Slow Cooker Curried Coconut Chicken – $5 Dinner Challenge

Can I just say that the slow cooker rocks?!

I’m sure those of you who use them regularly will agree.

Here’s how it went down for us today.  Got up this morning around 8. Breakfasted. (Can that be a verb?!) Put on our coats. (Hello, 39 degrees.) Went to the gym. While running, I remembered that I forgot to start the slow cooker. *sigh*

Fast forward a few hours. Through 1 grocery store trip. Through lunch. And through getting kid #1 on the bus. When I remember again that I haven’t started the slow cooker.

I have approximately 15 minutes from the time kid #1 gets on the bus until I have to leave to take kid #2 to preschool. The great news about this meal…it took me about 4 minutes to load the slow cooker. (Plus another few minutes later adding the rice.)

Spray the slow cooker. Dump in the coconut milk and stir in the curry powder (plus some salt and pepper…crushed red pepper for any of you spice-aholics). Add the chicken. Top with the frozen vegetables. Give it a little toss. Set on high for 6 hours…will be ready  by 6! Be on your way to preschool.

This was quite the interesting meal.  I can tell you that the right side of my mouth really enjoyed the meal, while my left side doesn’t quite agree.

Reason: I had a dentist appointment this afternoon and left the place with no feeling on the left side of my face.  And a crooked smile. And a funny “twang.”  The kids got a kick of the fact that they could flick my face and it didn’t hurt. (Yes, I let them do that in the name of novocaine education and learning about feeling numb.)

You’d have to ask Steve, but I’m fairly certain that Tyler was the only one drooling at the dinner table.  I *may* have drooled a little from the left side. But only because it tasted so great! 😉

Scrumptious…it really was.  At least according to the right side of my mouth.

Slow Cooker Curried Coconut Chicken


  • 1 can coconut milk ($1.09) Used $1 coupon on sale price
  • 2 tsp curry powder ($.20)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts ($2.87)
  • 1 bag frozen stir-fry mixed vegetables ($1.09)
  • 1 cup white rice ($.20)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger, curry powder each ($.10)


  1. Shake the coconut milk vigorously.  Pour into the base of a lightly sprayed slow cooker.  Whisk away any chunks of the coconut milk if necessary.  Whisk in the curry powder and salt and pepper.   Place the chicken breasts into the coconut milk and spoon some of the milk over top of the chicken.  Top with the frozen vegetables.
  2. Set slow cooker on high for 6 hours (or low for 8-10 hours) and let it fill your home with an amazing aroma as it cooks all afternoon/day.
  3. About 20 minutes before dinner, cook the rice as directed with a few dashes of ground ginger and curry powder added to the water.  Extra flavor boost! (I stirred together the rice and veggies and some of the juices.)
  4. Serve the Curried Coconut Chicken and veggies over the rice.

Cost $5.55

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  1. Amy says

    Sounds delicious!! And perfect for all the chicken I stocked up on when it was clearanced for $0.99/lb a while back. Let’s just say I purchased about 11 3-lb packages of boneless/skinless chicken breasts that trip…LOL!

    Does the chicken have to be thawed or can it be frozen when you put it into the crockpot?

  2. LisaE says

    MMM….I often make chicken curry in my skillet but will have to try it in my crock pot. My whole family loves this dish and that is hard to do and usually 1 person won’t like something….my philosophy is oh well!

    Can’t wait to try this in my crock pot.

  3. Sarah663 says

    Is the end of the instructions on # 1 supposed to say “Top with the veggies??” Sorry, I’m a little OCD about following recipes!

  4. Amanda says

    You never explained what to do with the vegetables? Do they cook in the chicken and milk sauce all day in the crock pot or do you steam them separately and layer them at the end.

    Help!! Im making this right now! LOL

  5. Aileen says

    Perfect! I was just trying to think of something for the slow cooker for this weekend!! Thanks! I love anything with coconut!

  6. Kris in San Diego says

    This was great. I only had two hours so I put it on high and it worked fine. I also used fresh veggies (I happened to have yellow and red peppers and mushrooms) and brown rice. The chicken was a little frozen when I put it in too – no problem. My hubby loved it so much we have no leftovers!!! My son liked the chicken and rice, but not the veggies – no surprise there. I did add a little lite sodium soy sauce to mine when I ate it. Thanks!

  7. Lindsay says

    I was really excited about this – I used Light Coconut Milk, and I’m not sure if that’s what caused it, but is the end result supposed to be really watery? The chicken was fall apart tender, but the sauce was not quite what I expected…

  8. Tonya says

    Made this tonight. I put the veggies in at the beginning with the chicken because that’s what the recipe indicated. However, next time I think I’ll put them in at the end – they got a bit mushy.

    I’ll probably use a bit more curry and maybe some jalapenos for some heat next time too.

    Husband really liked the curry/ginger in the rice.

  9. says

    My family enjoys eating coconut and using coconut in many different ways but this is a new and very interesting chicken recipe we will definitely try. Really like he fact that it uses a slow cooker and it is basically easy to do. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Heather Davis says

    Great recipe! The only tweaks I have made are -adding 2-3 tbsp of mild curry paste instead of using dried curry (more flavor) and putting my veggies in at the end.

  11. jessika says

    this was a disaster! I cooked on low for 5 hours, it burned and cracked my crockpot. so much for frugal recipes- now i’m out the cost of the ingredients AND a crockpot!!!

  12. Rose says

    Delish! So easy to make and all 3 children ate it! Put the chicken breasts in and 8 hours later they were so tender I just shredded them in the sauce and put over rice.

  13. Beth Gould says

    I had forgotten about this recipe from 2010, am eager to try it soon! I decided that I need to use my slow cooker more often, so that dinner is ready when I get home from work. I am way too ravenous to make good food choices, and will snack. Not good. : /

    You know, I’ve been enjoying your blog since you were pregnant with #3, I think. Love love love following you!! : )


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