One-Skillet Ground Turkey Thai Curry with Rice

One-skillet ground turkey Thai yellow curry with rice. This quick and easy one-pot recipe makes a complete meal of lean protein and aromatic coconut milk sauce with vegetables.

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When I go out for Thai food, I immediately combine the bowl of rice with my bowl of curry, and eat it like so. With a spoon.

For me, the best way to enjoy curry is to have the rice soaking in the sauce for as long as possible for optimal flavor and creamy texture. This recipe serves up curry in the exact way I enjoy it: with the rice already mixed in, sufficiently soaked in sauce.

For this particular recipe, I used ground turkey, which I have found to be one of the sources of animal protein my digestive system readily accepts with joy. You can replace the ground turkey with one pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts, pork, steak, shrimp, salmon, or white fish. Almost any form of animal protein works! 

During those times you’re looking for a meatless meal, you can skip the animal protein and add one can of chickpeas.

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This one-skillet Thai yellow curry recipe couldn’t be any easier to make. Here’s how it goes down:

How to Make One-Skillet Thai Yellow Curry:

This recipe does require a bit of forethought, as I recommend soaking the rice prior to preparing this recipe. Soak the rice for at least 1 hour, up to 24 before using it in this recipe. I soak mine in a tupperware container and keep it in the refrigerator.

Once your rice is sufficiently soaked, drain the water from it and set aside until ready to use.

Pour ⅓ cup of coconut milk into a skillet add the ground turkey. Brown for 3 to 4 minutes, flip to other side and continue browning another 2 to 3 minutes. Essentially, you’re browning the turkey meat in its cube form prior to breaking it into smaller pieces. 

Add ginger and spices and stir, chopping up the turkey. 

Add the carrots, remaining coconut milk, broth, coconut aminos, and fish sauce, and stir well. Stir in the rice. Cover, and bring to a full boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 10 minutes. 

Stir in the zucchini, cover, and cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until much of the liquid has been absorbed and the vegetables are cooked to desired done-ness. Stir in the chopped basil and taste the curry. Add sea salt to taste and serve in bowls.

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What Type of Rice Should I Use?

To keep the prep time on this recipe low, use white rice. If you don’t mind adding another 30 to 40 minutes onto the cook time, feel free to use brown rice. 

I use Lundberg Organic Sushi Rice (not sponsored) because it is so, so stinking starchy and delicious. It soaks up the sauce so well, which results in the most flavorful, amazing, chewy delightfully carby meal. 

My preference when it comes to brown rice is Lundberg Organic Sprouted Brown Rice  (again, not sponsored). The sprouting helps unlock the protein contained in the rice. Without sprouting, the protein in rice isn’t actually bioavailable. 

Regardless of which rice you choose, be sure you do soak it for at least one hour prior to using it. Every single time I prepare rice, I soak it overnight (up to 24 hours) prior to cooking it. The soaking process helps remove the oxalates and phytates, which ensures the rice doesn’t act as an anti-nutrient and ensures your body is able to absorb the vitamins and minerals in your meal.

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Recipe Adaptations:

  • Replace the ground turkey with chicken breasts, shrimp, pork, beef, or animal protein of choice.
  • For a saucier curry, reduce the amount of rice from 2 cups to 1 cup.
  • Skip the animal protein and add one can of drained chickpeas for a protein source.
  • Add ½ yellow onion and 4 cloves of garlic if you can tolerate them.
  • Add 1 to 3 Tbsp sriracha to spice it up (the curry is very mild the way the recipe is written).

I use this ground turkey curry as meal prep for the week. I’ve been meal prepping every Monday for the last couple of months, and this exact recipe (or some rendition of it) has been on the menu each week. It covers all my macro bases and is just so tasty!

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One-Skillet Ground Turkey Thai Curry with Rice

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: gluten free, ground turkey, healthy, one pot meal, one skillet, paleo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Julia

One-skillet ground turkey Thai yellow curry with rice = a complete meal in one skillet or pot.

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Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups white rice soaked at least 1 hour
  • 1 2/3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 medium zucchini squash chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  1. Place rice in a bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Soak rice at least 1 hour (up to 24 hours).

  2. Pour ⅓ cup of coconut milk into a skillet add the ground turkey. Brown for 3 to 4 minutes, flip to other side and continue browning another 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Add ginger and spices and stir, chopping up the turkey. 

  4. Add the carrots, remaining coconut milk, broth, coconut aminos, and fish sauce, and stir well. Stir in the rice. Cover, and bring to a full boil.

  5. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 10 minutes. 

  6. Stir in the zucchini, cover, and cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until much of the liquid has been absorbed and the vegetables are cooked to desired done-ness. Stir in the chopped basil and taste the curry. Add sea salt to taste and serve in bowls.

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Comments

  1. Donna Tecce

    Sounds amazing! I know coconut milk is the way to go for curry, but is like to keep the fat down for now. My own personal preference. We use good karma flax milk which is amaxing6and a no e creamy texture. What do you think?
    😊😊 tyty

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Donna!

      You can substitute using flax milk or broth. If you use the flax milk, just be sure to not cook it at too high of a temperature for too long, or else it may separate. Let me know how it works out! Enjoy! xo

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  2. Rita giannini

    Made this dish tonight and it was very tasty. Love one pot meals and when I can go in the garden to pick the veggies and herbs it makes it so delicious

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  3. Alannah

    I will definitely be making that this week! Just wondering what I can sub in place of coconut aminos? Cheers!

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  4. Phoebe

    Mmmm, who doesn’t combine their rice and curry together? A madman, that’s who. This recipe looks delicious and I really appreciate a cook that can do it all in one pot. Washing dishes is such a pain. Do you think this would be good to add to a weight management diet? I’m not looking to gain or lose, just maintain what I have. I read about it here https://www.ez.insure/2019/07/fitness-goals-vs-your-nutrition/ and I think because you used ground turkey it should be okay lol

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  5. Victoria

    Soooo delicious and easy, but oh man – TWO cups of rice?! Way more than 4 servings and totally overwhelmed the dish! It ended up being more of a porridge consistency. Maybe I read incorrectly? The turkey got totally lost and the spices/flavors toned way down because of it. Loved this recipe, but will definitely be doing 1 cup at most next time.

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    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks for the feedback, Victoria! I love lots and lots of rice with my curry, but can definitely see how others would want less. Appreciate the note. xo

      Reply
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  7. Emily

    I’m confused about the rice! Do you pre-soak the uncooked rice? And then cook it regular (water and salt)? Or is the cooking of the rice happening in the coconut milk? Or are you adding already cooked rice into the coconut milk curry sauce? I’ve reread the article multiple times and still cannot figure this out.

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Emily,

      You soak the rice and then drain it after soaking. Add the drained rice to the skillet with the rest of the ingredients to cook it into the recipe. In other words, you don’t cook the rice separately…everything gets cooked in the same skillet. Hope that makes sense! xoxo

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