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Satisfying & Easy Chicken Curry for One

This chicken curry for one is a recipe that stands out for its adaptability and health-conscious options. It is quick, customizable, and bursting with flavor which makes it the ideal choice for a solo culinary adventure.

Chicken curry with broccoli, carrots and bell peppers and sprinkled with seesame seeds and chopped parsley.

Imagine coming home after a long day and craving something comforting yet simple to prepare. Well, this recipe is perfect for a single serving, whether you’re in the mood for a quick lunch or a cozy dinner.

It is a quick and easy chicken curry recipe, designed with a focus on simplicity, fresh ingredients, and robust flavor, tailored for busy lifestyles.

This single-serving chicken curry stands out for its ease of preparation and use of common ingredients, making it a go-to for anyone looking for a no-fuss, delicious meal.

In less than 30 minutes, you can have a creamy, tangy, and aromatic curry that’s just for you.

Whether it’s a quick single curry lunch or a mini curry experience for dinner, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings without overwhelming your schedule.

Get ready to enjoy a meal that’s as rewarding as it is effortless.

🌟 Recipe Tips

  • Choose Quality Ingredients: The success of your single-serve curry hinges on the quality of the ingredients. Opt for fresh vegetables and a high-quality chicken breast. Fresh ingredients not only enhance the flavor but also add to the nutritional value of your meal.
  • Properly Prepare Your Vegetables: Ensure your vegetables, especially the carrot and bell pepper, are chopped uniformly. This not only makes your curry aesthetically pleasing but also ensures even cooking.
  • Balancing the Flavors: The curry sauce and coconut milk are key players in your personal curry delight. Taste as you go and adjust the seasoning if necessary. The right balance of spices in the curry sauce can elevate the dish from good to great.
  • Heat Control: Cooking on medium heat is essential. It allows the flavors to meld together nicely without burning the spices or overcooking the chicken.
  • Thicken the Sauce to Your Liking: If you prefer a thicker curry, let it simmer for a few extra minutes. For a thinner sauce, add a bit more coconut milk.
  • Don’t Rush the Cooking Process: Even though this is a quick single curry, giving enough time for the chicken to cook thoroughly and absorb the flavors is crucial.
  • Garnish for Extra Flavor and Texture: Finish your dish with a sprinkle of mixed seeds. This not only adds a crunchy texture but also a nutritional boost.

🥘 Ingredients & Substitutes

Chicken breast, broccoli, cream, carrot, sesame seeds and curry.
  • Chicken Breast is the star protein of your solo chicken curry, adding lean, healthy protein to the dish. If chicken isn’t your thing or you’re looking for a vegetarian option, tofu or tempeh can step in. They’re great at soaking up the curry flavors, just like chicken.
  • Frozen Broccoli brings a crunch and a burst of green, contributing vitamins and a fresh taste. If you’re out of broccoli, try cauliflower or green beans. They both add a similar texture and soak up the curry sauce nicely.
  • Bell Pepper adds a sweet and slightly tangy flavor, plus a pop of color. No bell pepper in the fridge? Try using zucchini or red onion. They’ll add a different but equally delicious flavor profile and maintain that colorful visual appeal.
  • Carrot is there for a hint of sweetness. If carrots aren’t available, sweet potatoes or butternut squash are excellent alternatives. They bring a similar sweetness and a lovely texture to your personal curry delight.
  • Curry Sauce is the heart of the dish, providing those classic, warm curry flavors. If you don’t have a pre-made curry sauce, a blend of curry powder mixed with a bit of tomato paste can create a similar flavor base.
  • Coconut Milk gives the curry its creamy, rich texture and slightly sweet flavor. No coconut milk? Try using heavy cream or a dairy-free milk alternative like almond or soy milk for a similar creaminess.
  • Mix of Seeds (like pumpkin, sunflower, or sesame) adds a nutty flavor and a delightful crunch. If seeds aren’t your thing or you’re looking for a change, chopped nuts like almonds or cashews can provide a similar texture and a boost of healthy fats.

👩‍🍳 Directions

To begin, clean, wash, and chop the vegetables. Also, thoroughly wash the meat, then dry and cut it into bite-sized cubes.

Take a spacious frying pan that will be comfortable for mixing all the ingredients. Add 1 teaspoon of oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and season with a little salt and pepper.

Quick Note:

Keep in mind that the curry paste is already salty, so if you wish, you can season only at the end.

Frying chicken breast pieces in a pan on the stove.

Cook the chicken over high heat until it is sealed on all sides. This will take about 5 minutes. Then add the vegetables.

Quick Note:

If you prefer your broccoli to be al dente, I advise you to add it at the end along with the coconut milk. If added at the beginning, it will become soft eventually.

Frying pan with chicken, broccoli, cappia pepper, and carrots.

Fry the vegetables with the meat for another 5 minutes on high heat, then turn the heat down and add the curry paste. Stir well until the curry paste covers all the ingredients.

Frying pan with chicken, broccoli, cappia pepper, and carrots.

Add the coconut milk and cook on low heat for another 10 minutes, stirring periodically for even cooking.

Frying pan with chicken, broccoli, cappia pepper, and carrots.

Now you can taste and adjust the salt to your liking.

Frying pan with chicken, broccoli, cappia pepper, and carrots.

Serve immediately while it’s warm. Garnish with finely chopped herbs and a mix of seeds, if desired.

Chicken curry with broccoli, carrots and bell peppers and sprinkled with seesame seeds and chopped parsley.

🍴 How to Double the Recipe:

Doubling the chicken curry for one to cater to two servings is straightforward. Simply double each ingredient: use two chicken breasts instead of one, double the amounts of frozen broccoli, bell pepper, carrot, curry sauce, and coconut milk, and increase the mix of seeds accordingly.

Keep an eye on the cooking time; while the preparation steps remain the same, you may need a few extra minutes to ensure everything is cooked evenly and thoroughly. This adjustment maintains the flavor balance and ensures each serving is as delightful as a single serving.

Remember, the key is in maintaining the proportions to keep that perfect harmony of taste and texture in your expanded personal curry delight.

🍽️ Servings

Solo Chicken Curry Elevated Dinner

  • Components: Enhance your curry with a side of aromatic basmati rice and a small bowl of cucumber raita. The rice adds a fluffy texture and soaks up the curry, while the raita offers a cool, refreshing contrast.
  • Presentation: Serve the curry alongside the rice, with raita on the side in a small bowl. Garnish the curry with fresh cilantro and a slice of lemon for a fresh look.
  • Occasion: Perfect for a relaxing dinner after a busy day. This combination elevates your meal, making it feel like a special occasion.

Light and Healthy Lunch Option

  • Components: Accompany your curry with a fresh green salad, tossed with a light vinaigrette, and a slice of whole grain bread. The salad adds freshness and a crunchy texture, balancing the creamy curry.
  • Presentation: Place the salad next to the curry on a plate, with the bread on the side. Add some cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of feta cheese to the salad for extra flavor and color.
  • Occasion: Ideal for a nutritious and satisfying lunch, especially when you’re looking for something hearty yet healthy.

Cozy Winter Evening Meal

  • Components: Serve the curry over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes or polenta. The smooth texture of the potatoes or polenta pairs wonderfully with the rich curry, creating a comforting meal.
  • Presentation: Spoon the curry over the mashed potatoes or polenta, and garnish with some chopped green onions or chives for a touch of color and flavor.
  • Occasion: Great for a cozy, comforting dinner on a cold winter evening. This heartwarming combination is sure to satisfy and warm you up.

🍽️ Variations

Vegetarian Twist

  • Modification: Swap out the chicken breast for chickpeas to transform your curry into a hearty vegetarian option. Chickpeas add protein and a satisfying texture.
  • How-To: Rinse and drain a can of chickpeas. Add them to the curry in place of chicken, allowing them to simmer in the sauce to absorb the flavors.
  • Ideal For: Those looking for a plant-based alternative without compromising on taste or heartiness.

Spicy Adventure

  • Modification: Introduce some heat by adding diced chili peppers or a spoonful of spicy chili paste.
  • How-To: Finely chop your choice of chili peppers or measure a spoonful of chili paste. Mix it into the curry sauce as it simmers.
  • Ideal For: Spice lovers who enjoy an extra kick in their meals.

Seafood Delight

  • Modification: Replace the chicken with shrimp for a seafood variation of the curry.
  • How-To: Add peeled and deveined shrimp to the curry in the last 5-7 minutes of cooking, ensuring they are cooked through but not overdone.
  • Ideal For: Seafood enthusiasts looking to add a different protein to their curry experience.

Creamier Curry

  • Modification: For a richer, creamier curry, add a dollop of Greek yogurt or cream to the mix.
  • How-To: Stir in the Greek yogurt or cream during the last few minutes of cooking, letting it meld with the curry sauce.
  • Ideal For: Those who prefer a richer, more indulgent curry texture.

❄️ Storage

  • In the Fridge: Store the curry in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh and tasty for up to 3-4 days. Make sure the curry has cooled to room temperature before refrigerating to prevent bacterial growth.
  • In the Freezer: For longer storage, freeze the curry. Place it in a freezer-safe container or a heavy-duty freezer bag. It can be stored for up to 2 months. Label the container with the date, so you keep track of its shelf life.
  • Thawing Considerations: When you’re ready to enjoy your curry again, thaw it in the refrigerator if it’s been frozen. This process can take several hours or overnight, so plan accordingly. Avoid thawing at room temperature as it can encourage bacterial growth.
  • Reheating Tips: Reheat the curry in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. If it seems too thick, add a little water or coconut milk to reach your desired consistency. You can also reheat it in the microwave. Cover the dish and heat it in intervals, stirring in between, until it’s thoroughly warmed.
  • Avoid Repeated Reheatings: Each time you reheat the curry, you run the risk of degrading its quality and taste. It’s best to only reheat the portion you plan to eat.

🤔 FAQs

Can I Use Fresh Broccoli Instead of Frozen?

Absolutely! Fresh broccoli can be used in place of frozen. Just chop it into bite-sized pieces. Remember to adjust the cooking time slightly, as fresh broccoli might cook faster than frozen.

What If I Don’t Have Curry Sauce?

No curry sauce? No problem. You can create a simple curry base using curry powder mixed with a little tomato paste and water. Adjust the spices according to your taste preference.

What Should I Do with Leftover Coconut Milk?

Leftover coconut milk can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Use it in smoothies, soups, or other curries. You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray for later use.

Is This Recipe Suitable for Meal Prep?

Yes, this curry is great for meal prep. It stores well in the fridge for a few days and can be easily reheated. Just portion it out into individual containers for a quick and easy meal.

📔 Recipe Card:

Chicken curry with broccoli, carrots and bell peppers in a vintage plate.

Satisfying Chicken Curry Recipe for One

Discover the ease of cooking with our single-serve chicken curry. Fresh, quality ingredients combine for a meal that's both nutritious and satisfying.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1
Calories 502 kcal


  • 7 oz Chicken Breast
  • ½ Bell pepper
  • ½ Carrot
  • 3 oz Broccoli
  • 2 teaspoons Curry paste
  • ½ cup Coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon Seeds Mix


  • Prepare vegetables and meat.
  • Heat oil in a spacious frying pan. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken over high heat for 5 minutes.
    7 oz Chicken Breast
  • Add vegetables (except broccoli if al dente is preferred). Cook for another 5 minutes on high heat.
    ½ Bell pepper, ½ Carrot, 3 oz Broccoli
  • Reduce heat, add curry paste. Stir well.
    2 teaspoons Curry paste
  • Add coconut milk, cook on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust salt.
    ½ cup Coconut milk
  • Serve warm, garnished with herbs and seeds if desired.
    1 teaspoon Seeds Mix


  • Adjust Vegetable Proportions: Feel free to adjust the quantities of broccoli, bell pepper, and carrot to suit your taste. If you prefer more vegetables in your curry, simply add a bit more.
  • Use Light Coconut Milk for a Healthier Option: If you’re watching your calorie intake, opt for light coconut milk. It provides the same creamy texture with fewer calories.
  • Add a Citrus Twist: For an added zing, squeeze a bit of lime juice over the curry before serving. This adds a fresh and tangy flavor that complements the spices.
  • Make It Nuttier: For an extra crunch and nutty flavor, consider adding a handful of cashews or almonds to the curry while it simmers.
  • Rice Pairing: While basmati rice is a classic pairing, feel free to serve this curry with other grains like quinoa or brown rice for a different texture and added nutrition.
  • Spice It Up: If you have them on hand, consider adding a cinnamon stick or a bay leaf to the curry while it cooks for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Herb Garnish: Garnish with fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley for a burst of color and freshness.


Calories: 502kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 41gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 2111mgPotassium: 1479mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 9081IUVitamin C: 156mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Chicken, Curry
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