One Pot Butternut Squash Chicken Curry

4 to 6 servings

Butternut Squash Chicken Curry with coconut milk & chickpeas is a protein-packed, warming meal. To make vegetarian, use vegetable stock and replace the chicken with half a head of cauliflower cut into florets.


  • 2 tbsp coconut or olive oil, divided
  • 3 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 small butternut squash, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 2-3 cups cooked basmati rice, for serving
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced, for garnish


Heat 1 tbsp oil over med-high heat in a large, deep pot. Add chicken and saute until browned, about 5-6 min. Remove chicken from pot. Add remaining tbsp of olive oil, squash, carrots, garlic and ginger cooking for 4-5 min until veggies start to get tender. Add stock, coconut milk, curry powder, turmeric and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Add chicken and any juices from the chicken back to pot. Add chickpeas and red pepper and cook another 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in spinach until spinach wilts.

Serve over rice basmati rice. Garnish with cilantro and serve!

SLOW COOKER METHOD: Place all ingredients in the slow cooker except chickpeas, spinach, cilantro and rice. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Add chickpeas in 1 hour before serving, leaving lid off slow cooker to allow sauce to thicken. Stir in spinach right before serving, and serve with rice, topping with cilantro.

To freeze: After curry has cooled, place in a gallon sized freezer bag, Remove as much air as possible, seal, label and freeze. To serve, thaw, heat through and serve over rice.

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