Pumpkin Coconut Chicken Curry - Healthy Pumpkin Curry Recipe (2024)

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By: MadelinePosted: 03/09/2020Updated: 12/30/2023

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This Pumpkin Coconut Chicken Curry is a delicious and savory pumpkin curry recipe made with flavorful spices, pureed pumpkin, and creamy coconut milk. Use your leftover canned pumpkin in this healthy chicken curry!

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Use your leftover pumpkin puree for a savory pumpkin curry recipe

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What kitchen tools will I need to make this Pumpkin Coconut Chicken Curry?

What ingredients do I need to make this healthy pumpkin curry recipe?

Can I use regular dairy instead?

How to make pumpkin curry

Can I make this pumpkin curry vegetarian?

How long will this pumpkin coconut curry last in the fridge?

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Pumpkin Coconut Chicken Curry

Use your leftover pumpkin puree for a savory pumpkin curry recipe

This pumpkin coconut chicken curry is the perfect way to use any leftover pumpkin puree. Just take the pumpkin and mix it with savory spices, chicken and a creamy coconut milk for a healthy chicken curry.

This warm and creamy, yet spicy curry is a wonderful meal to welcome those cold fall nights. I serve this pumpkin coconut curry with cauliflower rice or regular rice depending on my mood and whether or not I am on the Whole30.

You can also make this recipe fully vegan with 2 cans of chickpeas instead of chicken!

Check out these other healthy pumpkin recipes

  • Spicy Pumpkin One Pot Pasta
  • Healthy Pumpkin Chicken Chili
  • Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies
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  • Measuring spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring cups
  • Can opener
  • Large frying pan
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Wooden mixing spoon
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What ingredients do I need to make this healthy pumpkin curry recipe?

  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Avocado oil
  • Chicken breast or chickpeas
  • Full fat coconut milk
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground turmeric
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Chili powder
  • Optional: arrowroot starch

Can I use regular dairy instead?

Yes! If you want to use regular dairy you can use unsalted butter and heavy cream in place of ghee and full fay coconut milk.

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How to make pumpkin curry

Step 1: Prep the ingredients

First, dice the onion, mince the garlic, and mix spices together in a small mixing bowl. Then, cube the chicken into bite size pieces.

Step 2: Saute onions, garlic and spices

Next, add avocado oil to a frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and saute until fragrant about 3 minutes. Then, add the spice mixture to the pan and toast the spices with the onion and garlic for a minute.

Step 3: Saute Chicken

Next, increase the heat to medium and add the chicken in the pan with the onions, garlic and spices. Saute the chicken tossing frequently until almost fully cooked about 5 minutes.

Step 4: Simmer in sauce and thicken

Then, combine pumpkin puree and coconut milk in a small mixing bowl. Pour into the frying pan and increase heat. Cook until the mixture bubbles. Then, reduce to a simmer.

Simmer uncovered for 8 minutes. Optional step to thicken sauce: While simmering combine 1/4 cup of water with 1 tbsp arrowroot starch. Pour mixture in pan and stir mixture until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and enjoy!

Step 5: Enjoy!

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Can I make this pumpkin curry vegetarian?

Yes, just replace the chicken with 2 cans of chickpeas and you will be left with a fully vegan recipe!

How long will this pumpkin coconut curry last in the fridge?

Once prepared, store this Pumpkin Coconut Chicken Curry in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

What should I serve this with?

I like to serve this pumpkin curry with fluffy white rice or coconut rice and roasted veggies! I love to make a batch of crispy air fryer brussles sprouts and serve them in the same bowl as the curry.

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  • Shrimp Curry
  • Butter Chicken
  • Chicken Tikka Meatballs
  • Chili Lime Poached Salmon

Keep reading to grab the full recipe for the curry. If you make this recipe please leave a rating and review in the comments or let me know on Instagram.

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Pumpkin Coconut Chicken Curry

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A healthy one pan chicken curry made with creamy pumkin puree!

Recipe By: Madeline

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 30 minutes

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Servings: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (15oz)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • Optional: 1/4 cup water
  • Optional: 1 tbsp arrowroot starch

Instructions

  1. Dice yellow onion, mince garlic, and combine all seasonings in a small mixing bowl
  2. Then cube chicken
  3. Heat avocado oil, onion, and garlic in a large frying pan over medium-low heat
  4. Saute until fragrant about 3 minutes
  5. Add spices to the pan and toast for about a minute
  6. Increase heat to medium and add chicken to the pan
  7. Toss chicken to coat in spices and saute until almost fully cooked about 6 minutes
  8. While the chicken cooks mix together pumpkin puree and coconut milk in a small mixing bowl
  9. Pour sauce into pan and increase heat to medium-high until the sauce bubbles
  10. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 8 minutes stirring occasionally
  11. Optional step to thicken sauce: combine 1/4 cup water and 1 tbsp arrowroot starch, pour mixture into pan, stir until sauce thickens and coats chicken
  12. Remove from heat and enjoy with rice or caulilfower rice and veggies

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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  1. LDA says

    Absolutely DELICIOUS! This is a favorite recipe that I have made several times. I typically make with chicken, but I love to add cauliflower and/or green beans. Then it’s got everything you need for a nutritious meal. I also like crumbled cashews or thin sliced almonds as a garnish when serving.

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    • Madeline says

      YUM!! Thank you!

      Reply

  2. Abby Wright says

    Hi there! I’m making this tonight and I’m thinking about adding cumin. Do you think this would be good or have you tried it before and left it out for a reason? Thank you!!

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    • Madeline says

      Absolutely add cumin! It looks like it made on to the ingredient list on one spot but not the other so good catch. I updated it. Feel free to adjust amount of cumin to your personal preference.

      Reply

  3. Lena says

    I have had recipe this saved for ever and finally made it tonight, it definitely lived up to the hype in my head! Really flavorful and easy. Will for sure be making this again soon.

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    • Madeline says

      Woohoo! So glad to hear it. Thanks, Lena!

      Reply

  4. Katie says

    Hi there 👋
    I made this once and was yummy.
    Do you think I can freeze this?

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    • Madeline says

      Yep, you can freeze this!

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