Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach

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This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta has a thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips and spinach. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Get ready.  Get set.  Start drooling!  This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta takes a delicious classic and adds a healthy twist.  BUT, I promise, it doesn’t lose an ounce of flavor!  You still get that thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips that are seared for maximum flavor.  Spinach is added for more texture, color, and healthy brightness. 

Then, if all of this wasn’t enough!?  I used the most amazing Banza Cavatappi Pasta, made from chickpeas.  The hollow cavatappi curl hugs and holds the sauce in all the right places so each bite is saucy perfection!

 

This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta has a thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips and spinach. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Health-ifying a Classic

My Mom would make Beef Stroganoff for special occasions growing up.  I adore it!  Even as an adult, when I would go home to Chicago to visit, she would always have Beef Stroganoff for me.  Mom’s always remember what we love :).  But…I really wanted to make a healthier version of this classic beef dish so I could enjoy it more often with ingredients that I always have on hand.  Here are the 4 changes I made to the recipe:

  1. Replaced beef with lean chicken breast
  2. Thickened the sauce first with a cornstarch slurry so that I could cut down on the sour cream added
  3. Added spinach for color, texture, vitamins, and nutrients
  4. Replaced regular egg noodles with a healthier and gluten free pasta option made from chickpeas!  

Let talk about that last one.  I wanted to find a gluten free pasta that could stand up to this delectable sauce and not turn to mush.  Enter BANZABanza has a variety of pasta shapes and sizes all made with Chickpeas!  That means they have more fiber, more protein, and less carbs than a regular pasta made from flour.

Here are some other easy recipes that you can use Banza pasta in!

Chicken Stroganoff in a skillet with mushrooms and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

No hightech gadgets for this one, just your best and largest non-stick skillet/frying pan! I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

Oh, I also like to cut my raw chicken with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife. And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CHICKEN STROGANOFF RECIPE COOKING KIT

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you could make the entire dish in advance and reheat.  If you do this, I suggest keeping the pasta separate from the sauce through the reheating process as they will have different times and you don’t want to overcook the pasta.

But, if you’re just looking to get ahead on the ingredient prep, then start by prepping the chicken.  Cut the chicken breast into strips. I like to do this with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife.  Store sealed in fridge until ready to cook.

Cutting raw chicken for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Slice the mushrooms. Mince the garlic. Store separately in fridge until ready to cook.Knife slicing mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Sliced mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

COOK YOUR CHICKEN STROGANOFF RECIPE 

Start by cook the pasta.  Be sure you don’t do this too early that it gets cold, but if you start to boil the water at the same time you start cooking the chicken, you will be good!  Bring the water to a boil and then add the pasta. Stir the pasta so it doesn’t stick together.  Bring back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. There will be foam created from the chickpeas, but that’s normal. Strain the pasta and rinse with hot water, then add back to the pot and cover until ready to serve.

Note: Of course you can use any pasta you want!  My Mom always made Stroganoff with Wide Egg Noodles.

Pouring a box of Banza pasta into a pot of water for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Preheat a large skillet on high. Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet with a drizzle of olive oil.  Separate the strips into a single layer to sear on one side, about 4-5 minutes. Then flip the strips over to sear on the other side, another 5 minutes or until all of the chicken is cooked and there is no more pink.Cooked chicken strips in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add water to the chicken and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Remove the chicken from the pan along with any juices.Measuring cup pouring water over cooked chicken in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Spoon removing cooked chicken from pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

To the same pan, add another drizzle of olive oil and then add the sliced mushrooms. Separate them into a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Let them sear on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the mushrooms over to cook on the other side, about 4 minutes.Mushroom, uncooked slices in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cooked mushrooms in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

While the mushrooms are cooking, making the cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk.

1 tablespoon of cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Then add the chicken broth and vegetable broth, scraping up any bits on the bottom. Stir in the minced garlic and bring up to a light simmer.Spoon adding garlic to mushrooms in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add the slurry to the skillet and whisk to combine. Continue to stir as the sauce starts to thicken and the whisk leaves a trail in the pan.Thickened mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Whisking slurry into mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add back the chicken, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Stir in the sour cream and then add the spinach. Stir and let the spinach start to wilt. (NOTE: if you want the spinach more cooked down, add it earlier, when you add the chicken)

Adding sour cream to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas Mixing sour cream into chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Adding spinach to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

At this point, you can mix in the pasta or serve the Stroganoff over the pasta.    ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
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Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach & Pasta

This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta takes a delicious classic and adds a healthy twist.  BUT, I promise, it doesn't lose an ounce of flavor!  You still get that thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips that are seared for maximum flavor.  Spinach is added for more texture, color, and healthy brightness. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #chicken #healthydinners #familydinners #dinnerideas

Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, pasta, spinach
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz chicken
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 oz pasta
  • 10 oz Mushroom
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breast into strips. Store sealed in fridge until ready to cook.

    Cutting raw chicken for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  2. Slice the mushrooms. Mince the garlic. Store separately in fridge until ready to cook.

    Sliced mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cook

  1. Cook the pasta by adding 5-6 cups of water to a pot with a pinch of salt. Bring the water to a boil and then add the pasta. Stir the pasta so it doesn't stick together. Bring back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. There will be foam created from the chickpeas, but that's normal. Strain the pasta and rinse, then add back to the pot until ready to serve.

    Pouring a box of Banza pasta into a pot of water for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  2. Preheat a large skillet on high. Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper.

    Raw chicken strips on plate for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  3. To the hot skillet, add a drizzle of olive oil and then the chicken strips. Separate the strips into a single layer to sear on one side, about 4-5 minutes. Then flip the strips over to sear on the other side, another 5 minutes or until all of the chicken is cooked and there is no more pink.

    Cooked chicken strips in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  4. Add a 1/2 cup of water to the chicken and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Remove the chicken from the pan along with any juices.

    Spoon removing cooked chicken from pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  5. To the same pan, add another drizzle of olive oil and then add the sliced mushrooms. Separate them into a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Let them sear on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the mushrooms over to cook on the other side, about 4 minutes.

    Cooked mushrooms in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  6. While the mushrooms are cooking, making the cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk.

    Cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  7. Then add the chicken broth and vegetable broth, scraping up any bits on the bottom. Stir in the minced garlic and bring up to a light simmer.

    Spoon adding garlic to mushrooms in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  8. Add the slurry to the skillet and whisk to combine. Continue to stir as the sauce starts to thicken and the whisk leaves a trail in the pan.

    Thickened mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  9. Add back the chicken, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

  10. Stir in the sour cream and then add the spinach. Stir and let the spinach start to wilt. (NOTE: if you want the spinach more cooked down, add it earlier, when you add the chicken)

    Adding spinach to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  11. At this point, you can mix in the pasta or serve the Stroganoff over the pasta. Enjoy!

    Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Recipe Notes

  1. While I used Banza Gluten Free Pasta, you can certainly use any pasta or noodle you prefer!  My Mom always made Stroganoff with Wide Egg Noodles.
  2. I used both chicken broth and vegetable broth in this recipe.  Chicken for the flavor and vegetable broth because it has a darker color and helps to give this Chicken Stroganoff that familiar brown colored sauce.  You can certainly use 2 cups of Chicken Broth.
  3. For the spinach, I like it bright green and barely wilted for lots of texture.  However, if you want it cooked down more, then add it earlier when you add the chicken.

 

 

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Veggies

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Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.
Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Vegetables is a creamy, crunchy, and filled with warm, soothing, yummy flavors.  You get the creamy, almost nutty roasted chickpeas, with the sweet and creamy coconut milk.  Then lots of crunch and texture from the sweet red bell pepper, zucchini, and onion.  Finally, I took a little inspiration from Thai Curry and added in aeromatic fresh basil, which brings a wonderful fresh finish.  It’s all served on top of fluffy rice that soaks up the delicious sauce.

I call it ‘Family’ Chickpea Coconut Curry because it’s a great option to introducing kids to new flavors.  For my kids, I find when new flavors are more subtle, not too spicy, they are more likely to try them and more likely to like them.  While this dish is full flavored, it’s not too in-your-face.

 

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

This Chickpea Coconut Curry is packed with Vitamins & Nutrients, but few calories! 

If your looking to add more plant-based dishes to your family diet, but you’re concerned about getting enough protein, beans are a great way to go!  In this dish, that means Garbanzo beans or Chickpeas.  Not only does this Chickpea Coconut Curry recipe provide protein, you get fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients too!  

In this recipe, for only 325 calories per serving, you are getting 3g Fiber and 8g Protein!  Scroll down to see the Nutrition Facts.  Plus Chickpeas are great for so many health benefits that you can read more about here!

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with fork holding a bite.  It has bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special here! You need a sheet pan to roast the chickpeas and a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies and curry sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can prep the ingredients ahead or make the entire dish ahead and reheat when you’re ready to eat! 

For the rice, you can make it ahead or the night of.  

To prepare the veggies and chickpeas ahead, start by draining and rinsing the chickpeas.  Chop red pepper into bite-size pieces. Cut the zucchini into 1.5 inch sticks.

Chickpeas, sliced red pepper, and sliced zucchini for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Dice the onion. Mince the garlic clove and mince the ginger. All of these can be stored in the fridge combined. You can measure out the other ingredients now too and store everything on a sheet pan together in the fridge.

Ingredients for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

 

COOK YOUR CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

Drain the Chickpeas (if you haven’t already), rinse, then pat dry. Place on sheet pan. Drizzle with a tsp of coconut oil or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss the chickpeas to coat and then separate into a single layer. Roast them in the oven for 20 minutes.Chickpeas on pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Chickpeas on pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Preheat a large skillet on high. Add a tsp of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil and then add the red pepper and Zucchini. Cook for 5-6 minutes until they start to sear soften slightly. Then transfer to a plate.Red Peppers and Zucchini in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Red Peppers and Zucchini on plate for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

To the same pan, turn the heat down to medium-low, add a tsp of oil and add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Stir often so that they do not burn. Cook to soften about 2 minutes.

Adding garlic to onions and ginger in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Onions, garlic, and ginger in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Make the slurry by whisking in the cornstarch into the coconut milk. 

Adding cornstarch to coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Mixing cornstarch in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Mixed cornstarch in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Add the Coconut Milk Slurry and the broth to the onions mixture.   Also add and whisk in the honey, curry powder, cayenne powder, and salt & ground pepper to taste.  Continue to whisk until thickened.  It’s thick enough when you’re able to see the pan for a few seconds when you scrape the bottom.

   Mixing curry seasoning in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Curry Sauce in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Add in the roasted chickpeas and the cooked red pepper and zucchini. Stir to combine and warm through, as needed. Just warm through and remove from the heat. Be sure not to over cook the zucchini as it will get mushy.

Chickpea Coconut Curry in pan with red peppers, zucchini, and roasted chickpeas. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Put the rice in a bowl and top with the Chickpea Coconut Curry.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Veggies

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Vegetables is a creamy, crunchy, and filled with warm, soothing, yummy flavors.  You get nutty roasted chickpeas, with sweet and creamy coconut milk.  Then lots of crunch and texture from the sweet red bell pepper, zucchini, and onion.  Finally, I took a little inspiration from Thai Curry and added in aeromatic fresh basil, which brings a wonderful fresh finish.  It's all served on top of fluffy rice that soaks up the delicious sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chickpeas, coconut, Curry, Rice bowl, vegetable, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 325 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Long grain White Rice, uncooked
  • 3 tsp Coconut oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Zucchini, medium-large sized
  • 15 oz Chickpeas (13-15 oz can will be fine)

Curry Sauce

  • 1 Small Yellow Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth or stock
  • 3 tbls Cornstarch
  • 14 oz Lite Coconut Milk (13-15 oz can will be fine)
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 10 Basil Leaves

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. You can make the rice ahead and reheat or wait until you cook the dinner. Make the rice according to package instructions. Or: To a small-medium pot with a lid, add 4 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt, and rice. Bring water to boil, stir, turn heat down to lowest setting, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat, but leave covered until ready to serve.

  2. Drain the chickpeas. Chop red pepper into bite-size pieces. Cut the zucchini into 1.5 inch sticks.

    Chickpeas, sliced red pepper, and sliced zucchini for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  3. Dice the onion. Mince the garlic clove and mince the ginger. All of these can be stored in the fridge combined. You can measure out the other ingredients now too and store everything on a sheet pan together in the fridge.

    Ingredients for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Cook your Chickpea Coconut Curry!

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. Drain Chickpeas (if not already done), rinse, then pat dry. Place on sheet pan. Drizzle with a tsp of coconut oil or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss the chickpeas to coat and then separate into a single layer. Roast them in the oven for 20 minutes.

    Chickpeas on pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  3. Preheat a large skillet on high. Add a tsp of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil and then add the red pepper and Zucchini. Cook for 5-6 minutes until they start to sear soften slightly. Then transfer to a plate.

    Red Peppers and Zucchini in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  4. To the same pan, turn the heat down to menium-low, add a tsp of oil and add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Stir often so that they do not burn. Cook to soften about 2 minutes.

    Adding garlic to onions and ginger in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  5. Make the slurry by whisking in the cornstarch into the coconut milk.

    Mixed cornstarch in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  6. Add the Coconut Milk Slurry and the broth to the onions mixture.   Also add and whisk in the honey, curry powder, cayenne powder, and salt & ground pepper to taste.  Continue to whisk until thickened.  It's thick enough when you're able to see the pan for a few seconds when you scrape the bottom.

    Curry Sauce in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  7. Add in the roasted chickpeas, the cooked red pepper and zucchini, and the fresh basil leaves. Stir to combine and warm through, as needed. Just warm through and remove from the heat. Be sure not to over cook the zucchini as it will get mushy.

    Chickpea Coconut Curry in pan with red peppers, zucchini, and roasted chickpeas. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  8. Put the rice in a bowl and top with the Chickpea Coconut Curry.

    Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.