Simple Yellow Chicken Curry


Spending money on ready-made food and ingredients can be one of the largest expenses in your budget.

My household has the mainstays that are generally budget-friendly, tasty meals that don’t make you feel deprived in the slightest.

I’m sharing my cost-effective go-to recipes that couples and families will enjoy.

• Simple Yellow Chicken Curry •

Simple Yellow Chicken Curry

Simple Yellow Chicken Curry

Comfort food traditional to Asia, with essential ingredients such as curry powder and coconut milk. Best time to enjoy – Spring, Fall, and Winter

Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 bottle Madras curry powder $7.99 (one -time cost, will last a long time)
  • 2 cans Coconut milk $4.00
  • 4 Fresh chicken breast (~4lb @ $2.99/lb.) $11.96
  • 4 Potatoes (medium) $4.00
  • 3 Sweet potatoes (medium) $4.00
  • 1 Onion $1.25
  • Dipping bread or white rice $5.00
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  • Total $38.20
  • Cost per serving $4.78




    1. Chop the onion and raw chicken into bite-size pieces.

    2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

    3. Chop the potatoes into slightly larger pieces so that they do not fall apart during the cooking process.



      1. Place the chopped onion and potatoes in a medium or large pot on stovetop over medium heat.

      2. Pour in 1 ½ cups of water.

      3. Pour in both cans of coconut milk.

      4. Stir and let the pot heat up and begin cooking the ingredients, about 5-10 minutes.

      5. Stir in the raw chicken.

      6. Stir in 4 tablespoons of curry powder (adjust to taste).

      7. Add more water to cover the ingredients, if needed.

      8. Let the pot get to simmering, and then turn it down to low-medium heat. Place a lid on the pot and let it cook for 1 ½ – 2 hours (avoid a rolling boil).

      9. Ensure that the potatoes are cooked through prior to serving.

      10. Add salt to taste.



        1. Ladle curry into a bowl, and pieces of bread into the liquid.

        2. If you prefer, forego the bread and ladle the curry over a bowl of white rice.

        Recipe Notes

        This recipe may seem a tad high per serving, but keep in mind that the curry powder will amortize over multiple meals. That will reduce this $1/serving.

        Enjoy, and share your thoughts if you try this recipe!

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        • T-Verrio

          Thank you for this recipe! It sounds just like the curry my mom used to make when I was a kid. The only difference was that hers also had carrot chunks and a can of bamboo mixed in. Wow, talk about comfort food on a cold winter day!

          • Full-time Dollars

            Sometimes I do add carrots and bamboo if I’m looking for variety, but if additional solid ingredients are added, an additional can of coconut milk may be needed to keep the base from getting too watered down. Thanks for sharing your experience with curry!

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