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Friday Food: Thai Red Chicken Curry

7 Jul

A dinner party staple, this Thai Red Chicken Curry recipe is super easy to make and has just a hint of exotic which adds to my bluff as a whiz in the kitchen. Inspired by the recipe on the jar of red curry paste, I couldn’t just leave it as is, I had to put my own spin on it (in typical Kate fashion). I have to admit, flavour is my slave rather than authenticity and this recipe is no exception. The creamy coconut milk and potatoes contrast nicely with crunchy green beans and the fresh citrusy flavours of lemon grass and basil. A mellow flavour explosion…if that is possible. Check out my version of Thai Red Chicken Curry below.


  • 2 1/2 – 3 tbs Thai Red Curry Paste (I use Valcom brand)
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 400ml can coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder (definitely not authentic but adds colour and intensifies the flavour a bit without making it too spicy, not a necessity)
  • 1 tbs fish sauce (or to taste)
  • 6-8 kaffir lime leaves (I use dried ones from the spice aisle but they also come sliced in a jar or fresh in the vegetable section. They can be hard to find at times but if all else fails, try an Asian grocery store. Don’t try to substitute though, this is a key ingredient)
  • 1 red onion, sliced into wedges
  • 1 small sweet potato, diced into 2cm (ish) cubes
  • 3 potatoes, diced into 2cm (ish) cubes
  • 1 big handful of green beans, topped and tailed then cut in half
  • small handful of basil leaves, roughly shredded


  1. On a low to medium heat, cook the red curry paste with some olive oil until it is aromatic
  2. Add chicken and onions, bring heat to high. Stir until just cooked
  3. stir in coconut milk, fish sauce and curry powder and bring to boil
  4. Put sweet potato and normal potato in and let simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender
  5. throw in green beans and cook for a further 5 minutes
  6. take off the heat and stir in basil
  7. Serve with jasmine rice, a wedge of lime and toasted turkish bread

*Please excuse the below average photography – I’ll get there one day 🙂


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