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Flavorful Delight: Air Fryer Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe

by Mylyn May Ramos 17 May 2023

If you're a fan of exotic and aromatic flavors, then this Air Fryer Coconut Curry Chicken recipe is a must-try. Tender chicken pieces coated in a creamy coconut curry sauce, infused with fragrant spices and herbs, make for a delicious and satisfying meal. With the convenience of the air fryer, you can achieve a perfectly cooked chicken with a crispy exterior and juicy interior, while the curry sauce develops rich flavors. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey with this mouthwatering recipe!

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  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Cooked rice or naan bread, for serving


Step 1: Marinating the Chicken

  1. In a bowl, combine coconut milk, red curry paste, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, minced garlic, grated ginger, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, cayenne pepper (if using), and salt. Mix well to form a smooth marinade.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and toss until they are well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours for maximum flavor.

Step 2: Air Frying the Coconut Curry Chicken

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade, allowing any excess marinade to drip off.
  3. Place the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket, without overcrowding. You may need to cook the chicken in batches if necessary.
  4. Air fry the chicken for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they are golden brown and cooked through. The cooking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces and the air fryer model used.

Step 3: Serving the Coconut Curry Chicken

  1. Once cooked, remove the chicken from the air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes.
  2. Serve the coconut curry chicken over a bed of cooked rice or with warm naan bread.
  3. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for a burst of freshness and added visual appeal.
  4. This flavorful dish pairs well with steamed vegetables or a side salad.

Conclusion: Air Fryer Coconut Curry Chicken is a delightful fusion of flavors that will transport your taste buds to exotic destinations. The air fryer ensures a crispy and tender chicken while the coconut curry sauce infuses it with creamy and aromatic goodness. With a few simple ingredients and the convenience of the air fryer, you can create a restaurant-worthy dish right in your own kitchen. So, embrace the bold flavors of this coconut curry chicken recipe and enjoy a truly satisfying and flavorful meal that will leave you craving more.

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