Chicken, Pumpkin & Kale Curry

Warming, vegetable loaded chicken curry that you can make in advance.

As with all good curries, they taste better the next day when the spices have had time to mingle and meld.


Spice mixes are warming, aromatic and earthy with many botanical benefits; anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, digestive, warming, grounding.


Use whatever curry spice mix you have & love and adjust heat to your taste and spice level. 

I used a blend of Berbere spice mix + a curry powder mix.  You can always make a Berbere Spice Blend.    


PLANT-BASED swap chicken for tofu, kidney beans or chickpeas.  

  • Prep 15 mins
  • Cook Time 25 - 30 mins
  • Difficulty Low
  • Serving4-6
  • Anti Inflammatory

    Recipes have ingredients with anti-inflammatory nutrients and avoid common inflammatory foods like sugar, gluten, dairy and processed food. A whole food diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help relieve symptoms of inflammation within the body. Inflammation is at the root of most disease = dis-ease.

  • Heart Healthy

    Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.

  • Protein

    Recipes with protein-rich ingredients.  Examples of high protein foods include; eggs, meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy, quinoa, teff, millet, wild rice, oats, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, wheat, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, peas, beans, lentils, legumes, soy, tofu & tempeh, broccoli, brussels, spinach, kale, mushrooms, nutritional yeast.

  • Grounding

    Spices, herbs and foods that are grounding, warming and calming with earthy rich tones and flavours.  These foods help the body relax are generally rich in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial nutrients.

  • Prep in Advance


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  • 1 tbsp olive oil - e.v
  • 1 onion - fine diced
  • 2 celery stalks - fine dice
  • 4 garlic cloves - fine chop
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger - finely grated
  • 8 oz | 226g pasture-raised chicken thighs*


  • 1 tbsp Curry Spice*
  • 1 tsp cumin | garam marsala
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ - 1 tsp chile powder - to taste
  • 1 tsp salt + pepper
  • Big can Tomatoes crushed 794g | 28oz | 3 cup
  • 1 cup water - rinse can
  • 4 cups pumpkin | squash - peel + small dice
  • 4 cups kale - chop leaves + fine chop stems
  • 1-2 cups herbs; cilantro, parsley, basil, scallion


Chicken, Pumpkin & Kale Curry


HEAT oil in a dutch oven or stainless saucepan.  ADD all base vegetable ingredients cook 2-3 mins.


ADD 1″ | 2.5cm cubed chicken*.  Saute 3-4 mins until everything is becoming golden.


ADD curry spices and saute 1 min – stirring – your kitchen will smell amazingly fragrant.


ADD tomatoes + water from rinsed can + 1″ | 2.5cm cubes pumpkin | squash pieces, salt.  Low simmer lid-on for 15-20 mins until pumpkin is tender & chicken is cooked through.  TURN OFF HEAT.


ADD freshly cracked black pepper – 20 grinder turns. TASTE adjust spices to your liking.


STIR in GREENS, put the lid on and cook 1-2 mins – the residual heat will cook kale gently.  STIR in half the chopped herbs.


TASTE again to adjust salt, pepper & spice.


SERVE in bowls with more fresh herbs.  SERVE over cooked grains like Quinoa or rice OR with a seasonal salad like Oak Leaf & Apple.

Tips + Suggestions

* CURRY SPICES – use what you have – a curry powder blend, Berbere Spice or any other curry type blend you have – adjust heat to your taste.  If, like me, you love spices & heat, add max quantity. If you prefer mild, start with less & add as your taste.


PLANT-BASED SWAP CHICKEN for tofu, a can of chickpeas or kidney beans.


SWAP PUMPKIN for butternut, kabocha, buttercup, acorn squash, yams, potato, carrot, cauliflower – cooking times may vary.


SWAP KALE for spinach, swiss chard, bok choy, cabbage, collards – cooking times will vary.


*Salmonella is found in Raw Chicken and undercooked chicken. Cross-contamination with kitchen surfaces + equipment can cause illnesses; it is vital to be vigilant when handling raw chicken. Use a dedicated raw meat chopping board.


To ME > ORGANIC PASTURE-RAISED means that the Chickens are raised on a small farm and go outside every day to graze. They are not kept in tiny cages or jammed in considerable numbers in giant barns & are not injected with or feed growth hormones or chemicals.