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John's Thai chicken curry

John's Thai chicken curry

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 2

The raw beansprouts add great texture to this dish and the fresh chilli adds a fiery heat. If you like it extra hot, serve with a spicy Thai chilli sauce

Nutrition: per serving


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Thai red curry paste (I like the ones that come in plastic tubs - Mae Ploy is a good brand)
  • 2 garlic cloves , grated
  • thumb-sized piece ginger , grated
  • 6 fresh or dried lime leaves
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • 1 sweet potato , peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp Thai fish sauce
  • handful coriander leaves
  • handful beansprouts
  • 2 long red chillies , sliced
  • 2 dried rice noodles nests (100g)
  • 2 chicken breasts , cut into bite-sized pieces


  • STEP 1

    1 In a large, heavy-based pan , heat the vegetable oil with 1 tbsp of the coconut milk. When it’s hot and starting to splatter, add the red curry paste. Stir and cook gently over a medium-low heat for 1-2 mins – it should start to change colour. Add the garlic, ginger, lime leaves and lemongrass, and turn up the heat a little. Stir and smell it – it will start to change from the smell of raw garlic and spices to roasted ones. As it turns dark red, add the stock cube and the palm sugar – it will melt and become even darker and richer. Add the sweet potato and the fish sauce, then stir until coated in the paste. Add the coconut milk and 200ml water . Stir, bring to the boil , then turn down to a simmer and cook for 12 mins.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, mix the coriander, beansprouts and chilli. Cook and drain the noodles following pack instructions, then tip into in a large serving bowl. Taste the curry and season with some more fish sauce or sweeten with a little sugar if necessary. Turn up the heat and bring to the boil, then tip the chicken into the sauce. Return to the boil and simmer for 5-7 mins.

  • STEP 3

    Remove the lemongrass, then spoon the chicken over the noodles and sprinkle with the coriander, chilli and beansprout s to serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2016

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