Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Thai Green Chicken Curry

When I order in Thai food, I'm pretty consistent. As in, I've probably never ordered anything but green curry with either chicken or shrimp. What can I say--I'm a loyalist. And I just love that creamy, spicy, light green sauce flecked with cloudiness and bright bits of cilantro. When they get it right, it can be downright transcendent. But when they get it wrong--yikes. It can be too heavy, have a weird consistency, too bland, too coconut-y. The list goes on.

Now that I'm in Zurich at my boyfriend's apartment, which happens to be missing one oven (...for a total of zero ovens), I've been doing a lot of deep thinking and contemplating over what I can possibly make on a stovetop that would be just as good as roasting, baking, and the like. If you know the way I cook at all, you know I'm seriously oven-dependent. If it falls within a food group and it can be roasted, in it goes. I was in one of these bouts of deep contemplation and fast-and-furious recipe web browsing, when it dawned on me that I had, in fact, never attempted to make a Thai curry (or a Thai anything for that matter). Which was a crying shame, since I love the stuff so much.

So I Googled away until I came up with a few different recipes that sounded like they could work, took bits and pieces from each, and voila! A Thai green curry for the ages (if I do say so myself). It's got the exact consistency I prefer with a good hit of spice and just a hint of coconut. Dollop on top of some perfectly cooked basmati rice (recipe HERE), and you've got a pretty spectacular dinner on your hands--minus all that chemical, MSG-like mystery stuff you always suspect restaurants sneak in there. xo

Thai Green Chicken Curry
Serves 4


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

5 green onions, finely chopped, dark green parts separated from white and pale green parts

3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced

6 tablespoons Thai green curry paste

1 1/4 cups water

1 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

2 teaspoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)*

1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips

1 large red bell pepper, cut into strips

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil plus sprigs for garnish


Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add white and pale green parts of green onions, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and garlic; sauté until tender, about 2 minutes. Add curry paste; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 1 1/4 cups water, coconut milk and fish sauce. Bring to simmer. Add  chicken and red bell pepper; cover and cook until chicken is just cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in dark green parts of green onions, 2 tablespoons cilantro, and basil.

Divide rice among 4 shallow bowls. Ladle curry over rice and serve.


  1. Green curry is one of my top comfort foods. This sounds heavenly!

  2. delicious!
    zero ovens? really? that's a disaster! you can always stop by at my place to bake anything...!

  3. looks delicious! i usually order one thing as well.. panang curry chicken!

  4. Great looking dish! Just one question... Did you use regular basil or thai basil? Thanks!

  5. I just made this for dinner and it was delish. Great template for a classic easy comfort food dish!
    I just added mushrooms, edamame beans, Serrano pepper to make it more of a stew.
    Eaten over brown rice. Looking forward to leftovers.
    Thanks for the inspiration! Cheers

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