Curried Chicken & “Rice” Stew (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

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“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”
~ Frank Herbert

The Magic of a Nightshade-Free Curry

Sometimes I wish I could photograph a smell or a taste, because curry is so strong in both, that a photo just doesn’t do it justice. When I first learned I had a nightshade intolerance, I thought curries were behind me. I had already made peace with giving up tomatoes and peppers and chorizo sausages, but a girl has to draw the line somewhere! So with a little experimenting, I created a nightshade-free curry that I love. Its heat is mild, but it’s full of flavor. If you thrive on nightshades, go ahead and cook this recipe with your traditional blend (and eat a tomato for me please!) Added bonus: this recipe cooks up in one pot, which means fewer dishes.

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Curried Chicken and "Rice" Stew

Curried Chicken & “Rice” Stew (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

  • Author: Eileen Laird
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


Base Recipe: Curried Chicken & “Rice” Stew:

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken thighs (cut into cubes)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 4 medium carrots (grated)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. nightshade-free curry powder (see options below)
  • 2 cups chicken bone broth
  • 2 large mangoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 1 small head cauliflower (cut into chunks)
  • 1 lime
  • sea salt, to taste

Nightshade-Free Seeded Curry:

My recipe and recommended if you tolerate seed-based spices

  • 2 Tbsp. ground coriander
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 4 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard

Nightshade-Free Seedless Curry:

From the former blog, Feed Me Rachel (use for strict AIP)

  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove


  1. Choose your nightshade-free curry recipe. Whisk the ingredients together and put in a spice jar.
  2. In a large soup pot, melt coconut oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. (You might need to brown the chicken in two batches. It’s okay if it’s not completely cooked, because it will cook more in later steps). With a slotted spoon, remove the browned chicken from the pan and set aside. Leave the chicken fat and juices in the pan.
  4. Add chopped onion to the soup pot and sauté 5 minutes.
  5. Add carrots, garlic and curry and sauté another 2 minutes.
  6. Return chicken to the pot and add broth and mangoes. Increase heat to a boil, then reduce heat, cover pan & simmer 15 minutes.
  7. Pulse cauliflower in food processor until it reaches a rice consistency. (You might need to pulse the cauliflower in 2 batches). Add cauliflower “rice” to soup pot & simmer a final 5 minutes.
  8. Juice the lime over the pot and stir to blend. Then add salt to taste.


  1. Time-saving tip: Many stores sell pre-chopped cauliflower rice in the frozen food aisle. A small head of cauliflower is equivalent to about 3 cups of cauliflower rice.
  2. You can also find pre-cubed mangos in the frozen food aisle, if you don't have access to fresh.
  3. You can substitute 3 peaches or 4 apricots for the mangoes.
  4. If you don’t have a nightshade sensitivity, you can use regular curry.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main Courses
  • Method: Stovetop

Keywords: paleo, aip, gaps, wahls, whole30, one pot, curried chicken and "rice" stew

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