Green Thai Chicken Curry

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This is one of the most tasty and flavoursome curries I've ever made.

The curry has an amazingly fresh taste, with creamy coconut, just enough chilli and loads of coriander.

The original recipe excluded the vegetables, but to fill a house full of students I added vegetables I thought would complement it to help fill us up and make it cheaper. If you don't fancy green beans, mange tout go really well as well.

The recipe for the curry paste I use can be found here, it's really quick to make in batches in a food processor and can be frozen up to 6 months for convenience.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp green thai curry paste (according to taste)
  • 1 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
  • 2-3 large carrots, cut into thin sticks
  • 200g fine green beens, cut into ~4cm lengths
  • 1-2 thick stalks lemongrass, fat ends bashed with a rolling pin (optional), I use paste
  • 750g/1½lb skinless, boneless chicken, cut into chunks (use breast and/or leg meat)
  • zest  and juice of one lime
  • 400ml/14fl oz coconut milk (a can full)
  • 2 tbsp Thai fish sauce (or light soy sauce)
  • handful of coriander, roughly chopped (the more the better though to be honest)

Step 2: Fry the chicken in the paste

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Add the paste to a large pan. If frozen, heat until it melts.

Heat the paste until it starts to fry, allow it to do so for a few minutes then throw in the chicken.

Fry the chicken in the paste on a medium heat for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Add the veg

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Lop the ends of the beans and carrots. Cut the beans in half and chop the carrots into thin sticks.

Add the soft brown sugar to the pan. Drop in the vegetables and fry with the chicken for a further 5 minutes on a medium heat. This helps them soak up the flavours from the paste.

If you like your curries hot, now would be a good time to add an extra chilli. The chillies in the paste are usually plenty for me though, I think this curry is more about the flavours than the heat.

It tastes very good.
beehard444 years ago
the green curry from soms noodle house here in the Philippines will set your mouth on fire! when i tried it at first, i thought it was ginataan or something, so i slurped down a bowl of the sauce ( i was dining at home, i had it delivered). Big mistake. good thing i have a liter of full UHT cream milk in my fridge....
Maybe you could have an Instructables Restaurant Thai Style. In that case I will upload some of my favorite recipes from the Thai kitchen as well.
lemonie5 years ago
Lovely stuff, I like this sort of dish (though would use thighs in preference). Is that a Tefal frying-pan?

Jayefuu (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Yup. It's an awesome pan.
lemonie Jayefuu5 years ago
Yeah, they're pretty good for a few years.

Ninzerbean5 years ago
Fantastic! - even though I don't eat chicken - I can envision how good this will be with tofu, but what are "manges touts"?
Jayefuu (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
Sorry, I spelt it wrong. I meant mange tout. They're like the pods that peas come in, but you don't have to shell them like peas, you eat the lot. They're kind of sweet and crispy and amazing.
Jayefuu (author)  Jayefuu5 years ago
crisp not crispy
I am amused that you would correct "crispy" but not "spelt" or is that a real word in the UK? In the US it is a grain of some sort. We say "spelled" for the past tense of "spell", ah I know, separated by a common language... 
Jayefuu (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
=] No I think it's spelled here too, just a bad habit as spelt is how it sounds phonetically. I never pick up on it since firefox thinks I'm just writing the grain I guess :) Thanks
They're pods picked before peas developed, hence they've not acquired mature toughness.