Leftovers: Brazilian Curry Chicken

So if you haven’t figured out what leftovers is by now, you’re a little late to the party. It’s cool. You brought beer right? Kidding. I hate beer. It tastes like feet water. Don’t say no. I’m right. Maybe it’s because I’m so young, I still don’t like the taste of alcohol. Maybe. Or maybe because I’d rather waste my calories away on dark chocolate binges and late night serenades with sea side cheddar. Mmmm I love seaside cheddar.

Holy crap, I didn’t even tell you what leftovers means. No, it’s not the leftovers I had in my fridge. It’s a meal I have made in the past, loved, and wanted to make again since my pictures sucked ass back then. This post shows the disgusting picture that was taken back in the day when I was working 4 jobs and only used my camera phone at 5am. So, anyone who still had the balls to try out the recipe, EVEN AFTER looking at the picture, I love you. And applaud your bravery.

I fasted yesterday. A really long time. Like 26 hours long time. I’m going to teach you something so you never make the same mistake I do. So listen closely.

Do not, I repeat DO NOT, fast for 26 hours, while on your monthly gift, and attempt a Regionals wod…all on a Monday. Just don’t do it. Yes, I understand I just lost 10 male readers purely on the fact I said “monthly gift”, but I do not care. It’s all a terrible idea and I wish it on no one. I cried staring at the pull up bar. I cried sitting on the floor after the workout. I cried on my drive home to fix my makeup. AND I cried while doing my makeup. Are you serious Juli? Get your sh*t together. You’ve had your monthly gift, MONTHLY, for 10+ years now. If you don’t know how to control your emotions at this point, there’s no hope.

On the up side…oh wait…there is no up side. I’m kidding people, I’m not that negative. Up side: it was super hot today and my pants got so sweaty, it looked like I peed myself. Always searching for the awkward happiness in the small thing. Positive Polly right here.


Leftovers: Crockpot Brazilian Curry Chicken

  • Yield: 6-8 1x


  • 1.52 lbs chicken breasts (or whatever suits your fancy)
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 46 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped into 1 cubes (i used yellow and red)
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • dash of red pepper flakes


  1. Grab out your crockpot!! Wooooo crock pot time!
  2. Add in the coconut milk, tomato paste, garlic, ginger, curry powder, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, and whisk together.
  3. Add in peppers and onions.
  4. Next, add in chicken and pour broth over the chicken.
  5. Mix all ingredients together to completely cover the chicken in the curry mixture.
  6. Cover and cook at low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  7. Then eat it in a cute Tupperware bowl. Or plate….be that way.

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just so you know: I took this picture at 7am, on my front porch, in my nighty, in a squatting position. my neighbor was uncomfortable with that scene 


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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.


94 thoughts on “Leftovers: Brazilian Curry Chicken”

  1. I work at a bar…and recieved my monthly gift two days ago…and I hate sports…so, needless to say, I was a super happy camper last night to have to serve beer all night while the last game of the hockey season was being broadcast. I love going home smelling like beer and fried food…not really, not at all, makes me want to scrub my skin in the shower for hours. That sh*t is a hard smell to get rid of.

  2. so much mental imagery in this one, you crack me up. I enjoy one day of involuntary fasting per month because my gift is a mean mfer, but I also stay out of the gym that day!
    Side note: when you finally get your doxie puppy, do not…I repeat….DO NOT, leave your sweaty workout pants on the floor while you shower. Or anything else, my youngest [have two] has destroyed quite a bit of expensive nike apparel. Good thing she’s cute.
    I’m really looking forward to your posts from regionals! Thanks for keeping my belly full and mind entertained!!

  3. LOL @ your “pee pee pants!” But for serious, denying yourself during your period is almost always a bad idea. Then again, my idea of fasting during my period is not eating chocolate. Sorry male comment readers for excessive use of the word period.

  4. I never never fast during The Gift. I find I actually have to eat more (“have to” as in, or else I feel faint) during that first day or two.

    Also, beer? You must be doing it wrong! Maybe try darker stuff–it is so very tasty.

  5. You are so funny and I love reading your stuff, as well as making your recipes. Monthly gift. Mine lasted 9 days and during that time, my joints feel really mushy (I thought all my hard work had finally paid off and I was way more flexible). At the end of a Spartacus workout last week, during cooldown, my knee felt inclined to bend WAY more than it was supposed to in a manner it has never. Needless to say . . . injury and no leg work for a week plus!

    I LOVE my squats & lunges, but I have to wait until my knee heals enough. You’re at 10+ yrs, I’m at about 30 – EEEH!

    I was going to one of the bold ones to make this recipe from your original. Had it all printed out and was going to make it this weekend with Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes from Bill Haley’s site . . . I’m so looking forward to the Brazilian Chicken Curry, though!!

  6. were you intentionally fasting for the benefits or did you just do it by accident? Although 26 hours is probably much too long of a time for that to be on accident ahha. Would love to hear about your experience with fasting, trying to figure out if its for me or not…

    1. I was doing it intentionally Katie. I’ve had some hormone and weight issues so I’ve been testing out different things to help. I like fasting after I get through 12 hours of it, then the hunger pains go away. I feel really good the next day though, my digestive tract just feels more in order. I’d be happy to answer any other questions you have!

  7. God I love your website, you make me laugh with every post…ohhhh and your food is great too:) I want to try Crossfit so bad but I am scared sh*tless, I’m super tiny, severly lacking any muscle and way out of shape so all the weight lifting has me freaked out! I can’t even get up the nerve to go to my local Crossfit and just check it out.

    1. Don’t be scared Kristin! Seriously!! The coaches will be super helpful and will help you do whatever you can no matter what your strength level is! We all start somewhere, might as well start sooner rather than later! I coach a girl who literally just started CrossFit and it was her first time ever working out. She’s getting strong so fast! I know you can do it too!

    2. Farrah Veneziano

      @ Kristin…I’m with you. Crossfit is crazy intimidating. I’d walk in and hear “why’s the fat girl here? Look she can’t even do push ups…on her knee’s? ha. ahhh…self mocking is fun.

      1. are you kidding me Farrah?! a lot of girls AND EVEN GUYS have to do push ups on their knees!! You would NEVER be considered the fat girl. CrossFit gyms are not like that. at all. i promise you

        1. HEY…I am a fat girl and I do crossfit to dump the fat chick and gain the beauty! girl…do the knee thing. I was doing push up and looked up and seen the other starting guy doing them too.

          CrossFit gyms are NOT that way, last week, the two other girls stood there catching their breath counting my jump ropes, I felt weird but it helped me get through TRY IT! You can do it.

          I just talked a friend into going with me, who is my size. Eh…its awesome. I recommend it to everyone.

  8. haa! don’t know what’s funnier, that beer tastes like feet, monthly gift or positive polly…i actually cracked up at my monitor. thanks for that! can’t wait to try this. ps i need an ice cream subsitute! lol help me out here…banana, coconut milk, cashew butter..blender then freeze? help.

      1. I shall do just that! My friend just surprised me with your chocolate energy bites. After I could open my eyes and stop nearly having an “O”, I think a lil tear rolled out of my eye. It was amazing. Thank you!

  9. So, when you fast what do you drink? Do you workout that day? And do you eat anything at all? I suppose this should be a question on one of those Q & A “Sesh” days, huh?

    1. Haha I’ll try to write something up soon about fasting. BUT I just drink a little coffee in the morning and water through the day. I do usually workout, but i’m going to try my next fasting session on a rest day. I don’t eat anything, just drink a ton of water 🙂

  10. Farrah Veneziano

    I’m pretty sure your neighbor was psyched about that scene on the porch. 😉 Who still wear nighties or even says nighties for that matter? 😉

  11. I totally made this based on the old photo! It was one of my faves during my first Whole30. My husband and kids loved it, too. Maybe I’ll change my pin to this post, just for the better photo. 🙂

  12. I was laughing at the pant thing. Girl…I experience that sitting! Reason #301 why I want to lose weight..so it doesn’t look like I pee’d every time I walk or work out.

    Reason black pants are my fav to work out in!

  13. That happened to me once! I was at a street fair all day long and it was super hot out and I sweat like a pig and it looked liked I peed my shorts.

  14. This looks so amazing! I also want to know more about fasting, but I’ve always been told because I’m a type 1 diabetic that I shouldn’t do fasting. I’m going to check with my doctor, but I would definitely be interested in a post on fasting!
    Thanks for such a hilarious post!
    I’m day 1 in on my second 30 day challenge and this is what I plan on making tomorrow for the family for dinner!

  15. First time leaving a comment, but seriously don’t ever change. Some people avoid the awkward. Some embrace the awkward. You are the latter. You and your recipes are awesome! kbye.

  16. Threw it in the CP before work yesterday – ate it for dinner, breakfast this morning…a little more for breakfast this morning, and will have again for lunch. I think that will be the extent of the leftovers. Used a mandoline to thinly slice two whole vidalia onions (just chopping off ends; not chopping into smaller pieces before slicing), and they became almost like vermicelli noodles – totally fork wrappable and delicious, but without intestinal inflammation!! Delish! Thanks.

  17. Dude, save your fasts for rest days or easier workout days. Or start a fast after your workout, then eat again before the next day’s workout. Much easier that way!

    I adore using fasting for weight loss. So much easier, mentally, than restriction at every single meal.

    Anyway, I’m totally making this today, it sounds fantastic! Think the sauce would work with fish, too?

    1. Yes, it works with fish! I started the sauce on low, and a few hours later I cooked up tilapia and then added it to the sauce for a couple more hours. Awesome and easy!

  18. Oh Boy! I made this today and it was a hit!! However, all I had was Penzy’s Hot Curry powder so I left out the crushed chili pepper. It was still four star hot!!!!

  19. So I totally meant to try this tonight…but I forgot to look at the recipe (just tried to remember ingredients) and made something totally different…but amazing just the same. Thank you for inspiring my inner chef to come out again. I sort of forgot she existed when I started eating this way cause I forgot about things like curries…not sure why…my favorite thing to eat…except chocolate coconut cream…thanks for that idea too! Yumm!!!!!

  20. I am new to the whole Paleo/ crossfit thing, but I love it and have been losing weight and feeling great. At the suggestion of a fellow Crossfitter, we made this last night and it was delish. Even my very picky 9 yo son liked it. I cheated a little and made Indian cucumber yogurt raita with it. The contrast between the spicy chicken and the cooling sauce was so good. This one is a keeper as well as your crack laced banana bread. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes, keep em coming.

  21. Would fresh grated ginger be okay to use as well? I’ll be honest, I didn’t read all the posts, so if this had already been discussed or mentioned, sorry. I’m lazy. Hence the crock pot…


  22. We have just cleared our plates and I can honestly say this is one of the tastiest curries I’ve ever made! Your recipes are spot on! I made it with chicken pieces so it need quite as long to cook….but still simmered for 3 hours and the chicken broke up beautifully! Thank you! You’re fab & very funny! 🙂

  23. In the 3 months I have been Paleo I have made this 4 times! I actually crave it, and my kids like it a ton. You can’t go wrong by adding more coconut milk, as I eat it more like a soup. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

  24. Ok, so this may seem like a stupid question but is this red curry? I mean yea it looks like it but you did have tomato paste so I wasn’t 100%. No judgment. lol.

  25. Thank goodness for this recipe…I was just about to give up being paleo until I made this for dinner tonight. Amazing!

  26. I just came across your blog today, and am making this recipe right now. I have to say thanks! I have been using Paleo Plan for sometime now but my husband and I really needed to be inspired again, we’ve fallen off the wagon a bit lately. Now, We are so stoked to try everything!

  27. Hello! I am the girl who had the balls to try out the original recipe, EVEN AFTER looking at the picture. I just found this one today. So that means I have been making the original Brazilian curry chicken once a week for about 3 months (I found your blog June 2012) It’s my second favorite night of the week…and the leftovers are my most favorite night of the week. I’m also the girl who never takes the time to comment on the few blogs I read…but felt compelled to express some sort of thank you b/c I look forward to brazilian curry chicken night every week!!!

  28. made an amazing medium/hot curry! Adapted from this recipe. https://paleomg.com/leftovers-brazilian-curry-chicken/ Changes: for a double recipe – I used a 3.8 lb whole bird, w/ skin and removed skin & shredded it after. I used 10ish Tablespoons yellow curry 3T thai kitchen red curry paste (this is key!) omit ground ginger, use 2T fresh grated ginger rounded, omit bell peppers, double everything else. I chopped my onions. cook, On high about 3.5 hours, on low 6-7. then, 1.5 to 2.15 hrs from chicken being done /end of cooking add 1 extra large or two small, peeled, sliced, salted on paper towel & patted dry then cubed eggplant (1.2lbs skinned) the Thai kitchen has some other authentic ingredients, but no preservatives. Feel free to try it and re post it with another name or whatever. I also made the recipe just using the yellow curry ( also with eggplant) and while quite good not near the complexity of flavor as with the thai kitchen curry paste. I garnished with cilantro.

    1. I am eating it again with the above adaptations, and loving it more than ice cream (my favorite indulgence) PLEASE everyone, try it with the Thai red chili paste. It takes this recipe from like a 9.5 to a 12! I was going to freeze some, that’s why I made doubles, but I truly think I will eat it for lunch and dinner until it’s gone. okay, I am done now.

  29. Hi Juli,

    We had this for dinner last night and chose to cook it on high for 4-5 hours. Man, it was spicy! I loved it! I featured it on my blog and linked to you. Thanks for this – so delicious!

  30. yay for you!!!!! Love yiur self deprecating humour and the fact youre a lab rat for the other paleos out there with a sense of humour. This recipe will be tested on my family this eve! Once again keep up the fab work, thanks from the cook family in new zealand. Do you post tshirts out here?

  31. made this tonight for the family, and everyone had seconds. The ‘sauce’ was a bit thin for us, so I added coconut cream, then it made it not as spicy so I added 2tsp thai green curry paste. NOMNOMNOM, ‘o’ on a plate.

  32. How awesome! I just found this recipe but I don’t cook in a crock pot because I have not had luck with them. SoooOooOooOoo I used your ingredients, but added kale (because it’s yummy and pretty) and whipped it up in about 30 minutes. Woah. It is DELICIOUS!!!! Again, you have come through and helped to feed me and my husband yet another evening! Thank you! 😀

  33. Okay… Ive been loving on your site for a couple of months now, But today i finally felt compelled to say something. I felt like we were soul sisters when u said beer tastes like feet water…. I FELL OUT LAUGHING (not an understatement). It totally does… and anyone who thinks otherwise is lying through their beer/feet water breath mouth!!! In all honesty though. Most Paleo sites, don’t give the EVERYDAY struggle, personal touch that I think everyone who is trying to start Paleo needs. You are truly a breath of fresh air. You literally give me life, with your crazy funny self!! Thank you!!

    oh and PS… These ribs were fucking FAN TASTIC!!!

  34. For the love of all, THANK YOU for having a “print” button with your recipes. Makes my life THAT much easier 🙂 Will be trying this one soon.

  35. I don’t know what I did wrong. It’s not at all good 🙁 I’ve loved everything from your site, so I know it’s me. When you say ground ginger do you mean ground fresh (like in a food processor) or the dried stuff? Maybe I used too much curry and not enough coconut milk? It’s super watery.

  36. Second crockpot meal I have made from you– so good! Haven’t let me down yet! Can’t wait to try more! Thanks!

  37. I reallllly love this curry! I’ve made it 4 times now and last time I added in chopped carrots and it was delish and today i added in some baby corns – so we will see how that turns out.

    I haven’t had a bad recipe from you yet – love that!!!

    And hey even my 2 yr old son loves this curry – that’s definitely a big honour 😉

  38. This curry is amazing! So easy. Just throw everything into the slow cooker and dinner is served! I am always looking for good curry recipes that taste great and this one definitely does the trick! I’m making it again tomorrow.

    Juli – you are an awesome person. Keep up the good work and btw, your cookbook is most radical!

  39. This was absolutely fantastic! I only had fresh ginger, so grated some of that and threw it in and really like how it turned out. The chicken just fell apart and was perfection. I got a little carried away with the red pepper flakes so it certainly packed some punch 🙂

    I served it with some cauliflower rice and it was a huge hit!

  40. To the ladies above, yea, crossfit is intimidating when you first do it but if you stick with it you will find yourself addicted!

    That being said, did you mean 4-6 tablespoons curry? I just made this and it packs one HELL of a punch!

  41. So good! I didn’t have enough ginger or curry so I didn’t put as much as the recipe says but it was delicious and not too spicy for my kids. I shredded the chicken and poured it and the sauce over steamed broccoli and my kidds (3 &4.5) loved it! Definitely a new favorite for us.

  42. I used the leftover chicken from this delicious recipe–chopped chicken, mayo (I use vegan) and some salt and pepper. Slapped it on a paleo wrap with some greens and made an amazing lunch for tomorrow! Love this Curry recipe–thank you for sharing!

  43. Was the chicken in this recipe cooked or uncooked when you added it to the crockpot?

    I’m really looking forward to cooking it! Thanks!

  44. This was good! I did make the full recipe and after awhile I did get a little bored of eating the same thing for multiple days since it’s just me in the house normally. Threw a serving in the freezer for future grub. 🙂 This was SO easy to make though! Just throw everything in and voila! Served it over zucchini noodles and it was yum!

  45. I’m a newer paleo eater and I can’t help the urge to soak all of the juices up with SOMETHING. Any suggestions?

  46. Just got around to making this. It is even better the next day! I spoon the cold chicken curry onto some shredded cabbage and it makes a great lunch! Thanks again.

  47. To be honest look at the ingredients list and thought this was going to be an average curry.

    How wrong was I

    It was fecking gorgeous yummy

    Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂


  48. Hillary Kibgis

    Very, very good! One of the best crockpot paleo recipes I have had, good work! I used 4 tablespoons of red curry paste and it had nice kick. Thank you!

  49. Who didn’t know curry was spicy? This girl! Lol. Great flavor but too hot for this weenie.

    My hubby loved it though.

    I found this recipe when I google searched Paleo chicken left overs. So I already had about 2 lbs of chicken cooked to use in this recipe. It whips up really well on the stove top as well. I used all the ingredients, just in a little different order. So, I cooked the peppers and onion in some fat, then added the garlic.
    Then broth and powders, after that reduced briefly I added the coconut milk and finished with my already cooked chicken to reheat. It was great. Thanks for the idea.

  50. Just made this for dinner tonight in our new slow cooker and it was delicious!! I put it over cauliflower rice (pan cooked in a little coconut oil with S&P) as suggested in previous comments. I made the curry spicier by adding red chile powder…my husband was a big fan! Next time I think I’ll try it over polenta. This was only my second attempt at a PaleOmg recipe- the 5 ingredient spaghetti squash pie has become a consistent go-to for me. I’ll try the buffalo chicken chili next weekend 🙂 Thanks so much, Julie!

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