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The ultimate makeover: Thai green chicken curry

The ultimate makeover: Thai green chicken curry

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

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

  • Freezable (Freezable without extra veg and rice)
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal487
fat16g
saturates10g
carbs55g
sugars4g
fibre2g
protein35g
low insalt0.96g
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Ingredients

For the curry paste

For the curry

To serve

Method

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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 TIPS
MAKING IT HEALTHIER

My version contains 487 kcals and 16g fat (10g sat fat), 4g sugar and 0.96g salt. Here’s how I did it: Reduced the fat -replaced the coconut cream with reduced-fat coconut milk, cooking it to thicken and enrich. Reduced the amount of oil. Reduced salt and sugar - made own curry paste to boost flavour and eliminate need for salt, as well as the need for using as much fish sauce and sugar.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2009

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Rating: 5 out of 5.20 ratings
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