Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Coconut Chicken Curry

So Aaron and I have a place in our hearts for Thai food. We'd never even really tried it until we moved to WPAFB in Dayton, Ohio. If you ever have the chance...go to Thai 9 in downtown Dayton. Just don't go anywhere else in downtown Dayton.

Anywho...I'd been looking for a red curry soup/noodley concoction that had just the right blend of spice, heat, and yummy coconut flavor. 

And this is what I came up with. It's pretty easy even though some of the ingredients look random. Enjoy!


  • 1 - 1.5 lbs chicken (not pictured - makes it vegetarian if you also use vegetable broth)
  • 1 pack of your favorite Asian style noodles (omit if you want it soup style)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 cups sliced mushrooms
  • .5 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 inch of ginger, peeled and minced (use 1 tsp ground ginger for substitution)
  • 4 cloves diced or 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp of lemongrass powder (you can use fresh lemongrass - 1/2 stalk - just remember to remove it before serving)
  • 2 tsp Thai red curry paste (also known as sambal oelek)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable)
  • 2 cans of coconut milk (I use one full can and just the cream from the second)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • Before starting (I didn't take a picture of this), cook your chicken in a large saute pan. I usually cut it into strips that are about 3 inches long and about half an inch wide. Drain the water and move the chicken to a bowl.
  • Next, in the same pan, set the heat to medium and add your oil. Once it has heated up, you can throw in the mushrooms, red pepper, ginger, garlic, and lemongrass.
  • Let this saute for abut 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms have reduced. Remember to stir it.

  • Now add your red curry paste. Mix it in well (it will break down a bit once heated). Let this cook for about a minute or two.

  • Next add in the chicken broth, coconut milk, sugar, and soy sauce. 
  • Add the chicken as well. Bring this to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes uncovered. Remember to stir occasionally. 
  • Add in your noodles and let them simmer for 5-10 minutes (cooking time depends on the type of noodle).

**Makes about 3-5 portions depending on how much you eat and whether you have it as a soup or with noodles.

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