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A deliciously cozy one-pot chicken curry that is perfect for the cooler weather!

As the weather changes to cooler temps, I immediately gravitate towards more stews, soups, curries, chilis, and heartier meat dishes.

The comforting dishes that we are so accustomed to during cooler months have a way of giving you a warm hug from the inside out. Furthermore, regardless of cold or warm weather, a hearty meal during uncertain times can bring a sense of stability and comfort no matter the weather.

A deliciously cozy one-pot chicken curry that is perfect for the cooler weather!

Chicken Butternut Squash Red Curry

Comfort, flavor, and ease describe this chicken butternut squash red curry recipe.

It is full of veggies and uses organic boneless, skinless chicken thighs from Farmer Focus to give this recipe a hearty protein.

Seasonally, it’s a great Fall or Winter dish because of the butternut squash (I used honeynut squash which is sweeter but slightly harder to find) and gives you an opportunity to get some squash into your meals.

I find that any kind of hard squash works well in this so use whatever you have on hand – butternut, acorn, honeynut, delicata. If you want to use zucchini or yellow squash, they’re softer so cooking time would be less.

A deliciously cozy one-pot chicken curry that is perfect for the cooler weather!

Farmer Focus boneless, skinless chicken thighs

This recipe for chicken butternut squash red curry starts with boneless skinless chicken thighs from Farmer Focus. As you have seen over the years, Farmer Focus and I have a longstanding partnership.

I take my partnerships seriously and don’t just partner with anyone. I’m a huge fan of their chicken.

A deliciously cozy one-pot chicken curry that is perfect for the cooler weather!

From being able to easily find where the family farms are via the Farm ID on the packaging to the clean taste of the chicken from being raised with integrity and high industry standards; I am consistently impressed with their quality.

Farmer Focus is based in the Shenandoah Valley and my ties there are strong and memorable. I went to university there and Aaron and I spent many months there together. Farmer Focus is available in many more places now and I’m constantly shocked when I find them in stores because I remember when they were a much smaller company. I’m so proud of them and what they are doing in the industry to change it up by putting farmers first.

A deliciously cozy one-pot chicken curry that is perfect for the cooler weather!

Other Farmer Focus chicken recipes

Apple cider chicken skillet

Creamy skillet mushroom chicken

Pressure cooker honey butter and herb roasted chicken

Paprika and garlic grilled chicken

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Chicken Butternut Squash Red Curry

A deliciously cozy one-pot chicken curry that is perfect for the cooler weather!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 1 pound (454 g) Farmer Focus boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt,, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons (42 g) coconut oil, divided
  • 4 cups (560 g) small diced butternut squash
  • 4 small baby bok choy, thinly sliced, green tops and thicker bottoms separated
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons (60 g) red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemongrass
  • 15 ounce (425 ml) can coconut milk
  • 3 cups (710 ml) chicken stock
  • 15 ounce (425 g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • White rice, for serving

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  • Lightly season the chunked chicken thighs with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • In a large 12-inch high sided skillet add 2 tablespoons coconut oil and set over medium-high heat.
  • When the oil is hot add in the chicken and cook until the outside of the chicken is browned, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet add the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil and let melt.
  • Once melted add in the butternut squash, bottoms of the baby bok choy, yellow onion, and sliced bell peppers.
  • Saute until the peppers and onions just start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the red curry paste, grated fresh ginger, grated fresh garlic, and grated fresh lemongrass.
  • Stir to evenly coat the vegetables and saute for a few more minutes or just until fragrant.
  • Pour in the coconut milk and chicken stock and stir to combine.
  • Add in the cooked chicken with its juices and the can of chickpeas.
  • Lower the heat to medium and gently simmer the curry until the butternut squash is tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, and stir in the minced cilantro and sliced green tops of the baby bok choy. The warmth of the curry will soften the baby bok choy tops.
  • Serve spooned over white rice.


Recipe Notes

When I make curry I always use the full jar (4 ounce) which is about 6/7 tablespoons.
The more curry paste you use the spicier the curry will get but in my opinion, the store-bought red curry paste is not hot at all. I always add extra ginger/garlic/lemongrass to my curry even though it’s included in the red curry paste. This is optional but I really think it makes a super flavorful curry.
I do not like my curry to be overly sweet so with the addition of butternut squash I don’t think it needs more sweetness. However, if you want to add a little sweetness dark brown sugar/coconut sugar/honey are all great options. I would add 1-2 tablespoons.
I like to cook the baby bok choy in 2 steps because if the green tops cook for too long they get too soft and turn an ugly shade of green.
If you want a thinner curry add in 1-2 more cups of chicken stock.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 778 kcal | Carbohydrates: 55 g | Protein: 38 g | Fat: 48 g | Saturated Fat: 36 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 113 mg | Sodium: 774 mg | Potassium: 1602 mg | Fiber: 14 g | Sugar: 15 g

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: butternut squash, chicken, curry
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