Chicken Sweet Potato Curry

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Chicken-sweetpotato-curry-wThis is a dish that I have been making for years. The sauce that the chicken and sweet potato cook in gives a wonderful, sweet zing in your mouth as you finish. I love the depth of flavour and depending on how I feel I adjust the chilli level to match my mood. Its a great winter warmer.

Serves 4 


5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2 Tbsp of coconut or olive oil

2 medium white onion, quartered

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 lemongrass stem, white part only, lightly bashed and thinly sliced

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp curry powder

½-1 tsp chili powder (adjust to your taste)

2 cups sweet potato (kumara), cut into 2cm (3/4 inch) cubes

1 can of coconut milk

1/2 cup of water

½ cup chicken stock (broth)

1 tsp of raw honey

A handful of fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped 

Additional optional vegetables 

½ cup fresh green beans, dices

1 medium/large carrot, diced 


Cut the chicken thighs into strips or chunks. 

Heat the oil in a wok or large high sided skillet on a medium-high heat and partially brown the chicken for about 1-2 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside. 

Add onion to the wok and fry for about 2 minutes or until translucent. Add a little more oil if the wok gets dry. Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds. Add the lemongrass and fry for another 30 seconds. 

Add the turmeric  curry powder and chilli powder and fry for 1 minute to infuse the spices. Add the sweet potato (kumara), additional vegetables and honey. Stir well to combine then add the coconut milk, water, chicken stock (broth) and coriander (cilantro). Stir well to combine and bring to the boil. *

Once the curry is boiling add the chicken and then turn the heat down to low and cover. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. 

Serve the curry in a bowl and garnish with additional coriander (cilantro).

* Crockpot option

If you want to cook this in a crockpot add to a warmed crockpot on high setting at this stage and cook till the sweet potato is cooked, about 3 hours.

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5 Responses to “Chicken Sweet Potato Curry”

  1. Laurel says:

    Do you think this would, in any way, be successful in the crockpot?

  2. Eileen says:

    Where do you get chicken that is guaranteed gluten free? I have found that even some of the fresh chicken sold has been chemically tenderised, and any that has been frozen has been glazed. Is organic chicken product always gluten free?

  3. Jana says:

    That sounds delicious and I love the adaption for the the slow cooker. Thanks Jimmy.

    Printed and pinned to the fridge :)

  4. Amanda says:

    Made this last night with a few changes just because I didnt have everything on hand. It was really good and simple to make. I made a double batch and froze half :) Thanks for the great recipe

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