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Chicken and coconut curry with mango and Indian spices

Diana Henry / 22 October 2015

I find the combination of Indian spices, mango and coconut absolutely irresistible. Hopefully you will too, writes Diana Henry.

Chicken and coconut curry
Chicken and coconut curry

Cooking time

1 hour




  • 6 skinless chicken thighs, each cut in half 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • 10g unsalted butter 
  • 1/2 tablespoon groundnut oil 
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped 
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 
  • 6 medium tomatoes, chopped 
  • 1 ½ tbsp curry paste (I used Patak’s vindaloo paste) 
  • 1 tsp ground ginger 
  • 250 ml chicken stock 
  • 1 tsp soft light brown sugar 
  • 160ml tin coconut cream 
  • 1 just ripe mango, peeled and sliced 
  • 3 tbsp double cream 
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon or 2 limes 
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped coriander


Heat the butter and oil in a saute pan, add the chicken and cook until golden on both sides, seasoning it as it cooks. (You only want to colour the outside, not cook the chicken through). Remove to a plate. 

Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook over a medium heat until soft, about 7 minutes. 

Add the tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring from time to time.

Stir in the curry paste and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes, until the spices have released their aroma. Add the stock, bring to the boil and boil until the liquid has been reduced by about half.

Turn the heat down, add the coconut and put the chicken back. Cook over a medium-low heat – don’t boil the dish – for 15 minutes. Add the mango so it can cook for the last 5 minutes.

Stir in the cream and add the citrus juice. Taste for seasoning. Simmer for about a minute to heat through, then add the coriander and serve with rice.

For more curry ideas, see our collection of Indian recipes.


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