This delicious paleo chicken curry with cauliflower and sweet potatoes is one of my favourite gluten free one pot meals.
I have a total soft spot for curry. When I first moved back to Toronto after high school my family found an amazing Indian restaurant near by that became a family staple. The butter chicken was irresistible, the daal was so comforting and the naan bread just filled you with warmth. So I wanted to create my own Paleo Chicken Curry with some of my favourite curry that could go down in my play book as one of my best gluten free one pot meals. Seriously, when you’re a busy girl who loves to cook but hates to clean, one pot meals are KEY.
How to Make Paleo Chicken Curry
My paleo chicken curry starts with skinless, boneless chicken thighs and a TON of spicy flavour. I use garlic, ginger, curry, coriander, cumin and a pinch of cayenne. If I could bathe in cumin I probably would, to be honest.
My sauce is a simple tomato and coconut milk combination, but instead of starting from scratch with a can of tomatoes, I take a few shortcuts with store bought tomato sauce. I always have leftover tomato sauce from pasta night lying around the house, so this is a great way to repurpose any extras you’ve made. Trust me, once you add in all of the Indian spices to your paleo chicken curry, you’ll forget that sauce you started with was for an Italian meal.
Next, my vegetables of choice are cauliflower, sweet potatoes, spinach and peas, but you can easily substitute in whatever you have on hand. Carrots are always welcome, broccoli is great, and white potatoes work just fine in this Paleo Chicken Curry.
The result is a Paleo chicken curry that is sweet, smoky, spicy and creamy and one of the easiest one pot meals you can make.
Have you tried making this Paleo chicken curry? What are your favourite ingredients for throwing into curry? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear about some of your go-to additions!
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil divided
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs fat trimmed
- Pinch each of salt and pepper
- 1/2 onion finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp ginger grated
- 2 1/2 tsp curry powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp dried coriander
- Pinch cayenne
- 3 cups tomato sauce
- 2 small or 1 large sweet potato peeled and finely diced
- 1 can of lite coconut milk 400 ml can
- 1 small head cauliflower cut into small florets
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- Cilantro if desired as garnish
Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and add in one teaspoon of oil. Season the chicken with a pinch each of salt and pepper and sear on both sides until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Once golden brown, transfer to a plate and set aside.
Return the pan to medium heat and add in the additional teaspoon of oil. Add the onion and sauté until it begins to soften, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the garlic, ginger, curry, coriander, cumin and cayenne and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Next, add in the tomato sauce and the sweet potatoes, cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 7-8 minutes, until the sweet potato pieces begin to soften.
Pour in the coconut milk, and then nestle in the chicken thighs and cauliflower. Cover the pan with a lid and cook until the cauliflower and sweet potato softens, and the chicken thighs are cooked to an internal temperature of 165- 175 F, about 5-7 minutes.
Remove the lid and stir in the spinach and peas. Taste, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
Garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy.
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