The ultimate makeover: Thai green chicken curry

The ultimate makeover: Thai green chicken curry

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Cooking time

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This normally super-rich curry can be turned into one that’s healthier but still creamy

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable without extra veg and rice
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
487
protein
35g
carbs
55g
fat
16g
saturates
10g
fibre
2g
sugar
4g
salt
0.96g

Ingredients

For the curry paste

  • 20g bunch coriander, stalks and leaves separated
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1cm piece fresh root ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 small hot green chillies, finely chopped (include the seeds)
  • 1 larger, mild-to-medium green chilli, finely chopped (include the seeds)
  • small handful basil leaves
  • ½ tsp each ground cumin and coriander
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp crumbled freeze-dried kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil

For the curry

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 400ml/14fl oz can reduced-fat coconut milk
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (450g/1lb total weight), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • ½ tsp granulated palm or light muscovado sugar
  • 4 freeze-dried lime leaves
  • 100g mange tout, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 100g green beans, halved lengthways

To serve

  • 2 spring onions, finely shredded
  • 250g Thai fragrant rice, cooked
  • lime wedges

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Method

  1. For the curry paste, finely chop the coriander stalks and put them into a mini food blender or small food processor with the shallots, lemongrass, garlic and ginger. Pulse until as smooth as you can get it. Add the chillies, basil, threequarters of the coriander leaves, the ground cumin, coriander, pepper, lime leaves and lime juice, then pulse again. Mix in the oil and set aside. You will only be using half of this paste, the rest can be chilled for a couple of days, or frozen for up to a month.
  2. For the curry, heat the oil in a non-stick wok or deep sauté pan, stir in half the curry paste, then stir-fry for 1 min. Shake the coconut milk in its can, open, then pour two-thirds into the pan. Let it bubble away for 4-5 mins, stirring now and then, until reduced and thickened slightly.
  3. Tip in the chicken, then stir-fry for 1-2 mins until no longer pink. Stir in the fish sauce and sugar, then pour in the rest of the coconut milk to give a thinnish, creamy sauce. Lower the heat, add the lime leaves, then simmer for 5 mins to gently finish cooking the chicken. Can be frozen at this point for up to 1 month.
  4. While the chicken simmers, steam the mangetout and beans for a couple of mins. Serve the curry in bowls with some of the veg piled on top (serve the rest separately) along with the spring onions and the rest of the coriander leaves. Serve with a bowl of Thai fragrant rice and lime wedges for squeezing over.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2009

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shellcrocombe's picture

This is a great simple receipe. I added a little corn flour at the end to help thicken the sauce a little, but other than that no adjustments needed.

emilina55's picture
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Am always happy to try "healthier / lighter" versions of favourite recipes but to everyone else who enjoyed this please note that reduced fat coconut milk just has more water in - read the ingredients list on the tin,in my local major supermarket they have the cheek to charge more for it!
So just add water to half a tin of standard coconut milk and freeze the rest until next time !

traceya_s's picture
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My 14yr old daughter made this at school, very easy to make and tasted delicious. We have never made fresh spice paste before and it really does taste so much better than the ready made, and there is another portion of the paste in the freezer for next time.

mrsjroberts's picture
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So so tasty!! I made this a few weeks ago and I'm having it again tonight! I use more paste as I like mine extra tasty & spicy & I also use full fat coconut milk so I don't have to add thickening. I like to add a sliced courgette and some yellow pepper along with the beans to make it go further.
Looking forward to my dinner!

dawnscanlon's picture
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Adding to the list of positive comments, I have made this sauce twice and it's really easy to make and tastes brilliant..........sooooo much better than shop bought!

catroso9's picture
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I made this curry on Friday I didn't put quite as much chilli in as my 18mth old daughter was having it as well, but it was still really tasty, I will definately make it again, but I might add some more chilli next time

My daughter loved it.

zoesherratt's picture
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Forget to say in my review, I couldn't find lime leaves so I added in some lime zest and worked very well.

zoesherratt's picture
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Made this the other night and it was fab! I used full fat coconut milk just because I prefer it and used all of the paste because we are big on strong flavours. It worked wonderfully, nice fresh flavours, could maybe have used a bit more chilli for me, but on the whole a yummy dish that I will be making again.

markelnevo's picture
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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Now a firm favourite. I have bulk made the paste & keep some portions in the freezer. Great for Thai Fish cakes & unplanned dinner guests.

03flemie's picture
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Made this for my parents twice now, with chicken and with prawns, a real hit, so easy, and a beautifully authentic thai flavour, I reccomend using 3/4 of the paste for a stronger flavour!

pandalove's picture

Gorgeous dinner! Really tasty, I used reduced fat coconut milk, it's healthier and just as tasty.

irenek's picture
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Tasty! Unfortunately not all ingredients where available here in the Netherlands. But some substitutes and it tasted lovely.

anne_sim's picture
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SO DELICIOUS! A bit thin though so I just put a little bit of cornflour in to thicken it, probably not authentic but more satisfying! So fresh compared to shop-bought pastes and easy too!

thynk2much's picture
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This is so, so good and much better than other thai curry recipes I've made. The freshness of the flavours makes this a dish we eat over and over again -- always in the mood for this one!

milkermel's picture

Yep this is a definate hit. great idea with the mange toute

rachel0110's picture
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Lovely. I can sometimes find these curries a bit sickly but this was delish!!!!!
Had lots of Pak Choi with ours and am cooking the rest of the paste for my aunt this weekend!!

andylangfor's picture
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easy to make, and very tasty. added courgette and baby sweetcorn. Looking forward to using the rest of the paste next week.

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