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Pumpkin Coconut Curry with Chicken

This easy Pumpkin Coconut Curry Chicken recipe is so healthy and flavorful you’ll be making it again and again. It’s one of our most popular (and most pinned) recipes!

pumpkin coconut curry chicken | @the wicked noodle | easy weeknight dinner - reheats & freezes well, too!
The moment I heard the can of pumpkin puree hit my cart, I knew that my transition to fall was complete. I’ve been waffling (although who can blame me? the weather around here has been all over the map), telling myself one moment that I really will swing into Starbucks for that pumpkin latte today only to find myself with yet another home-brewed iced coffee in hand.

But once I begin churning out pumpkin recipes – pumpkin breads, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin gooey butter cakes – even I know there’s no turning back. What else is a girl to do other than celebrate?

So we invited a few people over to ring in fall properly. It was a casual thing, nothing about it was fancy – in fact we made it “serve yourself and meet us on the deck” casual. A bowl of pumpkin curry, a few beers and an extra sweater later, we lit a fire and enjoyed the cool fall air.

I chose this pumpkin coconut curry chicken recipe because it’s great for a crowd and, unlike many coconut curry chicken recipes, there’s no spice to it. While I typically prefer spicy curries, I enjoy the pumpkin flavors here, it goes well with the coconut curry chicken. The dish comes together quickly and reheats really well; it’s one of those dishes that actually tastes better the longer it sits. I made the pumpkin coconut curry chicken the day before so all I had to do was make the rice and dinner was served. It also tastes even better the next day (I love those kinds of dishes)!

{If you’re the freeze-your-meals type, this pumpkin coconut curry chicken is a great one to add to your monthly meal plan.}

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pumpkin coconut curry chicken | @the wicked noodle | easy weeknight dinner - reheats & freezes well, too!

pumpkin coconut curry with chicken

pumpkin coconut curry with chicken

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To roast butternut squash, place on a sheet pan, toss lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast at 450F until caramelized and fork-tender (about 15 minutes, depending on size). If your curry and cayenne have been sitting in your cupboard for awhile (over six months), add at the same time as the garlic. This will help bring out some of the flavor (do this any time you have older spices that need refreshing)


  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 T minced ginger
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, low-sodium
  • 1 cup coconut milk, not sweetened
  • 2 t curry powder
  • 1 large pinch cayenne powder
  • 2 cups butternut squash, chopped into bite-sized pieces and roasted
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus extra for garnishing
  • cooked rice, for serving


  1. Heat 2 T olive oil in a large dutch oven over high heat. Add chicken and cook on high heat until browned on all sides. Remove chicken and set aside.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-high and dd remaining 1 T olive oil to dutch oven. Add onion and ginger.
  3. Cook for a few minutes until onion is soft. Add garlic and cook for about one minute more.
  4. Add tomatoes and pumpkin puree to pan. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until puree is lightly browned.
  5. Add broth, coconut milk, curry & cayenne powders; bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken and butternut squash and simmer for 10 minutes longer.
  6. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over rice.
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Sunday 3rd of October 2021

I'm going to throw in pineapple while i brown chicken thighs, then use red wine and red pepper paste just before adding chicken stock. I'd report back, but I already know it's going to be insane. Thanks for the recipe.


Sunday 2nd of April 2017

This recipe has made my "hall of fame" list! I cook it often, doubled to freeze individual leftovers. My typical mods: sweet potato instead of butternut, canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh, and double the lime and cayenne. Thank you for such excellent inspiration :)

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 19th of May 2017

I love it! Thanks for taking the time to let me know, Julie! Cheers :)


Tuesday 16th of August 2016

Love Love LOVE! one of my Favorite curry recipes! Thanks so much!

Kristy Bernardo

Thursday 18th of August 2016

Yay!! I'm so happy to hear that, Summer! Thanks for sharing :)


Tuesday 13th of October 2015

Does the squash need to be roasted before adding it to the recipe?

Kristy Bernardo

Thursday 15th of October 2015

Hi Erica, Nope! It can be added right from the can. Cheers :)


Monday 28th of September 2015

This sounds so good. I wonder if there could be a modified crock-pot version? Do you think the tomatoes and onions would get too soft? It's ok if you don't know, I'm just curious. I'll definitely be making it as is to see how it tastes. Thanks for the recipe!

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 6th of October 2015

Hi Monica, you can definitely make this in the crockpot. I do recommend searing the meat and reducing the vinegar before adding the meat, then add the veggies about 90 minutes prior to finishing. Hope that helps!

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