!
Omg, i love the fish sauce add. Your add-ins sound so yummy. LOVE jasmine rice!
This came out pretty watery and not as flavorful as I expected. I wonder if this was from the water in the chicken seeping into the slow cooker. Any advice on this? Wondering if I should add more curry paste next time.
This looks amazing! How spicy is it? My kids only like a little spice and I noticed a couple reviews mentioned 3T curry paste being too spicy for them. Should I reduce? Or are some curry pastes more potent than others?
We don’t find it super spicy, but you can definitely reduce to 2 tablespoons!
This was AMAZING. We doubled it and used a whole can of Maesri green curry paste, which is a little more than the recipe calls for. I added two dried chilis to kick up the heat and it was great. Instant pot for 20 minutes on high, natural pressure release. So darn good!
Gracias por esta deliciosa receta, lo voy a preparar en mi humilde morada y negocio Rigba,
This is AMAZING! So quick and so delicious and reheats really well. Didn’t change a thing in the recipe – used all ingredients and followed all instructions. This will be a regular on the menu!
Soooo glad you loved this! We just made it this week too and are obsessed.
I just made this tonight and loved it. Very simple too. We cooked the chicken in the coconut sauce and added the vegetables at the end. So delicious!!
We made this tonight and it was delicious. Hubby and I had it with with cauliflower rice and the kids had brown rice. We will make it again. 😊
How do I print this recipe?
Here you go! https://fitfoodiefinds.com/slow-cooker-coconut-curry-chicken/print/31364/
Do you think I could sub red curry paste for the green?
This was incredible! I never made a curry before and I was SO impressed. I made mine in the instant pot and I followed FFF’s instructions listed below in the comments. I put the chicken ingredients in for 8 minutes but felt it needed 2 more so it was in there for 10 total minutes. I didn’t have 2 peppers and I used a zucchini and spinach! So versatile. This is definitely going to be a repeat for me. Thank you so much FFF!
Glad it worked for you in the IP!!
Can this be converted to the Instant pot?
If I don’t have coconut milk, could you suggest a replacement?