Cozy Coconut Chicken Curry with Sweet Potato & Lemongrass

This curry is on dinnertime repeat at my house this month: it’s packed with nourishing herbs, spices and veggies, and bursting with my favorite fall flavors.

When this season rolls around, I start craving all the soups, curries, and chilis at the first drop in temperature. I’ve evolved this tasty coconut chicken curry recipe over time to fit whatever seasonal veggies are in my fridge at the moment. Plus, it’s beginner friendly if you’re new to making curry — aside from the protein, it all comes together in just one pot. Let’s dig in.

This dish is inspired by traditional Thai yellow curries, with a kick of Indian flavor. It’s loaded with aromatics that will leave your kitchen smelling divine, and uses yellow curry paste, which contains a combination of spices that have been used in Thai and Indian kitchens for centuries. The most well-known spice is turmeric, known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and vibrant, golden color. Traditional curries often utilize real chilis for spice, but this recipe uses chili powder to bring the heat.

Lemongrass is another popular ingredient in Southeast-Asian cooking, and adds a zesty kick that perfectly balances the other flavors in the dish (to make it easier on yourself, you can buy pre-ground lemongrass from many groceries.) The coconut milk provides a welcome cooling touch to this dish; I opt for canned full-fat coconut milk for the richest, creamiest flavor. When it comes to spices, feel free to adjust to your liking. I would say this recipe is moderately spicy as-is.

By October, I’ve usually already made my fair share of sweet potato dishes, but they’re still one of my favorite ingredients no matter the season. When cooked in this curry, they take on a soft, satisfying texture, and their natural sweetness pairs perfectly with the spices in this dish. Plus, sweet potatoes are high in fiber (among boasting numerous other health benefits.)

As for the other veggies, feel free to riff on my version using what you’ve got. In addition to the sweet potato, I used a combo of carrots, broccoli and green peas. I’ve also used cauliflower and mushrooms, and am planning to test with squash next. For protein, I added two shredded chicken breasts, which were ideal for soaking up the bold, warming flavors of the curry sauce.

This dish is all about the finishing touches, so don’t skimp on the herbs! IMHO, they make this dish, and I love to use a generous mix of cilantro, mint and basil that brings freshness to every bite.

When it’s almost ready, I’ll squeeze a lime and add some additional herbs to garnish. As with most comfort foods, this curry is best enjoyed with some carbs. I used a combination of jasmine and cauliflower rice, but rice noodles are also a delicious option to soak up every bit of the sauce. This recipe serves around six people, so it’s usually enough for the whole family, or a great make-ahead meal to have throughout the week. I hope you enjoy this warm, comforting curry as much as my crew did!

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