This Chicken Coconut Curry Soup is freakin' delicious! I make this multiple times throughout the fall and winter every year. Sometimes I make it with sweet potato, other times I add cabbage (like this curry here). But every time I make it, it's a crowd-pleasing, gut-lovin', complete meal in a bowl.
I keep the ingredients simple which makes it easy to whip up because these are ingredients I buy on the regular. From butternut squash to cauliflower and onions - nothing complicated, just fresh good quality food.
This soup has it all...
I'm a big fan of curries as evidenced by the recipes I have here on Joyous Health. I love both Indian curries and Thai curries. We get takeout at least once a month from a local Thai restaurant and I always get the green curry (very different from this recipe). Have you tried the Green Curry from The Joyous Cookbook yet? It's heaven in a bowl!!
There are many different types of curries but this curry recipe is considered a South Asian-inspired curry because of the addition of coconut milk. Curries have been enjoyed for thousands of years in Asian cuisine and now all over the world. The origins of curry are fascinating. You can read more here.
I love adding the full-fat coconut milk because it makes it richly creamy, it's dairy-free and adds memorable flavour to this dish. I am pretty picky about the type of coconut milk I use because honestly, it can make or break a recipe!
If you like a thicker curry, simply reduce down the liquid before you add the coconut milk.
You can also add a grain such as brown or basmati rice, or even quinoa if you like. I don't think it needs it though!
Here's the recipe.
*Coconut milk: I used 2 cans but for the second can, I do not use the liquid, only the cream. If you wish to make this more of stew consistency, only add cream from both cans, no liquid.
Vegan option: Omit the chicken and replace with chickpeas and use veggie stock.
You really can't screw up this soup recipe. As you add your spices, do so slowly because they will get more intense and magical as the days pass so be conservative at first. This soup is also wonderful with cayenne or dried chili flakes but I don't add those to the pot because I feed this to a cute six year old and she doesn't like anything spicy!
Whether you're cooking for one or a family of 6, this recipe is soul-nourishing, and pure joy! Everyone is gonna love it.