Thai Yellow Curry Chicken is mild in spice and a one pot meal that’s creamy and comforting with carrots, potatoes, and onion.
We’re making this yellow curry dish super easy with pre-made curry paste. The yellow hue comes from turmeric and a blend of other spices.
Thai Red and Green Curry have some heat from chili peppers, but yellow curry is pretty mild and isn’t meant to be a spicy curry.
What Kind of Curry Paste To Use
Since we are using curry paste it’s essential to be familiar with the different types of curry paste that are available.
The one I share in this recipe is the Mae Ploy brand, but I also use the Maseri Brand. I get both of these at my local Asian market or on Amazon.
Rule of Thumb- Start with less curry paste, then taste the curry after you add the coconut milk, and see if additional paste is needed or if you need to add fish sauce or sugar.
Ingredients for Yellow Curry
Chicken Breast- Slice chicken breast or thighs into even pieces and set aside. You can substitute any kind of protein or make it vegetarian with tofu or extra veggies.
Onion- I used half of a white onion and diced it into cubes. Yellow or Sweet onions are good options too.
TIP- Chop the other half of the onion and store it in the freezer for when you need chopped onion for a recipe.
Potato- I used a large russet potato, peeled and diced it into even pieces. Alternatively you can use yellow potatoes or sweet potatoes.
Carrots- Peel and dice a few carrots, or you can use a frozen bag of sliced carrots. Another option is frozen peas and carrots go really well in Yellow Curry.
Coconut Milk- I always use Full Fat coconut milk in my curry since I like it creamy. In the video I used 1 can plus ½ can of water. Another option is to use 2 cans of coconut milk for a creamier curry.
Coconut Sugar- I like to use coconut sugar in curry since it goes well with the coconut milk, but regular white sugar works too. We’re just going to add a little at the end to give the curry some sweetness.
How to Cook Yellow Curry
In a large pan add your coconut oil and yellow curry paste over medium heat. Take caution because the curry paste can splatter if the pan is too hot.
Add the diced onions and cook for a minute to soften them. Then add sliced chicken and turn the heat up to medium high. Cook until chicken is no longer pink.
Add the diced potatoes and carrots. Give the can of coconut milk a good shake to mix the hardened cream part with the liquid part. Pour the entire can of coconut milk and fill up half the can with water and add that in too.
Alternatively you can add 2 cans of coconut milk for a creamier curry.
Place the lid on and allow curry to simmer for 10 - 15 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
Once the vegetables are tender, taste the curry. I added about a teaspoon of coconut sugar. I didn’t need to add fish sauce or salt, but taste to see if it is needed.
Serve the Yellow Curry Chicken with Thai Jasmine rice for an authentic comforting meal or with cauliflower rice for a low carb meal.
Curry is great for meal prep since it reheats well. Portion out leftovers and just reheat for a quick lunch or dinner.
Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken Recipe
- 2 tablespoon Coconut oil Or a neutral tasting oil
- 2 tablespoon Yellow Curry Paste
- 1.5 lb Chicken Breast thinly sliced
- ½ White Onion chopped into small cubes
- 4 Carrots peeled, chopped into .5 inch discs
- 1 Russet Potato or 2 Yukon Potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes
- 13.5 ounce Coconut milk (canned) + ½ can of water or 2 Cans Coconut Milk
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Sugar or sub regular sugar. Taste to see if more needs to be added.
- Fish sauce optional- taste curry before adding
- Rice or cauliflower rice for serving
- Heat a pot or dutch oven over medium heat with coconut oil and curry paste. Heat for about a minute while stirring to dissolve the curry paste.
- Add onion and cook for a couple minutes to soften, then add Chicken breast and cook till no longer pink.
- Next add carrots, potatoes, and coconut milk. I also added ½ can of water or you can use 2 cans of coconut milk for a creamier curry.
- Bring to a boil, place lid and reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are soft. Stir occasionally while the curry is simmering. Taste curry and see if sugar, salt or fish sauce is needed.
- Serve with Jasmine Rice or Cauliflower Rice.
Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Sierra Kennedy says
Hi! Could I use curry powder instead of paste?
Hi Sierra! You can try 2 Tbsp of curry powder and some a tablespoon of chicken bouillon for more flavor. Let me know how that turns out!
This was exactly what I was looking for! Came out wonderfully, this will definitely be a regular recipe at home. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Jess for the rating and review! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂
I have been looking for a good Thai yellow curry dish for several years. I can now stop looking! Excellent flavour and so easy to prepare. It is on my monthly meal rotation menu now. Thanks for posting!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Lori!! Thank you for the review 🙂
Rosanna Ruan says
This recipe is amazing and so easy to follow. A new weekly favorite for our family. Thanks for sharing it with us!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you for the rating and review, Rosanna!! 🙂
Could this be made in the Instant Pot?
I've seen curry recipes made in the instant pot, I wouldn't be able to give you a specific cooking time. The curry does cook quickly on the stove top.
Kari @ Keep it Simple DIY says
This is absolutely a 5 star recipe! I made this and it was instantly my husband's favorite dinner. I can't count how many times I've made it now but any time I do my husband is very happy.
Thanks so much, Kari! So glad you all enjoy it 😉
Can u use cream instead of coconut milk or coconut cream?
I have not tried making the curry with milk cream, so I can't comment on that. I've also never used coconut cream, but I'm assuming it will just lead to a thicker curry. Let me know if you try it!