Healthy Thai Chicken Curry (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

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The cost of taking a family of eight out to eat means I’ve pretty much made my peace with cooking at home, other than the occasional date night out. I’ve made it my mission to recreate my former favorite takeout dishes in a healthier, real food style. This healthy Thai chicken curry recipe is the perfect meal to spice up a weeknight!

When I Fell in Love With Curry

I tried curry once in my younger years and hated it, but found out later in life I just needed a less spicy version. The more I got into health after having kids, the more I learned about the benefits of using spices and herbs in cooking. I knew I had to give curry another try as it is brimming with some of the best-for-you anti-inflammatory spices: turmeric, ginger, coriander, fennel, and even cinnamon.

I decided to make my own curry powder mix from scratch at home. The beauty of making your own spice blends is that you can adjust the spice level to just what you like! My homemade curry powder mix is now a staple in the kitchen and I’d even venture to say curry dishes are some of our most requested family meals now. (See our favorites below the featured recipe.)

This Thai chicken curry is so easy and delicious it’s become a regular in my meal plan rotation.

Instant Pot, Meet Thai Chicken Curry!

OK, so maybe I’m on such good terms with my Instant Pot by this point that I talk to it sometimes! If you have one, you probably understand…

I was trying to think of how to jazz up some boring chicken for a last-minute dinner and decided to adapt this curry dish for the Instant Pot. (Don’t worry I’ve included a slow cooker option too.)

If you have an Instant Pot, this meal takes only 30 minutes from start to finish and dirties only one pot and a cutting board! That’s exactly my kind of meal and another reason why I love my IP.

Don’t be afraid … it’s simple, safe, and doesn’t have much of a learning curve if you read a few reviews to get started.

Slow Cooker and Freezer Friendly

Here’s a tip for making it through a busy week: batch cooking! This recipe makes it easy.

  1. On a good day to cook, double (or triple!) the ingredients and chop and prep this meal on the weekend. Just omit the coconut milk (you get a better texture when it hasn’t been frozen) and garnishes for now.
  2. Divide into two even portions and place into freezer-safe container. (If using freezer bags, be sure to lay flat.) Write the remaining ingredients to add on the label so they’re not forgotten.
  3. When ready to use, preheat the Instant Pot by setting it on sauté for a few minutes until the meat and vegetables begin to break apart. Add coconut milk, mix briefly, seal the lid, and proceed with cooking!

Put your feet up … dinner will be ready in about 30 minutes!

P.S. Don’t worry, slow cooker option in the recipe.

Healthy Thai Chicken Curry Recipe

Thai Chicken Curry Recipe (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

A sweet and spicy Thai style chicken curry with coconut milk and fresh cilantro. Serve with white rice or cauliflower rice.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Calories 408kcal
Author Katie Wells


6 servings


Garnish (optional)

  • lime (cut into wedges)
  • 2 scallions (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • ½ cup fresh basil (chopped)


Instant Pot Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients in Instant Pot except garnishes.
  • Seal and set to high manual pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Let pressure release naturally and serve.
  • Top with garnishes and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Thai Chicken Curry Recipe (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 204
% Daily Value*
Fat 22.7g35%
Saturated Fat 17.8g111%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 496mg22%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 6.4g27%
Sugar 7.3g8%
Protein 19.5g39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Slow Cooker Option:

Cook for 6-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high, or until chicken is cooked through.
Note: For an authentic flare, use Thai basil if you can find it!

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Like this Thai Chicken Curry recipe? Also try:

  • Pakistani Kima Recipe – This 30 minute, 1 pan recipe is a no fuss, but adventurous weeknight meal with ground beef, curry powder, green beans, and a touch of cinnamon.
  • Healthy Curried Shrimp and Vegetables Recipe – The ultimate easy healthy recipe. Go from frozen to on the table with only 10 minutes prep and 15 minutes in a pan.
  • Butter Chicken Recipe – Chicken, curry powder, garam masala, ginger, and other exotic spices made slightly sweet and creamy with a swirl of tomato paste and coconut milk. Make in slow cooker or Instant Pot for a quick and satisfying meal.

Do you like the flavor of curry? What’s your favorite ethnic comfort food? Please share!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


9 responses to “Healthy Thai Chicken Curry (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)”

  1. Honey Avatar

    Thanks for this resource. just made it and it tastes great and best of all… I feel healthy

  2. Kristin Avatar

    5 stars
    We made this last night, and it was SO GOOD and easy! We ate it with cauliflower rice, and the lime juice over it all is a must! Thanks for a great recipe!



  4. RML Avatar

    This unfortunately only worked being slow cooked on low (in my Instant Pot) for me. I followed your instructions precisely for pressure cooking in my Instant Pot twice and both times got the “overheat” error. It had burned on the bottom of the pot. What could have gone wrong?

    1. Mrs. M Avatar

      I’ve had the overheating issue with my IP when I tried a recipe without enough liquid. This recipe calls for 2 cups of coconut milk, so I don’t know why it would overheat.
      It seems that others haven’t had that problem… maybe try it on low pressure instead of high? And add some minutes to the cook time?
      I’m planning to make this next week in the IP. I’ll try to remember to post my results here.

  5. Estee Avatar

    Delicious recipe Katie- my husband LOVED it! I made this for dinner tonight. It was so fast & easy to throw together. I had everything on hand but the arrowroot powder. I’ve never used that in my kitchen before but will be ordering some! I learn so much from you!

  6. Nancy Avatar

    Why does 4# of chicken only make 4-5 servings? It sounds delicious.

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