Quick & Easy Pumpkin Chicken Curry

This is the easiest chicken pumpkin curry you will ever make. With just a handful of ingredients, this healthy curry packs a lot of flavours that you and your family will enjoy. This recipe is great with kabocha squash or other sweet types of pumpkin. It’s paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and Whole30 friendly. It’s also quite low in carbs and high in fibre and nutrients. 

Fast & Easy Chicken Pumpkin Curry Recipe
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Chicken Pumpkin Curry

I love pumpkin! This starchy and nutritious vegetable is cheap, versatile (can be used in both in savoury and sweet recipes) and full of nutrients. It’s one of my favourite sources of carbohydrates and a go-to staple ingredient in autumn and winter.

This chicken pumpkin curry is my fail-proof, can’t-be-bothered, I-feel-like-comfort-food recipe. Trust me, this will be the easiest pumpkin curry recipe! 

If you haven’t cooked with pumpkin much or you get confused by different varieties out there, check out my Guide To Pumpkin & Winter Squash post, in which I go over all the basics and give you 20 awesome ideas for how to use it in the kitchen. And if you’re a salad lover, check out my round-up of fabulous pumpkin salad recipes.


How To Make Pumpkin Chicken Curry

The best type of pumpkin to use in this curry is a sweet pumpkin such as Kabocha (Kent or Japanese). You could use other types but their flesh is not as sweet and starchy, so you will have a slightly different texture and might need to add a little extra honey for that perfect balance of flavours.

If pumpkin is not in season, use sweet potato and carrots instead.

Diced kabocha squash, chicken, onions and ginger
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You can use chicken thighs or turkey meat, and this would work really well with prawns, which you would add towards the end as they don’t need much cooking time. For a vegetarian version, simply omit the chicken and add some extra veggies such as green string beans, broccoli or whole button mushrooms.

Fish sauce can be replaced with tamari wheat-free sauce or a little extra salt. I used full-fat coconut milk from a can with about 50-60% coconut content, which I shook well before adding to the curry.

Arrowroot powder/flour is optional. I add a teaspoon right at the end, to thicken the sauce further, but you don’t really need it. The pumpkin will soften and some of its starchy flesh will thicken the curry anyway.

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Easy Pumpkin Chicken Curry

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Irena Macri
Servings: 4
Course: Main
Cuisine: Thai
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Calories: 439kcal
Quick and easy chicken pumpkin curry with healthy ingredients that your whole family will enjoy. It's paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and Whole30 friendly recipe. Serve with cauliflower rice or regular rice. This pumpkin curry is also high in fibre, nutrients and fairly low in net carbs.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion halved and sliced
  • 4 thin sliced of fresh ginger
  • 2 medium chicken breasts diced into cubes
  • 800 g kabocha squash 1.7 lbs. Kent or Japanese pumpkin, peeled and diced (remove the seeds)
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce can be subbed with coconut aminos
  • 3 teaspoons mild curry powder
  • 400 ml coconut milk 1 can, well shaken
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder optional, for more thickening
  • A handful of fresh coriander /cilantro leaves


  • Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat and add the onion and ginger. Pan-fry for about 2 minutes, stirring a few times, until slightly softened.
  • Add the chicken and bring the heat up to high. Pan-fry and stir for 1-2 minutes, until the chicken has turned colour.
  • At this stage, add the pumpkin, garlic, fish sauce and curry powder and stir through. Add the coconut milk, water and salt and stir through. Bring to boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered with a lid, and for 10 minutes. Stir half way. Then remove the lid and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring a couple of times. This will allow some of the liquid to evaporate and the sauce will start to thicken.
  • Finally, add the lime juice, stir through and remove from heat. Scoop a few tablespoons of sauce into a small bowl and add the arrowroot powder, if using. Stir through until dissolved, then add back into the curry sauce. This will thicken the sauce a little more. Again, this is optional.
  • Top the curry with freshly chopped coriander leaves for that lovely aroma and flavour. Serve over cauliflower rice, green veggies or with regular white rice.
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Can I freeze this curry? Yes, this is a great dish to make ahead and freeze. The pumpkin might lose some of its shape when defrosted but it will simply dissolve more into the sauce, which is still super nice. Freeze cooled curry in a Ziploc bag or container for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge or in a microwave.
Store leftover curry for up to 3 days in an airtight container.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1088mg | Potassium: 1417mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2785IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 5mg
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Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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    1. I am an Aussie living in London with readers from all over the world 🙂 Feel free to use sweet potato instead of pumpkin, that would also work really well.

  1. Hi Irena,

    Quick question………..when one of your recipes calls for a tablespoon, is that a 20ml Australian tablespoon or a 15ml rest-of-the-world tablespoon? I recently discovered that Australian tablespoons are 20mls and now I never know which to use!

  2. Why do you say 3 teaspoons of curry powder? Since 3 teaspoons equals 1 Tablespoon, why not say 1 Tablespoon?

    1. Because that’s how I measured it when I was adding it in. Many spice bottles and jars are too small for a tablespoon, it’s just easier to scoop out with a teaspoon.

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