satay chicken coconut curry

I wanted to create a gluten free curry with a satisfying peanut butter satay edge and this one really hit the spot. A mild, peanut and coconut thai-style curry sauce with chicken, aubergine and spinach. Sprinkle a few nuts and chilli flakes to finish, serve on a bed of rice and voila, deeeelicious!

While a very mild curry, you’ll find this dish still packed with flavour. I designed it this way so you have a family friendly/crowd pleasing dish that individuals can adapt depending on their tastes. My husband loves lots of chilli flakes on top of his portion, while my toddler prefers the non-spicy version!

A note if you are planning on making this for young children, you can easily adapt it to ensure they are not getting too much salt from the dish. When I was making this for my daughter under 2 years old, I would give her a little less sauce due to the tamari in it being quite salty. To make a baby friendly version simply reduce the amount of tamari or even add it into the adult meals afterwards.

satay chicken curry recipe

ANYWAY, this gluten free satay chicken curry dish will keep the whole family happy (with plenty of hidden veg). I have used roast chicken leftovers, as I find it to be way more cost effective and less wasteful than buying chicken breasts.

However, this recipe can be adapted to use fresh chicken too – simple fry the chicken up with the spices, onion and garlic before you add the coconut milk.

Satay Chicken Coconut Curry Recipe (Serves 4)

You’ll find the method below plus a few step by step pictures to help guide you. Feel free to email me any questions or comments you might have – Or DM me on social media @myglutenfreeguide. Ooh, also send photos of your creations please!

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Enjoy! Laura xxx

Satay Chicken Coconut Curry (GF, DF)
Yield: Serves 4

Satay Chicken Coconut Curry (GF, DF)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 0.5 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 shallot or a small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium aubergine, cubed 1cm pieces
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 3 heaped tsp peanut butter
  • 3 tsp tamari
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Roast chicken leftovers (whatever quantity you have) torn into pieces or two chicken breasts cut into chunks
  • 100g spinach
  • Rice and peanuts to serve


  1. In a high-sided frying pan or wide bottom saucepan, fry the cumin, cayenne pepper, tumeric and coriander in a little oil over a low to medium heat. Allow them to sizzle gently for a few minutes until they smell fragrant.
  2. Next add the shallot and fry for 5 minutes to soften. The shallot should be slightly translucent after cooking.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the spices and shallot, stirring to distribute it through the mixture.
  4. Now in go the roast chicken pieces and aubergine cubes. Stir to coat the chicken and aubergine with the spices and allow to cook for 5 minutes. The aubergine will have started to soften slightly by the time you have finished this stage of cooking.
  5. Add the coconut milk to the pan and stir well. Bring the curry to simmering point then turn down the heat and leave to simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir through the peanut butter and add the tamari and lime juice, before cooking for a further 10 minutes. We are still using a low-medium heat to allow the aubergine to cook gently and for all those lovely flavours to be taken up by the chicken and aubergine pieces.
  7. Finally add the spinach and stir it through the curry until it has wilted. Then the satay chicken curry is ready to serve.
  8. Serve the curry on a bed of rice, topped with crushed peanuts. Add some chilli flakes and chopped coriander if you have them and fancy a bit of extra colour and spice!

gluten free dairy free satay chicken curry

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Bon appetit! x