Thai green chicken curry

Thai green chicken curry

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 6

Don't call the local takeaway – impress friends and family by cooking this fragrant and creamy Thai green chicken curry. It's easy and quick to make

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal257
  • fat15g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 225g new potatoes, cut into chunks
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 100g green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 rounded tbsp or 4 tsp Thai green curry paste (you can't fit the tablespoon into some of the jars)
  • 400ml can coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

    ko-ko-nut mill-k

    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • 2 tsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 450g boneless skinless chicken (breasts or thighs), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 fresh kaffir lime leaves finely shredded, or 3 wide strips lime zest, plus extra to garnish
  • good handful of basil leaves
  • boiled rice, to serve



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…


  1. Put the potatoes in a pan of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Throw in the beans and cook for a further 3 minutes, by which time both should be just tender but not too soft. Drain and put to one side.

  2. In a wok or large frying pan, heat the oil until very hot, then drop in the garlic and cook until golden, this should take only a few seconds. Don’t let it go very dark or it will spoil the taste. Spoon in the curry paste and stir it around for a few seconds to begin to cook the spices and release all the flavours. Next, pour in the coconut milk and let it come to a bubble.

  3. Stir in the fish sauce and sugar, then the pieces of chicken. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook, covered, for about 8 minutes until the chicken is cooked.

  4. Tip in the potatoes and beans and let them warm through in the hot coconut milk, then add a lovely citrussy flavour by stirring in the shredded lime leaves (or lime zest). The basil leaves go in next, but only leave them briefly on the heat or they will quickly lose their brightness. Scatter with the lime garnish and serve immediately with boiled rice.

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25th Jan, 2017
The potatoes are a bit unnecessary
27th Nov, 2016
This was a favorite of ours when we lived in the UK and I even used to make my own paste at times when I could get the ingredients, now back in the US and Kansas is not exactly full of Thai ingredients, or even decent ready made pastes. I used the link Susielin posted further down the page and got some of the mythaicurry pastes posted over from the UK. If I had known I could buy paste that good I would never have bothered making my own! I love this curry and maybe potatoes don't really belong in a green curry but they sure taste great! Make sure you get a good brand of coconut milk is one lesson I learned long ago, they vary so much and some of them are just too watery.
2nd Nov, 2016
this curry was lovely, as it gave a change from indian curries. I read the comments before hand and I did add a tiny bit less of coconut milk so the sauce was a bit thicker. I would recommend making john torodes thai green curry paste as it is easy to make and has bags of flavour. I made half the recipie.
15th Oct, 2016
The final dish tasted really good, however, it was not as thick as I had wanted. The curry base seemed to thin out after I added the veggies. Any suggestions on how to thicken the base? I was using the Blue Dragon Thai Green Curry Paste and I also added 3 fresh sliced mushrooms and a small drained can of bamboo shoots.
5th Sep, 2016
Very nice and simple recipe, but I would say "serves 4" rather than 6. I cooked this for five people yesterday, one of them a child, and it just about made five not-that-generous portions. One of my guests was vegetarian, so I split off a portion to make with Quorn chicken strips (and no fish sauce) and this also worked well.
10th Aug, 2016
Made this for a dinner party last night. Really nice but would up the quantities if making for a group (v small portions for 6) and would up the amount of curry paste, tho suppose it depends on what paste you use. Lovely
3rd Jul, 2016
Kept the spuds and added carrot and green beans, great recipe . I used the paste recipe on this site, , for this , excellent.
21st May, 2016
My family loved this. I do think the potatoes needed another few minutes though, that way they will take up the sauce better. Cooked it with the Bangkok style paste from mythaicurry that others here recommend. I think that paste could make boot leather taste good so that would be my only caveat! This is now in my recipe folder along with the pork and peanut curry elsewhere on this site. That's another great curry worth trying!
23rd Apr, 2016
Have cooked this several times and is a family favourite. Tonight though, I left out the potatoes, added green beans and matchstick carrots (already cooked) together with a thinly sliced pepper and a tin of bamboo shoots for a bit of crunch. Also zest and juice of a whole lime at the end together with the basil. Just lovely - we preferred it this way without the potatoes and just steamed rice to accompany it. Enjoy!
31st Mar, 2016
This curry was delicious!!! The potatoes really soak up the flavor. I added in 2 chilies at the garlic stage as I like a bit of heat! and also a little red capsicum when I put the beans in. Highly recommend this recipe!!! I feel however that this serves 4 people rather than 6. I will be making this recipe again for sure.


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18th Dec, 2013
Hi there,Light coconut milk does separate when heated, it's absolutely fine to eat but looks less appealing, next time use full fat. We hope it works for you next time. 
8th Dec, 2013
May be a really silly question but was the milk out of date? Also I know coconut milk goes lumpy if it's left in the cold, maybe you didn't give it enough time to heat up and liquidise?
23rd Nov, 2013
Very odd. I've used coconut milk in dozens of recipes and never had this problem. Did you give everything a good stir after you'd added the coconut milk?


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