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Curry for beginners - Step-by-step recipe to cooking a Thai Red Chicken Curry

Updated on March 7, 2016
thai red chicken curry
thai red chicken curry

My first entry into the world of Thai Red Curries

I am normally used to cooking Indian curries, so taking a stab at a Thai curry was a very interesting departure. I did not try to make my own curry paste for my first try. When cooking indian curries I always make my curry mixture from scratch. I opted for the Thai Red Curry paste that I found in my local grocery store. The flavor was fantastic and it made my life very easy. Maybe some time in the future I will try to concoct my own Thai red curry paste.

I hope this recipe for Thai Red Chicken curry works out as well for you as it did for me. Please share your comments if you loved (or hated) it.

Good luck cooking your Thai Red chicken curry!!

Thai curry paste
Thai curry paste


Everything you need to cook your Thai Red Chicken Curry

1 pound Chicken Breast (cut into slivers)

*asian ingredients - find in International section of your grocery store*

1 13.5-ounce can Coconut Milk

2 tsp Thai Red curry paste

1 tsp Fish sauce

*other ingredients*

1 Red Bell Pepper (cut into slivers)

4 Shallots (sliced thinly)

3 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

1 cup Diced Tomatos

handful of fresh basil (chopped)

1 Tbsp Lime juice

1 Tbsp Brown sugar

1 Tbsp Ginger (either fresh or minced)

*if you like it spicy*

1 red chili (chopped finely)

*to garnish*

handful of fresh basil (chopped)

1 finely chopped spring onion (scallion)

Gallery of Ingredients - Photos of some of the ingredients you will need to make your Thai Red Chicken curry

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GingerTub of Red Curry PasteRed Bell PeppersFresh Coriander (Cilantro)Scallions (Green/Spring Onions)Fresh BasilThai Red Curry PasteFish SauceShallotsShallots
Tub of Red Curry Paste
Tub of Red Curry Paste
Red Bell Peppers
Red Bell Peppers
Fresh Coriander (Cilantro)
Fresh Coriander (Cilantro)
Scallions (Green/Spring Onions)
Scallions (Green/Spring Onions)
Fresh Basil
Fresh Basil
Thai Red Curry Paste
Thai Red Curry Paste
Fish Sauce
Fish Sauce

Start Cooking your Thai Red Chicken Curry

Step-by-step cooking instructions to cook your Thai Red Chicken Curry

*Before you start make sure you have your rice or noodles on the go as well. This recipe takes only about 20-30 minutes to complete*

1. Use a large non-stick pan or skillet and put it on the stove on medium-high heat

2. Add two tablespoons of olive oil (or vegetable oil) to the pan, and then add your sliced shallots. Stir-fry the shallots for about 3-5 minutes until soft.

3. Add the sliced red bell pepper, ginger and garlic and stir-fry for a further 3 minutes. Add your fresh red chili at this step if you prefer a bit more heat.

4. Add about a 1/4 of the coconut milk to the pan and stir in the Thai Red curry paste until the paste is well distributed.

5. Add the chicken slivers, brown sugar, basil, lime juice and fish sauce to the pan. Cook until the chicken is cooked through.

6. Add the rest of the coconut milk and the diced tomato to the pan and bring to the boil.

7. Simmer for a further 10-15 minutes on a medium heat.

8. Serve on some white rice or noodles with the chopped scallions and cilantro on the side as a garnish.

9. Sit back and enjoy your handiwork.

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      6 years ago

      This looks real yummy? But can I add cheese to it? I just love cheese. I get them off a cheese shop online!


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