Chicken Curry in a Hurry

I know I usually sing the praises of my slow cooker, but today I didn’t feel like using it. Instead I went to the opposite end of the cooking time scale, and made a curry in about 30 minutes. If you are quicker at chopping vegetables then you might be able to cut it down even more!

I adapted this recipe from BBC Good Food. If you aren’t keen on butternut pumkpin (squash) or sweet potato then you could substitute other vegetables – maybe cauliflower as that always works well with curry flavours. You can also use a different type of curry paste if you like more heat.

Ingredients – serves 4:

  • 2 tbsp curry paste of your choice (I used korma paste)
  • oil (olive or vegetable)
  • 600g/21oz sliced chicken breasts (I used chicken breast that came pre-sliced for stir frying – the thin slicing is great for quick cooking)
  • 1/2 a small butternut pumpkin (squash), peeled and diced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 200ml/7fl oz chicken stock
  • 400ml/14 fl oz coconut cream
  • 150g/5oz frozen peas


  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • Add the pumpkin and sweet potato to the pan, stir and cook for 3 minutes on a med/high heat.
  • Then add the sliced chicken to the pan and stir to combine with the pumpkin and potato. Cook, stirring, for a few minutes until the chicken is sealed.

  • Pour in both the coconut cream and the chicken stock, then bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the pumpkin and sweet potato are tender.

  • Stir in the frozen peas, bring back to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with white rice or indian-style bread.
  • Enjoy!

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