Delicious and Flavorful Hawaiian Chicken Curry Recipe

The siren call of a tropical paradise is hard to resist. Warm sunshine, white sand beaches, and gentle ocean breezes transport us to a world where every moment feels like a vacation. But what if you could bring that island vibe home with you?

With my Hawaiian Chicken Curry recipe, you can do just that. The rich and savory flavors of Jamaican curry blend with the sweet juiciness of fresh pineapple and coconut milk to create a dish that’s both hearty and exotic. You’ll be hooked by the very first bite.

What I love most about this recipe is how easy it is to make. Using common ingredients that you may already have in your pantry, you can whip up a batch of this curry in under an hour. And once you’re done cooking, you can keep leftovers in the fridge for days.

Best of all, this recipe is versatile enough to be enjoyed on its own or paired with your favorite side dishes. Whether you’re serving it for a family dinner or a festive party, your guests are sure to be impressed by its unique blend of sweet and spicy flavors.

So why not take a culinary vacation to Hawaii without even having to leave your kitchen? With my Hawaiian Chicken Curry recipe, the journey is just as delicious as the destination!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe


If you’re looking for a dish that’s equal parts comforting and adventurous, then this Hawaiian chicken curry recipe is just what you need. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s packed full of exotic flavors that will transport you right to the heart of the tropics.

From the mild, sweet notes of coconut milk and mango chutney, to the zesty punch of ginger and garlic, every mouthful is a delight for your taste buds. And it’s not just the flavor profile that impresses – this dish is also beautifully colorful, with juicy chunks of fresh pineapple and succulent chicken breasts making it perfect for any season.

But perhaps the best thing about this Hawaiian chicken curry recipe is its versatility. You can switch up different elements of the dish to suit your preferences – use shrimp instead of chicken for a seafood twist, or swap out red onion for bell pepper to add even more color. You could even experiment with different types of curry powder, from Jamaican to green curry blends.

So whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or planning an impressive dinner party spread, this Hawaiian chicken curry will have everyone queuing up for seconds. It’s a well-rounded and satisfying meal that truly ticks all the boxes – rich in flavor, visually stunning, and highly adaptable to your preferences. Trust us, once you try this recipe, it’ll become a go-to favorite in no time!

Ingredient List

 A burst of flavor in every spoonful!
A burst of flavor in every spoonful!

Below is a complete list of ingredients needed to make this Hawaiian Chicken Curry recipe:

For the Curry:

  • 1 pound of chicken breasts, cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger root, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into medium-sized pieces
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon mango chutney (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For Serving:

  • Hot cooked rice or quinoa
  • Toasted coconut flakes (optional)

Most of these ingredients are easily available in your pantry or local supermarket. And if some of the components are not already in your kitchen, you can easily find them using the keyword list.

The Recipe How-To

 Let this Hawaiian Chicken Curry take you on a tropical journey
Let this Hawaiian Chicken Curry take you on a tropical journey

Now, let’s get to the main event: cooking the Hawaiian chicken curry! Follow these steps to make the perfect dish.


  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of half a lime


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant.

  2. Add the chopped onion and sliced pepper to the pan and cook until they are softened.

  3. Sprinkle curry powder over the vegetables and stir well to combine.

  4. Add the chicken pieces to the skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  5. Pour in the coconut milk and bring everything to a simmer over medium heat. Let everything cook together for about 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through.

  6. Once the chicken has cooked through completely, turn off the heat and add the juice of half a lime to give it that last punch of acidity.

  7. Serve hot with a side of jasmine rice or naan bread!

This recipe is quick and easy but packs a flavorful punch! The ginger, garlic, and curry powder work together to give this chicken curry its unique aroma while adding in some diced red pepper provides color as well as nutrition. Adding homemade mango chutney as a topping can take this recipe up another notch if you’d like! Trust me, your guests will love it!

Substitutions and Variations

 Add some sunshine to your dinner table with this colorful dish
Add some sunshine to your dinner table with this colorful dish

Looking to switch things up with this Hawaiian chicken curry recipe? Luckily, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to satisfy your taste buds. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Shrimp Chicken Curry: Substitute half of the chicken breasts for shrimp for a delicious surf and turf twist on this classic dish.

– Pineapple Chicken Curry: Do you love pineapple? Then add even more by increasing the amount of fresh pineapple in the recipe or adding canned pineapple chunks to the mix.

– Jamaican Curry: If you’re a fan of spicy food, consider swapping out the curry powder for Jamaican curry powder, which will bring a whole new level of heat to this dish.

– Coconut Chicken: Swap out the pineapple for coconut flakes and use coconut oil instead of extra virgin olive oil for a tasty coconut chicken curry.

– Slow Cooker: For an even easier preparation, consider making this in your slow cooker. Simply sauté the onions, garlic, and ginger as normal before combining all ingredients in your slow cooker and cooking on low for 6-8 hours.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with this recipe! Whether you’re looking to experiment with new flavors or simply want to use up some ingredients in your pantry, there are endless ways to make this dish your own.

Serving and Pairing

 A hearty curry loaded with sweet and savory ingredients
A hearty curry loaded with sweet and savory ingredients

Now that you have made this fantastic Hawaiian chicken curry recipe, it’s time to serve and enjoy it to the fullest. This dish is best enjoyed with a bowl of steaming hot rice, which will soak up all the flavorful sauce to create a heavenly balance of aroma and taste in every bite. You can also pair it with some stir-fried veggies for added texture and nutrition.

If you’re looking for more pairing ideas, try pairing this curry with a refreshing cucumber salad or some roasted sweet potatoes. The sweet and sour notes in the cucumber salad perfectly complement the savory flavors of the curry, while the roasted sweet potatoes add a delightful sweetness to contrast the spiciness of the dish.

For those who love their beverages, a tropical fruit smoothie or an ice-cold beer would be great choices to go with this hawaiian-style curry recipe. The sweetness from fresh pineapple in the smoothie or the crisp bitterness in the beer cut through the richness of the coconut milk and curry powder and refresh your palate between each bite.

Whether served at a dinner party or for a weeknight dinner at home, this Hawaiian chicken curry recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the exotic flavors of Hawaii in your very own kitchen.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Turn up the heat and spice up your dinner routine with this curry
Turn up the heat and spice up your dinner routine with this curry

I know that when it comes to hosting a party, time is of the essence. No one wants to be caught up in the kitchen all day long! That’s why I recommend making this Hawaiian Chicken Curry ahead of time. This dish holds up really well in the fridge or freezer and can be reheated easily without sacrificing any flavor.

To make ahead, follow the recipe instructions up until the final simmering stage. Once the curry has been cooked, let it cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. You can store it in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to three months.

When you’re ready to serve, simply reheat the curry on low heat in a pot on your stovetop until it reaches your desired temperature. Make sure to stir occasionally to avoid burning or sticking.

If you want to add some freshness and crunch to your reheated curry, top it off with some toasted coconut flakes before serving. This will give that little bit of punch that will take this hearty dish over the top.

In conclusion, making this Hawaiian Chicken Curry recipe ahead of time is a great way to save time and ensure that you’re able to enjoy your own party without worrying about cooking. Just remember, proper storage and reheating will keep your dish fresh and delicious for days on end!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A perfect balance of tender chicken and vibrant veggies
A perfect balance of tender chicken and vibrant veggies

When it comes to preparing a dish as flavorful as Hawaiian Chicken Curry, the importance of layering flavors can never be ignored. To perfect this dish, here are some tips that’ll help you in your culinary journey.

The Key is in The Spices

Curry powder is at the core of every curry recipe, and the same goes for Hawaiian chicken curry. The spices used in curry powder are what sets this dish apart from regular chicken dishes. To add depth to the flavor, make sure to use high-quality curry powder with ingredients like turmeric, cumin, coriander and other flavorful spices.

Simmer on Low Heat

To ensure that the chicken is cooked thoroughly and all the flavors are well combined, it’s best to cook the curry at a low simmer. Though it might take extra time, slow-cooking will allow all the ingredients to develop rich flavors that you won’t get from cooking on high heat.

Allow Time for Marinading

Marinading the chicken before cooking allows it to absorb all the flavors of the marinade giving it more complexity. Consider preparing the marinade ahead of time so that you can let the chicken sit in it overnightto get the best possible results.

Add Sweetness Without Overpowering

Fresh pineapple adds a sweetness that complements curry’s spiciness perfectly. The key is to add enough sweetness without overpowering other flavors. You can use canned pineapples if needed but always choose pure pineapple juice over syrup for better results.

Garnish With Coconut Flakes

Adding a handful of coconut flakes at the end gives this dish an irresistible texture and subtle taste of coconut without altering other flavors. Toast them lightly so they’ll have a crunchy bite that’ll complement the softness of chicken and sauce.

With these tips, you’ll be able to create an authentic and mouth-watering Hawaiian Chicken Curry that people will surely love!


Now that you know how to cook this delicious Hawaiian Chicken Curry, you might have some questions. In this section, I will give answers to some common FAQ about the recipe to help you perfect your dish and enjoy it to the fullest. So, let’s dive into the questions and find out more about this flavorful and exotic meal.

What is the secret to a good curry?

When preparing an Indian curry, it’s essential to include garlic, onion and ginger to achieve a rich and complex flavour. While some variations of the dish may exclude garlic to maintain a more delicate taste, these three ingredients are usually present in traditional recipes.

What is the difference between chicken curry and curried chicken?

Determining the correct way to phrase the name of a particular dish that incorporates curry can be subjective. The correct terminology would ultimately rely on whether you consider curry as a noun, pertaining to the dish itself (for example, chicken curry), or as an adjective, referring to the spice mixture (for example, curry chicken). According to Richards-Greaves, the proper English terminology is “curried chicken.”

What is chicken curry sauce made of?

When it comes to making a delicious chicken curry, a blend of spices is your key to success. A combination of coriander, cumin, turmeric, fennel seeds, cinnamon, pepper, ground mustard, ground cloves, cayenne pepper and salt will give your dish a vibrant and complex taste. By using these spices, you can create a flavorful homemade curry blend that will enhance the taste of your chicken curry.

What is Jamaican curry chicken made of?

Jamaican Curry Chicken is a popular dish known for its rich flavors and aromatic spices. The traditional recipe includes scotch bonnet peppers and Jamaican curry powder and is cooked slowly to develop its bold taste. Succulent chicken pieces, often thighs, are paired with potatoes and carrots to add more texture and depth to the dish.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Hawaiian Chicken Curry recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves a good curry. From its mix of savory and sweet flavors to its easy-to-access ingredients, this recipe is sure to impress your guests at your next dinner party or simply satisfy your own cravings. Don’t be afraid to make it your own by trying out different variations, such as substituting shrimp for chicken or adding more heat with additional curry powder. And remember, the key to perfecting this dish lies in following each step closely and preparing all of your ingredients ahead of time. So don’t hesitate to give this recipe a try and impress your friends and family with a taste of Hawaiian style curry!



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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hawaiian
Calories 523.3 kcal


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cubed into bite-size
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup mango chutney
  • 1 (13 1/2 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (mixed with 1/2 cup cold water)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes, for garnish


  • In a saucepan over medium, heat olive oil. Add onion and red pepper and cook until soft. Add sesame and coconut oil; add chicken. Cook chicken half thru and then add garlic and ginger. When chicken is no longer pink, add chutney and stir for a couple minutes.
  • Add pineapple and coconut milk; cook for 2 minutes. Add curry and black pepper; cook for 5 minutes. Thicken sauce with cornstarch; stir well. Serve chicken curry over Rice-A-Roni Butter & Herb® rice and sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 311gCalories: 523.3kcalCarbohydrates: 20.1gProtein: 18.5gFat: 43.2gSaturated Fat: 27.6gCholesterol: 46.4mgSodium: 66.5mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 9.2g
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