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Yellow curry in a bowl with rice and a fork

Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Potatoes

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • 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)
  • 1/21 cup water or broth
  • a heavy pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce (optional)
  • 12 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