Thai Green Curry with Chicken

The Thai word for Green Curry (แกงเขียวหวาน) actually translates to “Sweet Green Curry”, but that doesn’t imply that this dish is sweet. Instead, “sweet green” means “light green” in Thai. While the idea of making curry from scratch may be initially daunting, nothing could be further from the truth. My curry paste has quite a few ingredients, but all you do is basically throw them all together and purée; the paste will keep for a month in the fridge and there’s enough paste to make three curries. Making the actual curry is even easier – it’s a 20-minute meal, if not less.
10 minutes
20 minutes
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This is our estimate based on online research.
Fat:43 g
Carbohydrates:4 g
Protein:57 g
Calculated per serving.

Serves: 6

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. In a food processor or blender, process all of the curry paste ingredients (all ingredients listed from cilantro to lime zest) into a smooth paste. Add water if needed, but the shallots may release enough liquid on their own. If the paste becomes too soupy, strain it into a bowl to separate the liquid and the paste. You'll then want to add the liquid to the curry when you add the first coconut milk. If you're up for a challenge, you can make the paste in the traditional manner with a mortar, pestle, and some elbow grease. The curry paste can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to a month. You'll need 1/2c of the paste for this recipe, store the remaining 1c paste for other uses.
  2. In a large skillet, warm the coconut oil on medium heat until shimmering, about 2 minutes. Add the curry paste and stir it together with the coconut oil to combine. Sautu00e9 until fragrant and the oil starts to separate from the paste, 2-3 minutes, then stir in 1/3 of the can of coconut milk. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to med/low and cook until slightly darkened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chicken and another 1/3 of the can of coconut milk. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the remaining coconut milk, the fish sauce, and 10 Thai basil leaves. Return to a simmer, then remove from heat once the leaves have softened. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice, sliced hot chiles, and more Thai basil leaves.


Vegetables can be added at the tail end of step #3. Try experimenting with eggplant, broccoli, bell peppers, carrot, mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, snow/snap peas, or bamboo shoots. This curry is naturally thin; to thicken, throw in some cashews (~2 tbsp) when blending the paste. Any protein can be substituted for chicken. Try: thinly sliced steak or pork loin; firm white fish; or shrimp. Simply adjust step #3 to simmer until the protein is cooked through.

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