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Simple Thai Green Curry

Updated on November 21, 2012

Thai green chicken curry

This is a delicious yet simple green chicken curry recipe for people seriously pushed for time. Thai green curry can be made using readily available curry paste, and just involves chopping some chicken and vegetables into bite sized pieces. A wonderful Asian curry that is full of healthy, fresh ingredients.

For loads more mouth-watering curry recipes, and a fantastic "cook from scratch" version of a Thai green curry, visit my brand new blog Spice Cauldron.


Simplicity itself

This recipe for Thai green chicken curry is so simple anyone can make it, and it is very fast to prepare. I use commercially available Thai green curry paste, which is good - but you can make the paste yourself if you want.

All the recipe really requires is a little bit of chopping, which can be done while other things are already cooking! It's lightning fast!


Thai green curry paste

coconut milk

2 chicken breasts

trimmed green beans

3 spring onions (scallions)

2 red chilies

coriander (cilantro)

juice of half a lime

Scallion Health Benefits

Scallions (also called spring onion or Chinese green onion) belong to the Allium family which also boasts garlic as a member. The health effects are similar, and include lowered risk of developing a series of cancers, and improved circulation, leading to reduction of high blood pressure, and prevention of heart disease. Remember: the more the onion makes you cry, the more antioxidants it contains!

Making the sauce

and preparing the other ingredients

Heat a wok until it is very hot. This is important in all wok cookery. Then add a tbsp of oil - I use groundnut oil.

When the oil is hot, add the green curry paste and stir to release the aromas for about 30 seconds.

Then add the coconut milk. I used the light version as it contains less saturated fat. Stir the mixture for a couple minutes until it starts to simmer, and all the curry paste is dissolved.

Adding the chicken

and vegetables

While the sauce is cooking through, wash and chop the vegetables. Chop the chicken breasts into small strips.

Add them to the sauce and stir to combine the ingredients. Although it is a green curry, I like to add small sticks of sliced red chili, for a bit of visual variety - and also because this is how I once saw the curry served in a Thai restaurant!

Stir occasionally, while simmering until the meat and vegetables are cooked - about 20-30 minutes.

Completing the curry

finishing touches

Add some chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) 5 minutes before the end of cooking time and stir into the curry. This adds some extra fragrance and some fresh color to it.

When finished, add the juice of half a lime and stir in.

Serve with plenty of boiled or steamed rice. I use ordinary rice cooked with bay leaf, but it is common to use jasmine rice for this recipe.

So that's it, in less than an hour. Thai green chicken curry!

Lemongrass Health Benefits

Lemongrass is famed for its stress-relieving and calming properties, and so can prevent early heart attacks. For the same reason, it is also good for those who have sleep difficulties. It helps prevent headaches and fevers, and exhibits a host of other properties including antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal.It can be useful in the reduction of high blood pressure, and helps detoxify the pancreas, kidneys, bladder and liver. It also contains antioxidants which can help prevent cancer.

For much more...

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Do you like Thai food - How about sharing some of your favorite recipe tips?

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      5 years ago

      Can't get enough of curry, my wife is the same. :-)

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      imagelist lm 

      5 years ago

      Great info thanks...

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      NC Shepherd 

      6 years ago

      Mmm...sounds good, and so simple!

    • royyap profile image


      6 years ago

      Don't forget the Thai eggplant or Apple eggplant. Goes well with beef too.

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      Lori Green 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      It's one of my favorites!

    • CATPICK profile image


      6 years ago

      slurp slurp... luvzit! thanks for all the links to more recipes:)

    • CottageHomestead profile image


      6 years ago

      YUM! I absolutely love Thai food!

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      I love Thai food. I'm planning to try this green curry dish. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    • agoofyidea profile image


      6 years ago

      I like Thai food as long as it is not too spicy.

    • jballs6 profile image


      6 years ago

      printed off for a later date looks rather yummy!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I love curry and Thai food. I'll have to try this recipe sometime!

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      6 years ago

      I love green beans in green curry....can't wait to try the recipe.

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      6 years ago

      great lens,


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      6 years ago

      Great dish indeed, glad I like curry.

    • fiftysquid profile image


      7 years ago

      I love Thai food, and i am lucky because my wife is! But this lens would be great for me to make her some Thai food for her, for a change! Thanks!

    • thailandecotour profile image


      7 years ago

      nice lense... getting hungry ;)

      i just wrote a similar one on thai street food

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      TheHealthGuy LM 

      7 years ago from U.S.A.

      sound darn good, wish I could eat it!

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      7 years ago

      have cooked this several times. so easy, and really delicious! and I'm rubbish in the kitche, so if I can do it, anyone can! thanks!

    • DuaneJ profile image


      7 years ago

      I've tasted Thai Green curry and it's awesome!

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      7 years ago

      I've had this a few times now. very delicious and very easy

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      mehulsey lm 

      7 years ago

      thai food is always a treat for me... i love tom yum soup the most, and look forward to trying your recipe

    • dirtysaffa profile image


      7 years ago

      I just cooked my first Thai Red curry today and posted it to Squidoo. I'll definitely give the green curry a try soon. Thanks for posting.

    • Bluesssman profile image


      7 years ago

      Thai food is my all time favorite meal. Thank you for your recipes!!

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      8 years ago

      Another good lens about curry, informative!

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      8 years ago

      Hi there, I just found your lens and really liked it. I gave it a thumbs-up Thanks for providing it, and keep on lensing . . . I just did one on Migraine Headaches that might interest you.

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      8 years ago

      Looks delicious!twi

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      9 years ago

      I love curry especially chicken curry. I would have to try this one!

      Love youlens! 5* ^_^

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      9 years ago

      Wow looks great!

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      Sniff It Out 

      9 years ago

      Looks great and I prefer green curry to red, I will have to try your recipe!

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      9 years ago

      Yum! I can't wait to try this recipe out - I love Thai food!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      I've only recently tried Thai food and I love it! This recipe sounds really good!

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      ArtSiren LM 

      10 years ago

      Thanks folks! Anybody interested in Rajays Pad Thai Noodle recipe, I've added it to my Recommended links!

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      10 years ago

      Great and simple recipe. I love green curry - to cook and to eat. I live in Thailand and I get to eat so many different variants of it. I have a lens on Pad Thai Noodle and you might like it. *****

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      kephrira lm 

      10 years ago

      Thai curries are delicious, red is my favourite but green is good too. Pad Thai is also very nice.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      10 years ago

      This looks great... I'd just need to use tofu. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

    • annetteghallowe1 profile image


      10 years ago

      I love Thai Green Curry! We just moved back to the states from Malaysia where I ate curry a lot. I will be trying this recipe this week! 5 stars!

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      beeobrien lm 

      10 years ago

      This looks tasty and simple, though I'm not sure if my kids will eat it. Only one way to find out!


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