The Learner Observer

Are you sick of seeing food posts here yet? I hope not because we still have a bit to go in this Whole30 challenge and I definitely have more recipes to share, like this one!

Paleo Butternut Squash Chicken Curry by The Learner ObserverSo as usual, I got no photos of the process/making of this dish because to be honest it was a total spur of the moment thing.  Alex and I were having one of those days where we just didn’t know what to eat, despite all the food in the fridge.  We wanted something rich, delicious, and still Whole30 friendly, but that seemed impossible.  That is, until I remembered we had curry powder!  Enter the meal that saved our taste buds and reminded us that this Whole30 thing is doable: Paleo Butternut Squash Chicken Curry!

Paleo Butternut Squash Chicken Curry
Serves 4
Paleo-friendly chicken curry
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 4 cups of cubed butternut squash (about half a squash)
  2. 2 lbs of chicken breasts cut into small strips or cubed
  3. curry powder
  4. 1 can of coconut milk
  5. half of an onion, chopped finely
  6. 1 clove of garlic, minced
  7. 2 tbsp of olive oil
  1. Place olive oil and minced garlic into a heated pot, add onions and cook until translucent.
  2. Add chicken and begin to brown over medium-high heat.
  3. Add curry powder (I did not measure, but I assumed it was around 4 tablespoons, at least!) and continue to cook.
  4. After about 5 minutes, add butternut squash and can of coconut milk. Mix everything together until you have a somewhat runny sauce.
  5. Cover and allow to cook for about 20 minutes or until squash is tender. The sauce will thicken once it starts to cool, so don't worry if it's still too runny.
  1. This is delicious served over rice, but that's not Whole30 friendly. You can try some cauliflower rice (steamed cauliflower put through a food processor) instead.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADid I wish I was allowed to eat rice with this meal? Absolutely, but that didn’t matter once I took the first bite because it was just so darn delicious!  Also, I was glad to eat with a spoon and shamelessly advise you to do the same!

I also finished eating my lunch, put some curry into a cute little bowl, sprinkled some parsley on it and ran upstairs to take photos before I lost the sunlight. Confessions of a blogger… I don’t even think Alex was surprised.

Paleo Butternut Squash Chicken Curry by The Learner ObserverNow I know some of you may just be curry experts out there, so if there’s something I’m missing to make this dish even more scrumptious, do tell!

Aw shucks, you guys… now I want curry again!

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  1. Reply

    Annet M

    February 26, 2014

    I don’t make curry with curry powder, but with all the spices instead, much more indepth flavours. However, an immediate flavour boost would be to add some soft goat’s cheese to it at serving time. it will melt slightly and taste amazing. :)

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      March 11, 2014

      Oh Annet, I have no doubts that your curry is a million times better! I really want to get to the point that I mix all of the spices myself… Soon, I hope! Your goat cheese suggestion sounds AMAZING! Literally mouth watering!

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    April @ Money Pit Love

    April 8, 2014

    1) There is no way to get tired of food recipes, ever. Like, EVER.

    2) I applaud you for not only sticking with the 30-day challenge, but doing so especially on those nights when you’re hungry, tired and/or at a loss for inspiration. I would have quit in hour #5 (yes, that’s right: HOUR. Not day. I’m weak.)


    3) This looks DELICIOUS! The hubs and I are huuuuuuge fans of curry, and this recipe is going straight into the recipe box. Thanks!

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      April 28, 2014

      I luuuuurve your comments!!!! I also love that you love recipe posts :)

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