This Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with baby gold potatoes is comfort food at it’s finest! This easy to make curry can be ready in about 45 minutes or less.

Serve this curry over basmati rice with a side of naan bread for a delicious meal.

How to make yellow chicken curry

  1. Saute the onion in coconut oil. Add in the fresh minced ginger and garlic (fresh is best here, so it doesn’t burn)
  2. Bloom the spices: the yellow curry paste, curry powder, and coriander. It’s important to take time your time here to really unlock the full flavor potential of the spices and curry paste.
  3. Add the diced potatoes and stir to coat in the seasonings
  4. Add in the coconut milk
  5. And next the chicken stock. Stir and ensure the potatoes are fully covered in liquid
  6. The potatoes will get rapidly simmered until tender and the sauce will reduce to a nice thick consistency. While this is happening, it’s time to season and cook the chicken! Toss the chicken in curry powder, salt, and pepper.
  7. Brown the chicken in a separate skillet
  8. Add the chicken into the curry to finish cooking through. Add the finishing touches to your yellow chicken curry and dinner is served!

Yellow chicken curry FAQs

What makes curry yellow?

The yellow curry paste mainly gets its color from the turmeric powder. That curry paste colors the entire dish a beautiful deeply golden color.

Is yellow curry spicy?

It definitely depends on the curry paste you use and how much of it. I would say this dish is medium+ spicy. Of course spice tolerances vary greatly from person to person. You can reduce the amount of yellow curry paste, but the dish won’t be as flavorful.

Is Thai yellow curry healthy?

I would consider this a much healthier alternative to ordering take out Thai food (plus it’s cheaper!). This curry uses real ingredients, plenty of health promoting spices (especially in the curry paste), and lean chicken breast.

Do I have to use full-fat coconut milk?

For a creamy and restaurant quality yellow chicken curry, I recommend a good full fat coconut milk. If you do use light coconut milk, the curry will still work, but lack a bit of flavor, creaminess, and thickness.

Can this yellow chicken curry be made ahead of time?

Yes! In fact, curries get more and more flavorful as they sit! This yellow chicken curry is a great proponent for meal prep or leftovers. It can last (stored properly) for up to 5 days in the fridge. Note that you might need to add an extra splash of chicken stock to leftovers since it continues to thicken as it sits.

Other chicken recipes;

Chicken Breast Recipe

Easy Sesame Chicken


Honey Garlic Chicken

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Yellow Chicken Curry

This Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with baby gold potatoes is comfort food at it's finest! This easy to make curry can be ready in about 45 minutes or less. 

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 563kcal


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, separated

  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion diced (~1/2 medium onion)

  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic (~3 cloves)

  • 1 tablespoons finely minced ginger (from a 1 and 1/2 inch piece)

  • 2 teaspoons yellow curry powder, separated

  • 1/4 cup yellow curry paste Note 1

  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

  • 1 pound baby gold potatoes (cut into bite sized pieces, 6-8 pieces per baby potato)

  • 1 can (13.6 ounces) full fat coconut milk (lite not recommended)

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper

  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 1/4 cup cilantro diced

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce, optional

  • Serve over/with: cooked basmati rice and naan bread


  • PREP: Start by prepping ingredients: dice the onion, mince the garlic, and mince the ginger. I peel the ginger with a spoon or vegetable peeler and then finely mince it. Chop the potatoes into bite sized pieces. I cut each baby Yukon Gold potato in 6-8 pieces depending on the size of the potato. You want fairly small sizes so they’ll cook at the right time.

  • OK: Heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute for 3-5 minutes or until onions are beginning to get golden. Add the garlic and ginger. Stir to coat everything with the oil. Lower the heat to low and add in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of curry powder, yellow curry paste, and coriander. Stir often for 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Add in the potatoes and stir to coat for 1 minute.

  • COOK CONT: Pour in the coconut milk and chicken stock. Scrape the bottom of the skillet as needed. Stir and press all potatoes below the liquid. Bring to a rapid simmer. Simmer rapidly (over medium heat; it should be bubbling at the edges but not rapidly boiling) for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The potatoes should be fork tender and sauce reduced; this always happens around 20-22 minutes for me. Add additional chicken stock if needed if sauce is reducing too quickly and potatoes aren't getting tender (this means you may need to lower your heat a little. Alternatively, increase the heat slightly if potatoes aren't getting tender/sauce isn't reducing). Add sugar, cilantro, and lime juice to sauce (feel free to adjust these three ingredients to personal preference). If desired add fish sauce.

  • CHICKEN: Meanwhile, cube chicken into small bite-sized pieces. Toss chicken with cornstarch, remaining 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a separate skillet, add remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil and heat over high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until mostly cooked through, about 4-7 minutes depending on the size of the chicken chunks. Watch carefully to avoid overcooking and ending up with dry/bland chicken. Add the mostly cooked chicken pieces in the curry and finish cooking through for the last 1-2 minutes.

  • FINISHING: Remove curry from heat. Taste and adjust to seasonings (more salt and pepper IF needed). Serve over cooked rice with warmed naan bread if desired. (Rice and naan bread definitely help curb some of the "heat" from this curry).


Note 1: yellow curry paste is surprisingly difficult to find in the store; call ahead to your store. You can always make your own curry paste, or buy in on Amazon (what I do). I get Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste

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