Paula's Special (one pot) Curry Chicken (with vegetables)

Family Meals: Paula’s Special (one pot) Curry Chicken (with vegetables)

October 6, 2015 in Busy Family Recipes / Dinner

Growing up, we traveled often. That allowed me to be exposed to many different culinary influences.  We discover along the way what we like and don’t like.  Living in England, there were curry shops everywhere.  English Curry and Chips (which is actually Indian) has been popular far longer than Canadian Poutine.  There is a wide variety of curry which is adapted and influenced by geographical location.

Curry originates from the Indian Subcontinents and Southeast Asia. The most common spices found in most curry powders adapted by the Indian subcontinent are turmeric, coriander and cumin. Thai Curry likes to spice it up with more chili peppers , but the most common commercial curry powders available in Britain, the U.S and Canada are dense in turmeric producing a yellow hued sauce.  Curry powders originating from India product red, yellow and brown. While I have fond memories of English Curry, I found my true curry love in the Caribbean.  The Caribbean love of curry was influenced from East India.  Jamaican curry tends to be bright yellow, sometimes with a greenish tinge (think curry goat) fusing allspice with pimento, and omitting cardamom, star anise and mace.

When it comes to cooking curry dishes for your family, unless you have been raised eating curry from young, not everyone can take heavy hands of pepper.  East Indian and Thai curries can get heavy with chili while, West Indian and Caribbean curries can get a bit (too) heavy in Scotch bonnet.  What ever curry you prefer, you can find one as mild or as hot as you’d like.  I like a mild curry, packed with flavors but not heavy with heat.

Over the years, I’ve adapted my own family friendly Curry Chicken Recipe.  It is hand’s down, the most requested dish by family and friends who’ve been lucky enough to bless their palate with this unique curry dish.  Dubbed “Paula’s (Mom’s) Special Curry Chicken”  Packed with flavor and a tiny kiss of heat on your tongue, just to remind you, you are actually eating curry, it also has a slight sweetness that signals it’s not as bad as you thought.  This streamlined recipe is done using one pot so there is less mess to clean up.  The use of chicken breast meat instead of boned chicken grants it a gourmet and kid-friendly status.

This recipe makes enough to serve a family of 6 with left-overs. Serve over Steamed Scented Jasmine rice for a delicious, fragrant week night meal.

Do you like Curry?

What type pleases your palate the most? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to know!

Paula's Special (one pot) Curry Chicken (with vegetables)


Paula’s Special (one pot) Curry Chicken (with vegetables)

Paula’s Special (one pot) Curry Chicken (with vegetables)


  • 6 Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breasts (diced into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 Medium Onion (diced)
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Branches of Fresh Thyme
  • 1/4 C of Curry Powder
  • 5 Allspice seeds
  • 1.5 lb of White Potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 2 Cups of Mixed Frozen Vegetables
  • 4 tbsp Creamed (grated) Coconut
  • 4 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 Cup Sunflower Oil (for frying)
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 Cup of Chicken stock


  1. Cut the chicken breasts up into bite-sized pieces and combine with 1/8 Cup of Curry powder. Let marinade at least 1 hour, overnight is best.
  2. While Chicken is marinading, peel and dice potatoes into bite-sized pieces
  3. In a tbsp of oil, sautee the onion until transparent, add grated garlic and saute until just turning brown. Remove onions and Reserve.
  4. In the same pot, add the rest of the oil and heat on medium-high. Once the pot is hot, carefully add the chicken, stir until chicken is coated in oil (to help prevent sticking)
  5. Once the chicken is brown on all sides, add the diced potatoes and let brown for 5 minutes
  6. Drain out any extra oil.
  7. Add the sauteed garlic and onion, thyme, and diced potatoes.
  8. Add 1 cup of chicken stock and enough water just to the top of the chicken and potatoes.
  9. Stir in remaining curry powder
  10. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are done.
  11. When the potatoes are done add in mixed vegetables and let simmer until the vegetables are cooked through.
  12. Stir in grated creamed coconut and raw honey
  13. Remove Thyme branches and Allspice seeds (I tie the seeds up in cheesecloth to retrieve with ease)
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My Favourite curry blend to use is Montego Jamaican Style Curry Powder.  I usually buy “Mild” but the last time I went to the West Indian Store.. they only had hot.  Which, wasn’t near as hot as I thought it would be!

Montego Jamaican Style Curry Powder

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  • Reply aliyadaya January 10, 2016 at 7:47 am

    As someone who is Indian, I wanted to thank you for explaining “curry”… LOL! Sometimes people don’t understand the complexity of actual curry and the influences from India to other parts of the world (like the West Indies or England). And that REAL curry has no Curry Powder (biggest pet peeve)… The recipe looks great and I will give it a shot.

    • Reply admin January 14, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      There are so many different curries all influenced originally from India! I’ve had the pleasure of tasting quite a few and you quickly determine which ones your palate loves!

  • Reply Cheryl Catherine Rafuse MacPhail January 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I hot curry sounds interesting!! lol We live in a small town so are limited to choices so that means reg. curry from the grocery store. If I get away I will have to look into the hot stuff and try it out in this recipe. It sounds delish 🙂

    • Reply admin January 14, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      You won’t regret it! There are many places online you can order from, likely with free shipping 😉

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  • Reply Lisa Rios October 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    My husband loves curry chicken so much, but I never had a chance to try it at home. The recipe looks easy to prepare & I would love to try it sometime soon.

  • Reply Eliz Frank October 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

    That looks so delicious. I love curry dishes and this is another great recipe to try out with veggies.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:51 am

      I love adding veggies into my curry!

  • Reply Stephanie October 7, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    YUM! I love, love, love curry… going to pin this recipe to try soon.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Then surely, you’ll love this one 🙂

  • Reply Shelley Zurek October 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I like the fact the recipe is one pot. The addition of the peas always makes me want to try a dish.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:52 am

      One pot makes clean up a snap! and peas.. well.. mmmm

  • Reply Melissa Pezza October 7, 2015 at 10:13 am

    This is such a great dish for my family. Even my kids love curry, which is surprising, considering how picky kids can be.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:53 am

      With no bones and a drizzle of honey, this curry is kid approved!

  • Reply Ourfamilyworld October 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Curry chicken is our favorite. My mouth waters just looking at this. I have to make this soon!

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Curry chicken is our favourite as well! Everyone’s mouth drools over this one! Enjoy!

  • Reply Ellen Christian (@ellenblogs) October 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I’ve only tried curry a few times. It was a bit strong for me but my daughter loved it.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:54 am

      You can adjust the amount of curry you use to suit your palate 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Beal Harlow October 7, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I really love the flavor of Curry, but don’t have a lot of recipes that include it. I’d love to try this dish and think I might add to the menu for next week.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:55 am

      I’d love to know what you think 🙂

  • Reply Scarlet of Family Focus Blog October 7, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Yum. Looks fab. I love curries. I will have to try this!

  • Reply valmg @ From Val's Kitchen October 7, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I don’t care for curry at all, I don’t like that much spice and the smell and I don’t get along very well. I love chicken and rice, I bet it’s tasty even without the curry.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:56 am

      You could make this without the curry for sure. It would be more of a stewed chicken and would still be tasty!

  • Reply Miss Millennia Mag (@MissMillMag) October 7, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Yumm..!! I love chicken and it looks delicious!! I will try this recipe in my kitchen…!!

  • Reply Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert October 7, 2015 at 1:57 am

    My husband loves curry! It’s one of his favorite dishes!

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Hopefully he will love this recipe 🙂

  • Reply Autumn @Mamachallenge October 7, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I love one pot meals! I am not sure if my family would like curry, but I am going to try it out!

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

      One pot meals rule my world! You could try it with 1/2 the amount of curry, it’s very family friendly with no bones and the honey gives it a slightly sweet taste that off sets the power of curry 🙂

  • Reply Aubrey October 7, 2015 at 1:19 am

    I’ve never had curry chicken before. This looks good.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

      oooh it is, I hope you try it!

  • Reply Girl, Unspotted October 7, 2015 at 1:16 am

    I love curry and this looks so tasty! Yum I would give this a try.

  • Reply Seattle Travel Blogger October 7, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Curry Chicken sounds really good. I am also a really big fan of one pot meals.

  • Reply Tammi Roy October 7, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I love trying new recipes. I will have to get the ingredients i need so i can make this tomorrow for dinner. I am sure it will be a big hit with my family.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

      My family LOVES when I make this dish 🙂

  • Reply gingermommyrants October 7, 2015 at 12:14 am

    I love one pot meals. It is so easy to clean up after. This recipe looks delicious. I will have to try it on the weekend.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 8:59 am

      So, so easy to clean up after I agree!

  • Reply Mary La Fornara (@itsaboutpretty) October 6, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I must admit I am not much a curry person, but this looks delicious!

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

      I like to think of this as a gourmet curry chicken. No bones about it!

  • Reply Adriana Martin (@MrsALOMartin) October 6, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    One of my favorite Indian dishes is curry so full of flavor, smoky and so good overall

  • Reply jenniferjuro October 6, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I don’t think that I have ever had curry before! This sounds really good we may have to try this out soon.

  • Reply Valerie October 6, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I am a big fan of curry. This sounds easy and delicious!

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

      It really is Valerie, I hope you try it!

  • Reply Jennifer Sikora October 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I’ve been wanting to get my feet wet with curry chicken. I have some really advanced recipes I want to try but this seems easy enough for me to start with. It looks delicious!

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 9:01 am

      This is the perfect recipe to get your feet wet with curry! One pot, so easy and very tasty!

  • Reply Liz Mays October 6, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    This would be a fun one to try. I do like curry! I’ve enjoyed some really spicy curries but I’ve tried some great mild ones too.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 9:01 am

      If you like spice, you can always kick it up a notch! I try and keep this one mild for the kids 🙂

  • Reply Krystal's Kitsch October 6, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I am way into curry! This looks really good.

  • Reply shaunatorres October 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Oh my goodness, my nephew is the biggest fan on curry and he is coming into town in a few weeks. I will totally have to make this for him.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 9:02 am

      I’d love to know if he liked it!

  • Reply merry120 October 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I LOVE curry! I can not wait to try this recipe. It is on the meal plan!

  • Reply Kyla @ Mommy's Weird October 6, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I have never used fresh coconut in baking a meal before. I’m willing to try. Thanks.

  • Reply Simply Stacie October 6, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    This looks delicious. I love spicy food. This looks like it would warm you right up.

    • Reply admin October 21, 2015 at 9:02 am

      It’s not overly spicy, although, you can always kick it up a notch!

  • Reply Jeanine October 6, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    This looks really great. I’ve never tried curry before, but love chicken so I think this would be just delicious!

  • Reply listen2mama October 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Have to admit I’m not a huge curry fan, but this does look really good!

    • Reply admin October 6, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Its mild with a slight sweetness. Known to convert non curry lovers 🙂

  • Reply Danielle October 6, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I love curry chicken, but have never tried making it myself. This recipe seems easy enough to try.

    • Reply admin October 6, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      It couldn’t be easier! I hope you try it sometime, I’d love to know what you think!

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle October 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Curry. I love it. I even love to say it. Curry. It adds such a fantastic earthiness to dishes.

    • Reply admin October 6, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      doesn’t it though?

  • Reply Christine October 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Ok… I so need to try your Special Curry Chicken!!! I just started cooking with curry and I love it! I will add your recipe to my meal plan for next week. YUMMY!!

    • Reply admin October 6, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      OOoooh.. there’s a whole curried world out there waiting for you Christine 🙂

  • Reply Ladena October 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    This curry sounds great Paula. My kids like all the ingredients you’ve used so I bet they would like this meal! Thanks for sharing, I’m pining it now.

    • Reply admin October 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      This dish has made me famous with my family. They don’t like any other curry now! I hope your kids love it as much as mine do 🙂

  • Reply Jeanette October 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I love Curry Chicken. My hubby does too, can someone tell my son that curry chicken is good! He calls it “green chicken” and refuses it eat it! This looks outstanding!

    • Reply admin October 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      This is a very family friendly curry recipe Jeanette, even my 4 year old loves it. The surprising hint of sweetness from the honey, tones it down and makes it kid palate friendly. Plus, it’s yellow, not green 😉 lol

  • Reply Aeryn Lynne October 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Ooh that sounds SO delicious! I know what I want for dinner now, thanks! 🙂

    I’m giggling away at the “Which, wasn’t near as hot as I thought it would be!” bit… Jay’s family has varying definitions of HOT when they all get to cooking spicy Indian cuisine, which ranges from “Whew, not as hot as I thought it would be,” to “OMG, not even with a ten foot pole.” lol 😉

    • Reply admin October 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      I know all those levels of hot! I hope you enjoy it Aeryn!

  • Reply Jennifer October 6, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    That looks delicious. I love curry, especially in the cold months. It’s such a great way to get cozy and warm.

    • Reply admin October 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Curry is perfect for the colder months. It really makes you nice and warm!

  • Reply chancesmommy October 6, 2015 at 11:06 am

    You had me at chicken curry! Seriously, my mouth is watering!!

    • Reply admin October 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      YAY! I finally got you back for all the times my mouth waters from your food!

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) October 6, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I love curry! This meal sounds really tasty!

    • Reply admin October 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you, it’s really good! Hope you can try it sometime 🙂

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