Vietnamese Coconut Curry Chicken


Embark on a culinary adventure with the Vietnamese Coconut Curry Chicken, a dish that brilliantly captures the vibrant and exotic flavors of Vietnam. This curry, rich in coconut milk and infused with an array of spices, envelops tender chicken pieces, creating a lusciously creamy and aromatic meal. Every spoonful offers a taste of the tropics, making it a perfect fusion of comfort and exoticism.

Vietnamese Coconut Curry Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 380 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 700mg


  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless: 600g (1.32 pounds or 21 ounces)
  • Coconut milk: 400ml (13.5 ounces)
  • Curry powder: 15g (1 tablespoon)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 4 (about 20g)
  • Ginger, grated: 15g (½ ounce)
  • Lemongrass, minced: 30g (1 ounce)
  • Onion, sliced: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Carrots, sliced: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Potatoes, cubed: 200g (7 ounces)
  • Fish sauce: 15ml (1 tablespoon)
  • Vegetable oil: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Sauté Aromatics: In a pot, heat oil and sauté garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and onion until fragrant.
  2. Brown Chicken: Add chicken and curry powder, cook until the chicken is lightly browned.
  3. Add Vegetables: Stir in carrots and potatoes.
  4. Pour in Coconut Milk: Add coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  5. Cook: Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
  6. Season: Add fish sauce, salt, and pepper to taste.
  7. Garnish: Serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use High-Quality Curry Powder: The flavor of the curry largely depends on the quality of the curry powder used.
  • Simmer Gently: Avoid boiling the curry vigorously to maintain the coconut milk's creaminess.
  • Customize Vegetable Choices: Feel free to add other vegetables like bell peppers or sweet potatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken breast instead? 

Yes, but the cooking time may be shorter.

How to store leftovers? 

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can I make it spicier? 

Adjust the heat by adding chili peppers or extra curry powder.