Sweet Potato Coconut Curry with Chicken and Bacon

by Marla on November 3, 2011 · 49 comments

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Healthy gluten free sweet potato curry with chicken, coconut and bacon

You heard me right. Bacon in your curry, and it’s healthy too. Just a little bit of bacon goes a long way and adds oh so much flavor. This recipe is like a dream come true my friends. In the same way that I can’t get enough pumpkin I also can’t get enough sweet potato. If my skin turns orange we will just go with it, OK….

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Serve this up over quinoa or rice. Or do as I do and serve alongside a heaping bowl of steamed veggies. Remember I like low carb but my kids and hubs prefer something a little heartier. Dip some crackers, pita or tortilla in this. All is great no matter what you do.

One of our favorite fall savories is my Pumpkin Coconut Curry with Chicken Meatballs. This is sort of an expansion of that concept. Except this one has sweet potatoes and bacon.

Healthy gluten free sweet potato curry with chicken, coconut and bacon

Did y’all know that I write for the Chef Marcus Sameulsson blog? Last week this recipe was featured over there. Have you been watching the Next Iron Chef Super Chefs on the Food Network? Marcus has been rocking it over there as he battles to become the Next Iron Chef!

Will I be seeing any of you this weekend in San Francisco at the Foodbuzz Festival? I will be attending courtesy of Alexia Foods. Look for the petite gal wearing cowboy boots and pop on over to say *hi*

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Tune in for a LIVE cooking demonstration with Chef Tyler Florence this Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 PST streamed right on the Alexia Facebook page. Tyler will also announce the “Reinvent a Classic” French Fries finalists at this time! Hmmmm. I wonder who the finalists are? Can’t wait to hear about their FAB creations. There are 4 finalists and I will let you know when you can start voting. Just sayin’

For now let’s just eat some curry…

Do you have a favorite curry recipe? Please share some links in the comments if you wish.

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry with Chicken and Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry with Chicken and Bacon


  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 2 pounds organic Chicken Breast, trim to bite sized pieces
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Sweet Potato Purée
  • 4 slices cooked Bacon, chopped (set aside some for the topping)
  • 1 can (17.5 ounces) of unsweetened light Coconut Milk
  • a few pinches Smoked Paprika, Sea Salt, ground Cinnamon, ground Black Pepper and Tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 packet powdered Stevia (or a little bit of your favorite sweetener)
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Flour (or adjust to thicken sauce to your liking)
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped Cilantro (plus some for garnish)


  • Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add chopped onions and garlic, cook a few minutes until softened and slightly browned. Increase heat to medium high and add chicken. Cook about 10 minutes until the chicken is browned on all sides, stirring occasionally. In a bowl combine the sweet potato puree with the coconut milk and spices.
  • Add the coconut and sweet potato sauce to the chicken. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Add cherry tomatoes. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings to taste. Simmer about 25 minutes partially covered.
  • Stir in cilantro and cooked bacon at the end. Garnish with additional bacon pieces and cilantro. You can also serve with a dollop of thick Greek yogurt or some sour cream.

Curry Recipe Links

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm

It looks lovely, Marla! Savory food and/or warm-ish comfort type foods are sooo hard for me to photograph. I can never make them look as beautiful as you made this one look. Loving the purple backdrop…perfect with this recipe and “vibe” and mood of the food. You have a gift for photog and food styling my friend!

Have fun this weekend. Wish I could be there to say hi in person!


2 Marla November 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Averie…I shot this last SPRING!!! So much has changed since then. Glad this is still passable 😉 Many things I would do different if I shot it now. Sometimes that is not an option. I sooooo wish I could see you in SF this weekend. xxoo


3 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I had to miss FoodBuzz festival due to personal reasons – so wanted to meet you!

You know I am a curry girl, don’t cha? 😀 That looks super yummy Marla! And congrats on the writing gig!


4 Marla November 4, 2011 at 5:32 am

Kiran, of course I know you are a curry girl. I swoon over all of your recipes on your blog. Sorry we will not have a chance to meet this weekend. Hopefully we will sooner than later :) xxoo


5 Georgia Pellegrini November 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Coconut curry is my life. I love it with pumpkin and sweet potato, it’s magical. So smart of MS to have you writing for him!


6 Marla November 4, 2011 at 5:33 am

Georgia, I bet you make a dang fine curry my friend. Gotta meet Marcus for reals some day. He seems like such a great guy.


7 Kim Bee November 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Such a great recipe. I love the pictures. Have fun at the festival. Wish I could be there. Kudos on the boots, I just finished cleaning horse tack. But I did it in slippers. Lol!


8 Cookin' Canuck November 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm

This looks as though it’s bursting with flavor. You’re right – a little bacon does go a long way and I’m guessing it takes this curry to a heavenly level. Have a great time at the Foodbuzz Festival!


9 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet November 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Great recipe Marla. My husband would absolutely go bonkers for this. He’s a curry lover for sure! Have fun in SF.



10 Rebecca ~ Sweet Baby Yams November 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Oh wow, this looks incredible! My husband loves bacon and I love sweet potatoes, so this is perfect.


11 Marla November 4, 2011 at 5:30 am

Rebecca, oh good! Then it is a win for both of you :)


12 Jeff November 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Bacon and curry just seem like complete opposites. I never would have ever thought about combining them! I’m not sure my brain and tastebuds are on the same page here… I’m totally intrigued though! Good thing I trust your recipe sense!


13 Marla November 4, 2011 at 5:30 am

Jeff, I get that. There is just a pinch of the turmeric and other seasonings in this, you can use all or some. I always like to have unique & unexpected flavor twists. Intrigued is good….as long as the results match up when you make a batch! :)


14 Rosa November 4, 2011 at 12:20 am

That dish looks lipsmackingly good! A comforting and tasty combo.




15 heather November 4, 2011 at 4:17 am

This is just gorgeous!! I agree, a little bacon goes a long way. :)


16 HeatherChristo November 4, 2011 at 6:34 am

Marla- this is spectacular! The flavors just look wonderful!


17 Cassie @ Bake Your Day November 4, 2011 at 7:27 am

Have fun this weekend! This curry sounds so good. We love sweet potatoes, I know this would be something my husband would love!


18 Lauren from Lauren's Latest November 4, 2011 at 7:31 am

I love how colorful all your photos are! Beautiful!


19 Bev Weidner November 4, 2011 at 7:52 am

This has just turned my entire life around.


20 Kristina Vanni November 4, 2011 at 8:30 am

What a great combination! I had never thought of bacon and curry together, but it sounds like a dream. How fun that you write for Marcus Samuelsson’s blog – he is my favorite!


21 aida mollenkamp November 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

I’ve put bacon in pretty much every possible dish but never in curry! Love your creativity, Marla.


22 Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily November 4, 2011 at 9:24 am

I just love curry and I bet my kids would even love this!


23 Angie November 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

Perfect combination. There is nothing finer than coconut curry on a cold rainy day like today. Now that’s comfort food! Have a great time in SFO!


24 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner November 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

I don’t think I have ever tried curry before. But it looks SO good!


25 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 4, 2011 at 10:02 am

These look SO good! Have a great weekend my friend xoxox


26 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme November 4, 2011 at 10:03 am

Fabulous recipe! I love the combination of ingredients and flavors. Anything coconut and curry is a hit for me! Have a great weekend in SF! :)


27 Nutmeg Nanny November 4, 2011 at 10:57 am

This sounds amazing! I love that you threw in a little bacon…my favorite :)


28 jennifer @ peanut butter and peppers November 4, 2011 at 11:09 am

Hi Marla,

It seems a lot of people are going to the Foodbuzz event. I contacted FoodBuzz and it’s invites only or a little to expensive for me to attend the event. I just want to do all the Saturday events, and I would LOVE to see Tyler Florence do a cooking demo, not only is he a great chef, he’s so dreamy! lol

Like you, I love sweet potatoes and pumpkin to!!

Have fun in SF!


29 Natalie November 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Very nice recipe, it looks super tasty!


30 Deborah November 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I have been craving a good curry, and I’m sure this would hit the spot!!


31 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] November 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I love the combo of coconut and curry. Love this!


32 Katrina November 4, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I love a good coconut curry! Yum.


33 Donna November 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

The combo of sweet potatoes and bacon sounds YUM ~ a fall flavor fest!


34 susan November 4, 2011 at 9:12 pm

that’s my kind of curry. looks delish, Marla!


35 Deliciously Organic November 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

This curry looks amazing! I love the addition of the bacon. I hope you’re a finalist! let me know when I can start voting!


36 SweetSugarBelle November 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

OOOh I love curry…and you made me LOL. A friend of mine really turned her baby orange. after she delivered she CRAVED carrots and spinach all the time. She ate so many her breastmilk turned the baby orange! I’m not kidding! They called it carotenemia. When you said that I saw an orange Marla eating a bowl of sweet potatoes, LOL!


37 Marla November 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Same thing happened to my daughter when she was little… Too funny!!


38 Jeanette November 7, 2011 at 5:31 am

We love curry at our house – although I’ve never tried adding sweet potato puree or pumpkin pie spice to curry. It must add some nice sweetness.


39 Marla November 7, 2011 at 5:39 am

Jeanette, it does add a bit of welcomed sweetness. A fun twist on a classic :)


40 Bree November 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

What an amazing flavor combination. Yum!


41 Faith November 10, 2011 at 5:01 am

This curry looks amazing, Marla! Sweet potato and bacon sound like an incredible combination — so delicious in that creamy sauce. By the way, I just voted for you in the Alexia challenge — fingers crossed and good luck, sweetie!


42 Marla November 10, 2011 at 5:47 am

Thanks Faith! It would be fun to have this as a new french fry flavor :)


43 Rosie @ Sweetapolita November 13, 2011 at 7:07 am

Love this recipe, Marla! I, for some reason, have been craving and talking about curry for days. Your version looks incredible! xo


44 loveloves December 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Could you substitute pumpkin for the sweet potato puree? I have everything except for the sweet potatoes in my pantry and am totally drooling with hunger pains over this recipe!!


45 Marla December 23, 2011 at 4:25 am

Yes, absolutely! I use sweet potatoes and pumpkin interchangeably :) Let me know how your curry turns out.


46 plasterers bristol July 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

this sounds good. Something new to try as well. thanks for sharing this recipe.



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