Nightshade-Free AIP Curry

A quick and easy recipe for nightshade-free AIP curry. This low-inflammatory curry is perfect for those who are sensitive to nightshades, as well as those who eat a whole food, paleo, or keto diet.

Nightshade-Free AIP Curry made without chilis, bell peppers, or tomatoes. A Thai curry recipe for those who follow AIP, a whole food diet, paleo, or keto | #glutenfree #AIP #paleo

Curry is a big, big deal in my life. I make it frequently, eat it frequently, and get a kick out of experimenting with new flavors, easier methods, and seasonal produce. Just take a dive into my Curry archives to see all sorts of seasonally-inspired curry options, both Thai and Indian, vegetarian and protein-packed!

While nothing beats a great authentic Thai curry, I have been meaning to develop nightshade-free AIP curry recipes for ages.  I had a reader request a nightshade-free version of the Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala I recently posted. Indeed, I fully intend to deliver; however, I wanted to tap the curry first.

First things first. Let’s define both nightshades and AIP.

Nightshade-Free AIP Curry made without chilis, bell peppers, or tomatoes. A Thai curry recipe for those who follow AIP, a whole food diet, paleo, or keto | #glutenfree #AIP #paleo

What are Nightshades?

Nightshades include tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, chilies (both fresh and dried into spices), and eggplant. They contain a compound called glycoalkaloids which make them tough on your stomach and GI, also causing organ and joint inflammation.

If you have an autoimmune disease or gut issues such as IBS or leaky gut, you may notice a sensitivity to nightshades.

Since those with autoimmune disease or gut problems already have a difficult time managing systemic inflammation, it is best to steer clear of nightshades to avoid any excess irritation or flares.

Nightshade-Free AIP Curry made without chilis, bell peppers, or tomatoes. A Thai curry recipe for those who follow AIP, a whole food diet, paleo, or keto | #glutenfree #AIP #paleo

What is AIP?

AIP is the Autoimmune Protocol, which is a very strict low-inflammatory diet designed for those with severe autoimmune inflammatory symptoms. Those with autoimmune diseases often find relief in consuming a very low-inflammatory diet. AIP eliminates grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol, legumes, nightshades, nuts, seeds, and coffee.

While I don’t have severe autoimmune symptoms, I do notice a sensitivity to nightshades, particularly potatoes and tomatoes. For this reason, I reserve my nightshades for those instances that really count, which for me means one thing: Thai curry. I typically avoid all nightshades, save for the one or two evenings a month I go out for curry with friends.

Nightshade-Free AIP Curry made without chilis, bell peppers, or tomatoes. A Thai curry recipe for those who follow AIP, a whole food diet, paleo, or keto | #glutenfree #AIP #paleo

How to Make Nightshade-Free AIP Curry:

Having had some readers request more AIP recipes, I figured it would make a ton of sense to take my favorite nightshade-full meal and make it nightshade-free.

What we have here is a curry recipe that contains no tomatoes, bell pepper, chilis, or cumin. A typical curry includes a variety of fresh or dried chilis, cumin, and sometimes bell pepper. We replace the nightshades with coconut aminos, some extra turmeric and ginger, fresh lime juice, and cinnamon.

Trust me, it is shocking how authentically curry-like this recipe tastes!

Serve it up with cauliflower rice, your favorite riced vegetable (try my Turnip Fried Rice  or Cauliflower Fried Rice), or regular rice (if you do grains) and enjoy!

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Nightshade-Free AIP Curry made without chilis, bell peppers, or tomatoes. A Thai curry recipe for those who follow AIP, a whole food diet, paleo, or keto | #glutenfree #AIP #paleo

Nightshade-Free AIP Curry

Course: Main Course
Keyword: aip, chicken, coconut milk, keto, low-carb, paleo, Thai, whole30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4 people
Author: Julia


  • 1 (15-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk see note*
  • 2 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced, optional
  • 2 large carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 large crown broccoli chopped into florets
  • 1 yellow squash chopped
  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt to taste
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped for serving


  1. Pour 1/4 cup of the coconut milk into a large skillet and heat to medium. Add the ginger and garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. 

  2. Add the carrots and broccoli and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies have softened but are still al dente, about 3 minutes.

  3. Heat a small amount of coconut oil or avocado oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped chicken. Brown the chicken, stirring occasionally, until a great deal of liquid comes out, about 5 minutes. You don't need to cook the chicken all the way through - you're simply cooking out the liquid. Strain the liquid from the chicken, then add the chicken to the skillet with the vegetables.

  4. Add the remaining ingredients (including the rest of the coconut milk)  except for the lime wedges and basil to the skillet with the vegetables and chicken. Stir well and bring to a full boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook 15 minutes, then uncover and continue cooking another 8 to 10 minutes, until curry has thickened and chicken is cooked through.

  5. Taste curry for flavor and add sea salt to taste. Serve with choice of cauliflower rice or other riced vegetables or regular rice. Garnish with lime wedges and basil.

Recipe Notes

*Be sure to get coconut milk without any added gums/emulsifiers to keep this recipe AIP

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  1. Amelia

    THANK YOU! I’ve been dying to find a way to cook curry for my partner who is allergic to all peppers (chilis and bells) and is sensitive to tomatoes, too. I will be sure to try this!

    1. Julia Post author

      You’re very welcome, Amelia! My digestive system doesn’t seem to like chilies or peppers either, so now that I’ve made the recipe, I’ll be making all my homemade curries nightshade-free. So happy you’re looking forward to trying it! Let me know if you have any questions! xo

  2. mary perkins

    silly question: it’s called a curry but you do not use curry powder or paste? 🙂 going to make for dinner tonight. love your site!!! 🙂

    1. Sandra

      Mary, I think that is because she is putting together a combination of individual spices to create her OWN curry blend that will not have any nightshades, but still be curry-esque. 🙂 Her combination of spices IS a curry powder. 🙂 She can’t use already prepared curry powder or paste because it comes automatically with nightshades in it.

    2. Steven

      Curry powder is just a pre made mix of spices.
      Homemade Curry can use a powder/paste or can be made from scratch.
      Most curry powders contain turmeric, chilli powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground ginger and black pepper. Tumeric gives the colour, chilli give the hotness.

      change the chilli for more hotness or different flavour.

      So a Curry that is AIP just leaves out the non AIP spices and can substitute other spices depending on what tastes you like (i.e. the lime and coconut milk)

  3. joy

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I’ve been feeling depressed at the lack of variety AIP allows for. But this made me feel so happy because of the rich, complex flavours!!!! The lime and the basil (I used dried seasoning) were an absolutely masterful touch! Love, love love it!

  4. Jodi Clay

    You are an AIP angel! This curry was delicious!!! The fresh lime juice and basil gave it the kick of flavor I’d been missing after 2 weeks of bland AIP foods. My insides are singing and my taste buds dancing. Mahalo!

  5. Anita

    I’ve made this twice now! I add some chicken broth and make it more like a “soup.” Delicious! Great for a winter day and AIP compliant.

  6. Joan Esclamado

    it sounds so good and i plan on making it as I have been nightshade free for years!
    but I don’t see curry listed??

    1. Andrea

      Curry isn’t a spice it is a mix of spices and in that mix of spices are some nightshades so she made a mix that tastes like the original mix of spices that we call curry. A lot of people dont realize that curry is just a mix of spices

  7. Valorie Quinn

    This dish was so delicious and comforting that I added it to my family’s cook book where we only put recipes we absolutely adore. Thank you so much for sharing and I’m looking forward to eating it again and again for years to come.

  8. Lynn Adams

    Hello, I’m going to make this for my son’s darling girlfriend, who’s now on the AIP diet. Can this be frozen?

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Lynn,

      Yes, absolutely! The vegetables may be a bit flaccid when they are thawed and reheated, but the fat in the coconut milk will help keep everything tasting fresh.

  9. Eleni

    I am amazed that I finally found a curry recipe! And the bonus is I not only cook it for myself but my whole family enjoys it, so I don’t have to make a separate dinner for them

  10. Siri Olsen

    Great recipe! Just place be ware that cilantro/coriander is an unsafe heavy metal chelator, it has the chemical structure to move mercury around in your body, but not remove it so it could potentially get moved from a benign place to a very sensitive spot like your brain causing a lot of problems. This should be a concern for everybody as we all have some degree of heavy metals. To read some peoples experience with cilantro you can google “andy cutler what not to do», and there is a grat article explaining this further that you can find by googling «andy cutler rebecca rust lee weston price». Please red up on Andy Cutlers work if you want to learn more, as he is the only one who found a safe way to chelate. I would also recommend his book «The Mercury Detoxification Manual: A Guide to Mercury Chelation», By Andrew Hall Cutler, Phd, PE

  11. Mai

    Thank you so much, it tastes great. I didn’t know I could like curry with only tumeric and cinnamon. Next time I will add bay leaf and lemongrass.

  12. Sara

    I cried when I read this – gut problems can be so emotional – after all the gut is like a second brain. Curry is my favorite thing to eat and I have basically IBS from nightshades. Thank u so much for this. My next goal is being able to make nightshade free pasta sauce !

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Sara,

      Ohhh that’s so bittersweet to hear..I’m happy the post resonated with you and I’m so happy you’ve figured out the root cause of your gut issues. My heart goes out to you, m’dear! Best of luck on your journey, and feel free to keep in touch xoxoxo

  13. Andrea M

    This came out delicious. I used baby bella mushrooms and string beans for the veggies. I also added cumin, black pepper, ground clove and onion powder. YUM! Thanks again, Julia.

  14. Whitney

    This was so good! I can’t even think of another time my 2 year old cleared her plate like this. And the first thing she said when she took a bite was “Mmmmm, good!” My husband and I both had seconds. Please keep the fabulous AIP recipes coming!


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