Quick Thai Chicken Curry

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Curry is a diverse category of dishes originating from the Indian subcontinent that typically involve the use of a variety of spices and herbs. The term "curry" itself is a Western invention, and in India, the various dishes are referred to by specific names based on their ingredients, preparation methods, and regional variations.

History of Curry

The history of curry dates back thousands of years, with its roots in the Indian subcontinent. The use of a wide range of spices, such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, and cardamom, characterizes Indian cuisine, and these spices contribute to the rich and complex flavors found in curry dishes.

Curry dishes vary significantly across regions, reflecting local culinary traditions and ingredient availability. As trade routes expanded over time, Indian spices and culinary techniques influenced cuisines in other parts of Asia, the Middle East, and eventually Europe.

The British, in particular, played a role in popularizing curry in the West. As they colonized India, they developed a taste for Indian flavors and brought them back to Europe. The term "curry" was later used to describe a variety of dishes with spiced sauces.

Low-Carb Benefits of Curry

Curry dishes can be adapted to fit a low-carb or ketogenic diet, making them suitable for individuals who are mindful of their carbohydrate intake. Here are some aspects that contribute to the low-carb benefits of curry:

  • Vegetables and Protein: Many curry recipes include a variety of low-carb vegetables, such as spinach, cauliflower, and bell peppers. Additionally, proteins like chicken, beef, or seafood can be incorporated, providing essential nutrients without adding excessive carbohydrates.
  • Use of Spices: Spices are a key component of curry, and they add flavor without adding significant carbs. Common spices like turmeric, cumin, and coriander not only contribute to the taste but also have potential health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Coconut Milk: In some curry recipes, coconut milk is used to create a creamy and flavorful base. While coconut milk contains some carbohydrates, it's moderate and can be included in a low-carb diet in moderation.
  • Customization: One of the advantages of preparing curry at home is the ability to customize the ingredients to meet specific dietary preferences. By choosing low-carb vegetables and controlling the amount of added sugars, individuals can create delicious, low-carb curry dishes.

It's important to note that the exact carbohydrate content of curry dishes can vary based on ingredients and preparation methods, so it's advisable to check specific recipes or nutritional information if you are closely monitoring your carb intake.


Quick Thai Chicken Curry

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Thai


  • 1 cup (240 ml) of coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1/4 cup (4 g) of fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of lime juice
  • 1 chili pepper (14 g), seeds removed (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon (7 g) of curry powder
  • 2 cloves (6 g) of garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons (4 g) of ginger powder
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of coconut oil, to cook with
  • 1 chicken breast (200 g), diced
  • 1 medium bell pepper (120 g), diced
  • 1/2 medium onion (55 g), diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


                              1. To make the curry sauce, blend the coconut milk, fresh cilantro, lime juice, optional chili pepper, curry powder, garlic cloves, and ginger powder until smooth. Set aside.
                              2. In a large skillet or pan, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, bell pepper, and onion to the skillet and saute until the chicken is browned, about 5 minutes.
                              3. Reduce the heat to low and add the curry sauce to the skillet. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
                              4. Divide the curry between 2 plates and serve.

                                                                                                    Nutrition: (Estimated and based on per-serving amounts.)

                                                                                                    • Calories: 572
                                                                                                    • Fat: 47 g
                                                                                                    • Total Carbs: 13 g
                                                                                                    • Fiber: 3 g
                                                                                                    • Sugar: 4 g
                                                                                                    • Net Carbs: 10 g
                                                                                                    • Protein: 26 g

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