Paleo Basil Chicken Coconut Curry Recipe

Amanda Livesay | Fake Ginger Updated

This Paleo Basil Chicken Coconut Curry has delightful flavor and is easy to make. You'll love it!

I think curries are one of the best paleo dinner option.

Paleo Basil Chicken Coconut Curry Photo

Curries are pretty much just throwing a protein, some veggies and a bunch of spices in a pan and then stirring in coconut milk at the end to make it creamy and extra delicious.

Then you can serve it over cauliflower rice or zoodles or roasted sweet potatoes. Whatever you want!

It’s really one of those “use up everything in the fridge before it goes bad!” dinners and those are my favorite because I hate throwing food away.

To make this Paleo Basil Chicken Coconut Curry, you start by coating diced chicken thighs (you can definitely use chicken breasts if you prefer) with a mixture of curry powder, chili powder, and turmeric.

Paleo Basil Chicken Coconut Curry Picture

The mixture is so fragrant and adds a ton of flavor to the dish.

The chicken gets lightly browned in a skillet and then you can add your veggies! This is a simple curry, so the only veggies are onion and jalapeno peppers.

Once the chicken is cooked through and the veggies have softened, add in some garlic and ginger and everything is really going to start to smell amazing.

Then the part that makes this curry so amazing! Fresh basil! Chop up a bunch of basil and stir it in along with an entire can of full fat coconut milk.

Paleo Basil Chicken Coconut Curry Image

Let all that cook together for about 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken a little bit on its own, but I like to add a little arrowroot powder to really thicken it up.

I serve it over cauliflower rice and then add even more fresh basil on top. You can also sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes on top if you like a bit more spice.

Paleo Basil Chicken Coconut Curry is an easy 30-minute dinner and it’s so delicious that you won’t even mind that your house smells like curry for 2 days.

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Paleo Basil Chicken Coconut Curry Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Curry Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil, (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 1 small Jalapeño, minced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1 14 ounce can Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
For Serving:
  • Fresh Basil
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


  1. Place chicken in large bowl. Sprinkle curry powder, chili powder turmeric, salt, and black pepper over top and toss to make sure all the chicken is coated.
  2. Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned on each side, a few minutes per side.
  3. Add onion and jalapeno and cook, stirring frequently until chicken is cooked through and the veggies have softened.
  4. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, just 30 seconds. Add basil and coconut milk; stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a simmer and let cook about 5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  6. Whisk 2 tbsp of arrowroot powder into about 1/4 cup cold water and add to the pan, stirring constantly until it’s thickened to desired consistency.
  7. Serve immediately with riced cauliflower or side dish of choice. Sprinkle with fresh basil.


Recipe Yields:
6 servings
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Author: Amanda Livesay
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 276
Calories 515

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g
  Saturated Fat 14g
Sodium 205mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 4g
Protein 41g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Amanda Livesay

About Amanda

Amanda makes all kinds of recipes on Fake Ginger, and on more than one occasion, she'll post a super healthy paleo recipe followed by something stuffed with chocolate and covered in Funfetti frosting. We're excited to say we're getting all the healthy stuff, because Amanda's our Paleo Fanatic!