A Flavor Extravaganza with Brazilian Chicken Curry

Picture this: you walk in the door after a long and tiring day to the irresistible smells of a warm and comforting dish. You come closer to the kitchen and realize that you’re not in Brazil anymore; you’re in your very own kitchen, cooking up a storm. The aroma of Brazilian chicken curry fills the air, tantalizing not only your senses but also your taste buds.

Are you drooling yet? Don’t worry, I’ve got the perfect recipe for you. This crockpot Brazilian chicken curry recipe is going to be your new go-to when it comes to making an easy, healthy, and downright scrumptious meal for yourself or your loved ones. It’s made with fresh ingredients such as chicken breasts, coconut milk, bell peppers, and spices like curry powder and ginger.

Plus, this recipe is paleo-friendly and gluten-free so you can indulge without any guilt. You don’t even have to stand around stirring pots all day since a slow cooker does the job for you! Just sit back, relax, and let the magic happen. Trust me; once you try this dish for yourself, it will become a staple in your recipe book. So without further ado, let’s grab our aprons and get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry (Paleo)
Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry (Paleo)

Let me tell you why I think this Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry recipe will be a hit in your home. First of all, it is full of flavor, thanks to its combination of spices like curry powder and ground ginger. These ingredients give the dish a deep and complex taste that will make your taste buds explode with joy.

Secondly, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is add the ingredients to your slow cooker, set it on low heat, and voila! After a few hours, you’ll have a perfectly cooked Brazilian chicken curry. This means less time in the kitchen for you and more time enjoying your meal.

Thirdly, this dish is Paleo friendly and gluten-free. It’s perfect for those who are trying to eat healthier or follow a specific diet. You’ll feel good about what you’re putting into your body while still being able to enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal.

Finally, this recipe is versatile. You can use chicken thighs or breasts depending on your preference, and you can also add more vegetables like bell peppers and onions to the mix if you’d like. This means you can customize the recipe to suit your tastes and preferences.

In summary, the reasons why you’ll love this Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry recipe are simple: it’s packed with flavor, easy to make, healthy, and versatile. Try it out tonight for a dinner that your whole family will enjoy!

Ingredient List

 A hearty and flavorful Brazilian Chicken Curry made paleo-friendly.
A hearty and flavorful Brazilian Chicken Curry made paleo-friendly.

Here’s everything you’ll need to make my delicious Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry recipe.


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts and thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 bell peppers (any color), sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (13.5 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Note: Make sure all your ingredients are gluten-free and paleo-friendly if you’re following these diets.

The Recipe How-To

 The ultimate comfort meal for chilly days.
The ultimate comfort meal for chilly days.

Now it’s time to get into the heart of this dish – the recipe! And trust me, it’s much easier than you might think. For this Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry, you’ll need:


  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts and/or thighs (use which one you prefer or a mix of both)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (full fat) coconut milk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Add the onions and garlic to your slow cooker.
  2. Then add the boneless chicken breasts and/or thighs to your slow cooker.
  3. Add all other ingredients except the coconut milk, salt and black pepper.
  4. Mix well until everything is evenly combined.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  6. Once cooking time is finished, add the can of coconut milk and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Let it cook for an additional 10 minutes until heated through.
  8. Serve sprinkled with fresh cilantro over cauliflower rice or regular rice.

Now that wasn’t hard at all, was it? This recipe will produce a deliciously creamy and flavorful Brazilian Chicken Curry that you’ll want to come back to time and time again – I know I sure do!

Substitutions and Variations

 Slow cooking makes this dish tender and juicy.
Slow cooking makes this dish tender and juicy.

Are you looking to switch up your chicken curry game? Here are some substitution and variation ideas to make this crockpot Brazilian chicken curry perfect for your taste buds.

First off, if you’re not a fan of heat, you can adjust the spice level by reducing or omitting the red pepper flakes. On the other hand, if you want to take it up a notch, feel free to add more!

If you don’t have yellow onion, no sweat. White onions work just as well in this recipe. Additionally, while bell peppers add color and crunch, you can use any type of pepper you prefer or even omit them entirely if you’re not a fan.

As for the curry powder, if you don’t have any on hand, substitute it with your favorite Indian or Thai seasoning blend. And if ground ginger isn’t your thing or you simply don’t have it in your pantry, fresh ginger root finely grated will give a similar flavor.

For those looking to make this recipe vegan or vegetarian-friendly, swap out the chicken with chickpeas or tofu. Coconut cream can also be used instead of full-fat coconut milk, which will create an even creamier texture.

Finally, for a fun twist on presentation and flavor, try serving the chicken curry over cauliflower rice instead of traditional white rice. Garnish with cilantro for a fresh finish.

Get creative with your substitutions and variations! This recipe is adaptable to fit anyone’s dietary needs and taste preferences.

Serving and Pairing

 Don't be afraid to use lots of spices to pack a punch of flavor.
Don’t be afraid to use lots of spices to pack a punch of flavor.

Once you’ve prepared this savory and hearty Brazilian Chicken Curry, it’s time to decide how to serve and pair it with the right sides. Trust me, this is no ordinary chicken curry! With such a distinctive flavor profile, you might want to find perfect accompaniments for your culinary masterpiece.

Firstly, serving wise, make sure your bowls or plates are preheated before pouring the curry inside. This way, your meal will stay hot longer while minimizing any mess. Now that your bowl is ready, you can sprinkle some cilantro on top of the chicken and add a dollop of full-fat coconut milk on the side. The creamy consistency of the coconut milk pairs perfectly with the spices in the curry.

Pairing-wise, white rice or cauliflower rice would be an excellent choice as they help absorb all those flavors in the sauce. You can also opt for naan or roti bread to wipe up any last drops of the delicious sauce or keep things paleo-friendly by serving zucchini noodles or sweet potato fries.

For beverages, I suggest sticking with non-alcoholic drinks since this Brazilian Curry Chicken comes loaded with fragrant herbs and spices that I want to linger on my palate as long as possible. Let’s grab an iced tea or citrus-infused water to keep things simple; both pair well without overwhelming the spices.

To sum up, there are many ways to serve and pair this Brazilian Chicken Curry dish. It’s all up to your taste preferences! Choose your favorite carb side dish, don’t forget a drizzle of coconut milk on top and enjoy this savory delight with family and friends!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This dish is so easy to make, simply add all ingredients to the crockpot and let it do its magic.
This dish is so easy to make, simply add all ingredients to the crockpot and let it do its magic.

Now, if you are as much of a foodie and a workaholic as I am, then you know the importance of meal prep! The Brazilian Chicken Curry is amazing in that you can totally plan ahead and make it well in advance, without having to worry about any degradation in taste or quality.

When it comes to storing this curry, it’s best to portion it out and store it in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 5 days. However, if you’re looking to make a larger batch for freezing, I’d suggest cooking the chicken curry completely before dividing into individual portions for freezing. Use good quality freezer bags or containers and label with a date so you don’t lose track.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it reheats like a dream! For best results, reheat your ready-to-go Brazilian Chicken Curry slowly on the stove over low heat until hot all the way through. Alternatively, you can microwave on medium heat for 1-2 minutes at a time, stirring occasionally.

This dish is so versatile and can be used for meal prep throughout an entire week – perfect for those busy workdays when time is short but hunger isn’t! Overall, meal prep makes life just a bit easier and more manageable, making your week flow better while still enjoying delicious meals.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Serve over cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.
Serve over cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.

Cooking a perfect dish starts with using quality ingredients that are fresh and full of flavor. When it comes to making Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry, a well-executed plan and attention to detail can make all the difference between a good meal and an unforgettable taste experience that will leave your guests wanting more. Even if you’re an experienced cook, here are a few tips to ensure your curry turns out perfectly every time.

First, the recipe calls for red pepper flakes for an extra pop of heat. However, be mindful of how much you use as too much can overpower the other flavors in the dish. Start with a small amount until you reach the desired level of spiciness.

Second, when browning the chicken, take care not to overcrowd the pan. Overcrowding can lead to steam instead of browning, which can take away from the texture and taste of the meat.

Third, resist the urge to stir the curry too often. While it may be tempting, letting it cook undisturbed allows for layers of flavor to develop and intensify.

Fourth, consider adding some veggies for extra nutrition and a colorful presentation. Yellow onion and bell peppers not only add flavor but also bring a visually appealing vibrancy to your dish.

Finally, let your dish sit for 5-10 minutes after cooking. This allows time for the flavors to meld together and makes it easier to serve without splashing sauce all over your kitchen counter.

In summary, with these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to making a delicious and flavorful Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry that is sure to impress. So get cooking and enjoy!


As with any recipe, there are bound to be a few questions that come up along the way. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are some frequent questions readers have asked regarding this Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry recipe, as well as my answers and tips to ensure a successful and delicious outcome.

Why does curry go watery in slow cooker?

When preparing a curry dish, it is important to avoid adding excessive amounts of liquid or broth as this can cause the sauce to become overly runny and lack the desired consistency. Additionally, cooking at low temperatures or for insufficient amounts of time can also lead to a thin sauce due to the inadequate reduction of liquids.

Will a curry reduce in a slow cooker?

When using a slow cooker, it’s important to keep in mind that the liquid may not reduce as much as it would on the stove. This can result in a thinner sauce, especially if using creamed coconut. To avoid this, it’s recommended to cut the coconut into small pieces before adding it to the cooker. Additionally, you can prepare the sauce ahead of time and let it sit at room temperature before reheating it on high while you’re preparing the rest of your ingredients.

Can you use jar sauces in a slow cooker?

Do you find yourself struggling to put together an easy and delicious dinner? Look no further, for we have the solution you’ve been seeking. With this recipe, you only need two ingredients: a protein of your choice and a jar of store-bought sauce. The best part? It all comes together in your slow cooker, which will handle all the hard work for you. Simply place everything into the pot and let it do the rest.

How do you thicken curry sauce in a slow cooker?

If you’re looking to make your soups, stews or sauces a little thicker, there are some common ingredients you may already have in your pantry that can do the trick. Towards the end of your slow cooking process, try adding in a tablespoon or two of cornstarch, potato starch, or chickpea flour. These items are not only pantry-friendly but they also work really well in making those sauces thick and hearty.

Bottom Line

: In conclusion, this Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry recipe is a perfect blend of flavors that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Its rich coconut milk base infused with curry powder, ginger, and garlic elevates the taste of chicken to new heights.

Whether you follow a Paleo or Whole30 diet or just love gluten-free recipes, this dish is perfect for everyone. You can also make substitutions and variations according to your preferences to make it even more flavorful.

Not only is this recipe easy to follow and requires minimal ingredients, but it’s also perfect for meal prep as it can easily be stored and reheated. Plus, using the slow cooker makes it convenient and flexible for busy schedules.

Trust me, once you try this chicken curry, you’ll never go back to any other recipe. And if that’s not enough to convince you, the addition of cilantro and coconut milk will surely take your taste buds on a flavorful journey to Brazil.

So go ahead, give this recipe a try and let the rich flavors transport you straight to Brazil!

Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry (Paleo)

Crockpot Brazilian Chicken Curry (Paleo) Recipe

adapted from a recipe on paleomg.com. Different than other similar recipes on Zaar b/c this one is lower in carbs, higher in good fat -- no potatoes.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 8
Calories 425.3 kcal


  • 1 1/2-2 lbs chicken breasts (bones okay if you want them in there for the flavor) or 1 1/2-2 lbs chicken thighs, skinless (bones okay if you want them in there for the flavor)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 4 -6 tablespoons curry powder (increase or decrease to taste)
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped into 1 cubes (any color)
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 dash red pepper flakes


  • Cut chicken pieces in half or quarters (not cubed, just cut up enough to make it all fit in the crockpot).
  • Combine coconut milk, tomato paste, garlic, ginger, curry powder, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes in the crockpot and whisk together.
  • Add in peppers, chicken, and broth.
  • Mix all ingredients together to completely cover the chicken in the curry mixture.
  • Cover and cook at low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 201gCalories: 425.3kcalCarbohydrates: 37.4gProtein: 28.4gFat: 20.4gSaturated Fat: 9.5gCholesterol: 72.6mgSodium: 261.1mgFiber: 7.4gSugar: 23.4g
Keyword Brazilian, Chicken, Curries, Free Of..., Meat, Poultry, South American
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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.