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Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Potatoes

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Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Potatoes! Chicken, golden potatoes, onion, coconut cream, and an absolutely incredible homemade yellow curry paste sauce.

This yellow curry with chicken and potatoes is one of my favorite recipes on the whole site - so comfy and cozy and full of flavor. That homemade yellow curry paste is!

Super creamy and lush, thanks to the coconut cream, level the spice just where you want it and then let your Thai-inspired yellow curry dreams come true. Impeccably savory with a teensy bit of sweet, scooped over a bed of steamy rice. Yes, yes please right now.

Okay, so, there is a tiny 45-minute detour TOTALLY WORTH TAKING here, to make your own yellow curry paste first. Please trust us. Don’t run away! Because here is the thing, it will freeze beautifully and then be ready for you for the next, like, five times you want to make this super easy creamy, silky bowl of yellow chicken curry comfort. And you’re going to want to make it. Like, a lot.

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Yellow chicken curry in a bowl with a fork

Ingredients You'll Need

You can find everything needed to whip up your very own homemade batch golden yellow curry paste here [link]. After that, the ingredient list is beautifully short! Like, aaaalmost 5-ingredient short.

  • curry paste
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts (chicken thighs can also work)
  • golden potatoes
  • onion
  • coconut cream
  • fish sauce & brown sugar (optional but SO good!) and rice & cilantro for serving! (We just made this all one point so you could see we were *so close* to 5-ingredients)

How To Make This Yellow Curry

Once you’re in curry paste business, this lil’ treasure is so so easy to make. Like, weeknight dinner easy. Yes please, here for it.

  1. Sauté. Grab a skillet or a large pot and get your onions going first over medium heat until nice and fragrant. Then, toss in your chicken and curry paste and let that do it’s thing. Finally, toss the potatoes in there.
  2. Simmer. Pour that luscious coconut cream in there with a bit of water and let it simmer away until the chicken and potatoes are cooked.
  3. Stir. Add in a little splish splash of fish sauce and a sprinkle of brown sugar to really make it sing.
  4. Serve. On a pile of steamy rice. Fall in love forever.
Yellow curry in a bowl with a fork

About Homemade Curry Paste

We don’t know about you, but sometimes that yellow curry paste is hard to find in our go-to stores. Green, red, yep yep…but that beautiful golden deliciousness, where art thou?! Well, homemade yellow curry paste it is then. It takes a little time to come together, but it’s a big batch and then that is on hand for the next time your yellow curry craving strikes. Like, maybe tomorrow for breakfast? (Seriously, don’t knock it until you try it. We’ve been known to scrape a pan or two of cold curry in the morning as, like, a pre-breakfast. Worth it, every time.)

You’ll roast up some aromatics first, like a whole bunch of garlic, some ginger and some shallot. You’ll rehydrate some Thai chilis, you decide on the spice level. And then it’s just blend up and store in a jar and ta-da, curry paste at the ready!

How To Add Extra Veggies

If you want a little nutritious boost to add to this powerhouse, you have options!

  • Add some frozen veggies right to the pan with the chicken, potatoes, and sauce - like frozen peas or carrots.
  • Roast or sauté some veggies on the side - like fresh green beans or broccoli.
  • Serve it alongside a side salad like this one!
Homemade yellow curry paste in a jar with a spoon.

We love that this recipe is also pretty flexible. The chicken/potato combo is such a delicious win but you could absolutely sub tofu or throw in any other veg you might have hanging out in the fridge. And if you only have coconut milk on hand, that can totally work, you’ll just adjust the liquid amounts accordingly to get the right consistency. But if you are ready to swim in a sea of lush, rich, unbelievably smooth creaminess – then coconut cream it simply must be! You will not regret it.

Such a beautiful bit of rich, creamy, surprisingly easy, takeout-vibe comfort food which we can get behind any day of the week. Yum.

Thai Yellow Chicken Curry: Frequently Asked Questions

How spicy is yellow curry?

What I love about this recipe is that if you make the homemade curry paste, you have control over how spicy it is. All you'll need to do is reduce the number of whole dried Thai chili peppers in the paste (maybe doing 5 vs. 20).

What's the difference between yellow, red, and green curry?

Traditionally, it all came down to the chilies - yellow curry made with yellow chilies, red curry made with red chilies, and green curry made with green chilies. Over time they each have changed to be even further apart (like adding lemongrass and kaffir leaf to green curry, or turmeric to yellow curry), but traditionally, the difference was in the chilies!

Can I use coconut milk instead of coconut cream?

Coconut milk would work fine in this recipe, if you just adjust the amount of water based on the consistency you want for the sauce. But if you can find it, coconut cream will make this REALLY delicious.

What other protein options would work well here?

This beef curry recipe is similar and beef would be great! For a vegetarian-friendly option, you could use tofu or chickpeas.

How could I add more vegetables to this?

Adding some frozen peas directly to the pan with the chicken would be delicious, or sautéing some green beans to serve on the side.

Can I make this vegetarian or vegan?

Absolutely! Tofu would be a great substitute in place of the chicken. If you're going for vegan, omit the fish sauce as well.

Source notes: Kaeng Kari is the yellow curry dish commonly found in Thai restaurants outside of Thailand. It usually incorporates the use of yellow curry powder (“kari” referencing “curry powder”), which came to Thailand via the spice route. It is the result of British military presence bringing the Indian powder spices like turmeric and, according to Wiki, the “Anglo-Indian invention, curry powder.” It’s usually milder and less oily than traditional Thai curries. The bones of this recipe came from The Saveur New Classics Cookbook (affiliate link). The recipe in the book was created and contributed by chef Andy Ricker, who owns the Thai restaurant PokPok in Portland. This version has some adjustments to taste and for some more readily available ingredients for the paste! You can do so many things with this curry paste / method - like the chicken and potatoes that you see here, but the beef version is also super delicious!

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Yellow curry in a bowl with rice and a fork

Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Potatoes

  • Author: Skillful Cook
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Potatoes! Chicken, golden potatoes, onion, coconut cream, and an absolutely incredible homemade yellow curry paste sauce. 


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For the yellow curry:

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • half a yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup yellow curry paste
  • 10 baby golden yukon potatoes, cut into halves or bite-sized pieces
  • one 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut cream or coconut milk (see notes)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup water or broth
  • a heavy pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)

For serving:

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for serving
  • 2 cups uncooked jasmine rice


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium low heat. Add the onions and saute for a few minutes until the onions are fragrant and softened. Add the chicken and curry paste; saute for 3-5 minutes. Add the potatoes and stir to coat with the curry paste.
  2. Add the coconut cream and 1/2 cup water or broth to the pot. Season with salt. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are fully cooked, adding more liquid depending on the consistency you want for the sauce. While the chicken and potatoes cook, cook rice according to package directions.
  3. Stir in the fish sauce and brown sugar to really take it up a notch. Add until it tastes amazing. Seriously - so good. Serve over rice.



For store-bought yellow curry paste, I like the Maesri brand (affiliate link) which I buy on Amazon. If you use this, you likely will only need 2-3 tablespoons rather than 1/4 cup of the homemade paste.

Coconut cream is like a richer, thicker version of coconut milk. I have used both over the years.

If you are wanting a bit more thickness to your sauce after simmering, add 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water to the bubbling pot to thicken it up slightly.

The nutrition label does not include the rice.

Need some tips on how to thinly slice that onion? Check out this guide on how to cut an onion.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Thai-Inspired

Keywords: yellow curry recipe, yellow curry chicken, chicken curry, thai yellow curry

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I have made this recipe *many* times and only NOW am getting around to say “Thank you so much” for the recipe~It’s a keeper♥️ The homemade curry is amazing and definitely a fun activity for a rainy day.
    The YUM factor is 5-star🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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    Thank you for sharing this curry chicken recipe because my son loves Thai curry, and he is visiting!


  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    I have made this so many times. It’s a part of our family rotation and it’s my husband’s favorite. My kids love it as well.
    I usually make it with coconut milk and lately I’ve been adding chickpeas. I love how it’s easy, fast and so delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    Wow, we *loved* this! We added carrots, snow peas, and thinly sliced green bell pepper. We also used store bought curry paste but missed your note about perhaps adding a little less if using store-bought, so it was… very spicy!! 🙂 But also delicious. Thank you for another great recipe!

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    Wow! This dish is so simple and packed with flavor! Definitely making again. I put a little lime juice in at as well to add a depth of flavor only because I had some on hand. 🤤

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    This was yum! I love that the curry paste made extra to make another meal! It looks like more work that it is to make the yellow curry paste and put it all together with the chicken and sauce ingredients. I used the mild amount of chilis and it was still a bit spicy.

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    I absolutely love this recipe! It’s one of my all-time favorites. I’ve always wanted to make this for my boyfriend, now my fiance, but unfortunately, he is allergic to coconuts (and tree nuts). Any thoughts on what could be used to substitute the coconut cream?

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      Unfortunately there is no replacement for coconut milk. It’s the key ingredient in standard Thai curries. While you can get away with using dairy cream in certain Indian recipes(by using cashew cream, oat cream, coconut cream) you can’t substitute coconut milk in Thai cooking.

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    This was an easy and flavorful meal for a chilly winter night. I added some froZen broccoli because I like extra veggies and subbed in Trader Joe’s curry sauce since it was what I had on hand. I suspect it’s even more delicious when made as written with the yellow curry paste. We topped with a splash of lime juice, plain Greek yogurt, and cilantro. Delicious! I’ll definitely make this one again!

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    I am obsessed with yellow curry, but don’t often find it on menus. How convenient to be able to make it at home and satisfy the craving!

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    I couldn’t find Thai peppers in my grocery store, so I subbed with chile de arbol. The flavor was great, but unfortunately I made it a little too spicy for myself. My husband loved it though and is pumped to have more homemade curry paste on hand.

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    This was so good. The curry paste had me a little scared, but it came together really quickly and was better than the premade paste that I usually use. We added extra vegetables (carrots, peas, green beans, peppers) to make it a one-pot meal.

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    Simple, satisfying comfort meal? Sign me up! If yellow curry was available at my grocery store, I’d ad to my weekly rotation.

  13. Skillful Cook Logo

    What a tasty dish! Even better than expected! Our curry was spicy, so it didn’t end up being a very good kiddo meal. But we really enjoyed the tender chicken and the potatoes!

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    Ok I’ll admit this wasn’t my favorite recipe, but here’s where I think I went wrong: 1) I made my own yellow curry with the recipe link and I ignored the note to use fresh spices. Mine are admittedly past their prime and so the curry wasn’t as flavorful or spicy as I intended. 2) I served this over basmati rice, but I didn’t think about the fact that it already had potatoes in it, so it ended up being more carb-heavy than I wanted. Next time, I’ll either cut the potatoes and do double chicken over rice, OR serve over veggies.

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    Another hit! Made this with broccoli and cauliflower and it was delicious! For the curry paste, my grocery store only had Arbol Chili and they worked just fine in case anyone else is in a similar boat. Glad I have extra curry paste in the freezer for next time!

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    I made this for Sunday dinner and it was so so good. The nice thing about this recipe is that I’m already daydreaming about cooking it again but maybe with different veggies or tofu. Seems like it should be very easy to customize!

  17. Skillful Cook Logo

    Made this from the winter bucketlist!

    Delicious, need to make again! Used tofu rather than chicken!

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    So good! The homemade yellow curry paste really sets this apart. We like to put chicken and vegetables in this instead of potatoes and then put it over rice for a more balanced meal. But the potatoes are delish too!

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    I didn’t make the homemade curry but am so excited to have half the jar left to make this recipe again. I added frozen peas and carrots to it too… super delicious!