Gluten Free Chicken, Cashew, and Chickpea Curry Recipe

Gluten Free Chicken, Cashew, and Chickpea Curry Recipe

  • Makes: 4 Servings
  • Ready In: 57 mins
  • Prep Time: 32 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins

The spices used in Indian cooking have some amazing, healing benefits. Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its bright yellow color, has been used to fight cancer, cystic fibrosis, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. It can decrease chronic pain, and is a natural immunity booster. This is an easy, healthy, and delicious curry.  Ladled over a bowl of hot brown ricethis dish is an amazing and impressive one dish meal to feed your family and your friends.

Notes: This is a kid-friendly meal that you can feel proud feeding your family and friends. Greek yogurt is full of probiotics (which promotes a healthy digestive tract), and coconut milk is getting tons of press lately for being the next big thing in keeping skin supple as we age. Vegetarians can easily omit the chicken and add an extra can of beans, and those with nut allergies can simply omit the cashews. This dish is naturally gluten-free.

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 483
  • Protein: g
  • Sodium: 1260mg
  • Carbohydrates: 71g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sugar: 5g


  1. Boneless, skinless chicken breast, about 1/2 pound
    Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans (same thing)
    1 standard can, rinsed and drained
    Tomatoes, 4 plum, chopped
    Red onion, 1 average, diced
    Garlic, 3 cloves, minced
    Ginger, 2 tsp (1 inch), peeled and minced
    Light coconut milk, 1 cup
    Greek yogurt, 1 cup (I used 2%)
    Extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp
    Cilantro, 1/3 cup, coarsely chopped
    Roasted cashews, 1/4 - 1/2 cup, to your preference, coarsely chopped
    Cooked brown rice, 3 cups, I used short grain

    Seasonings: Mild (or sweet) curry powder, 2 tsp
    Smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp
    Turmeric, 1/2 tsp
    Ground cumin, 1/2 tsp
    Ground coriander, 1/2 tsp
    Ground cayenne, 1/2 tsp
    Ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp
    Sea salt, 1 tsp
    Fresh ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp
    Yellow mustard seeds, 1 tsp


  1. Prepare the spices:

    1. Measure out all ingredients listed under "seasonings" and place in a small bowl or ramekin. Stir to combine and take a whiff. This will get you excited about dinner! Set aside (if you can).
    2. Dice one red onion.
    3. Mince 3 cloves garlic and 2 tsp of ginger.
    4. Quarter 4 plum tomatoes.
    5. Coarsely chop 1/3 cup cilantro and 1/4 - 1/2 cup roasted cashews.
    6. Remove all vegetables from cutting board. Using kitchen shears (this is the easiest way), cut about 1/2 pound of chicken into 1/2 - 1 inch cubes. Wash hands thoroughly.

    Prepare the simmer sauce:

    1. Measure and combine 1 cup Greek yogurt with 1 cup light coconut milk. (The remaining coconut milk can be frozen for up to three months or tastes great in smoothies!)
    2. Drain and rinse chickpeas. (I use Eden Organics brand canned beans. At the time of publishing, it is the only brand of canned beans that I have found to be BPA-free. If you know of others, please let me know!)
    3. Promptly cover and refrigerate all ingredients (excluding the cashews and spices) if not utilizing within the hour.


      Gather equipment and prepared, measured ingredients.
    1. Sauté the onion.
    2. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and heat an additional 30 seconds, until oil shimmers. Add diced onion and sauté for 5 - 7 minutes, until nice and tender.
    3. Toast the spices.
    4. Add minced garlic, ginger, and combined spices to skillet.
    5. Stir continuously for 2 minutes, being mindful not to let the spices burn. The yellow mustard seeds may begin to pop like popcorn, this is fine.
    6. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, chicken, and simmer sauce (coconut milk and yogurt) to skillet. Stir constantly until mixture comes just to a boil (2 - 3 minutes). Reduce heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    7. Place 3 cups of hot, cooked brown rice in the bottom of a large serving bowl. Pour curry mixture on top. Garnish with chopped cashews and cilantro. Serve and enjoy!

Katie is a reformed junk food junkie who is now hoping to change the way parents feed their children. After switching to a mostly organic, whole foods diet, Katie felt relief from the symptoms of a debilitating autoimmune disease. Along the journey, Katie discovered a passion and a talent for all things culinary. You can find more of Katie’s creative recipes, tips, and techniques at The Health Food Junkie.

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