Thai green curry roast chicken served in a wok

Thai green curry roast chicken

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins


Serves 4

Try this twist on a traditional Sunday roast chicken with our Thai green curry version, with all the aromatic umami flavours of Asian cuisine

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal721
  • fat49g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein64g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 1 whole chicken (about 1½ kg)



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  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
  • 2 limes, 1 halved, 1 cut into wedges



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2cm piece ginger, skin on and squashed once with the flat part of a knife



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 tbsp Thai green curry paste
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 400g can coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

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  • 2 tsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

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  • small pack coriander, chopped (optional)
  • 1 red chilli, sliced, to serve
  • cooked rice and greens, to serve



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  1. Sit the chicken in a flameproof roasting tin or shallow casserole dish and stuff the lemongrass, lime halves and ginger in the cavity. Mix half the curry paste with the oil and use your hands to smear the curry paste all over the chicken and under the skin. Can be prepared up to a day ahead and left to marinate, covered, in the fridge. Take out an hour before roasting.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cover the tin with foil and roast for 40 mins, then remove the foil and roast for another 30 mins until the chicken is cooked through and golden. Lift the chicken, draining the roasting juices back into the tin, and sit on a board or dish that will catch the juices. Use a pair of tongs to remove the lime, lemongrass and ginger from the cavity and place them in the tin with the remaining curry paste and brown sugar. 

  3. Place the tin back on the heat and sizzle everything together, squashing the lime with the back of a spoon until everything is sticky. Pour in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer, stirring well, then add any resting juices and the fish sauce. Simmer again briefly, then sit the chicken back in the tin and scatter with coriander, if using, and the chilli. Bring the chicken to the table and serve with rice and greens with the curry sauce spooned over, and extra lime wedges on the side for squeezing over.

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sumorrison's picture
9th Feb, 2020
Was so looking forward to this roast but it was truly awful. The faces of my husband and son were a picture! The chicken was nice but to be honest that was because I had bought a decent quality one. The sauce on the other hand was just bitter. All you could taste was bitter limes. I love lime but this was horrible. I added more sugar but to no avail. Unfortunately I won’t be making this again.
ifuamq's picture
2nd May, 2019
Made with 10 chicken thighs, as suggested for a midweek meal and doubled all the ingredients. Sauce was super tasty. Served with coconut rice, a veg stir-fry of beansprouts, red pepper and Pak choi and some prawn crackers. Nice
28th Apr, 2019
Brilliant recipe, the chicken was the most succulent I’ve cooked. Not usually a fan of green curry but the paste is used sparingly so has more of a subtle flavour (my sauce was no where near a green colour after mixing all of the delicious cooking juices in). Easy, cheap and healthy too so ticks all the boxes!
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