Warm Your Taste Buds with Our Exotic Chicken Curry Dish

Hey foodies, the chef is in the house! And today, I am very happy to bring you a recipe that will give you a taste of Brazil – my delicious Brazilian Chicken Curry Recipe.

This dish is an exotic fusion of Brazilian and Indian flavors that will send your taste buds on a trip to paradise. It is made with succulent boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts, perfectly blended with a creamy coconut milk and curry powder sauce, complemented by fresh ginger, garlic, red bell peppers, and yellow onions. To top it off, we sprinkle some fresh cilantro and lime zest juice for a fragrant finish.

If you’re looking for something new to spice up your dinner routine, this recipe is most definitely worth trying! Not only that but also it’s incredibly simple to make, whether you’re using a slow cooker or stovetop pan. Trust me; once you taste the explosion of flavors in this dish. You’ll become hooked instantly!

So let’s get started to experience the best of both worlds – Brazilian and Indian cuisine combined into one tantalizing dish!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brazilian Chicken Curry
Brazilian Chicken Curry

Ladies and gentlemen, I have something to confess. I’m a curry addict! And let me tell you, this Brazilian Chicken Curry recipe is an addiction in itself. Trust me, if you’re looking for a dish that’ll make your taste buds do the happy dance, this recipe is exactly what you need.

First off, there’s the fragrance. Oh boy! The aroma of this coconut chicken curry dish is enough to make your mouth water. The blend of garlic, fresh ginger, and curry powder create nostalgia of your favorite Brazilian style chicken. Then, add the tomato paste and black pepper into the slow cooker brazilian coconut sauce and the flavor-ific game is on!

What about the texture? Imagine a spicy chicken coconut stew with tender chunks of boneless skinless chicken breasts and boneless skinless chicken thighs infused with cayenne pepper that’ll give the necessary zing to liven up your taste buds; and then plonk in baking potato, red bell peppers and yellow onions to make it a wholesome meal.

Lastly, not only is this curry recipe brazilian cuisine at its best, but it’s also easy to make! With just a few grounded ingredients 1 turmeric, 2 tsp ground coriander, 2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs mixed together in one pan over medium heat with peanut butter invites an ease in replication of this dish. Additionally creating an easy-make sauce by mixing coconut milk , tomato paste, freshly chopped cilantro then slowly cook on high heat for 4 hours to produce a perfect slow cooker Brazilian Chicken Curry that can be enjoyed with family and friends!

Now are you convinced why you’ll love this Brazilian Coconut Chicken Curry recipe? Don’t wait any longer; give it a try! I promise that once you’ve savored each delicious bite of this dish, you’ll be hit with an intense craving for more.

Ingredient List

 Aromatic Brazilian chicken curry, perfect for a cozy dinner at home
Aromatic Brazilian chicken curry, perfect for a cozy dinner at home

Let’s talk ingredients, the backbone of any dish. Here are the ingredients you will need to make this mouth-watering Brazilian chicken curry recipe:


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Juice and zest from one lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

The combination of these ingredients gives this Brazilian chicken curry its unique flavor. Don’t worry if some of the components are not familiar to you, as they can be easily found in grocery stores or supermarkets. If you are unable to find an ingredient or it is not to your liking, keep reading for suggested substitutions and variations.

The Recipe How-To

 This dish packs a flavorful punch with a unique blend of spices and ingredients
This dish packs a flavorful punch with a unique blend of spices and ingredients

Now, it’s time to dig into the heart of this Brazilian Chicken Curry Recipe: the recipe how-to. Don’t worry because the instructions are simple and easy to follow.


To make this delicious curry recipe, you will need:

  • [2 lbs] boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs
  • [1 tsp] kosher salt
  • [2 tsp] curry powder
  • [1 tsp] turmeric
  • [1/4 tsp] cayenne pepper
  • [1 tbsp] peanut butter
  • [2 tbsp] tomato paste
  • [2 cups] coconut milk
  • [1] baking potato, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • [1] red bell peppers cut into thin strips
  • [1] yellow onions, coarsely chopped
  • [4 cloves] garlic, minced
  • [1 knob] fresh ginger, finely grated
  • Zest and juice of one lime
  • A handful of fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

Step 1

First, mix together the kosher salt, curry powder, turmeric and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl. Toss the chicken pieces in the mixture until well coated.

Step 2

Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add chicken and fry for about 5 minutes or until browned on all sides.

Step 3

Next, add potato, red bell peppers, onion, garlic, tomato paste, coconut milk and peanut butter. Stir to combine all the ingredients. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Step 4

After 20 minutes stir in the lime zest and juice, and a handful of fresh cilantro. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

And there you have it! You just created a dish that will be a surefire hit with your family or guests.

Substitutions and Variations

 Ready to take your taste buds on a trip to Brazil? This dish is the one for you
Ready to take your taste buds on a trip to Brazil? This dish is the one for you

Alright, alright, alright! So you’ve decided to give my Brazilian chicken curry recipe a shot but want to switch it up a bit? I got you! Here are some easy substitutions and variations that will take this recipe to the next level:

– For those wanting a spicier kick, try adding 1-2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper in addition to the curry powder. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for this one.

– Don’t have chicken breasts or thighs available? No problemo! You can use boneless skinless chicken tenders or drumsticks for this recipe. Just keep in mind that the cooking time may vary depending on the cut of meat used.

– Want to make this recipe vegetarian-friendly? Swap out the chicken for chickpeas and add some spinach towards the end. Boom! You now have a delicious coconut chickpea stew ready to devour.

– Looking for a creamier texture? Add 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter to the sauce mixture when combining it with the coconut milk. The result is a richer and nuttier flavor that will knock your socks off.

– Feeling bold? Try substituting the red bell peppers with poblano peppers or jalapeños for an extra zing.

Overall, there are many ways to make this dish fit your preferences and taste palate. Don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative with it. As long as you stick to the basic ingredients, feel free to add or substitute at least one ingredient that catches your fancy. Enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 A colorful and vibrant plate that will leave you pleasantly suprised
A colorful and vibrant plate that will leave you pleasantly suprised

Now that you’ve got your Brazilian coconut chicken curry simmering away on the stove, I bet you’re wondering what to serve it with. Let me tell you, my friends, the options are endless.

First and foremost, steamed rice is a classic accompaniment to this dish. The fragrant sauce of the curry pairs perfectly with the fluffy white rice, absorbing all those delicious spices.

But if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try serving it over a bed of quinoa or couscous? Not only will it add some variety to your plate, but these whole grains also offer a healthy dose of fiber and protein.

If you’re looking for something more filling, I recommend serving this dish with naan bread or pita bread. The soft texture of the bread complements the rich and creamy sauce perfectly.

Feeling extra fancy? Serve it up with a crisp salad like arugula or kale to balance out the richness of the curry. And don’t forget to top it off with some fresh cilantro and lime wedges for a pop of color and flavor.

When it comes to pairing beverages with this dish, I highly recommend an ice-cold beer or a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio. The light and refreshing taste will balance out the heat of the curry perfectly.

In conclusion, there are countless ways to serve and pair this delicious Brazilian coconut chicken curry recipe. Experiment with different options and find your perfect combination. Remember, food is an adventure – so go on and explore!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 I love adding a touch of coconut milk for a creamy and tropical twist
I love adding a touch of coconut milk for a creamy and tropical twist

Alright, let’s talk about how to make this Brazilian Chicken Curry ahead of time, store it, and reheat it perfectly! Trust me, you’ll want to do this because the flavors of this dish will only get better with time.

To make ahead: After following the recipe how-to section, let the curry cool to room temperature. Then, transfer it into an airtight container or a large Ziploc bag if you’re running out of storage space. This can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

To reheat: If frozen, thaw the curry in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave until heated through. You may need to add a little bit of water to thin down the sauce if it has thickened too much.

Pro tip: If reheating on the stovetop, heat over low-medium heat stirring occasionally as you don’t want this dish burning.

Now, remember that starch (at times) can become thick and swell when stored in liquid (the case here being potatoes) It is normal for your curry to thicken over time and in storage but don’t worry about it! You can easily fix this by adding some coconut milk or water while reheating depending on how thick you prefer it.

You are welcome.

Bonus Tip: If storing in plastic containers or bags- Always defrost them completely before heating in your microwave otherwise you will get a puddle of melted plastic ( not cool at all).

Tips for Perfect Results

 This Brazilian chicken curry might just become your new go-to comfort food
This Brazilian chicken curry might just become your new go-to comfort food

Creating the perfect Brazilian Chicken Curry requires a blend of precise ingredients, combined with an artful cooking technique, and knowing how to maximize the flavors. Follow these tips to ensure that every time you make this recipe, it is a masterpiece that dazzles your taste buds and wow your guests.

1. Opt for Fresh Ingredients

The key to a successful Brazilian Chicken Curry is in the quality and freshness of the ingredients. Always use fresh vegetables, chicken meat and herbs, ensuring their texture and flavor contribute to the dish’s overall taste. Try to buy local products if possible, as they might be fresher than those that have been imported from far away.

2. Prepare Ingredients Properly

Ensure you chop all your vegetables equally in size to prevent them from under-cooking or overcooking. Cut chicken into small pieces so that it cooks evenly throughout the dish. Also, take extra care when mincing garlic and ginger, as these two ingredients significantly impact the recipe’s taste.

3. Use the Right Spices in Balanced Amounts

When cooking Brazilian Chicken Curry, finding a balance of spices is crucial because every spice must complement each other without overwhelming its flavor. Too much turmeric could dominate other cinnamon or coriander flavors, leading to imbalance in harmony. As a general rule of thumb, use measurements as instructed on the ingredient list.

4. Consider Using Coconut Cream instead of Coconut Milk

For those seeking a thicker and creamier consistency, using canned coconut cream instead of coconut milk may be an excellent choice for this recipe. It creates increased richness while adding more depth of flavor to the cocktail: “It’s like wearing Gucci loafers with a Prada suit.”

5. Best when Slow-Cooked

Slow cooking chicken curry ensures that all the flavors can blend together while delivering a tender and juicy bite every time. The slow-cooking process allows ample time for all ingredients to soak up every last drop of flavor and create a rich and hearty dish.

6. Add Spinach Leaves

Adding spinach leaves to your Brazilian Chicken Curry will bring an extra dimension of flavor and nutrients. The texture of cooked spinach can blend well with chicken curry, making it a perfect addition to this recipe.

By following these simple tips, you’ll have the perfect Brazilian Chicken Curry every time. Enjoy it with rice or naan bread, and don’t hesitate to experiment with different variations of this classic dish to make it your masterpiece.


Before concluding this article, let’s go through some frequently asked questions about this Brazilian Chicken Curry recipe. Whether you are a cooking newbie or a homemaker with years of experience, these FAQs will help you get the most out of this dish. They will guide you on how to adjust the recipe to your taste preferences and give solutions to most common issues that may arise as you prepare this incredible dish. Read on to enhance your understanding of this recipe and make it a success in your kitchen!

What is the difference between curry chicken and chicken curry?

When it comes to culinary specialties, there are two distinct dishes that might typically be confused as one. Although similar in name and ingredients, curry chicken and chicken curry refer to two different dishes. Curry chicken consists of larger pieces of chicken that are flavored with curry seasoning and can be sauteed or baked. On the other hand, chicken curry is a curry-based gravy with smaller chunks of chicken and often includes vegetables such as onions and peppers.

How to enhance the taste of chicken curry?

If you want to add some zing to your chicken curry, consider adding tomatoes to the mix. Although some may not be fond of it, using chopped or pureed tomatoes can give your dish a delightful tang. It’s important to properly fry the onions before adding the tomatoes to ensure the best flavors. Once the tomatoes have softened and cooked, feel free to add the other spices and seasonings to enhance the overall taste.

What cut of chicken is best for curry?

When it comes to crafting a delectable chicken curry, I find that the dark meat — specifically, chicken thighs — is the most flavorful part of the bird. It’s unfortunate that many restaurants will opt for larger cuts of chicken to save on costs, rather than savoring the deliciousness of this cut. If you’re looking to create a healthier dish without sacrificing taste, I recommend using skinless chicken thighs instead. This can help minimize excess animal fat while still keeping your curry rich and full-bodied.

Bottom Line

So there you have it, my friends – a Brazilian Chicken Curry recipe that’s easy-to-make, full of flavor, and perfect for any occasion! Whether you’re looking to spice up your weeknight dinner routine or impress your guests with a new dish, this recipe has got you covered.

The combination of coconut milk, curry powder, and fresh cilantro make this dish a true taste of Brazil, while the juicy chicken and robust vegetables provide a satisfying meal that will leave you feeling satiated.

And the best part? You can easily customize this recipe to suit your preferences. Whether you want to add more vegetables or kick up the heat with some cayenne pepper or chili flakes, the possibilities are endless.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your ingredients and get cooking! Trust me when I say that this Brazilian Chicken Curry recipe will quickly become one of your go-to dishes. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try out some of the substitutions and variations I’ve included in this article.

Don’t forget to share your results with me on social media using the hashtag #coconutchickencurry or #brazilianchickencurry. I can’t wait to see how you all make this recipe your own.

Until next time, keep experimenting in the kitchen and enjoying all the delicious flavors that Brazilian cuisine has to offer!

Brazilian Chicken Curry

Brazilian Chicken Curry Recipe

I tried a sample of this at my local grocery store but I truly doubt its authentic...it just tastes good!!! Try it:)
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 279.5 kcal


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup baking potato, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic


  • Preheat large nonstick skillet on medium high for 2-3 minute Coarsely chop & coat veggies with cooking spray then place peppers, onions & potatoes in pan, cook 3-4 min until brown.
  • Coat cut up chicken w/ cooking spray, then season with salt, pepper & curry powder. Add chicken to vegetables; cook and stir another 3-4 min or until chicken has browned on all sides.
  • Whisk coconut milk, tomato paste, ginger and garlic until smooth. Reduce heat to low and add sauce to chicken. Cover, simmer and stir 3-4 min or until potatoes are tender and chicken is done. Stir in cilantro. Serve over brown rice or white or anything you'd like!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 306gCalories: 279.5kcalCarbohydrates: 22.5gProtein: 29.5gFat: 8.4gSaturated Fat: 6.3gCholesterol: 65.8mgSodium: 347.8mgFiber: 4.1gSugar: 8.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Chicken, Chicken Breast, Chicken Thigh & Leg, Curries, Easy, Healthy, Meat, One-Dish Meal, Poultry
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.