Easy Thai Red Curry with Chicken & Veggies

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The number one cuisine Nate and I crave is Thai, but unfortunately, the closest Thai restaurant is 35 minutes away. So, what’s a girl to do? Learn to make a Thai-inspired dish at home!

There are so many dynamic flavors in this Red Thai Curry dish. It's one of those meals where you exclaim the entire meal how delicious it is, without a hint of humility. ;)

I didn't think I was a big curry fan, but then I made a version of this recipe during a Thai cooking class at Sur La Table.  I don't know if it was the fact that I was 9-months pregnant, or if it was the simplicity of the recipe, but I quickly discovered that I do, in fact, like curry! My sister-in-law, Ina, made a similar dish while she and Todd were visiting this winter, and I fell in love all over again. Since then, this easy but flavorful dish has nearly been a weekly staple at our house. Nate and I arm wrestle over who gets the leftovers for lunch. ;) 

I hope you give this recipe a try! It's pretty easy and the more you make it, the quicker you'll get! Do keep in mind that the prep work is what will take the longest. Feel free to switch up the veggies for whatever you have on hand. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice. 

Ingredients

Easy Thai Red Curry with Chicken & Veggies 

  • 2 lbs of boneless/skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs; cubbed
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-2 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers, sliced 
  • 1 cup green beans (can be frozen)
  • 1 cup broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas (can be frozen)
  • 2 Tbsp+ Thai Kitchen red curry paste ( I use about 1/2 to 3/4 of the jar - adjust to your preferred taste)
  • 1 can coconut milk (Unsweetened - I usually whisk it together so the cream and water are combined)
  • 1 ½ tsp coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water (**OPTIONAL** I skipped this the second time I made this recipe because I wanted the curry to be a bit thicker. Feel free to add as much, or as little, liquid as you want to get the thickness you desire)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce or Tamari (If you prefer, you can use fish sauce - about 1 ½ Tbsp)
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar or fresh lime juice

Tiana's Perfect Rice

  • 2 cups Basmati or Jasmine rice
  • 3.5 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
  • A little butter or olive oil

 

Directions

Easy Thai Red Curry with Chicken & Veggies 

  • Heat a dutch oven or deep pan over medium heat, add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and cook until translucent. 
  • Add the garlic and ginger, saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add the chopped chicken and saute until almost cooked through. 
  • Add the red curry paste
  • Add veggies and stir, allowing to cook for a couple of minutes
  • Add coconut milk, sugar, and stir to combine (For easier incorporation, whisk the coconut milk before adding to the pot)
  • Simmer until veggies reach your desired tenderness (usually about 5-10 minutes, but depends on your veggies)
  • Once veggies are cooked, remove from heat and stir in the soy sauce/tamari/fish sauce and rice vinegar. Taste and feel free to add more curry paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, or a dash of salt. 
  • Garnish with fresh basil, cilantro, or green onion

Tiana's Perfect Rice

This is my good friend, Tiana's, recipe. I always used to screw up rice. Not anymore! 

  • In a medium-sized pot, add the water, rice, salt, and butter (that you have a cover for), bring to a boil over high heat. 
  • Once it begins to boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cover (I often move the pot to a smaller burner at this point). 
  • Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. **DO NOT LIFT THE LID!
  • After 15 minutes, turn off the heat, and let the rice rest for 10 minutes (longer is okay). **Still, DO NOT LIFT THE LID).
  • When you're just about ready to eat, take off the cover, fluff the rice, and serve. Don't re-cover as this will make your rice gummy. 

If you're looking for a flavorful supper that is fairly easy to whip together (unless you have an infant who is demanding to be held!;)) give this curry recipe a try.  Let me know if you make it and how you like it.