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Overhead view of a bowl of Healthy pumpkin chicken curry topped with crushed peanuts and fresh cilantro

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Curry (Paleo, Whole30-Friendly)

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 4.5 hours
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This cozy pumpkin curry recipe has tender chicken, colorful veggies & a mega-flavorful sauce to warm you up from the inside out. (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free)



For The Pumpkin Chicken Curry:

  • 1 (14 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (unsweetened–do not use pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 Tbsp. red curry paste
  • 1 Tbsp. gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter or cashew butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 11.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast (or chicken thighs)
  • 34 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped or torn with your hands a bit
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • Salt to taste (I like about 1/2 tsp.)
  • Optional, for garnish: crushed peanuts or cashews, red pepper flakes, additional cilantro.


  1. Add coconut milk, pumpkin puree, curry paste, tamari/coconut aminos, peanut butter/cashew butter, garlic, and ginger into the crock of your slow cooker.
  2. Whisk until sauce is uniform and no large clumps remain. (This helps prevent burning)
  3. Add chopped bell pepper and chicken breast and stir to coat the chicken with the sauce.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 6-8 hours, or until the chicken shreds easily with a fork.
  5. Shred the chicken with two forks (try to keep the pieces fairly large at first).
  6. Stir in spinach, cilantro, and lime juice and stir 1-2 minutes to coat. Cover 2-3 minutes or until spinach is fully wilted.
  7. Taste the curry and salt, to taste.
  8. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice and garnish with crushed peanuts or cashews, more cilantro, or red pepper flakes, as desired.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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