Chicken Massaman Curry is an easy, gluten-free weeknight dinner option.

When I go to the grocery store, I like to stock up for the week. I try to plan in advance so that I have enough food to make several meals, preferably with leftovers. But I’m not actually very good at meal planning. I’m a sucker for fresh, colorful produce and I often wind buying more than I need. On top of that, I also receive a local CSA basket each week with even more produce. 

That’s when my homemade massaman curry comes to the rescue, which I’m sharing today in conjunction with the Ziploc® Fresh 180 Program. Massaman Curry is a one-pot meal that’s easy, impressive and an excellent way to use up vegetables. If you’re unfamiliar with Thai cuisine, massaman curry is a great place to start. It’s slightly sweet and slightly spicy (not too spicy). There are versions of this dish that include many spices and unique ingredients but I’m making it easy for you: mix one can of massaman curry paste with one can of coconut milk. It tastes just as good as any curry you’ll get from a Thai restaurant yet it’s easy enough to prepare at the last minute after a hectic day at work.

Chicken Massaman Curry is an easy, gluten-free weeknight dinner option.

In my simplified version of this dish, the main ingredients are coconut milk, massaman curry paste, chicken or beef, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, peanuts and cilantro. On top of those ingredients, you can pretty much add any vegetable you want to use. I’ve added bell peppers to this version and their sweetness works wonderfully with all of the other flavors.

In order to keep the produce fresh until I was ready to prepare the dish, I used Ziploc® Brand Fresh Produce Bags to store the bell peppers and cilantro. The bags have little vents that prevent moisture from getting trapped inside with the produce, something that often happens with regular plastic bags. This chicken massaman curry is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for the entire family. It’s the perfect way to use up vegetables and bring a bit of spice to the table.

Chicken Massaman Curry is an easy, gluten-free weeknight dinner option.

Chicken Massaman Curry
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Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 4-ounce can massaman curry paste (I use Maesri)
  • 1 tablespoon high heat oil or clarified butter
  • 5 boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, trimmed of fat and cut into large cubes
  • 1 small or half large yellow onion, large dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, large dice
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, large dice
  • 4 mini gold potatoes, quartered
  • 3 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup packed cilantro, roughly chopped
  • toasted, unsalted peanuts for garnish
  • Optional: rice for serving
  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the coconut milk and curry paste. Set aside.
  2. In a large dutch oven or pot, heat the oil on medium high until shimmering and then brown the chicken for several minutes.
  3. Stir in the onion, bell peppers, potatoes and tomatoes. Add the coconut milk mixture and stir. Bring to a boil, cover, and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft and chicken is cooked through. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
  4. Serve over rice if using and garnish with peanuts.


Disclaimer: I was paid to develop a recipe for the Ziploc® Fresh 180 program. As always, all opinions are my own.

  • Kathryn

    I love massaman curry – it’s a staple in our house!

  • Julia @Vikalinka

    I have a family to feed and I am still so bad at meal planning…just too impulsive to plan! Beautiful produce on display in this curry. You are such a master of light!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I love curry, but have never tried Massaman curry!
    This is so easy and delicious looking, it looks like the whole “I haven’t tried it” thang needs to change!

  • Mary Frances

    I’ve never tried something like this! The spice combination, and all those colorful foods, are calling my name though!

  • Caroline

    I’m not a meal planner either! I love that Ziplock bag idea! Jen, this looks so yummy. I love curries and really need to try that massaman paste!

  • Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today

    I am happy to try it, so I pin it :) I must also write that pictures are awesome.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Marta! I am headed to Berlin in a few months so I may have to hit you up for dining tips :)

      • Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today

        Oh great! Let me know when you’re here and if you’ll have time I’ll take you for a nice coffee or tee or wine :)

  • Sasha

    I love getting soups like this in Thai restaurants and am trying to incorporate more of them into my home cooking. Thanks for sharing this – I’ll be referring to it when I’m in the kitchen :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    It’s pouring rain and I’m craving anything comforting – this curry would be just perfect!

  • cheri

    I love dishes like this. So bright and colorful. Beautiful pics.

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  • Paula – bell’alimento

    Great recipe! I can’t wait to try! Pinning!

  • Fabiola@notjustbaked

    I love massaman curry. I have all if these ingredients and family visiting, I know what I’m making for dinner. Thanks!

  • Karina Alvaera

    This looks so good! Plus the recipe looks simple enough that I would probably succeed in making it! lol

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    love the curry recipe. . and I didn’t even know Ziploc made Ziploc® brand Fresh Produce Bags! I usually keep my herbs in jars of water with bags over them in the fridge or certain fruits, like lemons and limes in regular ziploc bags to last longer. . will def look for these!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog

    I just recently started planning my menu for the week. It saves me so much time. This curry sounds amazing, as do those produce bags.

  • Vickie P

    I love Massaman curry and am always looking for an easy at-home recipe. Your food photography is so beautiful and makes me want to cook!!

  • Sean C

    We’ve never tried Massaman curry at our house. We all like it and I’m thinking this weekend we’ll have to try this recipe.

  • Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    Thus sounds AWESOME! I love curry! Especially Thai varieties like this!

  • Trish F

    This looks like a fairly easy recipe that even I could probably cook this. My husband has always wrinkled up his nose when I have mentioned curry, he’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Well there is meat and potatoes in this, so I say fair game!

  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    I made something similar to this a few days ago with a Thai curry paste but other than that it had almost the same ingredients as yours. I will have to try it with the massaman paste! Love your photos!

  • Louly (Kristine)

    I love the styling in these photos. It’s very difficult to photograph curry and you nailed it!

  • Jenny @ BAKE

    This looks fresh and delicious! I’m always getting distracted by fresh produce at the shops, it just looks so appealing!

  • Martha Pierce

    This looks and sounds incredibly yummy!

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh my! I just love curry, this recipe looks amazing!

  • Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

    Curry is one of the things we love the most – a quick meal when you have all the ingredients on hand, it’s total comfort food!

  • Coral Dickinson

    This looks so good! I’ve been craving some curry dishes lately, maybe I will make this!

  • Jessica

    yummy. we took a cooking class in thailand and made a similar dish. good times!

  • susan

    This recipe is great! I did change from potatoes to carrots.