Chicken Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl

My car is doomed. Legit doomed. The latte incident almost 2 weeks ago has ruined my car. I went in, spent $50 getting it detailed, I’ve been keeping it excessively clean (meaning I don’t leave behind the stems of my half eaten figs in the cup holders- I’m so gross) and how does it repay me? Smelling like child vomit. Ok, that’s kind of untrue. It just smells like rotten milk, which is often what children smell like. And it won’t go away. Especially since it’s been around 70 degrees in Colorado every day (oh f*ck yeah!!) my car is warm with milk-gone-bad smell wreaking havoc. So I bought Febreez. That sh*t doesn’t work. It makes me cough and then smells like Febreez milk. I’m mad. With my ’97 Civic that smells like a day care center, I am bound to literally NEVER go on a date. My car has doomed my dating life.

Speaking of day care centers and smelly children, this commercial is ABSOLUTELY one of the most inappropriate commercials I have EVER seen. Every time I see it on tv, I feel sick to my stomach. It’s just not ok. Luv’s marketing geniuses…what in the hell were you thinking?

I leave for L.A. soon!! It has been 80 degrees out there the past few days. Yep. Gorgeous. That means beach time (ew, swimsuits), time on the pier, time at CrossFit South Bay annnnnnnnnd eating on the patio at many restaurants! I’m gonna just video the sh*t out of things! Like everything I eat, the CrossFit Open WOD 12.3, and any weird sh*t Sergio and his friends do in public. I’m gonna be so annoying with my camcorder. Tourist style. Fanny pack is a must. And a visor. Is that how you spell it? I should ask my mom. She rocks those things. She’s such a BA.

Stop sh*tting yourself from this ingredient list. It’s really not as complicated as it looks. It you want a good tasting curry soup, seasonings are everything. So suck it. It’s worth it. It’s delicious.

Thanks for the recipe idea James!


Chicken Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1lb chicken, chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 34 cups of spinach or kale (I used kale)
  • 1 (14oz) can coconut milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (no sugar added)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Cream Concentrate (optional-it makes an even creamier curry)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam marsala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • cilantro, to garnish
  • green onions, to garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut your spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise, removed seeds and excess threads, place open side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until spaghetti squash gives a bit when you poke it.
  3. While spaghetti squash cooks, pull out a large soup pot or saucepan, place over medium heat and add your coconut oil.
  4. Add your garlic, once it becomes fragrant, add your onion and bell pepper.
  5. Let that cook down for about 5 minutes until the veggies become slightly soft.
  6. Then add your diced chicken and cook for around 8 minutes until no pink is visible on chicken. (you will be cooking it longer so don’t worry if it’s not fully cooked)
  7. Add your coconut milk, vegetable broth, spinach or kale, coconut aminos, sesame oil, fish sauce and all spices. Mix to incorporate.
  8. Cover and let cook for around 5 minutes or until kale/spinach is wilted and flavors are deliciously mixed together.
  9. When your spaghetti squash is done cooking, use a fork to remove all the thread.
  10. Place threads in a large bowl, pour your coconut curry soup over the “noodles” then squeeze some lime juice on top and garnish with a bit of cilantro and green onions!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


89 thoughts on “Chicken Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl”

  1. I am sooo excited to try this one. I need to change it up a bit this week from my regular crocky meals, and this will be perfect!!

  2. One time in college I spilled milk all over the back of my friend’s Datsun B210, and that mother (the car, not the friend) smelled like rotten milk until the day she finally got rid of it 5+ years later. I hate to be the bearer of bad news.

    And speaking of bad news, it was bloody freezing in SoCal today (by which I mean “in the 50s”, but that’s unacceptable to us).

    On a happy note, that noodle bowl is a must-try situation!

  3. YES YES YES YES YES! I bought a bunch of these ingredients this weekend and haven’t had any how I could eat the 3 different meals I had planned for them all. Now I can put them all in the same meal? Genius!

  4. I once spilled a half gallon of raw goats milk in the back seat of my car. It spelled sooooo terrible. Not only did it smell bad, but a couple of days after it happened, maggots came crawling out of the floor. Very gross. I tried a bunch of different things, but baking soda actually helped a lot. I just kept pouring it on, vacuuming, washing, letting it dry, then did it again a couple of times, and the smell went away. Your situation can’t be worse than that, so good luck.
    On another note, this meal looks truly fabulous!!

  5. Coffee grounds absorb bad smells. Try just putting an open dish in your car and if that doesn’t work sprinkle some where the milk was, let it sit for 24 hours and vacuum. In college the freezer in my fridge defrosted over Christmas break. It was full of meat. Coffee worked on that 🙂

  6. This looks awesome, I just cooked with curry for the first time this week (apparently my 22 years of life have been bland and uncultured) and it was amazing.

    Side note: I’ve been converted from a black coffee person to a heavy cream in my coffee person and I’m obsessed! I was definitely missing out.

  7. I know you got it detailed already but did they shampoo the carpets? I had someone vomit in my car and had to shampoo the carpets several times before it went away. I know milk is probably way worse but thought it might help….

    By the way I love your blog! I found it the other day while I was killing time at work. Seriously I love it!!!!!!

  8. Try spraying high proof vodka on the carpet. It will evaporate quickly and take the smell with it. I always mix some essential oil in with the vodka. This is what I use to clean up after my children’s milk mishaps.

  9. I spilled an entire slimfast [easy…EASY…I’m a reformed skinny fat girl] on the seat of my 1993 civic. The liquid was fully absorbed before my brain even realized what was happening. The smell was awful, had to drive in NH winters with the window open because of the gawd awful smell. What finally worked for me was distilled white vinegar…I picked a sunny, warm day – sprayed the hell outta that seat first thing in the morning and then let the car sit, windows and moonroof open.
    The only other thing I can think of would be maybe that enzymatic pet carpet cleaner? If it will clean up cat pee…

  10. I have rocked many coconut curry dishes and will try this one. I did notice that you are missing one key ingredient (In my humble opinion anyways), lemongrass! It will take that curry up another level. Nice work!

      1. It’s awesome and adds wicked flavour. Just remember to pick it out after the curry is cooked. Biting into a chunk of it is nasty!

  11. Giant food-gasm reading this recipe and looking at the pics. I CANNOT WAIT.

    I’m just finishing a fast so I might be just a tad dramatic.

  12. Looks great, I’m always intimidated to make ethnic inspired cuisine like this but it sounds pretty simple, jsut tons of spices. Have a blast out in LA! Can’t wait to hear what the next open wod is.

  13. I bought a used car that smelled like B.O. I didn’t notice it until I took the 4 air fresheners they had hidden under the seats out. I couldn’t breath with all that fake odor. I tried everything to get rid of the stick. The only thing that helped was putting fresh coffee grounds in it. I put them in the back seat cup holders and it really worked. I love reading your blog. You make me laugh every day. Keep it up. You Rock.

  14. Katie – you shouldn’t be intimidated making ethnic cuisine…All we (Asians) really do is find something on hand, put it all together and call it a meal 😉 It’s the same concept as making a salad 😉

    Juli – fortunately I haven’t had any bad experiences about spilling milk in my car but living in TX I can tell you that anything you spill in your car and w/ the heat that we have here in TX, you’re pretty much screwed…Heard good stuff about baking soda…don’t go crazy though and use vinegar….some say that works…only coz instead of sour milk…you’ll be smelling vinegar…which, trust me, you don’t want to smell either :/ Goodluck in LA.

    Oh and love the meal! Except coconut cream is still backordered so I’m gonna have to go without :/

  15. Try Bio-kleen Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator in your car! It’s amazeballs….miracle in a bottle. You can find it at Whole Foods.

    And speaking of amazeballs…I can’t wait to try the noodle bowl recipe!

  16. Juli – Do you know someone that is fairly handy? If you spilled the latte and it was all on the floor in the driver’s side – you would do well to pull the carpet, clean the area under and replace the carpet. About $150, but cheaper then a new car and you won’t immediately gross out anyone else that gets in the car. Do a web search for placed to order it.

  17. Hey there, thanks for the recipe, it sounds awesome!
    Had a cat that peed in the spare bedroom..nothing smells worse than that. I used an apple cider vinegar/water solution, 50/50 and saturated it. Let it set for several hours, then clean up the excess mixture with a shop vac or something. After that, put a fairly thick layer of baking soda on it to draw the rest of the mixture out. Once that is dried, vacuum it out and then shampoo the carpet. Worked like a charm! Good luck!

  18. That Luvs commercial makes me want to run screaming out the door for birth control. Gross.
    I can do your car issue one better: we had temps well into the 100s last year, for most of the summer. During one of those massive heat waves, an evil corpse-like stench started radiating throughout my car. I checked all over, thinking I’d spilled coffee or something. Nada. This went on for days.
    Finally, one day, I opened the back of my car…and discovered a puffy, nearly poached bag of chicken breasts. They must have fallen out of the grocery bag. I bought them on Sunday, and discovered them on Thursday.
    When I found them, I recoiled and screamed like a little girl, then sprinted down the row of my parking garage to throw them away. I drove home with my head out the window like Ace Ventura.
    Boxes of baking soda seemed to help, if you want to give that a shot.

  19. I wish I had a good 35th tip for getting the milk smell out of your car but I don’t. I can spell “visor”; however, and you got it right. Have fun this weekend.

  20. This is a must try for me! Coconut curry is comfort food!

    Be careful if you try the vinegar. I spilled marinated veggies in my car once. The stench was so bad that it made my eyes water whenever I got in my car. I had to leave my windows open for days to get the smell to die down enough to be bearable.

    And have fun in LA. I lived there for a few years. It’s a great town! Lots of really good food!

  21. You are so right about Febreez!! That crap doesn’t do anything. Well, except cause cancer, lol. Your recipe on the other hand, awesome! Thanks!

  22. Enzyme based cleaners are designed to attack and remove proteins and their associated odors. I’ve had tremendous success with them.

  23. This looks RAD!!!!!!

    Also, I’ve successfully used vinegar when my male cat pissed on my super expensive motorcycle backpack. And cat pee is the WORST SMELL EVER.

    I’ve also used hydrogen peroxide, but be careful. It’s a bleaching agent, but I’ve never, EVER had it turn anything stark white or anything close to it. Awesome for getting out stains and smells.

    Juli, I’m battling indigestion for like, 4 days now. I wanna cry 🙁 🙁 I gotta fast this mothereffer out!!!

  24. I don’t have any get-the-smell-out advice, but I will try this soup. As I can’t just leave well enough alone, I may try it with kelp noodles from Sea Tangle, instead of the spaghetti squash. Easy, low-carb and full of good marine minerals!

      1. You can get kelp noodles at natural foods stores and Asian markets. I can’t find them at a better price than, though: I buy a few at a time, as they are shelf stable when unopened and you get free shipping with orders over $20. If you’d like to use my referral code ( ZOK219), I believe you’ll get $5 off your first order. Anyone’s welcome to!

        AND…I made this recipe last night with the kelp noodles (used two packages, because we like things noodly around here), and a couple of other additions (a carrot, fresh ginger and chicken broth instead of veggie), and it was FANTABULOUS! Cut up the noodles and let them simmer for a while with the chicken and veggies so they soften up, otherwise they’re a bit chewy. Thanks so much for the idea.

  25. So I just finished cooking this. Tastes goooood! I kinds double it and added shrimp. Thanks for the recipe Juli!


  26. Okay, so I know you’ve gotten a ton of advice and products to help your car! And even the same that I’m going to recommend here, but what’s one more?! So my son threw up all over our couch and while I was cleaning him up, of course it soaked into the couch. So now I’ve got milk vomit in my couch–gross! BTW, I have a super sensitive nose. I used some carpet shampoo to clean up the inital, but that didn’t get rid of the smell. So then I poured white vinegar on a rag and blotted that into the cushion. Followed that up with water (again on a rag) to help rinse the vinegar out, which it really didn’t. Then followed that up with baking soda heavily sprinkled on the cushion. I rubbed that around and into the cushion, creating a paste. I let that sit overnight and dry. Once it was fully dry, I vacuumed it up. Smell all gone. Good luck with your car!!

    Oh, going to try this recipe tonight for dinner. Will let you know how it turns out!

      1. Recipe came off great!! Also has two-year-old’s seal of approval!! I definitely consider that to be a hit!! Thanks for the AWESOME recipes!

  27. Made this tonight for my parents and they LOVED it!!! I have been helping my mom understand the concept of paleo eating and this recipe led her to tell me tonight that she wants to convert to eating only paleo! Thanks for the recipe 🙂 I’m kind of obsessed with your blog

  28. Yummy! Just made this for our family of 7 and everyone loved it! I was in too much of a hurry to make the squash, so we just had the soup part… can’t wait to try it all together!

  29. Yep. Baking soda is the only thing that will work. Make a paste with water, work it in and let it dry. Vacuum later.Doesn’t bleach or smell like perfume and it’s super cheap.
    My kids love the carrot cake pancakes BTW.

  30. Made this for dinner tonight! So good! My husband, who has been known to be super-picky with vegetables, commented how he really enjoyed it and couldn’t believe he was eating all the veggies in it! Thanks for a winner!

  31. This one turned out pretty good! The picture made me want to try it, but then I kinda forgot that I don’t love curry. my xfit girls and my co-workers helped me eat it so all is well. We are obsessed with your recipes here btw 😉

  32. This was SO GOOD. It dirtied like every measuring spoon we had, but it was well worth it. The best compliment? When my non paleo friends say how much they love cooking paleo! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  33. …..toothpaste ( white stuff, not the gel ) will cut thru and get rid of the stink
    ……this is also the BEST thing to use if your dog …or anything/one gets skunked….eliminates rather than masks the smell….cheap and easy fix

  34. Vinegar will get rid of almost all rank smells! Yeah, it’ll smell like vinegar for a few hours, but in my book that totally beats smelling the stench of rancid milk. Might be good to remember for potential future latte incidents,

  35. Made this today too, apparently I’m on a curry kick today. Another awesome meal… used chicken broth instead of vegetable, no coconut cream concentrate (didnt have any), no fish sauce (just added more coconut aminos), plus threw in a small can of water chestnuts for a little crunch. Heaven.

  36. AWESOME – and I could actually do it. 🙂 I picked this because the family said I was in a rut. 🙁 Turns out they loved it! This will be a repeater… wait, that’s another rut. They can deal!!

  37. Just made this last night – so good! Couldn’t find any coconut cream concentrate at my grocery store (probably right in front of my face); also, had the almond butter, but forgot to put it in. Bought sesame oil at the store, but the bag lady didn’t put it in my bag! So, all in all, still turned out great even with some things missing 🙂

  38. Made this last night for dinner. I added a few thai peppers for just a little extra kick. It totally hit the spot on a cold fall night. Can’t wait to have leftovers for lunch!

  39. Damn you Juli! This looks so delicious, but let’s be honest, it’s New Year Day and I am hungover. But now I have this in my head and I can’t get it out so I am going to the store to get the ingredients for it.

  40. Juli, new to your website and made two recipes yesterday. This one was very tasty as well as the breakfast lasagne. Bought a donut pan today and can’t wait to try the banana chocolate coffee recipe this weekend. Thanks for making cooking fun again!

  41. This dish turned out amazing! I haven’t found such a good recipe that I would to make all the time. Thanks!

    Also, I added some lemongrass to it and wow!

    Can’t wait for leftovers.

  42. Had excellent results incorporating this dish, along with a few other paleo and 21 DSD modified recipes, in an Asian inspired meal this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

  43. Holy shitballs is all I can say about this dish! It was so good! I had 2 friends over for dinner tonight who are not paleo bone in their body (but they are supportive of me doing this) and they loved it as well. I think I scared them when I also told them I’m doing a Sugar Detox as well. ha!

    I used the Kelp Noodles in place of the spaghetti squash and it was perfect! I put them in boiling water for a bit to soften them up and then once the broth was added to them, they were perfect!

    Thanks again for all you do and making clean eating so approachable!

  44. Holy Toldedo that was smack ya momma good! My picky 8 year old gave it three thumbs up! The bowl that was left will be fought over by me and the hubs!

  45. I love your sense of humor! I laughed out loud reading this. I needed that, thanks. I hope you eventually got your car fixed 🙂

  46. Seriously, OMG was what I said. This is the first recipe from your blog that I have made and I freaking love it! So good and tasty… only problem is I didn’t have coconut aminos so I had to use soy sauce. But still it’s awesome!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!

  47. This dish was exceptionally good. I made just a few changes/additions. I added half a pound of chopped asparagus, I omitted the curry powder (I was assuming you meant Thai curry and not Indian curry) and used a teaspoon of red thai curry paste, 4 garlic cloves instead of 2, and didn’t have fresh red pepper so I used a jar of roasted red pepper. I did add the optional almond butter, coconut butter (didn’t have the cream) and spinach. Oh and I used basil at the end to finish the dish instead of cilantro. I will be making this again for sure! Great flavor with just a bit of heat.

  48. I’ve never read your posts/been on this website before, but I love this recipe and I love your post on here even more. I’m sure you’ve figured out how to get rid of the smell by now, but white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and baking soda. That s**t works.

  49. I second guessed this recipe a few times along the way, the first time because I’m not paleo and didn’t have all the same ingredients… but wow is this ever good! I used soy sauce instead of the coconut aminos I improvised because I didn’t have garam masala, Also didn’t have bell peppers, chicken, green onions or cilantro! I followed another commenter’s advice and added basil… and because I had some cashews I added those too. With a dash of lime juice this was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe!

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