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Thai chicken massaman curry in a bowl on the table.

Thai Chicken Massaman Curry with Sweet Potatoes

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  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This tasty Thai chicken massaman curry with sweet potatoes recipe is simply delicious! It's an easy recipe using chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, and fragrant spices. It's a perfect quick lunch or dinner that can be ready in 30 minutes!




  1. This step is optional but highly recommended. In a frying pan, dry roast the spices (cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, and cloves) on low heat until fragrant. 
  2. Heat a Dutch oven or a large pot until warm on medium heat. Add the coconut milk and cook until the creamy coconut milk separates. It takes about 2-3 minutes. The sauce will thickens, and bubbles will form.  
  3. Add the Massaman curry paste and break up the clumps. Cook for 1-2 minutes until you have a thick sauce. 
  4. Add the spices, sugar, and fish sauce, stir well, and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken, potatoes, onion, and the stock. Give it a good stir and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Last, add the peanuts and tamarind sauce, and stir well. Taste and adjust flavors with more fish, sugar, or tamarind sauce. Serve jasmine rice. Basmati and coconut rice go well with this Southern Thai curry too. Enjoy!


  • Dry toast the spices before cooking to intensify the flavors of the curry. 
  • Watch out for the whole spices as you bite into your curry. Remove serving if desired.
  • Denser potatoes work best for this chicken Massaman curry recipe. Idaho, sweet, or Japanese potatoes work great too. 
  • Chicken breast works but does not cut the meat into bite-size pieces as the meat will dry out too much. 
  • Lemon or lime juice works as a substitute for tamarind paste. Use a little bit at first and add more as needed. 
  • Ground spices work too, but I haven't tested this recipe with them. Use half the amount of whole spices than what the recipe card specified.

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Curries, chicken recipes
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Thai