Papaya and Chicken Curry

Papaya are available throughout the year however there is a peak supple in Spring and Autumn.  So it’s definitely papaya season and I’ve been thinking of ways to enjoy this fruit other than chopped up on top of a bowl of muesli.

Papaya and Chicken Curry

Papaya and Chicken Curry

And there’s nothing wrong with papaya on muesli because the fruit has a lot of health benefits.  A serve of papaya has more fibre than half a cup of brown rice.  Papaya also have lots of antioxidants to boost your immune system and are high in Vitamin C.  If you’re weight-conscious, papaya are low in fat and energy.

Everything you need to make a quick and easy curry

Everything you need to make a quick and easy curry

Papaya are best stored in the fruit bowl but are fragile and a few blemish marks are completely normal.  Once ripe, the fruit should be eaten within two days.  If under-ripe, place in a paper bag with a banana to speed up the process.  The taste of a papaya is always better if enjoyed at room temperature.

Just 7 ingredients

Just 7 ingredients

The good people at Papaya Australia sent me a gift basket containing everything you need to make a papaya and chicken curry.  I made the curry a few weeks ago and it was one of the quickest and easiest curries I have ever made that was also abundant with flavour.

Family dinner

Family dinner

This is a good recipe for anyone who’s busy and has family members hovering in the kitchen asking, ‘What’s for dinner?’ and ‘When’s dinner?’ and ‘How much longer?’  This curry requires only a handful of everyday ingredients, it can be whipped up in just a matter of minutes and why not make extra because everyone will be asking for seconds.

Just add rice for a complete meal

Just add rice for a complete meal

Because it doesn’t take long to make, I started the process by setting up the rice cooker and once that was bubbling away, started on the curry.  Both were ready at the same time.

Can be whipped up in less than half an hour

Can be whipped up in less than half an hour

And for those with food allergies/sensitivities, this curry is gluten-free and dairy-free.

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Papaya and Chicken Curry
Recipe type: Curry
Cuisine: Indian/Australian
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Serves: Serves 4
A tasty and healthy curry that requires just a handful of ingredients and can be made in less than half an hour.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup korma curry paste
  • 500g papaya, peeled, de-seeded and mashed (about 1 medium papaya)
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1 red capsicum, sliced
  • Handful of Kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
  • Basmati rice to serve
  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy-based pan. Add curry paste and stir until fragrant.
  2. Add papaya and coconut milk and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer.
  3. Add chicken and cook until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Add capsicum and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Serve curry with basmati rice and garnish with lime leaves.

The mashed papaya gives a lovely colour and flavour to the curry.

Easy cooking

Easy cooking

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  1. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a papaya and including it in the curry base might be a good introduction … the curry in a box idea sounds great. 🙂

  2. This looks super delicious and very tempting! We have had mango chicken curry before but never with papaya. Have to try it soon 🙂

  3. says:

    Love love papaya but have only had it with lime for breakfast! Totally perfect start for the day…

  4. Love papaya in curries and salads.

  5. Looks delicious. I love papaya, but didn’t know about the health benefits. Happy Mother’s Day Charlie.

  6. I do love a good, quick curry, and this sounds delicious. 🙂

  7. Wow, a refreshing version of the curry…Mashing papaya into this curry brings a twist in the traditional already enjoyable curry. Nice!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  8. This sounds like the recipe for me – quick and tasty is my kind of thing. I have always wanted to make a green papayasalad – they are delish.

  9. How very delicious! I would never have thought of combining papaya with chicken in a curry. Great idea! xox

  10. yum! Looks delish charlie. not sure about the papaya as neither hubby nor myself like it but i guess you could substitute or leave out. anyway a great quick dish.

  11. I love papaya although as you say, once ripe they have to be eaten quickly! This savoury curry looks like a lovely way to use the fruit when you have a lot on hand. Australia is fortunate with the abundance of fresh tropical fruits.

  12. What a lovey meal. I do enjoy a good curry but I’ve never had one with papaya in there.

    Is there a typo in sentence one or am I just being American (again)?

  13. We don’t get many good papayas here, unfortunately! I’ll have to live vicariously through your curry.

  14. I love a good curry and this one sounds quite delicious. Papaya is also a great aid for digestion. I used to give Super Papaya pulls to the bunny to help her digest fur balls (being vegetarians, bunnies don’t have the enzyme to do it themselves!).

  15. OOooo, My,

    this looks “Out of this World!”

    Can you bring some over to 65th. street? xx

  16. What a gorgeous curry! Papaya is one fruit I don’t eat very often—I’ll have to grab one the next time I’m at the market and add it to my granola 🙂 Hope you had a terrific weekend, Charlie!

  17. While I dont eat papaya, much to my parents’ consternation, this curry looks delicious enough for me to give it a try. Happy Mother’s Day!

  18. Love pawpaws, used to grow a number of variants myself in the Northern Rivers. This is a super easy variation which may as yet be my lunch today . . . but have a jar of very good Rendang paste open and shall see whether fruit and the Malay flavours will marry! Thanks ahead of time 🙂 !

  19. I don’t think I have ever had papaya in curry Charlie! Interesting ingredient and am sure it adds lots of flavor! Wish I could come through the screen and try some now too!
    Love curries on cold, wintry days!

  20. Sounds fabulous!
    Have a great week Charlie.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  21. Mr NQN is a papaya nut. I’m less a fan of it but he more than makes up for it! 😀 He would love this curry! I always thought that you needed to use green papaya for savoury cooking but I guess it’s just like mango.

  22. I can’t wait to try this it looks amazing 🙂 Now I will have to whip up a batch or Korma paste in the Thermi! LOL! Liz xx

  23. They sure are packed with goodness aren’t they? Curry looks delicious and so simple!

  24. I’ve never had papaya, doubt I have ever even seen one. But I think I would enjoy them.

  25. Yum!! Papaya with chicken sounds like a beautiful combination. Thanks for sharing!

  26. I’m not a huge papaya fan – but I think I’d love it in this curry 😀

  27. What a fantabulous way to go with papaya, Charlie. The sweet would be a perfect foil to the curry. Thank you for the recipe and the info about the fruit. I had no idea it was so good for you!

  28. I’m more familiar with a smaller papaya than the ones in your box, Charlie, but I don’t know much about where our papayas come from. I’m assuming they’re imported and they are a little pricey. I do indulge in them from time to time regardless of price, though. They are just so good! How nice to have received such a great box of ingredients, and the recipe sounds very tasty. I know my family would enjoy it. It sure looks pretty sitting in that beautiful blue bowl. 🙂

  29. I love papaya and the combination of flavors in this curry dish! It looks absolutely delicious, Charlie 🙂

  30. Charlie – What a brilliant recipe this is! I’ve made curries with mango, pineapple and pumpkin before – but never papaya – I so cannot wait to try this!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  31. I am not a big poultry eater but when I do, it is a lovely dish like this one! Also, I have never heard the term “peak supple” before – thanks Charlie.

  32. Never had papaya in the curry and your photos make me sooooooooooooooooo hungry! Love the whole presentation (with your lovely plate) with this curry, Charlie. I wish I can just grab and start eating! Definitely Thai food tonight thanks to your post! 😉 (I wish I can cook this but after kitchen remodel…).

  33. Papaya is tha biz, will totes have to get on this, thanks Charlie for the inspiration. 🙂

  34. I love papaya, but have never used it like this before. Thanks for the inspiration Charlie! Xo

  35. Why do so many people make comments when they haven’t even tried the dish? Just wastes everyone’s time as we can all see the ingredients and picture. Nice easy dish but it needed more spice for my taste.

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