Chicken Curry With Sweet Potatoes | Cari Ga

When James was younger he showed very little interest in food, other than eating it. One holiday we encouraged the boys to choose a vegetable to eat with the meals I was preparing and the vote went to sweet potatoes. We ate so many sweet potatoes that weekend I could not face them for years. When James showed an interest in learning how to cook curries I turned straight away to my Curry recipe book. I found a Vietnamese curry recipe for cari ga, a chicken curry with sweet potatoes and carrots that I knew would go down well. This mild curry made use of the cari powder I made a long time ago. It was a great dish to get started with and I was most impressed with the flavour, and the enthusiasm James showed in cooking for us. Of course this was done at our house and I bought all the ingredients! This chicken curry recipe calls for the chicken to be in the marinade for an hour, but we did not leave it that long and I don’t believe it affected the tenderness of the chicken or the flavour. If you have the time, leave the chicken to marinate for the hour though. This sweet curry is a traditional Vietnamese dish from the south of the country.

Cari Ga | Chicken Curry With Sweet Potatoes
Chicken Curry With Sweet Potatoes
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Cari Ga | Chicken Curry With Sweet Potatoes

Recipe Category: Chicken, Curry
All Rights Reserved: Recipe adapted from Curry page 285


  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 30 mls cari powder or any mild / sweet curry powder, divided
  • 15 mls fructose
  • 5 mls salt
  • 30 mls canola oil
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 1 x tin coconut cream
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 30 mls fish sauce
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced


  • Place the chicken into a large bowl
  • Mix together 15mls cari powder, the fructose and salt
  • Add to the chicken and toss to coat
  • Leave to marinade
  • Heat the oil in a large pot over a medium heat
  • Cook the sweet potato for about 5 minutes, sealing all over
  • Remove and put onto kitchen paper to drain
  • Place the chicken into the pot skin side down and brown
  • Turn over and seal before removing and setting aside
  • Add the garlic and shallots to the pot and sauté until soft
  • Add the rest of the cari powder and mix in
  • Cook until you can smell the spices
  • Add the coconut cream, lemongrass, lime leaves, fish sauce and carrots
  • Place the chicken and any drippings into the pot together with the sweet potatoes
  • Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes

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  1. Tandy, this is such a wonderful dish, love curry with sweet potatoes, they are just made for each other. Did you just change your site, on the last few post there is lavender. Love the way it looks, but was it there before?

  2. We went through a phase like that too. Sweet potatoes all the time. You start out obsessed, then you just kind of get tired of them. This curry chicken sounds delicious. I haven’t made a curry dish in a long time. I’ll have to add this to my must make list 😀

  3. I love chicken curry, but have not tried with sweet potatoes…like that you have coconut cream and lemongrass…so tasty.
    Have a great week Tandy:D

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  6. Ive been looking for a recipe for this online, sounds really good, thanks for sharing..


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