Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

I love curry! And delicious sauces that I can use for anything. Like simmering eggs in, which is just what I did with a little bit of this leftover curry sauce – divine!

I have needed, lately, recipes that were so fast they practically make themselves. This is one of those. Minimal prep time. A cook time that requires you not to watch it. And presto! Food. 

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

These little beauties are my inspiration for the story. Lil’ babies are all grown up – and ready to be eaten! I have them growing in multiple spots both inside and outside of the house. Bugs are only getting to them a bit, but I haven’t had time to make a batch of organic bug spray. 

Blargh. I feel like Jessie Spano from Saved by the Bell: “There’s no time. There’s never any time!” but without all of the caffeine pill addiction and “I’m so scared.”

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

First up: the curry spice mix! You can use whatever combo of spices, in whatever quantities, you would like. A curry spice is basically cumin, cardamom, coriander, turmeric (or saffron if you’re nasty), and cayenne. This one I used all of those and added salt, cloves, cinammon and black pepper. 

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

Next up: chopping up veggies. Really fast work. Large slices of onions and a quick mince of a jalapeno (or 2) if you like heat like I do! :) 

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

Heat some oil in a skillet and add those bad boys to the pool. Hot pool. Char those little guys! For a few minutes at least. :)

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

Get your other accouterments ready! Ginger, garlic and your pre-made spice blend. Toss them on in!

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

Yum! Spice blend perfection!

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

Once you have that going all nice and pretty, add in some coconut milk!

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

Drop in some meat! You can actually use whatever kind of meat you want. I like chicken and curry. I really, really like chicken thighs for the extra vitamin and minerals boost – and flavor boost. I even leave the skin in the mix because – well, because it’s good. 

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

Sauce! The whole house smells divine at this point – and the husband will wander in and ask how much longer. That’s inevitable. 😉 Tell him not long and go have fun for 1/2 hour or so while NOT watching the pot. Just let it simmer with a lid on while you work on whatever. Cleaning? Sure. Laundry? Probably. Then it’s ready!

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry

Like I said, easy. Just add some brown rice if you’re not Paleo and some watermelon – again – just because. Well, watermelon is awesome and is cheap right now, so, yes, add your watermelon dessert. :)

Done and done. El fin. You might also have leftover sauce that you can use to simmer your morning eggs in. Trust me, you’ll want to!  

Fast & healthy basil chicken curry
Serves 4
This basil chicken curry is so fast and healthy that you can enjoy it 7 days a week! :)
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
For the spice mix
  1. 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  2. 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  3. 1 teaspoon cumin
  4. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground gloves
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  7. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  9. 1 teaspoon turmeric
For the meat
  1. 4 large chicken thighs, de-boned (I kept the skin in the meat mix but you can always discard it)
For the sauce
  1. 1 sweet onion sliced, not chopped
  2. 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  3. 2 tablespoons sliced, minced or chopped fresh ginger
  4. 2 jalapenos, minced (leave seeds for more heat; discard for less)
  5. 3 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
  6. 1 can of coconut milk (full or low-fat)
  7. 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice (or 1 tablespoon concentrate if you don't have fresh)
  8. 20-ish basil leaves, fresh with large ones torn
Optional side
  1. Cooked brown rice (If you aren't low-carb or totally grain-free) - I used one boil-in-a-bag.
  2. Watermelon slices
Instructions
  1. For spice mix, stir all the spices into a bowl. You can double or triple the recipe to save some for later if you'd like!
  2. Using a wok (or whatever large pan you have), heat the coconut oil or ghee over high heat until smoke forms.
  3. Add the onions and peppers. Sear the veggies for 5 minutes, stirring just enough to keep them from burning.
  4. Add garlic, ginger and spice mix. Stir. Cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add coconut milk and chicken. Stir. Cook until simmering. Reduce heat, cover and let it go for 25 minutes. Take the cover off toward the end (5 minutes or so) to let the sauce reduce a bit.
  6. When chicken is cooked, remove pan and add basil and lime juice.
  7. Serve with your accouterments. Add a salad if you haven't had one for lunch. :)
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Fast & healthy basil chicken curry