Pumpkin and Chicken Curry with Rice

Make the pumpkin curry ahead and warm it just before dinner to give the flavors and aromas a chance to meld.

pot of orange color curry with pumpkin and greens
Photo: Jacob Fox
Cook Time:
10 mins
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips

  • 1 medium onion, sliced (1 cup)

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 cup canned unsweetened light coconut milk

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin

  • 2 tablespoon curry powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 cup packed baby spinach

  • 2 teaspoon fresh lime juice

  • 2 cup hot cooked basmati rice

  • cilantro, for topping


  1. In a large saucepan heat 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil over medium-high. Add the chicken; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until no pink remains. Remove chicken from pan.

  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil and the onion to saucepan. Cook and stir 3 minutes. Add ginger and garlic. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until onion is tender.

  3. Stir in next six ingredients (through cayenne) and 1/2 cup water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return chicken saucepan. Add spinach; cook and stir just until wilted. Stir in lime juice. Serve over rice.


Top each serving with chopped fresh cilantro for brightness.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

396 Calories
14g Fat
38g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 396
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 359mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 13.1mg 66%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 542mg 12%
Folate, total 63.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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