Pumpkin Chicken Curry

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Are you ready for a nontraditional knock-your-socks-off dinner? I present to you –Pumpkin Chicken Curry. The sweet, creamy coconut pairs perfectly with pumpkin and all of those flavorful spices. If you are a curry lover this is sure to become a favorite fast.

I never tried curry until after I was married and our friends introduced us to it. I think part of why I love food so much is because there is always something new to discover. If you are new to or shy of curry, have no fear and give it a try. A huge portion of the earth’s population eats it daily, and there’s no way all those people are wrong! Try it… you’ll love it!

pumpkin curry on a bed of white rice
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Pumpkin Chicken Curry

Chicken curry makes for a great meal because it is full of flavor and quick to make. You will love how creamy and yummy this dish is. Trust me, everyone will be raving about it!

You can also get really creative with chicken curry. You can make it low carb by serving it over vegetables instead of rice. It is very forgiving and you can add just about anything to it and it will still taste great. 

close up in the bowl of pumpkin curry being stirred with a spoon

Ingredients

  • Yellow curry powder
  • Garam masala
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chicken
  • Coconut milk
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chicken broth
  • Sugar
  • Winter squash (butternut, acorn, pumpkin squash or sweet potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • Hot cooked rice for serving

Recipe Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot heat the oil, curry powder, and 1 tablespoon of garam masala over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center.
  4. Add the coconut milk, undrained tomatoes, chicken broth, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the squash and dried cherries. Cook the curry at a low simmer until the squash is very soft and the mixture thickens, 45 minutes to an hour.
  6. 5 minutes before serving, stir in the last 1 teaspoon of garam masala.
  7. Serve over hot, cooked rice.
ingredients for pumpkin curry in separate small dishes

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I serve the curry over instead of rice?

If you don’t want to use rice, there are tons of other options: Cauliflower rice, steamed vegetables of all kinds, noodles, naan, couscous, etc.

Can I use something besides coconut milk?

Coconut milk can easily be substituted with heavy cream instead if you don’t have coconut milk or are allergic to coconut. You can also use half-and-half with a dollop of sour cream.

How can I store curry?

If you don’t gobble down all your curry, leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, and you can also keep it in the freezer for 2-3 months.

What does curry taste like?

Curry powder has a very unique flavor because of the combination of savory and sweet spices. Cumin, cinnamon and turmeric add to the sweet, yet earthy taste.

top view of pumpkin curry in the pot

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Pumpkin Chicken Curry Recipe


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  • Author: Melissa Griffiths – Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 8
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Rich and thick curried coconut chicken with squash and dried cherries in one hearty flavorful meal that’s full of healthy ingredients.


Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons oil (like peanut, olive, coconut oil)
  • 2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon garam masala, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can coconut milk (14-ounce)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with the juice (14.5-ounce)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed winter squash (butternut, acorn, pumpkin squash or sweet potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot cooked rice for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot or Dutch oven heat the oil, curry powder, and 1 tablespoon of garam masala over medium heat. Cook for 3 minutes. If it starts to stick add more oil, you don’t want it to burn.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Again, add more oil if it starts to stick too much.
  3. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut milk, undrained tomatoes, chicken broth, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the squash and dried cherries. Cook the curry at a low simmer until the squash is very soft and the mixture thickens, 45 minutes to an hour.
  6. 5 minutes before serving, stir in the last 1 teaspoon of garam masala.
  7. Serve over hot, cooked rice.

Notes

  • Curry is one of those dishes that only improve with time. If you have more time, let it cook! The leftovers are better the second day too.
  • No cherries? Traditional or golden raisins are a great sub (but the cherries were SO good…).
  • The garam masala is added twice because some of its flavor is heightened while cooking and some of it is lost. Adding it in the beginning and again at the end helps to not miss out on any of its goodness.
  • You can substitute sweet potatoes for the squash if you’d like or can’t find winter squash. Cut the squash into 1 inch pieces and cut sweet potatoes slightly smaller.
  • You can use boneless skinless chicken breast for this recipe and it’s also really good with using boneless skinless chicken thigh meat. 
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian
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I can’t wait for you to try this healthy, flavorful and filling Pumpkin Chicken Curry. Whether it is served over rice or veggies-it will be a home run at your dinner table. 

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18 Comments

  1. I have to say THANK YOU – I have been working my way through your 14 day plan and still have a few items left to try. I was awesome to jump start us into clean eating. Tomorrow is the curry and I am looking forward to it. I have to admit the BEST part was the shopping list.

  2. Any way to get nutritional values added to your recipes? They all look so yummy but need to watch calories, sugar and carbs. Thanks