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Vietnamese Chicken Curry (Cà Ri Gà)

Vietnamese Chicken Curry, or Cà Ri Gà has a rich broth lightly flavored with coconut milk. Use a crusty, fluffy loaf of bread to sop up the flavorful stew.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword Chicken, Curry
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8 bowls
Calories 609kcal
Author Suzanne Nuyen


  • 1 whole chicken, about 3-4 lbs, chopped into 3 inch chunks
  • 1 lb red potatoes, peeled and chopped and quartered (about 4-6 small potatoes)
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and chopped into 3 inch chunks (about 4 carrots)
  • 4 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon shallot, minced (about 1 large shallot or 2 small ones)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup ground lemongrass
  • 3 tablespoon curry powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chile flakes (optional)
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk, divided


  • marinate chicken with fish sauce, lemongrass, shallot, garlic, salt, pepper, two tablespoons of the curry powder and chile flakes. Leave for at least 15 minutes, or overnight
  • sear the chicken in a large pot on medium high heat
  • OPTIONAL: fry the carrots and potatoes in a separate pot for 3-5 minutes, or enough to form a light brown crust on the outside of the vegetables. They do not need to be cooked through
  • add 10 cups water and ¼ cup of the coconut milk to the chicken and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer.
  • once chicken has boiled, add the carrots
  • add the potatoes about 10 minutes after the carrots have been in the soup. Continue to simmer until the potatoes are cooked through, about 20-45 minutes depending on whether or not you fried the vegetables first
  • once potatoes are cooked, turn off heat and add the rest of the coconut milk
  • in a small pan or saucepan, heat up 2 tablespoon of oil on medium low heat. Add the last tablespoon of curry powder and toast until fragrant, about 2 minutes
  • pour the hot curry oil over the the soup. Season with more salt or fish sauce as necessary
  • serve with a Vietnamese baguette, French or Italian bread


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.7g | Protein: 42.1g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1707mg | Potassium: 578.3mg | Fiber: 2.9g | Sugar: 3.3g